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.

  • Kick-off meeting: April 30, 2019, 16:00 -17:30, Room 47.3.108
  • From April to July 2019: weekly assignments (with individual
  • Final seminar: tentatively rescheduled to July 19-21
  • Due date for the Scientific Writing Exercise: late August 2019
Introduction "Technical Presentation Skills"


Module description

The description of the module you find here.

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.


    No special requirements

    Technical preconditions for e-Learning

    Recommended requirements:

    • Desktop computer or notebook, with a supported version of Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS or Linux
    • Headset
    • Current version of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari or Microsoft Edge
    • Access to the internet (e.g., via xDSL, Cable, LTE, 5G) with a minimum data rate of 3 Mbit/s for downstream and 384 kbit/s for upstream.

    In case of questions regarding the technical requirements, please don't hesitate to contact us.

    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).


    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 270 Euro.

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    Application: 15th of february 2020


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