The final exam consists of a presentation followed by a question and answer (Q/A) session.
Please plan and organize as a team for the final presentation. The material you must cover in your presentation is described below. The level of the talk should be appropriate for a technical-savvy audience. If it helps you to formulate an audience profile, you may imagine you are presenting your software project at a conference or trade show.
You have a total of 30 minutes. Plan for exactly 12 minutes of presentation (or 16 minutes if you are a team of four students) and 18 minutes of Q/A. For your presentation, you will have a one-minute grace period. Presentations that are too short or too long will be penalized. Make sure all team members participate equally in the presentation and in the Q/A. While we will enforce the latter, it is your responsibility to enforce the former. We require that all team members participate equally in the presentation. You will be evaluated based on the following guidelines. A set of sample questions to expect for the Q/A are also included below.
The basis of your presentation should be the storage server implemented according to Milestone 4. You won't have to demonstrate your software, but you will be expected to provide a detailed and technical discussion of the project. In your presentation, you must draw on performance results and experimental data gathered for Milestone 4. If you do not have Milestone 4 working, use Milestone 2. Presenting Milestone 2, however, will result in a mark reduction. Presenting Milestone 4 results in a convincing manner, including a detailed analysis of the data gathered, will result in the highest mark.
Please arrive a few minutes early to your scheduled marking slot and wait outside the exam room where an usher TA will be attending to you:
Should you arrive late for your marking slot, you may have to wait until the last group has been marked to not impact the marking slots of other groups.
The exam is structured as follows:
TA and CI marking rubrics are available to help you plan for the final presentation. Your team needs to bring 2 hard copies of the TA rubric, 1 hard copy of the CI rubric, and 2 copies of the attribution table. All these forms must be properly filled-in in advance.
Your presentation should discuss the following, but not necessarily in the order below:
You must hand in your presentation outline. To begin the presentation, your team should provide a short agenda for the presentation and a brief overview of your system. The presentation must have a central point as an overall organizing factor. This may be the use case scenario, situated in the context of a real-world application, or it may be a major design challenge or decision. The choice of central idea is up to the individual team. Your presentation should also have a clear take-away message.
Your presentation must be extemporaneous-prepared. You may refer to a 3"x5" index card, but avoid reading from your card or delivering delivering your presentation as though it were a pre-written speech. You want to develop a rapport with the audience and speak in a way that seems spontaneous and natural but is also well organized. This is the standard for engineering talks.
Your presentation must use PowerPoint or similar presentation software.
The 18 minute question and answer session will touch on a variety of topics, including the project requirements, your design decisions, your experiences implementing and evaluating the project, the software tools you used, and material from tutorials and lectures. Some questions will be addressed to individuals in your team based on your attribution-table For teams of two, the question and answer session will last 12 minutes, and for teams of four, the question and answer period will last 24 minutes. Some sample questions are listed below.
Your answers should be precise and concise. You are evaluated on the presentation, the conciseness, and the correctness of your answers.
Each member of the team will be questioned for six minutes and will be asked five questions, two by each TA and one by the CI. The final mark will total the marks for all questions. Questioners will not prompt students. They will be restricted to asking or repeating questions. No clues will be given, nor will there be any indication that a question was answered correctly or incorrectly.
Please arrive at the assigned room at least 10 minutes before your assigned time slot. All your team members must be available for the presentation.