University of Toronto Scarborough

CSC D03: Presentations

Research Presentations

During the course, each student will give two presentations of approximately 15 minutes, plus discussion period. Normally, each will be with a different partner; but occasionally students may be asked to give a solo presentation. The task includes researching the given topic, preparing and giving the presentation, and leading a classroom discussion on the topic.

Thus the job is equal parts researcher and instructor. Two-thirds of the grade for a presentation will come from the content and research that went into the preparation, and one-third will come from how well you present it. The former component will be the same for both partners; the latter might not be.

Schedule and assignment of topics

Your two topics and your partner for each presentation will be assigned to you in the first class. If for any reason you miss out on getting an assignment, contact the instructor without delay. Presentation topics are represented by codes of the form Pxx, e.g., P34 or P45. To get the details of the topic, copy this URL and replace Pxx with the code:

How to prepare a research presentation

  1. Read as much (quality) material as you can on your topic. Keep good notes on what you've read.
  2. Review what you've found, and create an outline for your presentation.
  3. No later than noon, three days before your presentation (Friday for Monday presentations, Sunday for Wednesday presentations), you must send the instructor a draft of your presentation outline (normally a set of bullet points, with who will cover each point, and roughly how long each point will take), as well as your slides.
  4. Until the time that you present, you should be prepared to incorporate any changes that the instructor may suggest to your outline or slides.
  5. Rehearse your presentation out loud, preferably in front of a live audience.
  6. The instructor will be available on the day of your presentation to help with any last-minute preparations. You should take advantage of this time.

Last modified, 21 June 2019.
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