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Factsheet: Presentation (Project Pitch)

This fact sheet describes expectations for HPSC 3004 presentation (project pitch) and offers some advice. Also refer to the 3004 syllabus.

HPSC3004 Moodle page (link).


3004 presentation (project pitch) is scheduled for early in Term 1. 

The task is to pitch your research project to an audience. The pitch should focus on essential elements of your project: what is your research question? what is your working hypothesis? what is you project's scope? what are your supervisory arrangements? what will be your methodology? It also should identify key starting points, such as the literature you're launching from. You might also describe your interest in this project: what's motivating you to do this work?

The objective is to demonstrate a well developed research proposal (clear question, solid understanding of preliminary readings, and clear plan to the project including supervisory arrangements).

The presentation will be 10 minutes, plus questions from the audience. The audience will include staff and students from the department, plus anyone you care to invite. PowerPoint may not be used. A 1-page A4 handout may be used, but it is not required.

The presentation schedule will be distributed via supervisors, posted on the 3004 Moodle page, and distributed via students’ UCL e-mail addresses. Students are responsible for obtaining this information and attending.

A primer on presentation skills will be offered prior to the session. Attendance at the primer session is optional. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss presentations with their supervisor in advance and to rehearse presentations under examination conditions.

contribution to module result

Presentation (Project Pitch) will be marked, contributing 5% to the final module mark. 

Failure to attend at scheduled time: Presentation schedules are fixed because they require tight co-ordination of examiners and students. Students must attend their assigned presentation session and remain for the full session. Sessions will not be re-scheduled without an approved extension from the undergraduate tutor. Failure to attend the scheduled session without an approved extension may result in a mark of zero for this element.

Presentation schedules will be distributed via the 3004 Moodle page and in e-mails distributed to students via their UCL e-mail address. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain this information in time to make specific arrangements to attend.

criteria for assessment

Examiners will use a standard rubric for their assessment. This rubric will be posted on the 3004 Moodle site. Students should discuss this rubric with their supervisor.

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