Practice Presentations 2
In the 2nd set of practice presentations, every group must present their proposal.
The format of these practice presentations is as follows:
- Group presentations. Each group presents about their project; all members of the group must present for (approximately) the same time.
- Duration: 8 minutes. Each group has 8 minutes to present. Groups should aim to talk for exactly 8 minutes (plus/minus 30 seconds): not too long, nor too short.
Each group is allowed to use up to 3 slides. In addition, 1 title slide (with project title, group number and student names) will be provided. It will work as follows
You submit your 3 (or less) slides as a PDF on SVN at least 2 hours before the start of your session (i.e. 7am Monday). The file must be on SVN (no email) and be named: proposal-practice-presentation.pdf,e.g. senior/bs1/doc/proposal-practice-presentation.pdf.
Your 3 slides may contain whatever you like. Note that you don't need to include a title slide in those 3 - a separate title slide (i.e. a 4th slide) will be created for you. You can see the current titles in the Schedule at the bottom of this page.
Your title slide will be automatically created by the Project Coordinator. The group, title, students and advisor will be taken from the README.txt file in your directory on SVN. If your project title has changed, then you should edit the README.txt file before 7am.
At 7am on Monday, all submitted slides on SVN will be combined with their titles, to create a single PDF for the entire session. This PDF will be available at the start of your session. You don't need to bring any files, nor do you use your own computer.
Groups that don't submit a correctly named PDF on SVN by the deadline will only have their title slide available for the presentation.
Students should not use hand held notes (written or electronic). Students should not use other computers (e.g. laptop, phones) for demonstrations. The only supporting material for your presentation is the 4 slides (title + 3 of yours).
What should you talk about?
- Give a concise overview of your project: what are you going to do? You can give technical details, such as initial design and how you are going to implement your idea.
- Explain why your project is important, e.g.:
- Are the existing systems that already do what your project will do?
- How is it different from existing systems? Better in what ways?
- What new knowledge and insights will be gained by completing your project?
Your presentation should focus on what you are going to do, how you are going to do it, and why it is important. You don't have to present project management details (such as schedule, budget, references).
After your presentation the audience should know what your project is about, why the project is important and what you will do.
Each student must attend the entire session that they will present in (see Schedule below). For example, a student in group A must attend all other presentations in group A. Students are not required to attend presentations from other groups.
One or more faculty members or TAs will be in each session. They will provide scores, and optionally questions/comments, for each presentation.
In addition, every student in the same group must evaluate all other presentations in the same group. For example, a student in group A will give scores to all other students in group A. It is important that these evaluations are fair and thoughtful, e.g.:
- Give a score based on the presentation, not based on what you know about the student or their project.
- Be consistent in your scoring across groups.
- Don't be too generous (or too mean). For example, the top scores should be given to only a few groups, not all groups. Your average score across all groups in a session should be about "Average"!
- Listen to all presentations; don't give random scores.
- If you miss a presentation for some reason (e.g. bathroom), then no score should be given (don't guess a score). If you miss 1 or 2 presentations, you will not be penalised.
Below is an example of the student evaluation form (right click and view image to zoom in).
The evaluations from faculty, TAs and other students do NOT count towards your grade for Project Development. They are just for feedback. However failure to attend or evaluate most other groups in a fair and thoughtful manner will result in penalties in your grade.
This set of practice presentations will be split across two weeks, and in each week two sessions (in separate rooms). The sessions are:
- Session A: Monday 10 Nov 9am-12noon BKD 2506. Faculty: PA
- Session B: Monday 10 Nov 9am-12noon BKD 3511. Faculty: KW
- Session C: Monday 17 Nov 9am-12noon BKD 2506. Faculty: SG
- Session D: Monday 17 Nov 9am-12noon BKD 3511. Faculty: TH
Presentations will be in the order as listed below.
Three sets of results are given for each group of presentations:
- Evaluation from faculty member of you. The actual score from the faculty member is weighted, based on their niceness (see below).
- Evaluation from other students of you. Also included is the number of other students that evaluated you. The actual score from each student is weighted, based on their niceness (see below).
- Niceness of you (as well as number of groups you evaluated). This is calculated from the average score you gave other groups, compared to the expected average of 3 (scores from range 1 to 5). A higher value indicates you gave higher scores to others, and as a result the score you gave other students will be reduced.
|Presenter||Number of evaluations||Topic||Quality||Speaking||Present||Total||Rank|
|Student||Number of Evaluations Completed||Niceness|