Developing a Presentation

Assessment 1 – Developing a Presentation

Task description:

The assessment will relate to one or more of the unit learning outcomes depending upon the choice of selected presentation development topic. This is an individual assessment for both on-campus and off-campus students. Each student is to develop a PowerPoint presentation about any area of Enterprise Systems related to weeks one to three learning topics. Along with the PowerPoint presentation, students are to provide scripts and a handout. Students are to prepare a handout, which should be in a format that students can use as a summary of the main points of the PowerPoint presentation and include the references. Students are to include their scripts as part of their PowerPoint presentation, that is, what would be said if they were giving the presentation in front of an audience. The scripts should show clearly what would be said or discussed as each slide is presented. The script should be included in the ‘Notes’ section of each slide.

Any other topic that is not related to weeks one to three learning topics needs to be approved by the Tutor of your allocated tutorial class.

There is no face-to-face classroom presentation. The assessment is based on the submitted PowerPoint slides, scripts, handout and other relevant materials.  You can choose to focus on any area of Enterprise Systems related to one or some of the learning topics in weeks one to three. Once the area is selected, you can start by studying the relevant unit materials. You are expected to add a significant body of new materials, a different perspective or depth to the information already covered in the unit materials. Learn to apply theories into real life practice, with high quality references as support.  For example, in the Organisational change and Business process reengineering topic (Week 3) students may wish to investigate BPR and its relationship with ERP system at a deeper level, with reference supports from academic sources (such as textbooks and peer-reviewed journal articles) and high quality industry sources. Use updated sources, avoid using reference which was published before 2012.

The titles for the weeks one to three learning topics are:

Week 1: Introduction to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems

Week 2: Systems integration

Week 3: Organisational change and Business process reengineering

As an alternative, it is possible for student to nominate other topics for this assessment. The nominated topic must be related to Enterprise Systems. Student interested in this alternative should submit a proposal to the Tutor of your class. The proposal should include a proposed outline and sources of references. Your own work experience in relevant projects can be used. If written approval is not granted two weeks before the due date for submission, student should work on an area related to weeks one to three learning topics.

Presentation Development Guidelines:

The ‘presentation’ should be within 15 slides. The limit does not include the title slide, ‘Any Questions’ slide and the slide for the Reference List. There is no word limit. Make sensible decision in determining the length of text on each slide. All slides must acknowledge the source(s) of the content.

The ‘handout’ (word document) should be presented as a summary on main points of the PowerPoint presentation. There is no word limit. Use concise presentation to present it in one to two A4 pages. The Reference List on cited sources is not within the page limit.

Students should prepare the scripts as part of the PowerPoint presentation, that is, what would be said if you were giving the presentation in front of an audience. These scripts should be included in the ‘Notes’ section of each slide. There is no word limit. Make sensible decision in determining the length.

Include a section for questions. In the ‘Notes’ section of ‘Any Questions’ slide, include at least two questions that might be posed by the audience and appropriate responses to each of the questions.

Students must ensure that all material used in the presentation is referenced. Use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style for your in-text citations as well as your Reference List. Refer to the latest CQU Harvard Referencing Guide for guidelines and examples.

Submission of Assessment:

The following assessment files should be submitted individually. The file size limit is 100Mb:

  1. The PowerPoint slides, including scripts in the ‘Notes’ section of each slide (.pptx file).
  2. The ‘handout’ (Word document – .docx file).

Hints for Good Presentation:

  1. Presentation appearance and other first impressions:
  • first impression is one of confidence and poise
  • presentation format is simple, clear and appealing
  1. Presentation structure:
  2. Introduction:
  • title/topic made clear
  • purpose of the presentation is clear
  • issues to be discussed are outlined
  • unusual terms defined adequately
  1. Body of presentation:
  • each issue from the Intro is discussed simply and clearly, and conclusions/recommendations made, if relevant
  • sufficient information and detail are provided
  • appropriate and adequate use of examples/anecdotes
  • discussion flowed logically
  • the material is relevant and new
  • good sources of reference material were used to prepare the presentation
  • references included
  1. Conclusion:
  • main points summarised adequately – ideas brought to fruition
  • conclusion linked to Introduction and follow from discussion in the Body
  • final message is clear and easy to understand
  • references slide included
  1. Coping with questions/facilitating the discussion:
  • including a section for questions at the end of the power point presentation. This should have at least two questionsthat might be posed by the audience with an appropriate response to each of the questions.
  1. Visual aids:
  • visual aids are clearly visible to the audience
  • effective use of visual aids (i.e. integrated into the presentation)
  • students will be marked on their use of PowerPoint. Are the slides easy to read? Are the slides too cluttered? Do they contain the main points? Is there good use of diagrams/pictures where appropriate? Are the slides consistent? Is good use made of PowerPoint techniques such as slide transitions and animation or is it inconsistent and distracting?
  1. Handouts:
  • handouts well–prepared and useful
  • materials in the handouts consistent with the slides
  • explore the ways of using it to facilitate communication and to engage audience
  1. Scripts:
  • scripts well–prepared and useful
  • materials in the scripts are consistent with the slides
  • scripts are well-formatted