Power Point Presentation

Imagine that you have been asked to provide a presentation to a high school biology class. The teacher wants you to address the following topics in your presentation:

  • the endocrine system,
  • the skeletal system,
  • birth control methods,
  • the human senses, and
  • gross anatomy of the human brain.

Create a 10- to 12-slide PowerPoint presentation that includes the following information.

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  • Give examples of endocrine glands, and briefly explain what these glands do.
  • Explain a negative feedback loop using the thyroid system as an example; provide a visual aid to illustrate the loop (see suggestion below concerning searching for illustrations)
  • Describe gender differences in the human skeleton.
  • Identify an antagonistic muscle pair and explain how they work together.
  • Indicate the mode of action, risks, and efficacy of the following types of birth control:
    • combination birth control pills,
    • injectables,
    • male condoms, and
    • Intrauterine devices.
  • Research STDs in the CSU Online Library:
    • Open the CSU Online Library link in your student portal.
    • Under “discovery search,” click the tab for “articles.”
    • In the keyword search field, type “sexually transmitted disease” (spelled exactly like that).
    • From the list of available articles that comes up, select one that interests you.
    • Click on the article link, then click on “PDF full text,” and read the article. (Note: Not all articles will provide the full text; if your choice does not, you will have to select a different article.)
    • Discuss what you learned about STDs from the article in 1-2 slides in your presentation. Cite the article according to APA guidelines and list it on your references slide.
  • List and briefly discuss:
    • each of the general senses and
    • the special sense.
  • Use the illustration of the brain below in one of your slides. (To copy and paste: Click on the image and press CTRL-C to copy it. Then, navigate to your slide, place your cursor where you want the illustration to be, and press CTRL-V to paste it on the slide.)

PowerPoint slides should not contain a lot of text; use speaker notes to provide the details of your presentation. For example, address the five areas in the graphic above in your speaker’s notes for that slide and briefly explain what each area is and what it does.

Include a title slide and a reference slide. In addition to providing references on a reference slide, you need to cite your material in the slides as appropriate; use APA format for your references and citations.

Suggestions for Searching for Illustrations

When looking for illustrations to use, it is suggested that you type the subject into a search engine and click “images.” For your presentation, you are allowed to copy and paste images (being sure to cite and reference them).

However, you are NOT allowed to copy and paste content, such as text, tables, and the like. As much as possible, your presentation needs to be in your own words.

PowerPoint Guidance

Do you need to refresh your knowledge concerning PowerPoint?

  • Click here to view a tutorial on PowerPoint Basics.
  • Click on the Notes tab on the right side of the tutorial screen to see a transcript of the PowerPoint webinar.
  • You can also search online for information concerning best practices concerning what should and should not be done when creating a PowerPoint presentation.


  • As directed in the tutorial above, pay attention to the background and font colors in your presentation—try to avoid using plain black text on a white background, but also avoid using colors that are visually difficult to see, such as yellow text on a light background, or that are unpleasant, such as red text on a yellow background. Strive for a pleasing, visually appealing appearance.
  • Reminder: The speaker notes should provide the detail and discussion of your presentation, and everything in the presentation should be in your own words, not copied and pasted from a source.