Project Report (Blog) and Seminar

Task

For the Group OPTION: The Capstone Seminar is submitted by the group as a group seminar.

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Project Closure: Final Blog Entry and Evaluation of the Value of the Project Documentation (10%)
    1. The purpose of this assessment is to produce a discussion that will be supported by and include your literature review with references from respected sources from Assessment Item 2.
    2. Ensure that the Project Blog by you is your own work and has not been submitted elsewhere and complies with the University’s requirements for academic integrity.
  2. Present a Capstone Project Seminar (30%).
    1. The time has been deliberately limited to 10 minutes to force you into selecting the most appropriate subset of information to present for this situation and you will be heavily penalised if you take more than 15 minutes.
    2. NOTE: If doing a video presentation (YouTube, Vimeo etc) then try to halve the time for the online audience. (Question time does not count as part of the presentation time.)
    3. This seminar can be to a live class of peers or online as a video presentation, outlining the results of your Capstone Project.
    4. The seminar should be accompanied by appropriate audio/visual tools such as a set of presentation slides or examples of hardware/software/systems that are necessary for the audience to understand and follow your presentation.
    5. You may be asked questions from the audience after your presentation.
    6. Please ask your local supervisor for the date, time or the URL of the Online Video you will be presenting. Presenting a seminar also demonstrates that you have understood the project work that has been carried out.

Seminar Logistics Planning

The seminar format will vary within the context of each cohort, but these notes will act as a guide to the seminar format.

The recommended format is to follow the 6 plus 4 model: This means that for “live” seminars you will get 6 minutes to talk about the project plus 4 minutes of question time, with a further 5 minutes allocated for “overtime speakers” and change of presenters. In this format then the “live” classroom seminar can handle 4 seminars per hour. For recorded or online seminars, the “plus 4” for question time will be replaced by assessing the time, effort and quality of the recording.

The “live” classroom seminar for large classes will not be practical, so you may also be asked to do the seminar as a recorded 6-minute video (YouTube, Vimeo etc or on flash drive, CD or DVD – as long as the marker has access) to increase the throughput of presenters.

For individuals then the seminar is 6 minutes long however for a single group seminar report, each member speaks for 2 minutes of the total of 6 minutes and is assessed individually on their contribution to the team effort.

Rationale

This assessment aligns with ALL learning outcomes in ITC571.

After studying something quite intensely such as the Capstone Topic that you have chosen in this subject, you are expected to become relatively expert in that area. As such, you need to be able to present that knowledge as a Capstone Project Video Seminar to a variety of groups, including a group of peers, management or at other times, inexperienced users. This is an extremely important part of the ICT industry.

The time has been deliberately limited to 10 minutes to force you into selecting the most appropriate subset of information to present for this situation and you will be heavily penalised if you take more than 15 minutes. (Question time does not count as part of the presentation time.). Presenting a seminar also allows for the opportunity to check how well you have understood the
investigation that has been carried out.

More specifically, in terms of learnnig outcomes, it tests students’ ability to:

  • be able to demonstrate advanced communication skills in transmitting their capstone experiences and ideas;
  • be able to justify to an audience of peers any conclusions and professional decisions made that contribute to creating new knowledge.

Marking criteria

Project Closure: Project Blog and Seminar 40%

The marking criteria for this assessment depend on how correctly you have addressed the requirements of the assessment item tasks.

The Seminar Presentation will be marked using the following criteria which are all weighted equally, using a scale of 0 to 5 where the values indicate that the particular criterion was assessed as:

0 = totally unsatisfactory
1 = not met very well
2 = could be improved
3 = satisfactorily addressed
4 = met quite well
5 = excellent

It is expected that in most cases a satisfactory mark will be awarded. Higher marks will need to be earned by producing genuinely better than satisfactory performance in that criterion. The expected satisfactory standard is described below.

Presentation

The Capstone Project Seminar will achieve a satisfactory rating if using this as another checklist:

How well the key points were made:                                                                              highlight the most important aspects of your presentation or leave the audience with a clear impression of any message that you are trying to convey

Ability to communicate:
talk in a clear and easily understood manner, use language that is appropriate for the audience and vary the intonation and pace to emphasise particular aspects

Selection of appropriate aspects from the Capstone Report for the audience:
choose the aspects of your investigations that are most relevant for this audience – choose a depth of treatment that is appropriate for this audience

Keeping to the point of the presentation:
stick to the point of the presentation and not introduce digressions that you may think of during the presentation

Use of the available time:
conclude your presentation close to the allocated 10 minutes and try not cram too much into the presentation so that it is too rushed or runs too far over time – also alter the pace or planned depth of treatment of some parts to remain on schedule

How well resources were used to support the presentation:
use resources such as PowerPoint slides, handouts etc. to effectively support your presentation and manage the resources so that the audience is not distracted by them from the points you are trying to make

Organization of the presentation:
arrange the components of your presentation in a logical sequence present information in an appropriate way

Degree to which the speaker appeared to be expert in that topic:
demonstrate a degree of confidence in the subject matter to convince the audience that you know what you are talking about.

Audience engagement:
look at the whole audience not just a small section, make eye contact with different partsof the audience and recognize when your audience is not understanding what you aretrying to say and do something about it.

How well the the video was made or the questions were handled in the live seminar:
understand the question and if necessary engage in a dialogue to clarify the question – provide an answer that satisfies the questioner.

Requirements

References

  • Use references not older than three years.
  • Only list references that you have cited within your report.
  • Be sure to cite (in the text) any references that you have used.
  • Use APA referencing style.
  • Full marks will be awarded for high accuracy and excellent descriptions.
  • Satisfactory answers will score up to 75% of the allocated marks.
  • Deductions will be made for major omissions, errors and over use of quotes.
  • Poor referencing will result in deductions to the total assignment mark.

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