VIA171 Presentation Practice

Code VIA171
Name Presentation Practice
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice; Courses of Free Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Professional
Field of study Social Science
Academic staff Marina Platonova, Antra Roskoša, Anita Eiholca, Tatjana Hramova, Zane Seņko, Džefrijs Č Grīnvalds
Credit points 2.0 (3.0 ECTS)
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Annotation This course provides the skills needed to plan and deliver polished presentations with confidence. Students learn practical techniques to communicate and reinforce their message, allowing them to focus on audience needs and objectives. Students learn how to assess their presentations critically, comprehend the communicative situation and context, prepare visual aids and handouts, and deliver reports using OHP and PowerPoint programme. Students prepare reports, theses, summaries, organize and maintain debates and discussions on various scientific popular, as well as topical professional themes and subjects, design advertising presentations for their favorite goods. .
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
To develop students' public speaking skills for seminar and conference presentation; cover criteria for successful presentations. Objectives of the course are to teach students how to: 1) deliver dynamic, persuasive presentations that are concise and clear; 2) assess their presentations critically 3) build audience rapport through eye contact, vocal delivery and body language 4) apply innovative design techniques to create powerful presentations 5) capture and maintain audience interest and attention using interactive techniques 6) use various ICT tools and programmes to design a valuable presentation 7) persuasion techniques.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Students are able to use verbal and non-verbal communication skills, presenting reports and theses on professional issues in English. - Assessment: home tasks, presentation (reports, theses), exam. Reports and theses prepared during the semester: tested/not tested.
Students are able to differentiate and select relevant speech compilation techniques, develop the content of the speech and use definite presentation techniques, taking into consideration various psychological factors. - Assessment: home tasks, seminars, exam. Students discuss theoretical literature studies at the seminars. At the exam they practically demonstrate their theoretical competence.
Students are able to inform the audience persuasively and enthusiastically, maintaining rapport with the listeners. - Assessment: seminars, discussions, exam. The participation in seminars and discussions is evaluated at the classes.
Students are able to listen attentively, assess, appreciate, criticise presentations of other students. - Assessment: seminars, discussions, exam. Exam: report is evaluated according to set criteria (content, presentation, delivery, visual aids, rapport, etc.) according to 10 grade scale.
Course prerequisites English language skills at B2 level according to CEFR

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