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Oral communication

Course weeks spring 2023

Oral communication: w. 5, v. 22

Course weeks autumn 2022

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 49  (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

Course organizer 

MedCUL. Course leaders: Karin Öjehagen and Kristina Lundholm Fors


Kristina Lundholm Fors

Target group

PhD students at the Faculty of Medicine


In Lund (HSC in Lund if possible). Week 37 digitally.




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

Number of participants



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.


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.


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.


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


Application form 

The application period for compulsory courses spring 2023 is 7 June 2022 until 11 September 2022. You can also still apply for autumn courses 2022 if there are spots left or if we have a shorter waiting list for the course. We will admit continously to vacancies autumn 2022.

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