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Oral communication

Course organizer 
MedCUL. Course leaders: Karin Öjehagen and Kristina Lundholm Fors

Examiner
Pia Strand

Target group
PhD students at the Faculty of Medicine

Place 
Please note: Due to the present Covid -19 outbreak/building of Forum Medicum, it is decided that the course week 37 will be given digitally. We are still hoping to be able to give the rest of the curses in a classroom. The information will be updated here as soon as we know more.

Language
English

Time

Spring 2022
Week 9 - will be given in a classroom, but it can be changed - if so - information will be posted here and in the welcome letter.
Week 18 - will be given in a classroom, but it can be changed - if so - information will be posted here and in the welcome letter.

Autumn 2021
Week 37 (in English) - will be given digitally in Zoom
Week 39 (in English) - will be given in a classroom, but it can be changed - if so - information will be posted here and in the welcome letter.
Week 43 (in Swedish) - will be given in a classroom, but it can be changed - if so - information will be posted here and in the welcome letter
Week 48  (in English) - will be given in a classroom, but it can be changed - if so - information will be posted here and in the welcome letter

Please note - Compulsory attendance all day, 9-16

Scope
The course equals one week, (1,5 credits). The five days are scheduled for group work and individual studies.

Number of participants
20

Aim
The aim of the course is that participants shall develop their ability to orally communicate and visualize research to different target groups, in different contexts. Another aim is to inspire participants to explore different ways of orally presenting research in a safe learning climate.

Objectives

After completing the course, participants should be able to:
• structure, visualize and orally communicate a scientific content taking into consideration the audience’s needs, the situation and the context. 
• provide feedback that aims to support development of oral communication skills.

• analyze and discuss, based on the relevant relevant literature, how an oral research presentation can be audience-adapted, structured, and performed.

Contents
The course addresses various aspects of scientific, oral communication such as various ways to structure and an oral presentation and adapt  the content to  different target groups. Furthermore, the course focus on the functions of visual and verbal imaging, nonverbal communication and stress-coping strategies. The course content centers on research presentations for research colleagues.  However, how to adapt research presentations to other target groups and communication strategies in teaching is also addressed. The content is related to rhetoric theories, communication theories and theories of adult learning.  Emphasized is the role of feedback in the learning process and how feedback from research colleagues becomes a useful and meaningful contribution for developing oral communication skills.
 
Learning activities
The learning activities consist of practical exercises and work with own presentations.  The participants analyze and discuss communication patterns and relate their observations to the literature. The setup of the course-week is building on the participation and exchange of feedback among group-members in all activities. Activities later during the week are related to previous. The learning activities aim to strengthen participants to take on and perform oral presentations feeling self-secure and with an increased awareness of their individual resources.

Examination
Active participation in the learning activities, 2 oral presentations and an analysis of presentation forms based on relevant literature.

Literature
Edward Zanders and Lindsay Mac Leod. 2010. Presentation skills for scientists. Cambridge University Press.
The book is available to all participants during the course.
For additional literature and resources visit: http://libguides.lub.lu.se/oral_communication

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Apply now for spring courses 2022! Last day for application is September 17.

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