HCDE 231 Assignment 3: Ethics Presentation Task Identify a contemporary engineering problem. (This could be the same contemporary issue you discussed in your memo.) Research this topic and identify one or two ethical issues (situations that involve conflicts between two or more moral choices) associated with the problem. Then, prepare a PowerPoint presentation that introduces the problem, the ethical issues, and your recommended action. You will deliver your 5-minute presentation in class during the 6th week. Purpose The purpose of this assignment is to improve your speaking abilities and prepare you for the presentations you will give in the workplace. You will learn to research a topic, identify and explore ethical dilemmas, and make a recommendation. You will also learn how to prepare clear and effective presentation slides using Microsoft PowerPoint. Finally, you will gain experience delivering a presentation to an audience of your peers, fielding questions, and receiving performance feedback. Process 1. Choose a topic. Decide on an engineering problem that is of interest to you. This can be the same issue you selected for your contemporary issue report, but you can also explore a completely different problem. 2. Research the topic. Research the engineering problem. Read articles about the problem and make sure you understand the problem thoroughly. 3. Identify one or two ethical dilemmas. Once you have researched the problem, identify the associated ethical dilemmas. Explore these dilemmas in some detail. 4. Take a position and make a recommendation. “Solve” the ethical dilemma(s) and recommend a course of action. 5. Outline your presentation. Plan your presentation by outlining the main points including supporting materials and evidence. Develop transitions to connect main points. Finally, write an introduction and conclusion to your presentation. 6. Prepare your PowerPoint slides. Develop slides to aid your presentation. Follow the principles of appropriate slide development and remember to include a references slide at the end. 7. Rehearse your presentation. Practice your presentation several times to gain comfort with the material and this mode of communicating. Practice in front of a mirror or to a group of friends. If possible, record yourself and listen to/watch your rehearsal to identify areas for improvement. Outline Introduction – Your presentation introduction should accomplish three things: (1) gain the audience’s attention, (2) state your purpose, and (3) preview your main points. Main Points – When developing each main point: (1) signpost the idea, (2) state the idea, (3) support the idea, and (4) summarize the idea. Conclusion – Your conclusion should reinforce your message by: (1) summarizing what was discussed, (2) stressing the central idea once more, and (3) restating your recommendation. References – Include a list of references on your last slide. Grading Criteria Your presentation will be evaluated on (1) content, (2) organization, (3) vocal and physical delivery, and (4) preparation and use of visuals. HCDE 231 Ethics Presentation Evaluation Criteria Speaker ___________________________ Topic ______________________ Time ________ Category Excellent Adequate Doesn't Fulfill Comments INTRO- Used an effective hook to One functional part More than one functional DUCTION create audience interest. from the “Excellent” part from the “Excellent” Clearly stated purpose. column was missing or column was missing or Previewed main points. was incomplete. was incomplete. BODY Described problem and One functional part More than one functional identified its associated from the “Excellent” part from the “Excellent” ethical dilemmas in detail. column was missing or column was missing or Recommended course of was incomplete. was incomplete. action to resolve ethical dilemmas. CONCLU- Restated main ideas. One functional part More than one functional SION Clearly recommended a from the “Excellent” part from the “Excellent” course of action/plan. column was missing or column was missing or Provided closure. was incomplete. was incomplete. ORGANI- Ideas flowed logically. Ideas were presented in Ideas did not flow ZATION/ Incorporated signposts a logical order, but logically and/or the FLOW/ and transitions. presentation lacked presentation lacked LENGTH Presentation length was signposts/transitions. signposts/ transitions. 4:30 to 5 mins. Was 4:20 to 4:30, or Was under 4:20, or far exceeded 5:00 mins. from concluding at 5:00. SLIDES Prepared appropriately – All but one or two Three or more criteria for minimal text, aesthetically criteria for slide slide preparation or use pleasing, appropriate use preparation and use of of slides from the of color, font, size. slides from the “Excellent” column were Used appropriately – “Excellent” column not met. well timed, maintained were met. audience focus, drew attention to slides for emphasis. VOCAL Spoke clearly and loudly. All but one or two Three or more criteria for DELIVERY Maintained a good pace criteria for vocal vocal delivery from the and rhythm. Modulated delivery from the “Excellent” column were voice pitch and tone “Excellent” column not met. effectively. Conveyed were met. enthusiasm. PHYSICAL Used appropriate facial All but one or two Three or more criteria for DELIVERY expressions, gestures, and criteria for physical physical delivery from posture. Faced and delivery from the the “Excellent” column scanned the audience to “Excellent” column were not met. maintain eye contact. were met. GRADE AND SUMMARY COMMENTS: HCDE 231 Ethics Presentation Peer Feedback Form Speaker __________________________ Reviewer ______________________________ Describe one strength of this presentation. What Make one recommendation for improvement. made it interesting? What did you like about the PowerPoint slides? How could the speaker improve his/her PowerPoint slides? What one question do you have?
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