LSP400 - Presentation Skills

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Subject Title
Presentation Skills

Subject Description
This subject prepares students to make professional oral presentations to diverse audiences in a variety of settings. The fundamentals of public speaking and speech writing are covered, as well as the production and use of presentational aids. Students will be in introduced to Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Photoshop. They will familiarize themselves with presentation techniques using both PowerPoint and Photoshop's raster based imaging manipulation and other Presentation aids.

Pre-requisite: ENG205 or its equivalent

Credit Status
LSP400 is a required subject in the Human Resources Strategy and Technology and International Accounting and Finance Degree programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Explain why improving their speaking skills are important to them.
2. Utilize a number of strategies designed to minimize the fear associated with public speaking.
3. Discuss the communication process and, based on this model, identify and explain typical communication challenges faced by public speakers.
4. Prepare a presentation plan that clearly outlines the purpose of the presentation, an outline of the audience, and the objectives for the presentation.
5. Given a scenario, design several different openings for the presentation based on changes to the purpose, audience or type of speech.
6. Given a scenario, design several different closings for the presentation based on changes to the purpose, audience or type of speech.
7. Demonstrate various uses of the voice to enhance the presentation message.
8. Demonstrate various uses of body language to enhance the presentation message.
9. Given a topic, prepare a five-minute, impromptu presentation that incorporates the concepts of planning and delivery.
10. Given a list of criteria, evaluate the presentations of other participants, providing feedback that will help the other participants improve their presentation skills.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

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