Business Economics: Group Online Video Presentation and Essay

Aim of the assessment

The aim of this assessment are aimed mainly at helping you develop your oral presentation and written communication skills. The capacity to research topics and present not only in a written format but be able to present key points concisely in a short verbal presentation is an important professional skill that is valued by employers.

Group Limit

In a group of no more than 2 students, you will  be required to research and present (as detailed in parts 1 and 2 below) a specific topic as assigned by your lecturer.

Part 1 – Research and Essay Submission (15%)

Students  in an allocated group will be required to research and submit an essay with all citiations  and references, no more than 500 words on a  relevant topic as discussed with the lecturer.

Technical instructions for submission

Your file submission will be through Turn-it-in. Please refer to UBBS policy on plagarism.

Part 2 – Online Video Presentation and Upload on uTube (15%)

Students  in an allocated group will be required to discuss a specific topic as assigned by your lecturer. The presentation should be no more than 15 minutes in duration and each group member is required to present.

Technical instructions for submission

You should create the video file of your presentation using the recording feature of your computer, tablet, or phone.

Name the file <Your family name>_ <Your given name>_<Your zID> (for example, ‘Foster_Gigi_z3333333’).

Once you have checked it for quality, you will not upload the file directly into Moodle. You will instead upload it to Youtube, create a link to it, and then simply paste that link into the submission interface.

Ensure your YouTube video is not set to Private, as your marker will be unable to see it if it is!  

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Video Presentation Guidelines and – Tips on how to do well

  • Prepare a script and go over it many times to ensure that you are able to understand it thoroughly so that you can explain it well in front of your camera.
  • Prepare well in advance as you may require several practice runs, and then make your final recording in one sitting, speaking fluidly to the points you are now familiar with, and sticking to the time limit.
  • You will need to project your voice. Do not talk as if in normal conversation – it will sound flat – but do not shout. Variation in your voice is important, and should be related to the content, lending emphasis to key points.
  • Do not speak too fast or try to cram too many ideas into your presentation; try to deliver using calm but lively speech with short pauses. Watch the news presenters on TV and observe carefully both the speed of their speech, and how they project and vary their voice in sync with the content. Try to smile occasionally to connect with your audience on an emotional level. Perfection is not expected, but energy and interest on your part is expected.
  • You are required to ‘present’ and NOT READ from a script. With a video presentation, it is very easy for a marker to spot that you are reading, you are also strongly discouraged from reading your presentation word-for-word from off the screen or anything else. You will lose marks in this regard.
  • When you are presenting your submission, YOUR face has to be visible in the video, as we need to authenticate your identity prior to awarding you a mark. Please be reminded that any impersonation or contracting cheating may be subject to Academic Integrity Disciplinary Rules.
  • Do not use another students power point slides, the marker will identify this easily. Please be reminded that any copying or cheating may be subject to Academic Integrity Disciplinary Rules.
  • If you are using power point slides, please ensure that you insert a video of yourself discussing the topics contained therein. Refer to the following utube links:

 

 

How to Make a Video in PowerPoint – ppt to video

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=63&v=D8JV3w4TOVw&feature=emb_title

 

How to record a video of yourself speaking in PowerPoint  

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nmdH2SFlas

 

PowerPoint Slide Design from Beginner to EXPERT

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxcHLxjkcXQ

 

    

Video Presentation- Tips on how to do well

For an oral presentation that you have time to prepare.  The first thing is to work out what things need to be said, and by implication what things do not need to be said.

You could rank the points you want to cover in order of importance. Then, sort out a logical sequence in which to present your points. When you do your first practice presentation, ask yourself whether what you said made sense. Feedback from others who don’t have a background or interest in business economics can also be useful. In any presentation, it is crucial to look at the audience, so you should mimic this by looking into the camera.

You are also strongly discouraged from reading your presentation word-for-word off the screen.

Do several practice runs, and then make your final recording in one sitting, speaking fluidly to the points you are now familiar with, and sticking to the time limit. You will be penalised for every second that your presentation is under 2 minutes OR over 3 minutes.

For the final run-through that you record and submit for marking, you should wear reasonably professional attire, choose a reasonably professional, plain background, and make sure you have good lighting, video resolution, and sound quality. Select a location with little to no background noise. Ensure that when played, your video capture takes up the whole screen – not just a vertical or horizontal slice – and that it captures roughly your head and shoulders.

You will need to project your voice. Do not talk as if in normal conversation – it will sound flat – but do not shout. Variation in your voice is important, and should be related to the content, lending emphasis to key points.

Do not speak too fast or try to cram too many ideas into your presentation; try to deliver two to three main points using calm but lively speech with short pauses. Watch the news presenters on TV and observe carefully both the speed of their speech, and how they project and vary their voice in sync with the content. Try to smile occasionally to connect with your audience on an emotional level. Perfection is not expected, but energy and interest on your part is expected – if you are not interested, then why should your audience be interested?

