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The ability to deliver an effective presentation is critical in most job functions. This introductory-level course helps learners organize, structure, and create effective presentations that feature slides as a visual aid. Because many organizations use PowerPoint as a way of communicating information, this course offers advice and guidance on the most effective and persuasive uses of PowerPoint, including best practices on word count, graphics, and structure.

Average weekly commitment: 3+ hours. Total course commitment: 15+ hours.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Recognize what makes communication effective
  • Understand the elements in the communications process
  • Organize their communications and create presentations
  • Understanding graphic rules of thumb
  • Summarize effectively in a presentation
  • Describe and employ the four steps of purposeful communication in presentations
  • Understand the forecast, present, and echo structure for presentations
  • Recognize key visual considerations for PowerPoint slides and presentations
  • Understand the success factors for face-to-face presentations


Module 1: Get Organized

Module 2: Research and Planning

Module 3: Visual Considerations

Module 4: Reviewing and Revising

Module 5: Presentation Delivery

Evaluation Method



  • Basic keyboarding capability
  • Basic internet navigation skills
  • Basic file management knowledge
  • MS PowerPoint Basics (or equivalent skills)

Required Materials

  • High-speed internet (at least 25 Mbps download speed) – click here for more information
  • Windows computer running MS PowerPoint 2013, 2016 or Office 365 (desktop or laptop)


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Course Reference Number (CRN) 93025

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