Course Title : Exercise in Practical Scientific EnglishⅡ

Code 10i046
Course Year Master and Doctor Course
Term 2nd term
Class day & Period Mon 5th
Location Seminar Room at Cluster B, Katsura campus
Credits 1
Restriction If the number of students in this course reaches the enrollment limit after the web-registration, a drawing will take place to decide who gets to be enrolled in the first class.
Lecture Form(s) Seminar and Exercise
Language English
Instructor Engineering Education Research Center (M. Nishikawa), Related professors (J. Lintuluto, A. Beaucamp, C. Tassel, K. Landenberger, M. De Zoysa)

Course Description

This course is open to all master and doctoral engineering students. The aim is to enhance students’ abilities to disseminate scientific findings to a wider audience in English. Throughout the course, feedback will be given to the presenter by different instructors specialized in Engineering. The course will help students gain confidence in Oral English presentations on scientific topics.


Evaluation: 20% participation (engaging the Q&As), 10% reflection paper, 10% poster presentation, 60% oral presentations

Course Goals

Throughout the course, students are expected to deliver an oral presentation about their research three times. In each class, four or five students (depending on the total number of students in class) will deliver a 10-minutes oral presentation using the visual aid in front of a small group. After each presentation, the audience, and the instructor(s) in the class will give some meaningful feedback (5 min). In addition, each presentation will be videotaped and stored in USB memory. Students can monitor the progress by watching own video and can write a reflection paper at the end of the course. In addition, we will have poster presentations scheduled during the course.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Introduction: Effective Presentation 1 A lecture is given on how to prepare an effective presentation including:
1. Presenting with purpose,
2. How to organize your message,
3. How to use transitional words and phrases,
4. What to do for Questions and Answers.
Oral presentations 12 Here are some focal points for each round of oral presentations:
1. Organization-Presentation should be structurally organized and contains information in logical, interesting sequence which audience can follow,
2. Subject Knowledge-Students should be able to demonstrate the knowledge on the research topic with some degree of confidence,
3. Delivery: Students should be able to deliver a presentation that will merit the audience even if the audience does not come from the same research field.
Poster presentations 2 Here are some criteria for poster presentations:
1. Layout of information-The sequence of information should be logically organized and easy to follow,
2. Scientific knowledge-The poster should provide a content suitable for non-experts,
3. Delivery-Students need to demonstrate knowledge and enthusiasm for their work.


Handout materials will be supplied by the instructor. 


Donovan, J. (2014). How to deliver a TED talk. Mc Graw, Hill Education.


This course is held in English. Students are expected to actively engage in class discussions.

Independent Study Outside of Class

Web Sites


Additional Information

Students who intend to join this course must attend the first class.
Office Hours: (by appointment) (Ext. 2052)