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Assessment Tasks: Presentations

Tips for tackling a variety of assessment tasks.

Parts of an oral presentation

A typical structure for a presentation is:

Opening (10%)

  • Introduce yourself
  • Outline your topic
  • Briefly cover your key points
  • Mention when you plan to take questions

Body (70%)

  • Develop your key points
  • Elaborate on arguments and ideas
  • Provide supporting evidence

Closing (20%)

  • Indicate that you are about to finish
  • Reiterate your main points
  • Sum up
  • Q & A

Note:  Refer to your subject requirements before devising your presentation structure


The basic rules of presenting

Slide  sourced from Potter, N 2011, Stop Breaking the Rules of Presenting, SlideShare   

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This LibGuides material:  last viewed and checked in August 2020

What makes a good presentation?

Follow these tips for creating a good oral presentation:

Illustration adapted from:  Turner, et al  2011 Essential academic skills  2nd edn, Oxford University Press, Sydney, NSW

Group presentations: Tips

Tips for presenting as a group:

  • Practice the presentation as a group
  • Time each section
  • Use the strongest speakers for the introduction and conclusion:  maximum impact
  • Introduce all group members in the introduction
  • Each group member speaks, then introduces the next speaker
  • When expressing opinions, "we" is used (referring to the group)
  • All group members participate in question time
  • Visuals should follow a consistent style throughout (avoid having new themes for each speaker)

Text adapted from:  Turner, et al  2011 Essential academic skills  2nd edn, Oxford University Press, Sydney, NSW