CHEN50080 Research Seminar Series I

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module will introduce students to the practice of the effective oral presentation of work of a scientific and technical nature. Each student will be expected to make at least one oral presentation to an audience comprised of both experts and non-experts in the field, and be responsible for the advertising of their scheduled talk. Students are also expected to attend all seminars associated with this module and, when requested, deliver a report of the key elements discussed at any particular seminar. Students will receive feedback from attending academics and students regarding the quality of presentations and the means of improvement, where appropriate. Students will also receive feedback and training with respect to improving their own presentation skills, as well as prepare a brief self-critique report on this.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module (intended for postgraduates earlier in their research/studies, such as the first year), students will have developed further their:

1. Communication and defence strategies, and principles of a technical nature, for both specialist and non-specialist audiences via oral presentations.

2. Seminar-presentation self-critiquing skills, to improve their own seminar-delivery/handling capabilities.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Interactive feedback/advice in two presentation-skills workshop, with feedback also in written self-reflection exercise in the conscious steps/efforts taken by students to improve their own presentation skills. 
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
Assignment: Two presentation-skills workshops, early and late in the semester, where a student's presentation is critiqued with verbal feedback to improve their skills. A written self-reflection report is due. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
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?

Students will be contacted individually to give feedback on their presentation skills, as well as on their self-reflection report.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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