For a full guide on how you will be assessed, refer to the criteria and the marking rubric on the final page of this document.

            

Group work and plagiarism

This assignment is a group assignment. The ideas and expressions in the presentation should be created independently by yourself and your group member, and no one else.

If you want to present to your classmates and/or assist in the filming of others’ presentations, this is allowed, as long as there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the content of each presentation was independently created.

If you are unsure or feel uneasy about the independence of your work at any time, you should consult your lecturer to discuss your concerns.

Do NOT present, almost word-for-word, the same material as another student. This will be considered plagiarism. Refer to the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism section of the course outline for further information on procedures and penalties related to academic misconduct.

Technical instructions

You should create the video file of your presentation using the recording feature of your computer, tablet, or phone.

Name the file <Your family name>_ <Your given name>_<Your zID> (for example, ‘Foster_Gigi_z3333333’).

Once you have checked it for quality, you will not upload the file directly into Moodle. You will instead upload it to Youtube, create a link to it, and then simply paste that link into the submission interface.

Ensure your YouTube video is not set to Private, as your marker will be unable to see it if it is!

 

 

Marking Rubric – Part 2 – Online Video Presentation and Upload on uTube (10%)

Criteria and Weightings Below Expectations <50% (Fail) Meets Expectations

50% – 74%

(Pass-Credit)

Exceeds Expectations

≥75%

(Distinction-High

Distinction)

1. Clear and concise dialogue (25%) Does not express aim, key ideas and information clearly and precisely in language appropriate for the intended audience, purpose and context, e.g.

•                 Does not adapt language for spoken context, audience and purpose; does not use own words or explain terminology or concepts if necessary

•                 Uses inaccurate vocabulary/grammar, often making meaning unclear

•                 Heavy accent that impedes understanding

Generally expresses aim, ideas and information clearly and precisely in language appropriate for the intended audience, purpose and context, e.g.

•                 Adapts language for spoken context, audience and purpose; uses own words and explains terminology/concepts if necessary

•                 Uses sufficiently accurate vocabulary/ grammar/ pronunciation for meaning to be generally clear but this could be more consistent or effective.

Expresses aim, all ideas and information clearly, precisely and concisely in language appropriate for the intended audience, context and purpose, e.g.:

•                 Adapts language effectively for spoken context, audience and purpose; uses own words and explains

terminology/concepts as appropriate

•                 Accurate vocabulary, grammar, and

pronunciation (only minor errors)

•                 Uses language effectively to reinforce the message

2. Logical and coherent structure

(30%)

Does not present material logically, e.g.:

•                 No clear focus; ideas are difficult to follow; may include irrelevant material or go off track

•                 Not structured clearly to convey key message to audience, e.g. inadequate introductory and/or concluding remarks; parts do not progress the message.

Presents key material logically & coherently, e.g.:

• Has a mainly clear focus, with little/no irrelevant material; audience can follow development of main ideas • Structured adequately to reinforce key points, e.g. introductory and/or concluding remarks; parts are linked and progress the message.

Presents material logically and persuasively in a wellstructured presentation e.g.:

•                 A clear focus, with no irrelevant or repetitive

material; a logical sequence so that audience can follow ideas

•                 Structured to reinforce key ideas & distinguish from supporting details, e.g.

introduction clearly defines aim; parts are welldeveloped & clearly linked.

3. Professional delivery (30%) Does not adequately engage audience, e.g.: • Does not maintain eye contact or address the audience; mainly reads notes/slides/board • Speech is not clear or audible

•                 Manner/body language is distracting (e.g.

nervous) or unengaging (e.g. static, bored) • Style/appearance is unprofessional

•                 Speaker is unprepared or disorganised, or does not manage time well

Reasonable level of audience engagement, e.g.:

•                 Addresses audience and makes some eye contact; does not just read notes or slides • Voice is generally clear & audible; used to emphasise key points

•                 Manner/body language is comfortable, friendly & conveys interest in the topic • Style/appearance is suitably professional

•                 Well prepared, organised & manages time adequately

Engages audience effectively, e.g.: • Addresses audience; maintains eye contact • Voice (volume, pace, variety etc.) is used effectively to engage audience and promote understanding

•                 Manner/body language is

confident, friendly, interested & strongly engages the audience • Style/ appearance is very professional

•                 Well-prepared, wellorganised, and manages time effectively

4. Uses tools and technologies effectively (15%) Video contains: • Poor sound and/or image quality, and/or other evidence that the recording was not Video is:

• generally clear, uncluttered and accurate, though minor issues remain

…and all technical instructions

Video is:

• well-prepared, clear, accurate, and visually effective

…and all technical

  checked for quality prior to upload

…and/or technical instructions, including the length limits, were not adequately followed.

were adequately followed. instructions were adequately followed.