DRAMA 100/100G : Presentation and Performance Skills: Taking the Stage


2023 Semester Two (1235) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Focuses on enhancing oral communication and performance skills through interactive workshops with speakers and performers highlighting the transferable skills of acting in three main areas: public speaking, improvising and group-devised performance.

Course Overview

This course is about finding out what matters to you and figuring out how to effectively communicate this, directly through speech, and creatively through theatre. Along the way we will use reflective writing as a tool for self-development. We hope that you will complete this course with a deeper sense of your own unique voice, and the confidence to express this voice in the world.

Below you will find the learning outcomes  for the course. As important as these are the course values, which shape all of the work that we do and are integral to course learning.

Course Values:
1. Whanaungatanga/Belonging - creating a respectful community where each person upholds our core values, working together, growing together.
2. Manaakitanga/hospitality - respecting and caring for one another, prioritizing listening and seeking to understand.
3. Fiafia, Fiefie/Fun - let’s enjoy the journey and each other’s company!
4. Tautinoga/Commitment (respecting ourselves and others by fulfilling our obligations).
5. Tukanga auahatanga/Creativity (making, dreaming, imagining, shaping).
6. Mafaufauga/Thinking, Intuition (perceptive thought, our inner voice, to our bodies, opening to what others and the environment are communicating).
7. Fai faalelei/Thoroughness - we tackle every challenge to the best of our ability, do it well!

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Understand the principles of effective public speaking (Capability 1.1 and 4.2)
  2. Improve your confidence in public performance (Capability 1.2, 3.2 and 4.2)
  3. Develop and demonstrate the vocal and physical skills that underlie effective performance (Capability 1.2 and 4.2)
  4. Develop the skills to work effectively in a team (Capability 1.2, 3.2 and 4.3)
  5. Create a dynamic original presentation (Capability 3.2, 4.2 and 4.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Portfolio 40% Individual Coursework
Presentation 30% Individual Coursework
Presentation 30% Group & Individual Coursework

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week on each 15 point course that they are enrolled in, including class time and personal study and assignment preparation.

For this course, you can expect 1 hours per week of lectures, a 2-hour weekly workshop, and up to 7 hours per week of rehearsal, reading and thinking about the content and work on assignments.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including lectures and workshops to complete components of the course (presentation assessments are carried out in-class).
Lectures will be available as recordings. Workshops will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events.
Attendance on campus is required for the presentation assessments.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

There is a short weekly reading and further suggested readings. These are all provided via the Canvas Reading Lists tab. No purchase of texts is required.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Students have provided positive feedback on the course, and we continue to make minor modifications from year to year in response to this feedback.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Well-being always comes first
We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page https://canvas.auckland.ac.nz/courses/33894, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 19/10/2022 09:28 a.m.