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Your assessments are designed to help build the skills you'll need in the workforce.

It’s likely that, at some point in your career, you’ll be asked to create and present a professional presentation. To help you practise these skills, you may be lucky enough to create a presentation as one of your assessments. You may be asked to create a PowerPoint, and even add audio of you presenting it. As with any assessment, you should look carefully at the assessment task and resources before you plan and create your presentation.

How do I begin?

Step 1: Your first step when you’re given any kind of assessment is always the same. Before you get started, you will analyse the assessment task and create a plan. Visit our Assessment Planning page for more information.

Step 2: Your next step is to research your assessment. Visit our Research page for more information. 

Step 3: Once you have planned and researched your presentation, you can get started.


Using course content and research in your presentations

You are expected to incorporate course content and research into your presentations as evidence to support your ideas.

Here’s an example that works through the steps to help you integrate course content into your presentations.

Step 1: Read the assessment question carefully and check the marking rubric so you know what your facilitator is looking for. We’ll work with a sample assessment question:

 

Sample Assessment: Holly Parata just got a job as the team leader of the paint section at her local hardware store. Knowing what she does about team formation, Holly realises that her team is not performing as it should be. Holly‘s manager has asked her to create a 10 slide PowerPoint to present in her next team meeting. She has been asked to:

  • Outline the issue.
  • Identify and explain one strategy she will use to help her team progress in team formation.
  • Explain why this strategy is likely to help her team move forward.
 
For this assessment task, you will create a PowerPoint presentation for Holly.
 

Step 2: Go to your course and find the section of the course that the assessment is referring to. This may be mentioned in the task itself, or you may need to go into the course and find the relevant section. 

In this case, you’re looking for key words such as team formation.

Step 3:  Re-read or skim the course section and find the information you need to answer the question. For this example, let’s pretend you’ve found some information about team formation by an academic called Jane Buckler.

Step 4:   You are now ready to apply Buckler’s model into your presentation.  Here’s an example of how you may do it.

Where we are today
- Our team is in the forming stage of team progression (Buckler, 1988).
Where we are today
- Our team is in the forming stage of team progression (Buckler, 1988).
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Top Tip: citing your sources

  • Presentations are no different to written tasks, in that you need to make it clear to your audience where ideas from your research and sources have been used in your writing. 
  • Use in-text citations to cite your sources on each slide.
  • At the end of your presentation, include a slide titled ‘Works Cited’, which lists all of your references.
  • Check our APA Referencing page for more information.