Module 4 - Background Required Atkinson, C. & Mayer, R. E., (2004). Five Ways to Reduce PowerPoint Overload. Retrieved on 27 Feb 2015 from Atkinson, C. (2004a). The Cognitive Load of Powe


Module 4 - Background


Atkinson, C. & Mayer, R. E., (2004). Five Ways to Reduce PowerPoint Overload. Retrieved on 27 Feb 2015 from

Atkinson, C. (2004a). The Cognitive Load of PowerPoint: Q&A with Richard E. Mayer. Retrieved on Feb 13, 2015, from

Atkinson, C., (2004b). Five Experts Dispute Edward Tufte on PowerPointSociable Media.

Bowman, J. (2002). Presentation Skills. Retrieved on Feb 10, 2015, from

Doumont, J. (2005). The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: Slides Are Not All Evil. Technical Communication, 52(1), 64-70.Retrieved from ProQuest.

Graves, J. A. (2012). 6 résumé writing tips for business school grads. U.S.News & World Report. Retrieved on Feb 10, 2015, from

Healthy Dining Finder (2015). Healthy Diet Finder homepage. Retrieved on Feb 26, 2015, from

Khoo, V. (2012). How to... write winning cover letters and résumés. Charter, 83(5), 44-45. Retrieved from ProQuest.

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Norman, D. (2004). In Defense of PowerPoint. Retrieved on Jan 30, 2015, from

Pearson (2015e).  Oral presentation skills.  Retrieved on August 8, 2015 from

Rogers, P. (1998) TeknoSport: Communicating to Prevent ChangeBusiness Communication Quarterly, 61(1), 139-145.

Tufte, E., (2003). PowerPoint Is Evil. Power Corrupts. PowerPoint Corrupts Absolutely. Wired. Retrieved on Feb 10, 2015, from

TUI (2015). Oral communication rubric. Document in support of Business Communication (BUS303). Available from Trident University International, 5757 Plaza Drive, Cypress, CA 90630.

Module 4 - Case


Create a PowerPoint slideshow as described here. Add audio to your presentation by using the “Record Narration” option under the Slide Show tab in PowerPoint. You will need a microphone, which should be built in on most computers. (There is no need to have a real audience, unless you want to.)

If you have difficulty recording, submit a full script in the notes section of your PowerPoint slides that reads the way the narration would have, had it been presented. Your submission will be assessed based in part on this script. You may include colloquial expressions that you would use (if any) if speaking to a real audience.

The presentation must have at least 9 slides, including the opening and ending slides which should not be blank. Include the appropriate recorded narration for these slides.

You are acting as a nutrition consultant to the restaurant. Address your presentation to Mr. Adrian Hammersmith, owner, and his staff at Adrian's Steak House, 974 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA 30060. You will explain information about the Healthy Dining program which can be found at the Healthy Diet Finder (2015) home page ( The home page is primarily for diners. A link at the bottom of the page, labeled “Nutrition Services,” takes dietitians and restaurateurs to information about nutrition and other services. Your presentation should provide the audience with an overview of the program, including information about the services provided by and benefits of Healthy Dining. Additionally, you should have at least one slide that describes the impact on the staff that adopting the Healthy Dining practices will have.

Save your PowerPoint presentation with recorded narration as a slideshow. Submit it by the module's due date.

Assignment Expectations

The PowerPoint slideshow must be professionally prepared and include narration. (PowerPoint presentations should not be larger than 10MB.) Record the presentation as a slideshow and submit it.

Your slideshow will be graded according to the Trident Oral Communication Rubric (TUI, 2015).

No citations and formal bibliography are necessary for Case 4.

Case General Expectations


In the Case Assignments, students will assume the role of a Manager in Employee Communications at a large service firm, such as a bank, or an advertising or consulting firm. Students will assume this role throughout the Case Assignments and be challenged with different scenarios, requiring written and verbal communication.

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