Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course is designed to build awareness, understandings and frameworks for skills development in the qualities and attributes of presentational formats that involve the voice and the body when used together with technologies to present ideas and concepts that not only inform but also seek to persuade and motivate. The course will focus on ways of delivering content mindful of the ways in which the visual, the sonic and the choices of technologies used can best support the ideas needing to be communicated.

Such presentations are at the heart of developing dialogues and innovative thinking when collaborating interdisciplinary practices interact. Presenting becomes essential for students and teachers alike when creative interactions become pivotal in the classroom, the industry workspace or the Innovation Lab environment.

The course introduces students to:

i) Voice science, psychology of body language and identity creation, and practical methods for self-composure, mindfulness, and gravitas;

ii) the materials and technologies, mobile and networked that contribute to dynamic presentations;

iii) strategies for dynamically engaging with presentation and communication skills.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Winter - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify and classify verbal and body language in acts of communicative intention.

2. Competently apply foundational vocal techniques that enhance oral communication skills.

3. Practice and enact techniques for managing nerves and establishing self-composure.

4. Develop oral presentations using a range of materials including text, images, sound, voice, gesture and technology.


In this course students will:

  1. Learn the foundational vocal techniques that enhance oral communication skills;
  2. Investigate practical vocal and physical techniques for managing nerves and establishing self-composure;
  3. Experiment with a range of technologies, mobile and networked and strategies for designing and delivering presentations that seek to persuade and motivate as well as inform;
  4. Practice the design of spoken and mediated voice to be used in communicative and presentational formats

Assessment items

Presentation: Project Milestone Presentation 30%

Project: Project Final Presentation 30%

Report: Report 40%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks starting in week 1

Self-Directed Learning

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks starting in week 13


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 2


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks starting in week 8

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.