Who can Enter

Anyone who is enrolled in CDU IT courses (short course, VET, undergraduate and postgraduate courses) in Academic Year 2023.

Your Mission

This research competition is adopting the well-known Three-minute thesis competition founded by the University of Queensland.

The contestant will have 3 minutes to present to the panel of judges accompanied by only a single static PowerPoint slide. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed.

Additional rules are as follows.

  • No additional electronic media (e.g sound and video files) are permitted
  • No additional props (e.g costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (eg. No poems, raps or songs)

Important Dates

Registration Closing Date

Date: Thursday 12th October 2023
Time: 17:00 hrs
PowerPoint Slide or PDF File Submission Date
Date: Thursday 21th October 2023
Time: 23:59 hrs
Channel: by uploading to the submission link provided by the working team through email confirmation
First Round
Date: Monday 23rd October 2023
Time: 13:00 hrs onwards
Venue: Orange 03.1.00 Performance Theatre
Final Round
Date: Friday 27th October 2023
Time: 9:00 hrs onwards
Venue: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel at Esplanade or virtually through MS Teams

Juding Criteria

Your entrant will be judged based on the criteria as follows.

  • Content (25%) – Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance? Did the presentation clearly describe important elements of the research?
  • Comprehension (25%) – Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence? Was the research communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience? Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology, and provide adequate background information to illustrate points? Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation, or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect, or was the presentation rushed?
  • Engagement (25%) – Did the presentation make the audience want to know more? Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research? Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
  • Communication (25%) – Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research? Did the speaker have sufficient presence, including vocal range, maintaining a steady pace, and having a confident stance? Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation? Was it clear, legit, and concise?

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