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SP50126: Making a research presentation

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2012/3
Follow this link for further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Follow this link for further information on credits Credits: 3
Follow this link for further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Follow this link for further information on period slots Period: Semester 2
Follow this link for further information on unit assessment Assessment: OR 100%
Follow this link for further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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Follow this link for further information on unit content Description: Aims & Learning Objectives:
Preparation and execution of an oral presentation for postgraduates aimed at developing understanding of how to:
* prepare information on various stages of the execution of a social science research project to an audience of peers and academic supervisors
* communicate effectively and succinctly theories, evidence and arguments through oral presentation and use of audio-visual aids
* respond effectively to potentially critical questions from an audience of fellow academics
* select and use appropriate technological aids for presentations. Learning
Objectives: By the completion of the presentation and the receipt of an assessment by supervisors the students should have: Knowledge and understanding of
* the constraints of time and materials under which presentations are made
* the organisation and delivery of an oral presentation
* the importance of selecting methods of presenting data and other information that are appropriate to the cases researched and the level of understanding of the audience
* the structuring of an oral presentation and the balances between spoken communication and use of audio-visual
* dealing with oral questions in a clear and concise fashion. Intellectual skills
* Ability to recognise, select and prepare the key points of a research project or findings for communication to an audience
* Ability to summarise complex written information into an understandable oral form
* Ability to respond to questions in an informative fashion. Professional practice skills
* Skills for recognising and selecting material suitable for audio or visual communication using appropriate technologies such as OHP transparancies or Powerpoint.
* General skills for communicating specialised and abstract information to an unknowedgeable audience
* Awareness of the practical tasks needed to deliver information orally within the limits of time and the scope of the media of presentation.

Competencies in summary and explanation of research process and findings; principles of effective presentation; use of presentational aids.
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SP50126 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2012/13 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2013/14 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2012/13.
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