TC 7 and 8 (team): Final Oral Presentation and Written Report

TC 7 (oral presentation)
Due April 14, 2018
60 points

TC 8 (written report)
Due April 16, 2018
80 points

Little Toy Blue
1 Varsity Drive
Suite 1973
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108

To: All Educational Toy Division Engineers
From: Nikola Tesla, Vice President for Innovation
Subject:   Educational toy project oral presentation and written report
Date: March 26, 2018

The date for presenting and demonstrating your educational toy prototypes is fast approaching. We know that all engineering teams have been developing their concepts and preparing their prototypes, and we look forward to seeing the results. We would like to make sure that your design process and decisions, and your recommendations for the future of your projects, are clearly documented. We are therefore asking you to present your work orally and in writing. The purpose of this memo is to specify the goals and requirements for these two reports.

In any design project, two things of value may be created: first, the product design itself, and second, the enhanced experiences and skills of the team members, which will be valuable in future projects. We will ask you to report on both of these aspects.

We have asked you to come up with a vision for your proposed product as it would be manufactured and marketed, but we have only required you to implement a limited-functionality prototype. This report should cover both but should focus on the prototype. You must cover such subjects as:

Note that these are content areas, not sections. The actual organization into sections is somewhat up to you, within the limits laid out below. All of these areas are important, and all of them need to have some attention paid to them. The ultimate "argument" of this report is that you did as well as you could, given the resources available to you and the obstacles you had to face. In some sense, the ultimate proof of this argument is that you have a working prototype, which you should be able to demo.


As described above, there are two deliverables, the oral presentation and the written report. Both are in formats that should be familiar by now.

Oral Presentation

As before, this will be presented as a team oral presentation using PowerPoint or equivalent, and a brief demonstration of your prototype. A rough rule of thumb for timing is as follows:

This adds up to a maximum of 20 minutes per team, and we will need to enforce this limit fairly strictly. Every member of the team should help develop the presentation and present part of it. You must speak without written notes.

You team should bring a laptop with VGA or HDMI output (as well as any necessary adapters) to show your presentation, both to the rehearsal and to the actual presentation. Let us know if this poses a problem for your team. Your team should also bring your top.sof and .mif files on a USB flash drive, and a paper copy of your slides for the evaluators (three-slides-per-page format is OK). Bring an initialized SD card if you need it in the demo.

We will provide a complete DE2-115 setup and a laptop to run Quartus. We will also provide a projector and document camera. The document camera can project a live picture of the DE2-115 board during your demo. During your demo, you can switch between showing the VGA output from the DE2-115 and a live picture of your DE2-115 board.

Little Toy Blue hopes this presentation will be a serious, in-depth look at your project, process, and outcomes, not a quick and dirty demo.

Written Report

The written project report is a 10-15 page document (approximately). It should follow the structure below:

Remember the particulars of this format:

Some more format specs:

Important Note

This is a team assignment. Thus, you must work together, dividing up the work fairly, and each person on your team will receive the same grade on these reports. Each person should sign the College of Engineering's Honor Pledge on the last page of the written report assignment. This step is essential because unsigned work cannot receive a grade. The Honor Pledge is: "I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this assignment, nor have I concealed any violations of the Honor Code." For the purposes of a team report, substitute "we" for "I".

On the written report, you should also include a table that includes each individual's name, lists the work he/she contributed to the assignment, and indicates the percentage of the total work this amounted to. Note that if anyone does not do his or her share of the work, it's a violation of the Honor Code to receive credit for the assignment--and it's a violation to allow that person to receive credit. Therefore, submitting a report that includes an individual's name, contribution, and percentage in this table is an act equivalent to "signing" the report if it were submitted in printed form; everyone should agree on this representation of his/her own work.

Feel free to contact Dr. Hildinger or Dr. McCaffery with questions.

Submitting Your Work

Oral presentation: bring two hard copies of your slides with you to the presentation. After your team presentation, one member of your team should submit your slides (PowerPoint, Keynote, or PDF) to Canvas.

Written report: one member from your team should submit the PDF file for your final report to Canvas.