PowerPoint 101 for Scientists and Medical Writers
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PowerPoint 101 for Scientists and Medical Writers

Achieve Maximum Impact With Your Scientific, Academic, or Research Presentations
4.3 (77 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
250 students enrolled
Created by Emma Nichols, PhD
Last updated 3/2020
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 16 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • PowerPoint for Scientific and Technical Presentations
  • Basic knowledge of PowerPoint

Hello! This course is PowerPoint 101 for Scientists and Medical Writers. We have brought you this course so that you can achieve maximum impact with your own or someone else's scientific presentations.

This course was created for anyone who needs to create PowerPoints or slide decks with scientific content in them, whether you are creating them about your own research or for a client. We will talk about multiple aspects of creating a PowerPoint, from key tools within the program to general design rules for creating compelling, easy-to-understand graphs and tables.

Although we are focusing on PowerPoint, many of the strategies we discuss will also apply to other presentation tools, such as Keynote and Prezi. 

You may be thinking that there are many courses on PowerPoint already, including several on Udemy, but THIS course is geared specifically towards scientists, researchers, graduate students and professors in sciences, healthcare professionals, and medical writers, who need to create effective SCIENTIFIC presentations.

For medical writers in particular, we are in the business of clearly communicating scientific information, and if you are able to do this effectively in PowerPoint, you will become a go-to resource for your clients when it comes to creating slide decks. It's lucrative work, and you are likely to quickly end up with more work than you can handle—this is a good thing, right?

This course has four sections:

  • PowerPoint basics, including inserting slide elements, arranging and aligning elements, and working with templates and master slides so that you can work as efficiently as possible.

  • Slide Design. This is what sets our course apart, because we really focus on how to deal with complex SCIENTIFIC data by using builds and other strategies.

  • Graphs and Tables, teaching you how to present data in a visually appealing and understandable format, including how to redraw graphs for maximum effect.

  • Case Study. We go step-by-step through a case study to show you how a typical scientific presentation can be recreated for maximum impact.

This course also includes several opportunities where you can get feedback from us and your peers.

Anyone who regularly has to create technical or scientific presentations will benefit from this course. Perhaps you…

  • Write manuscripts professionally as a medical writer, but don't quite have the confidence to offer slide deck creation to your clients. This course will give you all the information you need to start doing that.

  • Are a graduate student, postdoc, or professor and are going to be giving an important presentation to your peers and advisors or at a large conference. The time spent in this course learning how to communicate your findings clearly will pay off several fold in terms of creating a great impression.

  • Teach science or medicine as a teacher, professor, or guest lecturer, and need help making compelling and interesting presentations.

  • Are already competent in creating effective PowerPoints and you just want to level up and create the best presentations possible with efficiency.

This course is a must-take for professors, researchers, scientists, doctors, medical writers, and anyone else who creates these types of slide decks. Your audience will thank you! All you need is a rudimentary knowledge of PowerPoint to get started as well as the need to create impressive scientific presentations. Just click on the link to enroll. I look forward to seeing you in the course!

Please note: the different versions of Powerpoint vary slightly, so some things might be different depending on which operating system and version you use. We use PowerPoint for Mac, but most of the tools translate to Windows well. One notable difference is that Master Slide is not present on the Web-based Office 365 version of PowerPoint.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who needs to create a technical or scientific PowerPoint presentation for school or work
  • Researchers, professors, scientists, laboratory technicians, medical writers, doctors, physicians, healthcare professionals, medical communications professionals, and more!
Course content
Expand all 18 lectures 03:10:19
+ The PowerPoint Toolbox
3 lectures 54:17
The Arrange and Align Panels
Working With Templates and Master Slides
+ Slide Design
7 lectures 01:07:24
Assertion-Evidence Vs. Topic-Subtopic
Using Color
Using Builds
Example of Creating a Build
References and Slide Notes
Mapping Your Presentation
+ Presenting Data
5 lectures 55:26
Introduction to Data Visualization and PowerPoint Charts
Choosing Chart Style
+ Conclusion and Case Study
2 lectures 08:46
Case Study
Final Words