CHEM50030 Chemistry Third Year PhD Presentation

Academic Year 2022/2023

Third Year PhD students have to make an oral presentation of their research area and the results of their research. The presentation will be of the form of that given at a major international conference in their subject area. The audience will comprise their peers, academics from the Schools of Chemistry at UCD/TCD, invited representatives of funding agencies and interested industry participants.

Assessment is based mainly on the quality of the presentation rather than on the quality of the research results. Course is graded as Pass (60%) or Honours (76%). There are usually also prizes for the best presentation.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this Module, students will have learned the steps necessary to make an effective presentation including: selection of material, outline of the story to be told, construction of slides (e.g. Powerpoint), location of the talk, method of delivery, nature of the audience, the obtaining of feedback.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active - Task Based Learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Attendance: The Giving of the Seminar Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Other Yes


Presentation: The Quality of the Seminar Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Other No


Assignment: Conformity to the Abstract Template Unspecified n/a Other No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is a very important aspect of this exercise. In some cases, this may be the first presentation made to a non-School audience. Feedback is provided on the following aspects of the Presentation: Presentation: the use of the blackboard/PowerPoint, clarity of speech, fluency of speech, timekeeping, etc.; Clarity: organisation of material and clarity of 'story' from background, to aims, to result & discussion, to conclusions; Results: volume and quality of results obtained, bearing in mind any difficulties encountered; Questions: understanding of the material as shown by answering of the questions.