Technical Presentation Skills

To communicate effectively is a key skill for engineers and scientists, even though traditionally it is believed that our value is all about how much we know in our field, and to what extent we master advanced methods. These skills are still important, but given that your competitors have comparable knowledge and skill, your ability to communicate your ideas will give you the edge.

This has its good reasons: even your best ideas are worthless if you cannot communicate them - not just to your colleagues, but to the management or public. Furthermore, the concepts in each profession are getting increasingly complex. We need to communicate them clearly, keeping our target audience in mind.

Timeline
  • Kick-off meeting: probably a Saturday in April
  • From April to July 2018: weekly assignments (with individual
    feedback)
  • Final seminar: 2 days in late July
  • Due date for the Scientific Writing Exercise: late August
Introduction "Technical Presentation Skills"

  

Contents of the module

    • Oral Presentation Fundamentals
    • Pitfalls of Public Speaking
    • A Common Structure for Scientific Presentations
    • Using Animations
    • Questions and Answers
    • Impromptu Presentations
    • Written Presentation Fundamentals
    • Research Reports
    • On Ethics and Plagiarisms
    • Journal Publications

    Learning aims of the course

    • Getting familiar with proven techniques for oral and written communication. This is achieved through online material, video lectures and practical examples.
    • Learning to avoid common mistakes.
    • Gaining confidence, especially in communicating orally by attending our seminar, preparing your own presentation as well as watching and, in a friendly way, criticizing the presentations of others.

    Learning setting

    The online part of the study programme takes place in self studies and in form of group work. For the self study part video lectures with detailed information about the contents and an elaborated script is offered. The script has been developed following Ulm University’s special didactic concept for continuing education courses.

    Requirements

    No special requirements

    Technical preconditions for e-Learning

    Minimum requirements:

    • A desktop computer or notebook, with Windows 7 or more recent, Linux or OS X 10.9
    • Current version of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer (11 or more recent)
    • Current version of Adobe Flash Plugin in the browser (needed only for online-consultation hours and online-webinars)
    • Access to the internet via xDSL, Cable, LTE or with a minimum of 2 Mbit/s for downstream and 192 kbit/s for upstream (“DSL 2000”)

    Recommended requirements:

    • A desktop computer or notebook, with Windows 7 or more recent, Linux or OS X 10.9, dual-core or more, 2 GHz or more
    • Current version of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, IE11 (or more recent)
    • Current version of Adobe Flash Plugin in the browser (needed only for online-consultation hours and online-webinars)
    • Access to the internet via xDSL, Cable, LTE or with a minimum of 6 Mbit/s for downstream and 576 kbit/s for upstream (“DSL 6000”)

    Activity confirmation

    • You will need to complete the included self-assessments and other tasks on time.
    • There will be a discussion forum for this course. You do not only have the possibility to ask and answer questions there - it is obligatory. Each one of you is expected to post at least four contributions to the forum - be it questions, answers, or interesting pointers to material you found useful.
    • You will then prepare a presentation of your own. We use 20 minutes in length, a rather standard format for scientific conferences. You can select a topic on your own, but within the confines of a given global theme. The presentations will be given on one or two days toward the end of the semester, most likely on Saturdays.
    • Finally, you will prepare a written abstract about your presentation, 3 pages in length, using a predefined format (the IEEE conference abstract format).

    Certificate

    After finishing your exame successfully you will get a certificate and a supplement, which will list the contents of the module and the competencies you have acquired. In the supplement the responsible person for the module confirms you the equivalent of 3 credit points (ECTS).

    Study fees

    The fee for participating in the module “Technical Presentation Skills” is 220 Euro.

    Registration for certificate course

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    Application: 15th of march 2018

    Lecturer

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Schumacher
    Director of the Institute of Electron Devices and Circuits

      

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