Presentation and Communication SS 2016




Wochentag, Zeit und Ort
Thursday, 12-14 h
Date of first class: 14 April 2016



1. General information

  • Course in Bachelor's Program (PO 2010, Module Schlüsselqualifikation, 2nd study year)
  • Course assessment: Regular attendance and active participation, final presentation/report (3 LP)


2. Learning Objectives, Contents and Methodology

  • Learning Objective is to familiarise students with presentation techniques and the art of rhetoric, while simultaneously improving their knowledge of and proficiency in English.
  • Contents:
    • Bases of good communication, including: content structure and logic, the use of voice, body language and gestures.
    • Specific presentation techniques, focusing on clear and precise use of the English language, as well as the use of slides, charts and other visual media. 
    • Rhetoric: good and confident appearance, overcoming stage fright; preparation, planning and use of content.
    • The use of humour and other means of maintaining interest and attention, with a particular focus on the foreign language aspect.
    • Improving your English: common mistakes made by Germans and how to prevent them. Some grammatical input, consideration of such issues as tenses, false friends, prepositions and so on.
  • Methodology: The course will entail a combination of formal instruction and presentations by the group, with substantial feedback from the instructor. Presentation topics will be assigned in due course.


3. Application and Registration

  • The number of participants is limited to 1x20, for didactic reasons.
  • All 20 seats will be allocated to students by "First come, first served" procedure. Registration period starts on 29.03.2016 11:00 a.m. You can register at WAS. Registrations for seats 21-25 will be handled as a waiting list.
  • Accepted participants still need to register at the examination office.


4. Literature

  • Steele, W.R. (2009): Presentation Skills 201: How to Take It to the Next Level as a Confident, Engaging Presenter, 2009.
  • Siddons, S. (2008): The Complete Presentation Skills Handbook: How to Understand and Reach Your Audience for Maximum Impact and Success, 2008.
  • Renz, K.-C. (2013): Das 1x1 der Präsentation: Für Schule, Studium und Beruf, Wiesbaden 2013.
  • Heigl, P. (2011): 30 Minuten Rhetorik, 20. Aufl., Offenbach 2011.



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