Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:

- identify the influence of audience on presentation content, style and organisation

- create a presentation outline to ensure a clear organisation of contents, including an introduction, body, conclusion and transitional statements

- design effective presentation slides that reinforce the message of the presentation

- deliver a presentation on a topic related to their field of study in English

- analyse their strengths and development areas as presenters in English

Credits: 2

Schedule: 12.01.2022 - 25.02.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Diane Pilkinton-Pihko

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period): B2

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course applies a process approach to learning, in which students plan, prepare, practise and deliver an informative presentation on a topic from their own fields of study. Students start out by analysing their background and experiences as presenters and users of English in order to establish personal goals and areas of development. Students watch and analyse presentations in order to discuss elements of effective presentations. Students plan their talk for academic, non-expert audiences by creating an outline, including the introduction, body, and conclusion as well as transitions. Students familiarise themselves with principles of effective slide design and apply these to their own presentation. Students practise their presentation in small groups and give each other constructive feedback. Based on this process, they create a final version of the talk.

    Working Life Skills: Knowledge of research and know-how in own field, Skills in a foreign language, Information retrieval skills, Oral communication, Self-awareness, Self-confidence, Lifelong learning skills, Working independently, and Time management

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    - Assignments 60%

    - Presentation (videoed) 40%

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    54 h (independent online study 46 - 52 h, and small group meetings 2 - 6 h)


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Provided in MyCourses

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Target group: This course is intended for bachelor students who have not completed the oral skills part of the foreign language requirement in English at Aalto University.

    This course partly fulfills the university requirement for foreign language studies for oral skills only (2:3 cr).


    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I,Autumn II,Spring III,Spring IV,Spring V,Summer

    2021-2022 Autumn I,Autumn II,Spring III,Spring IV,Spring V,Summer

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    WebOodi. Students are considered for admission in order of highest number of credits.