Week 6 Project

Final Project: PowerPoint Presentation of Your Professional Development Plan

You have already identified many resources in your network—in this class and outside the university—and within the wider community. Support is best used when you know what you need; it is hard to get support in building a ladder if you do not know what a ladder looks like.

If you have an idea of what a ladder looks like, you can ask for rungs and nails and a hammer. Think of the resources offered by as the rungs and nails for your ladder, but you are the one who must design the ladder. A PDP allows you to design your ladder and identify which supports you need to build it.

Remember that you must help your classmates and colleagues along the way with their ladders too. Think of what you need to give, as well as what you will need to receive, in terms of support and help.

A PDP explains how you, individually, came to the decision to begin your graduate studies, what you envision for yourself and others when you complete the degree, and what objectives or steps you need to define in order to realize your dream and become your previously envisioned “future self.” You will refer to your PDP when you want to check your progress or re-evaluate your goals. It should be motivating and related to the mission of , your mission, and the community of your colleagues. Remember, we are all in this together.

PowerPoint presentations will be used in many of your courses at. This Assignment will also provide an opportunity for you to become familiar with, or become a more advanced user of, PowerPoint as a communication tool.

NOTE: You are strongly encouraged to submit this Assignment as a PowerPoint presentation, but if you are having difficulty with the software, you may submit it as a Word document with sufficient notes to explain each “slide.” Please feel free to contact your Instructor if you need any support with this Assignment.

To prepare for this Project:

Prepare a PowerPoint presentation of your PDP using no more than 6–8 slides.

The PDP should incorporate elements within your specific Program Tab and must address the following:

  1. Where have you been in your life personally and professionally that has brought you to this point?
  2. What is your motivation in choosing this career; why did you choose this profession and aspiration?
  3. How do your personal and professional community factor in to the realization of your aspirations—what support mechanisms do you have in place to help you meet your goals?
  4. What are the things you foresee that might get in the way of your plan, and how will you overcome them as well as help others overcome theirs?
  5. Share about your future self. Where do you want to go professionally, and how will you leverage your experience to become this person? What is the best advice you would give yourself now from the point of success when you finish?

Make use of the Notes section within PowerPoint to provide the details of your presentation.

Your presentation should be explicit in its detail about what you plan to do at  to meet your personal and professional goals.


Study Notes
Creating PowerPoint Presentations 

1. BeginwithatitleslidefollowedbyanIntroduction. 2. Chooseabackgroundthat: 

  •   Is not too graphically busy
  •   Is a contrasting color to your text
    3. Usetextthat
  •   Is in a clear font like Calibri or Arial
  •   Is a sufficient font size (14 point or higher)
  •   Is consistent (no more than 2 different fonts per slide)
  1. A general rule for PowerPoint slides is to only have main points listed on the slide, or about 5 lines with 5 words per line.
  2. UsePowerPoint’sNotessectiontoelaborateoneachslide’sbriefpoints.Keeping the slide text minimal draws attention to the key ideas so that you don’t overwhelm your audience or repeat information.
  3. Presentonemainideaoneachslide.Endwithaconclusionslide.Forthis Assignment, references are not required, but if you do cite information, you can do this in the Speaker’s Notes. The final slide would be the reference slide.
  4. Pictures and graphics are fine. If you download these from the Internet, be aware of copyright laws. Be creative. Have fun! 


Discussion posting demonstrates an excellent understanding of all   of the concepts and key points presented in the text/s and Learning   Resources. Posting provides   significant detail (including multiple relevant examples), evidence from the   readings and other scholarly sources, and discerning ideas. 

(22–24 points)

Discussion posting demonstrates a good understanding of most of   the concepts and key points presented in the text/s and Learning Resources.   Posting provides moderate detail (including at least one pertinent example),   evidence from the readings and other scholarly sources, and discerning ideas.   

(19–21 points)

Discussion posting demonstrates a fair understanding of the concepts   and key points as presented in the text/s and Learning Resources. Posting may   be lacking or incorrect in some   area, or in detail and specificity, and/or may not include sufficient   pertinent examples or provide sufficient evidence from the readings. 

(17–18 points)

Student interacts frequently with peers. The feedback   postings and responses to questions are excellent and fully contribute to the   quality of interaction by offering constructive critique, suggestions,   in-depth questions, use of scholarly, empirical resources, and stimulating   thoughts and/or probes. 

(8 points)

Student interacts moderately with peers. The feedback   postings and responses to questions are good but may not fully contribute to   the quality of interaction by offering constructive critique, suggestions,   in-depth questions, use of scholarly, empirical resources, and stimulating   thoughts and/or probes. 

(7 points)

Student interacts minimally with peers or the feedback postings, and responses   to questions only partially contribute to the quality of interaction by   offering insufficient constructive critique or suggestions, shallow   questions, or providing poor quality additional resources. 

(6 points)

Postings are well   organized, use scholarly tone, contain original writing and proper   paraphrasing, follow APA style, contain very few or no writing and/or   spelling errors, and are fully   consistent with graduate-level writing style. 

(8 points)

Postings are mostly consistent   with graduate-level writing style. Postings may have some small organization,   scholarly tone, writing, or APA style issues, and/or may contain a few   writing and spelling errors. 

(7 points)

Postings are somewhat   below graduate-level writing style. Postings may be lacking in   organization, scholarly tone, APA style, and/or contain many writing and/or   spelling errors, or show moderate reliance on quoting vs. original writing   and paraphrasing. 

(6 points)