DID Project Presentation Information

Return to Dr. Edelbach's SET Page                     Revised:   Thursday, 28 April 2011

Sample MS Powerpoint Slides

Your group's presentation of the DID project is an important part of this assignment. The following information is provided in order that the process to be followed in preparing this portion of the DID project is clear and the techniques which might be covered understood.

KEY REQUIREMENT - Because it is easy to confuse various versions of your team's PP slides, the title slide should always have the date slides were last revised or prepared. 

It is also a REQUIREMENT that your team bring the final PP presentation approved by Dr. Edelbach to class on a flash drive the day of the presentation as well as a printed copy, 6-up in black and white. Not doing so may result in the presentation being postponed or cancelled. 

PP File Name -  Follow this format when assigning the name to your team's PP file

SET-A-PP-BT-1-draft.ppt      -  (  "A" is your SET section      "PP" indicates this is a PP file
                                 "BT-2" is your team's designation       "draft"  indicates specific assignment  )

The key issues to keep in mind when preparing your team's presentation include:

        1. Speaking level and intonation
        2. Familiarity of speaker with information
        3. Content
        4. Organization of information
        5. Design and use of visual aids
        6. Time utilization

Since this is a team activity, all members of the group must participate equally in the presentation. During the remainder of the seminar period, group members are expected to  serve as "subject matter experts" and participate in the discussion related to their sub-topic.

Although note cards can be consulted when giving your presentation, you MUST NOT READ from either the cards or the screen.

Most of the time, you should be looking at your audience when speaking with occasional glances at the laptop's screen. DO NOT focus on the wall screen when speaking.

Presentation Objectives
Always keep in mind that the primary intent of any presentation is to COMMUNICATE information to the audience. Everything done should be viewed in that context. Ask yourself :

If a person is not familiar with the material, exactly what do you expect then to "know" as a result of the presentation?"

Based on your answers to this question, review your draft presentation and determine the extent to which it will accomplish your objective/s.

The answers to the questions your group formulates are really the objectives of your presentation. They could be stated in "behavioral" terms such as:

1. After this presentation, audience members will be able to name the three primary factors 
    considered in the design of this product.

2. After this presentation, audience members will be able to correctly name three factors 
    which must be evaluated before implementing a policy change..

It is not necessary for your group to actually develop "behavioral" objectives such as those above. They are provided as examples of one way to consider the your team's goals..
Organization of presentation: Major parts
Title Slide - This slide should include the following information:
    1.  Title of presentation - sub-topic name
    2.  DID Topic - i.e., Bio-Technology, etc
    3.  Names of team members and area of responsibility
    4.  Course name and number - SET, IDS 252
    5.  Semester and year
    6.  Date slides were last revised - smaller type size

It is usually important to include some pictures or graphics on slides where that would be helpful, especially the title slide.
Using a color back which is not too complicated is usually also worth doing. See my sample PP slides.

All slides must be numbered sequentially.

Each member of the group should be introduced at the beginning of the presentation. The actual presentation can be divided into three major parts, the introduction, body and conclusion. The body is where the majority of the information is presented. Each team member shares equal responsibility for the contents of the introduction and conclusion.

Introduction - The introduction sets the stage for the report and should provide the audience with a general sense of why this topic is of importance today. Building on your team's "Key Questions", prepare a 2" or 3" intro into your team's presentation with the key information on a few slides. The time for "intro" or "conclusion" does not count in the approximately 7" allocated for each team member.

Body - The body of the presentation will go into as much detail as possible covering the MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION related to the topic. It should convey to the audience that issues that your group felt were most important and relevant along with supporting statistical data.

Divide up this section into the appropriate sub-sections with slides showing either the "Past", "Present" and "Future" as well as the years covered and who was responsible for each section.

Conclusion - The conclusion should be a brief wrap-up of the report and why it is likely this topic will continue to be important in the future. A slide or two should be sufficient for this section.

Questions or Comments Slide - This slide should have "Questions or comments?" on it. Time for questions does not have to be built into the presentation.

PP Sample Slides - View these early in this process of developing your presentation and often while that is being done.

General Considerations -

1.  Make certain to have a slide identifying the time period which is going to be covered and the name of the person presenting that section before each major portion of the presentation.

PP slides should contain only the KEY words. Eliminate unnecessary words such as "the", "a", etc from your slides. For most slides, you SHOULD NOT have complete sentences on the slides.

3.  Include drawings and photos to add interest to your slides. Do this whenever some object or person is mentioned.

4.  Dates MUST be included on your slides whenever an event or discovery is mentioned.

5.  Keep
in mind that each student has approximately 7 to 9 minutes for their presentation. The total time for each person's slides should fall into that range. This excludes the introduction and conclusion portions of the presentation.

6.  All slides must numbered. This can be done automatically in PP.

Draft Presentation Outline -

The purpose of this assignment is to begin thinking about how the key concepts and ideas of your sub-topic will be organized for the team's presentation. Although you do not have to actually produce slides for this assignment, it probably is easier if you do that.
If you decide not to produce a draft set of slides, the information you plan on presenting should be organized in a table such as shown below.

Remember, each person has between 7 and 9 minutes for their presentation. That excludes the time for the introduction and conclusion.

In addition to the normal outline developed, you might find it helpful to list the slides to be developed in a table as shown below. That can easily be done using the "Insert table" command in MSWord.


Slide #





Title slide -  all required information

 Something related to topic



Introduction - key questions


1 min


Historical Period - Joe Schwartz

Old engine and car

30 sec


Primary forms of transportation during period

Person walking & horse/buggy

30 sec





Draft PP Slides -

This consists of the team's first attempt to develop the actual PP slides to be used for the presentation. As many of the graphics should be included as possible along with the appropriate text. Key words and NO SENTENCES! It is likely the presentation will be revised after the slides are reviewed with Dr. Edelbach.

Final Presentation Outline -

This should be the actual slides for your team's presentation. It should be printed out 6 slides to a page in PURE BLACK AND WHITE. After approval, each team member should bring a copy of the complete presentation slides to the class. The actual presentation is contained in the appendix of your team's report.

 Final Presentation -

Each person MUST run through their presentation before making it to the class.

Each team's final PP presentation MUST be approved by Dr. Edelbach at least ONE WEEK PRIOR to the date the presentation is scheduled. If that is not done, it may not be given.

Each team MUST bring a copy of their complete presentation to class on a jump drive or CD as back-up.

Each team MUST bring a PRINT OUT of their slides to their presentation printed 6 slides to a page.

Slide Design -

The most important factors to consider when designing your slides are:

Readability - Can the last row of the audience read the type? PP type sizes should be at least 36 points. Backgrounds should be simple and either light or dark enough so that the type shows up clearly
Use charts and graphs were appropriate rather than just numbers when giving your report..
Neatness - Easy to read and follow. Use different point sizes of types for emphasis

Attractiveness - Colors and graphics can be effective

Sounds and Motion - Generally sound effects and fancy transitions between slides are to be avoided.
    They normally don't add to the presentation. DO NOT use transitions between slides. Just have them "appear."
    Check with Dr. Edelbach if you are considering incorporating a video clip.

Audio-Visual Hardware -
When using MS Powerpoint, it is especially important to make certain that the version you are using is compatible with my computer.

All presentations MUST be approved by Dr. Edelbach prior to being presented.

Your presentation MUST be loaded into the SET computer the class period PRIOR to the day of your presentation unless special arrangements are made with Dr. Edelbach.