Week 12: Describing shapes and images

Perhaps just as important as the structure and organization of a presentation are the ways in which you present and describe the data and results you have collected. Without clear, easy-to-read graphics such as images, diagrams and graphs, the audience will find it incredibly difficult to keep up with the key findings in your research. Making sure the audience can understand and follow the meaning behind your data is, after all, the whole point! If you take time to choose how to display your data carefully, and learn how to describe the information clearly, you cannot go wrong. In this unit, we will be looking at the best ways to present scientific images and photographs, and how to verbally describe the shapes and patterns within them. Special attention will be given to techniques for helping the audience to identify the important elements of images and interpret them in the way the presenter hopes them to.