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Exercise in Practical Scientific English II

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Numbering Code
  • G-ENG90 8i046 SE20
Term 2020/Second semester
Number of Credits 1 credits
Course Type Seminar
Target Student Graduate
Language English
Day/Period Mon.5
Instructor(s)
  • Graduate School of Engineering, Senior Lecturer NISHIKAWA MIKAKO
  • Graduate School of Engineering, Associate Professor Juha Lintuluoto
  • Graduate School of Engineering, Senior Lecturer BEAUCAMP, Anthony Tadeus Herve
  • Graduate School of Engineering, Associate Professor Cedric Tassel
  • Graduate School of Engineering, Senior Lecturer LANDENBERGER, Kira Beth
  • Graduate School of Engineering, Senior Lecturer DE ZOYSA,Menaka
Outline and Purpose of the Course This course is open to all master and doctoral engineering students.

The aim is to enhance students' abilities to disseminate scientific findings to a wider audience in English.

Throughout the course, feedback will be given to the presenter by different instructors specialized in Engineering.

The course will help students gain confidence in Oral English presentations on scientific topics.
Course Goals Throughout the course, students are expected to deliver an oral presentation about their research three times.

In each class, four or five students (depending on the total number of students in the class) will deliver an oral presentation (15 min) using the visual aid in front of a small group.

After each presentation, the audience, and the instructor(s) in the class will give some meaningful feedback (5 min).

In addition, each presentation will be videotaped. Students can monitor the progress by watching own video and can write a reflection paper at the end of the course.

In addition, we will have poster presentations scheduled at the end of the course.
Schedule and Contents The course is constituted of three main parts:

Part 1. Introduction to Effective Presentation
A lecture is given on how to prepare an effective presentation including:
1. Presenting with purpose, 2. How to organize your message, 3. How to use transitional words and phrases, and 4. What to do for Questions and Answers.

Part 2. Oral presentation (12 classes)
Here are some focal points for each round of oral presentations: 1. Organization: Presentation should be structurally organized and contains information in a logical, interesting sequence which audience can follow, 2. Subject Knowledge: Students should be able to demonstrate the knowledge on the research topic with some degree of confidence, 3. Delivery: Students should be able to deliver a presentation that will merit the audience even if the audience does not come from the same research field.

Part 3. Poster presentation (2 classes)
Here are some criteria for poster presentations: 1. The layout of the information: The sequence of information should be logically organized and easy to follow, 2. A scientific knowledge: The poster should provide content suitable for non-experts, 3. Delivery: Students need to demonstrate knowledge and enthusiasm for their work.
Grading Policy Evaluation:
30% participation (engaging the Q&As)
10% reflection paper,
30% poster presentation,
30% oral presentations
Prerequisites This course is held in English. Students are expected to actively engage in class discussions.
Preparation and Review The digital syllabus contains schedule updates, useful tips, and materials (videos). The links to the digital syllabus will be notified during the first day of the course.
Textbook
  • Handout materials will be supplied by the instructor.
Reference(s)
  • Donovan, J. (2014). How to deliver a TED talk. Mc Graw, Hill Education.