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Strategic Presentation Skills


Units: 6


Strategic Presentation Skills (SPS) provides practical instruction for preparing and delivering professional presentations. Activities and assignments include: analyzing audience members, writing outlines, creating cohesive visuals, and speaking extemporaneously. Students target and engage specific audiences using a communication style suitable for workplace environments. Overall, the course helps students develop confidence and apply effective techniques when speaking in a public setting.   

Learning Outcomes

COURSE OBJECTIVES (using Bloom’s revised taxonomy)

Students will be able to... 

Remember: Identify elements requisite for effective presentations: message effectiveness (e.g., strong introduction, smooth transitions, logical flow, closure), verbal skills (e.g., pace, clarity, filler words), and nonverbal skills (e.g., gestures, eye contact, posture). 

Understand: Compare/contrast effective and ineffective presentations based on rubric elements.

Apply: Adapt the message to the perspectives of various stakeholders through written/oral communications. 

Analyze: Analyze recorded presentations (e.g., impromptu speeches, briefings, webinars) and write reflections.

Evaluate: Provide feedback to peers and complete self-evaluations.

Create: Produce effective presentations for a variety of academic and professional contexts.  


Prerequisites Description