Midterm Report and Presentation INST 776 - HCIM Capstone
This assignment provides a checkpoint to ensure all projects are on schedule and to readjust the milestones if necessary. This assignment is worth 15% of the total grade; for further grade breakdown see below.
The following must be submitted to me by email by the start of class on the due date:
Short Progress Report
Submit a ~1-page report that includes the following:
- Milestones Accomplished. List major milestones accomplished so far this semester. Be descriptive. For example, do not just list "Coded software", but provide detail on the scope of the implementation, language used, major time-consuming tasks.
- Original Timeline. Include the original timeline that was approved by the instructor at the beginning of the semester. Are you on track? If not, why not?
- Updated Plan. Provide an updated timeline and milestones for the remainder of the semester. If you predict that your contributions will differ from what was proposed at the beginning of the semester, justify this divergence. Why does the new plan still offer a meaningful contribution?
We'll do in-class presentations to solicit peer feedback. The presentations should be 7-10 minutes long. Practice. I will time presentations and cut them off if they go long.
Below is a suggested outline, though you do not need to follow it exactly. Steps 4-7, for example, may not always apply or may need to be ordered differently.
- Overall problem and motivation
- Brief overview of approach / solution.
- Related work - only the most important that is necessary to know about to understand why your project is cool.
- Design Approach
- Evaluation Method - either completed or planned
- Evaluation Findings - only if you have them already
- Progress Reflection - briefly show your original timeline, explain where the progress has differed
- Plan - what are the remaining milestones?
You may use your own laptop to present or you may use mine. If using my laptop, send your slides by 12pm on the due date. PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google Docs formats are all fine. Be aware that non-standard fonts may not render correctly on my laptop.
Final Report Section Outline
I will provide more detail on the final report later, but for now I want each of you to consider what sections you will include given your specific project. Simply list first- and second-level headings you expect to have, with a one-sentence description for each.
Many sections are standard but I want you to think about which are most appropriate for your project, what will go into each section, and whether there are additional sections that would be useful to include. Here are some standard headings, but you do not need to follow this exactly:
- Introduction (and/or Motivation)
- Related Work
- Design Approach
- Discussion (reflecting on what aspects went well / didn't go well / what your findings mean, etc., etc.)
- Future Work
Grading (Total 15%)
- Progress Report (5%). The report will be graded based on the outline provided above. In addition, overall writing quality will be taken into account. Make sure your writing is easy to read: ensure it is clear and concise, use section headings, make liberal use of whitespace, and proofread. If appropriate, include images in the body of the write-up with figure numbers and captions, and refer to the figures in the body of your text.
- Final Report Sections (2%). The outline will be graded on completeness and appropriateness for the given project.
- Presentation (8%). Use images liberally and try to keep the text on each slide relatively brief (and in an appropriately large font). Follow the presentation outline. The presentation will be graded based on how well the material is communicated, on the content and quality of the work, and on the presentation style.