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Performance training - get ready for your teaching, presentations or PhD defense
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3922-24-00-02 
Enrollment deadline: 06/05/2024
Date and time06.06.2024, at: 09:00 - 16:00
Regular seats12
Course fee2,280.00 kr.
LecturersNicole Schmitt
ECTS credits0.90
Contact personNicole Schmitt    E-mail address: nschmitt@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This is a generic course. This means that the course is reserved for PhD students at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences at UCPH.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at the Graduate School, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. After the enrolment deadline, available seats will be allocated to the waiting list.

The course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD students at NorDoc member faculties. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
1. Identify personal communication patterns
2. Understand rhetorical and performative principles
3. Apply the obtained knowledge on own cases
4. Use appropriate feedback techniques

The aim of this course is to improve the oral communication capacity of the individual participant, so that you are better equipped for presentations, teaching activities, communication to peers or external collaboration partners, foundations and decision-makers, etc.
The course will cover aspects such as use of voice, body language, storytelling technique, dramaturgical methods for building a presentation, the use of visual instruments, structural tools and feedback elements.
The course emphasizes the practical element of the dissemination, and is based on the PhD students' own research. Case-based work is carried out where you work with own cases – i.e. communication tasks you are about to solve. In this way, the course taps into a busy everyday life and serves as preparation for a given presentation activity.

It should be pointed out that although the teaching is based on rhetorical and performative disciplines, it is not a question of turning you into an actor – but strengthening your performative preparedness (e.g. handling nervousness) skills and not least impact.

This is a recurrent course. Examples of evaluations from previous participants:
- "Presentation of our research is crucial and as researchers there is a lot focus on data - in this course you will learn how to get your message out there and lead your audience through the presentation."
- "Direct feedback to one's way of presenting is worth its weight in gold. Especially when supplemented with relevant suggestions for improvement…”
- "This is a workshop where you get individual feedback. There is a good atmosphere, which makes it very good in the feedback round.”
- “Thank you for a really great course today! I would say it's one of the most useful courses I've taken during my PhD!”

Participants should have a presentation task to solve which may span everything from classroom teaching, scientific presentation for peers or at conferences, or PhD defense.
Before the start of the course, each participants is asked to send a brief description of their own communicative challenges and purpose of participating in the course (the personal learning goal).

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:
- All graduate programmes

English or Danish, dependent on participants.

The course alternates between presentations, exercises, student presentations, feedback, and individual coaching.

Prior to the course, the students receive a short video where they get a brief introduction to the course.
The participants are expected to prepare a short oral presentation (duration max. 5 min.) prior to course. The topic must be either a presentation of your own research project in general or of a central part of your own PhD project. It is up to the participant whether they use presentation tools like PowerPoint or free oral presentation. The presentation must comprise start, middle and end and target the other course participants, i.e. fellow PhD students not necessarily familiar with the topic.
The participants will get feedback on their own presentations and will play an active role in given feedback to their peers.

Course director
Nicole Schmitt, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH, nschmitt@sund.ku.dk

Bent Nørgaard, communication consultant and stage director, www.bentnørgaard.dk

6 June 2024

Course location
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The Panum Instititute, Mærsk Tower, room tba

Please register before 6 May 2024

Expected frequency
4 times/year (twice in spring, twice in fall)

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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