In groups of 2-­‐4, present the findings of one of your research reports in a presentation (e.g. Power Point). You will be delivering this presentation in class, however pretend that it is made up of your superiors from a different company location.

Prof.  A.  Vanthuyne   COMM  6019-­‐75   Value:  15%  (including  group  updates  in  Week  9/10)   Presentation  Due:  Week  12,  13,  14  (in  class)


LEARNING  OUTCOMES  ASSESSED:     1.  Compose  workplace  documents  including  emails,  letters,  and  a  research  report   2.  Analyze  an  audience  and  tailor  a  message  to  that  audience   3.  Apply  principles  of  grammar,  punctuation,  and  editing  appropriate  to  professional  writing   4.  Prepare  documents  according  to  basic  principles  of  formatting  and  visual  communication  in   various  written  documents   5.  Demonstrate  critical  thinking  skills  in  reading,  writing,  and  discussion   6.  Perform  an  effective  oral  online  presentation   7.  Employ  research  skills  including  locating,  selecting,  evaluating,  and  documenting  source   materials   8.  Practice  the  ability  to  collaborate  with  peers     THE  ASSIGNMENT  and  SCENARIO   In  groups  of  2-­‐4,  present  the  findings  of  one  of  your  research  reports  in  a  presentation  (e.g.   Power  Point).  You  will  be  delivering  this  presentation  in  class,  however  pretend  that  it  is  made   up  of  your  superiors  from  a  different  company  location.    They  have  asked  you  to  undertake  the   research  and  write  the  report  (which  is  already  completed).  Now,  you  must  deliver  your   findings  so  that  your  superiors  can  make  an  educated  decision.         DETAILED  CONTENT:   Your  presentation/Power  Point  should  cover  the  following  topics,  organized  by  the  following   mandatory  slides/steps:     1)  Introduction  slide   2)  Table  of  Contents  slide—give  us  a  brief  overview  of  what  you  plan  to  discuss   3)  Introduction  slide:  provide  your  audience  with  context.  Describe  the  problem,  its   background,  and  the  necessity  for  a  solution.  Give  your  recommendations  UP  FRONT—let  us   know  what  you  decided  and  why.   4)  Criteria:  What  3  did  you  pick?  How  did  you  compare  them?  Why  were  these  the  most  logical   selections  for  both?     5a)  Criterion  1—the  comparison,  include  a  graphic  (from  the  report)   5b)  Criterion  2—the  comparison,  include  a  graphic  (from  the  report)   5c)  Criterion  3—the  comparison,  include  a  graphic  (from  the  report)   6)  Recommendations  and  Conclusions   7)  Slide  detailing  your  sources,  correctly  formatted  in  APA   8)  Questions  slide,  and  then  thank  the  listeners.


• Each  member  of  the  group  must  speak  during  the  presentation     • Adjust  your  tone  and  professionalism  accordingly   • Consider  the  fact  that  you  may  have  audience  members  who  are  not  familiar  with  the

technical  details  of  your  report.     TIMETABLE  OF  PRESENTATIONS   You  can  choose  your  own  groups  for  this  presentation  by  the  end  of  week  8.  A  forum  will  be   set  up  for  you  to  post  your  date  of  choice,  group  members  and  topic.  If  you  have  not  chosen  a   group  by  the  end  of  week  8,  a  group  will  be  chosen  for  you.     Length  of  Presentations   -­‐Groups  of  2  students:  8-­‐10  minutes   -­‐Groups  of  3:  10-­‐15  minutes   -­‐  Groups  of  4:  15-­‐20  minutes     EVALUATION  and  RUBRIC     All  members  of  the  group  will  receive  the  same  grade.  Please  see  the  official  grading  rubric  on   the  next  page.         ADVICE  ON  GROUP  WORK     Working  with  others  is  a  fundamental  part  of  society.  Please  choose  someone  you  can  work   with.  If  you  do  develop  an  issue  with  your  partner  that  requires  the  professor’s  attention,  all   group  members  must  meet  with  the  prof  to  address  this  issue  in  a  public  forum  (or  by  cc’ing   through  emails).       Keep  in  contact  with  each  other.  Write  down  your  partner’s  name  and  email,  cell  phone,   Facebook  page,  or  other  information  of  each  member  and  keep  it  handy.  Discuss  each   member’s  skills.    Use  these  skills  in  preparing  the  presentation.  Your  group  will  run  more   smoothly  if  you  play  to  each  other’s  strengths.  Who  is  good  at  research?    Who  is  good  at   creating  visuals?    Who  is  good  at  writing  scripts?

Group  Presentation  Grading  Rubric


Criteria Excellent (4) Very Good (3)

Good (2) Poor (1)

Preparation Clearly put exceptional effort into preparation & design.

Demonstrated very good presentation & design.

Work showed some evidence of preparation.

Work appeared to have been done at the last minute.

Visual Aids Visual aids added greatly to the presentation.

Visual aids were clear and helpful.

Visual aids were used, but were very wordy or could have been more helpful.

Visual aids were not particularly helpful or were not used.

Organization Presentation was exceptionally logical and superbly organized. Strong introduction and conclusion. Clear transitions from one speaker to another and from one topic to another.

Work had a clear introduction, body and conclusion. Good transitions between speakers and topics.

Presentation was generally organized, but lacked some clarity. Transitions were generally missing or not clearly linked.

Work was poorly organized or ideas were presented randomly. No transitions between speakers and/or topics.

Research Ideas were fully supported with clear research and examples.

Most ideas were supported with research and examples.

Some research was used or referenced.

Research was either not referenced or was not helpful.

Precision Presentation was laser-focused on the topic.

Presentation covered all the main points of the topic.

Presentation covered the topic, but occasionally took detours.

Presentation strayed from the main topic significantly.

Time Mgmt.

Showed exceptional time management skills.

Finished within the allotted time.

Went over the time limit, or went far too under the time limit.

Seemed unaware of the time or how to manage it.

Articulation Excellent and clear verbal articulation of major and minor points. Very concise and coherent. Speed was perfect. Tone was engaging.

Good articulation of major and minor points. Concise and coherent. Speed was a little fast/slow. Tone was good.

Articulation was not always clear and at times hard to understand (coherent). Speed was very fast/slow. Tone somewhat flat.

Poor articulation – not clear, not concise, not coherent. Speed was inappropriate for presentation. Monotone.

Eye Contact Strong eye contact with audience and among team members. Overall, did not read ppts or notes.

Good eye contact with audience and team. Referred to ppts or notes for guidance occasionally.

Eye contact with audience was fair. Read from ppts or notes too much.

No eye contact with audience. Completely read from ppts or notes.

Overall Quality Outstanding overall quality. A powerful, professional and memorable presentation.

Covered all the main points and was generally well delivered.

Could have put in more effort during the preparation and design stages to increase overall quality.

Generally sloppy. Weak presentation skills. Could have been much better.

Please respond to the following:

• Watch the short video on basic corporate structure and business entities. The video helps explain some of the legal nuances of a corporation and compares the corporation to other types of business entities discussed in the text.

o Understanding Corporate Structure (1:07)

o Exploring business entity types | Small business | (10:10)

• A friend has asked you to help her decide how to protect her soon-to-be-opened bakery from liability, while still maintaining a business structure that fits her needs. Compare and contrast two (2) different possible business entities that would be suitable for her and explain why. Be sure to support your response with legal reasoning

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