The purpose of this preliminary project check-point is to establish the
topic and scope of the project and to establish the organization of the
team that you will be using throughout the semester. You will
have engaged in discussions about these issues both in class and in
other project meetings arranged amongst yourselves. This document
and presentation should reflect the discussions, decision processes,
and decisions from those meetings. You might think of this
deliverable as a project proposal. Essentially, we want to
mutually establish our destination so that as the project progresses,
we can all determine if we're off course, behind or ahead of schedule,
or right on target.
The presentation and document should cover the following topics:
What is the problem that will be addressed
Why is it an interesting project
Why is the scope of the problem being tackled such that it can be
What is the team organization that will be employed
Why does this team organization makes sense for this group and
What are key areas of learning/research that will be needed
What are the primary risks associated with the project
Be concise but do not leave out anything important.
Note: item 6 probably
leads to several possible presentations or tutorials that will satisfy
the individual presentation requirement for the course. Be
thinking about these opportunities as we progress because counting this
proposal presentation, there are only six (6) formal presentations
associated with project deliverables. Thus, roughly half of you
will be making non-deliverable presentations. Do not be concerned
about whether you end up presenting a deliverable or some other topic
or tutorial; one is not considered more important than another.
For the purposes of the presentation, I am looking at the exercise of
verbally communicating some technical material.
project assignments are extensively borrowed from Professor Richard
Taylor's website at UCI.