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Research Skills required by PhD students E2: Construct coherent arguments and articulate ideas...
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Research Skills required by PhD students E2: Construct coherent arguments and articulate ideas clearly to a range of audiences, formally and informally through a variety of techniques
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By the time students complete a PhD, they should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.
- Can you explain the process of your research so that people in your field understand it?
- Can you explain how you arrived at your conclusions and respond to relevant questions and remarks?
- Can you ask compelling questions in seminars?
- Can you introduce yourself and your research in one or two sentences at a research gathering - in a way that leads to interesting conversation?
- Can you produce a poster describing your work and discuss it effectively with viewers?
- Can you give an effective 15-minute overview of your research?
- Can you give an 40-minute seminar that describes your work clearly, justifies it well, and leaves the audience with clear insights or messages?
- Can you explain how you decide what to say in different presentation contexts?
- Can you produce clear, succinct, and well-designed visual aids such as PowerPoint slide show?
- Can you present your work confidently to an unfamiliar audience?
- Can you tailor your presentations for different audiences?
- Can you articulate some principles of good oral presentations?
- Can you describe strategies for managing your time effectively in presentations?
Evidence of this skill
These are examples of documents you can collect. Each implies a piece or work, which may be a good way for you to develop this skill.
- Probation mini-viva.
- Dissertation defence.
- Record of Internal or external seminar presentation.
- Record of participation in a conference including:
- paper or poster presented
- PowerPoint slides used
- new contacts made with people interested in your work
- feedback from an observer in the audience on your performance (e.g. in answering questions)
- Record of effective participation at Open Day.
This page is based upon material produced by The Open University’s research school to support doctoral students.