Presentation Preparation (Week 8)

Your presentation preparation checklist:

  1. Have you booked a time slot with Nick?

  2. Is your presentation about 10 minutes? Does it have the sections mentioned under the Presentation Format heading?

  3. Have you uploaded the relevant files to a Google Drive folder and shared it with Nick and Ryan? (See the heading Google Drive)

  4. Have you uploaded your presentation script to the Turnit-in submission link on ilearn? (Can be found under the Assignment tab on ilearn)

For anyone not confident using Google Drive or Turnit-in, check out the guides at the bottom of this page.

Booking your presentation

To book your presentation go here: (copy and paste it into the url bar)

Claim a time slot with Nick and fill out the columns. Week 8 is preferable.

Presentation format

The presentation should have the following sections:

  1. Motivation (1-2 minutes): What is your question? Why is it important, significant, surprising? How is it relevant to your audience?

  2. Literature Review (1-2 minutes): A brief thematic analysis of the academic literature which has provided different answers to your question (or explanations for the outcome you are interested in). Remember to organise thematically, like a qualitative analysis. Probably two to four themes (answers/explanations) is all you want. You probably want to focus on one main theory and reference, but then have about 5-6 other references you make mention of. Remember, you almost never summarise articles. They are interviewees in your qualitative study. What you need to do is identify the common answers these different articles have to your research question, and organise your literature review by these (remember, normally we use subheadings for each theme, and that isn’t a bad idea here). Also, remember this is short. You are talking 150-300 words total in the script.

  3. Method (1-2 minutes): How did you design your study, collect your data, and carry out your data analysis so as to answer your research question and provide insight into which of the different answers (identified in lit review) are correct? Remember ideally this should be short and succinct, but still provide enough information so that someone else could replicate your study.

  4. Results (3-6 minutes): Present your thematic analysis of your qualitative interviews, and then reflect on what this means and what it’s implications are, and what you can conclude, and what you can’t really conclude (because of limited data) about your research question.

  5. Conclusion (1-2 minutes): Summarise your study - motivation, literature, method, results, implications - and talk about where to next (you can briefly discuss your survey questions, and introduce what you plan to do in your survey/quantitative study here).

Google Drive folder

Before you give your presentation you must create a Google Drive folder with the relevant files and share it with Nick ( and Ryan ().

Ideally, you should not use a Macquarie University email account.

The Google Drive folder should be called - SOCI2000, 2020, [Insert group name].

The folder should contain the following files and folder:

Exemplar folder

Figure 1: Exemplar folder

The Fieldnotes folder should look like this:

Exemplar fieldnotes

Figure 2: Exemplar fieldnotes

Please have a separate file for each interviewer and have the file marked clearly with the interviewer’s name. Each interview should be marked clearly within the file.

The files within your Soci2000, 2020, [Insert group name} folder should contain the following:

  • “Presentation script” - A Google Doc with your presentation script.

  • “Presentation slides” - A Google Slide file with the slides for your presentation.

  • “Informed consent” - A document that has the informed consent form that you showed your interviewers.

  • “Interview questions” - A document that has the interview schedule that you used in the interviews.

  • “Project proposal” - A document that has a brief outline of your topic, research question, and hypothesis (one to two sentences for each).

  • “Fieldnotes” - A folder that contains your fieldnotes. Eacher interviewer should have their own file and the files should be named “yourname_interviews”. Each separate interview should be marked clearly.

  • “Draft survey questions” - A document that contatins your draft survey questions (OPTIONAL)

Guide to Google Drive

For those who are unfamilar with Google drive here is a quick guide on how to use it for our purposes.

Everyone has access to Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Slides, etc. from your student email. Access Google Drive here:

Finding Google Drive

Figure 3: Finding Google Drive

Google Drive is a hub where you can access different programs in the Google software suite. You can also create folders in your drive to organise your files. Right click near where it says “name” and click “new folder”:

Creating a folder

Figure 4: Creating a folder

Double click the folder you created and you are in. You can add files to the folder by dragging and dropping them in like this:

Adding files

Figure 5: Adding files

Alternatively, if you are adding a file to the folder that is already uploaded to Google Docs (or Slides) you can move the file by opening it and selecting “move” like this:

Adding files 2

Figure 6: Adding files 2

Then you just select the folder you want it to move to and click “move”:

Adding files 3

Figure 7: Adding files 3

Finally you need to share it with us. Go back to main Google Drive screen by selecting Google Drive. From here, right click your SOCI2000, 2020, [Insert Group Name] folder and select share.

Sharing your folder

Figure 8: Sharing your folder

Then click the shareable link button and copy and paste the link into the group chat:

Sharing your folder 2

Figure 9: Sharing your folder 2


You need to upload your presentation script to Turnit-in. This isn’t being marked, instead this is to just check the originality of the document.

The file you will be uploading should be titled "[insert group name]_script". The file type should be PDF or a Word document (.docx is fine).

For those unfamiliar with Turnit-in, here is a quick how-to guide.

The submission link is titled “Presentation script” and can be found under the Assignment tab on ilearn:

Sharing your folder 2

Figure 10: Sharing your folder 2

Once in, simply click “submit paper” as can be seen at the bottom right of this image:

Sharing your folder 2

Figure 11: Sharing your folder 2

Finally, title your submission (the same as the file name is fine), drag your file into the big inviting box that says “you can drop and drag your files here to add them”, and then hit submit at the bottom of the screen:

Sharing your folder 2

Figure 12: Sharing your folder 2

And that concludes the guide.

Last updated on 02 June, 2020 by Ryan King