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Regular version of the site
2019/2020

Presentation skills

Category 'Best Course for Career Development'
Type: Mago-Lego
When: 4 module
Instructors: Olesya Vólchenko
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is dedicated to developing presentation and visualization skills. Ability to make a good and clear presentation is currently considered as a crucial soft skill both within academia and business. The course is aimed at developing the skills by providing a theoretical background on presentations and opportunities to practice with real-life tasks and challenges. The course will cover substantial, social, psychological and technical features of making a presentation. Specific focus will be put on the visualization of ideas and data which might be useful for presentations but also will go far beyond the presentational framework.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course aims at developing skills in the creation of clear and effective presentations.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students can critically assess their own and other peoples’ presentations
  • Students are able to analyze the audience, purposes, and outcomes of their presentation
  • Students are able to improve their presentations based on the content of the course
  • Students are able to critically assess their own and other peoples’ presentations
  • Students know major techniques of creating presentations
  • Students know major techniques in overcoming psychological issues in giving talks and presentations
  • Students know major graphical formats and understand their pros and cons
  • Students know different formats of data visualization
  • Students are able to recreate different formats of data visualization based on their own data and interests
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • A brief overview
    A brief overview Q & A session
  • Introduction
    Presentations in the modern world The process of preparing a presentation does not start from opening PowerPoint (or any other presentation software) Audience matters Planning matters Goalsetting matters
  • Storytelling
    What is storytelling Examples of good storytelling How to create a story? How to use a story in your presentation?
  • Presentation software
    Powerpointless Alternatives to PowerPoint Prezi: why and when Latex, beamer: why and when
  • Presentation delivery
    Who is your audience? Major issues in giving talks Tips and tricks in overcoming psychological issues
  • Slide design: fonts, images, logos. Graphics: main formats and software
    Composition Major graphical formats Vector vs. Raster Types of fonts Licenses for fonts and images
  • Data visualization: basic principles, types of plots
    Types of charts Titles and text
  • Data visualization: design and software
    Composition, time, relationships and space Colors
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Home written assignments
  • non-blocking Exam
    Students have to make a brief presentation about anything interesting in their research area or professional life. The presentation should not exceed 5 minutes A student needs to use at least 1 plot based on some data A student should deliver 1 clear message The presentation should look nice The presentation should be memorable A student doesn’t have to use HSE template Students have to upload your video to youtube.com (it is possible to make it visible only for the people who have a link if you do not intend to share your presentation with the whole Internet) and send a link at ovolchenko@hse.ru by June, 15.
  • non-blocking Video summary
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.4 * Exam + 0.4 * Home written assignments + 0.2 * Video summary
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Kogon, K. (2015). Presentation Advantage : How to Inform and Persuade Any Audience. Dallas, Texas: BenBella Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1056575
  • Yuk, M., & Diamond, S. (2014). Data Visualization For Dummies. Hoboken, NJ: For Dummies. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=685381

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Caplin, J. (2008). I Hate Presentations : Transform the Way You Present with a Fresh and Powerful Approach. New York: Capstone. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=323441
  • Krum, R. (2014). Cool Infographics : Effective Communication with Data Visualization and Design. Indianapolis, Indiana: Wiley. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=654832
  • Surti, J. (2018). Ultimate Presentations : Master the Art of Giving Fantastic Presentations and Wowing Employers. Croydon: Kogan Page. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1857071