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6.UAT Oral Communication
Fall 2018

What does 6.UAT stand for?

No idea. 6.UAT was originally called 6.199/6.ThT (to be taken in conjunction with 6.UAP and 6.ThG respectively). So maybe 6.UAT resulted from the smashing together of 6.UAP and 6.ThT?

When should I take 6.UAT?

You are encouraged to take it before your senior year because the skills you work on will be useful during your internships and undergraduate coursework. Freshman have taken the course (and have done well!)

Are there prerequisites?

You do not need to have any presentation experience in order to take this class. All you need is some technical coursework and/or experience under your belt (e.g. from an internship or a project in a course) so you have something to talk about.

Is this class hard if I have stage fright?

In all honesty, you will probably dread coming to class. But what better way to start working on that stage fright than by taking 6.UAT? We all experience nervousness, but over time (at least for me), it becomes manageable and isn't as handicapping.

Is this class too easy if I have given a fair number of presentations?

Even Faculty have remarked that they’ve learned some new ideas in the course (and then tried them in their own talks). You can find ways to be creative, try something different and proactively find value for yourself.

English isn't my first language. Will I be at a disadvantage?

While we hold everyone to the same standard, plenty of non-native English speakers have done well in the course. If you are an undergraduate here at MIT, then your English is good enough for 6.UAT (because there is an English language proficiency requirement for admission)!

I have an accent. Is that a disadvantage?

Well, the audience does need to be able to understand the words you are saying, but usually it means you just need to work on enunciation and pronunciation. It doesn't mean you have to get rid of your accent. In many cases, it is an asset and makes your voice interesting to listen to. I (Tony) have listened to many talks (in 6.UAT and outside of 6.UAT) in which the speaker had an accent and their speech was riddled with grammatical errors, but I understood the message just fine.

What is the expected amount of time per week?

6.UAT is listed as a 9 unit class (3-0-6) - three contact hours per week (usually two hours of recitation and one hour of lecture or workshop) and six hours of homework each week. Estimates are provided for each assignment (see assignment description). These are the averages reported by past 6.UAT students. Furthermore, there are some weeks when you have nothing to due for 6.UAT, so it should average out. That being said, how much time you spend on an assignment will vary from individual to individual, and there are many factors involved (study habits, course load, experience, etc).

6.UAT used to be six units, why did this class become nine?

Two reasons.
1. Nine units better reflects the amount of time students were already putting into the six unit version of the course.
2. And all CI-M courses have to be at least nine units. When 6.UAT was six units, students had to take a second course to complete the CI-M requirement. Now, you only need 6.UAT - one less class for you to take!

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