Monthly Archives: October 2016

SFU feedback is really important


The Applied project has been running for a number of years and each year we look to the students to provide feedback on how the unit may be delivered. For example, in the past I have run weekly meetings only and fortnightly meetings with varying feedback in which students felt the weekly meetings might have been too much and the fortnightly too far apart. What I have done this year is to try and get a balance of both at strategic points throughout the semester.

You will have recently received an e-mail requesting that you complete the Student Feedback on units (SFU) – I would encourage you to follow the link provided in the e-mail  and let us know what you liked and what we can improve within the unit as your feedback will influence the experience of future students.

Getting ready for your final presentations


OK, so you are almost near the end and now it is time to show the industry partner the work you have completed over the past few months. Remember, be confident as you are the expert in this project and the industry partner would not have agreed to participate if they did not want to know what you had to say.

Please see below for confirmations of times to date;

Tuesday 18th October

12:30 – Taronga Zoo @ Taronga

Wednesday 19th October

9:00 – UWS Connect @ BoilerHouse on Parramatta campus

10:00 – Wesley Lodge @ Wesley Lodge

10:30 – Mecure (M restaurant)@ Mecure

11:00 – Mecure (Customer satisfaction)@ Mecure

1:00 – Dooley’s Bistro @Dooleys

1:30 – Dooley’s customer journey @Dooleys

3:15 – Novotel 350 restaurant @Novotel

3:45 – Novotel NPS @ Novotel

For all groups please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to allow you sufficient time to set up

In advance you need think about the following;

  • Binding your report – how many do you need
  • Having a back up of your presentation
  • Appropriate attire

Any questions just let me know.

Presentation tips and feedback


Firstly, thank you to the groups for completing your practice presentations. The idea of the presentations was to offer students the ability to practice the delivery of the presentation (iron our some kinks), it was also an opportunity to see what your fellow students are up to. Below are some general comments from across the presentations for you to consider;

  • Introduce members of your team and the presentation you are going to do
  • Mention project brief, however do not spend too much time on this
  • Slides – be careful with selection of colours for background and text.
  • Slides – care with font size and amount on information on a slide
  • Be confident – you are the experts on your project. NO one else has spent 12 weeks investigating this topic
  • Think about how pictures and photos could enhance your presentation
  • Do you need hand outs to support presentation
  • If you experienced limitations in your project tell the partner what they were – do not use them as excuses
  • Do not apologise for your survey numbers
    Don’t look for me or your industry partner during presentation, look at all members present
  • Look above head level if you get nervous
  • Use your dossier references
  • Draw links between your research and the findings so industry partner can see how the research has informed the results
  • Think about your role in the presentation
  • Do not get in each other’s way during presentation.
  • Think about how you dress
    When other members of the group are presenting be interested
  • Be aware of personal habits such as the way you stand, touching your face and what you do with your hands
  • Be mindful of your speech – volume and speed

One of the biggest differences yesterday between the groups was that you could tell who had practiced and who had not – you all need to practice so you know who is saying what when, what slide needs to be on the screen and so you know how long it should take.

I hope these tips assist with your presentations next week

Practice presentations


OK, so tomorrow we have our practice presentations and the reason for this session is twofold;

  • It is an opportunity to practices
  • It is an opportunity to see what other groups have been up to (and critique their presentations)

So what sorts of things do you need to practice? Think about how you will present – will you use powerpoint, prezi, other presentation tools. Do you need access to the internet? Who will speak and when? Will there be a dedicated person who does the slides? Do you need props?

Essentially what I want you to do is cover the following;

  • Quick recap of the issue facing the organisation
  • Outline how you have collected information (qualitative, quantitative and the ways in which this was done – survey, observation, etc)
  • Recommendations and solutions to be presented to industry partners
  • Questions and feedback
  • We will need to stick fairly close to time as we have multiple group to present. To facilitate this I ask that everyone be on time as the first presentation will start right on 9:00am. Also I have asked that your slides be sent across to me prior so I can have them uploaded ready to go.

The order for presentations is as follows (yes a tight schedule), you have a total of 30 minutes for set up, presentation and questions:

9:00 UWS Connect
9:30 Wesley Lodge
10:00 Taronga Zoo
10:30 Mecure – customer satisfaction
11:00 Mecure – M restaurant
11:30 Careers discussion and SFU

1:00 Dooleys – Bistro
1:30 Novotel – 350 restaurant
2:00 Dooleys – touchpoint
2:30 Novotel – NPS data
3:00 Careers and SFU

What you do not have to do is to tell us everything that will be in your report. The idea is to provide the highlights and make the listener want to read your report.