Final Presentations

The final presentations will take place during finals week at a mutually agreed time within our allotted slots determined by the registrar. Because the class meets across 3 periods we will have some choice of dates and times for these final presentations in which we will try to accommodate any otherwise heavy exam schedules or other constraints (but you must make these known when the time comes to decide). 
  • Each team will have 20 minutes total, including the presentation, circuit demonstration and fielding audience questions to present the project (this includes any time you might have to take getting your presentation onto the computer used and/or overcoming Apple/PC incompatibilities. Get those issues resolved before we start so you don't have to do it under the added pressure of an audience, while chewing up your time).
  • Each PowerPoint like presentation should begin with a description of the general function or purpose of the circuit, discussing the need or motivation in terms of where it has, or might have, application. This should be followed by a global schematic that divides the overall circuit into functional blocks (i.e. a block diagram) of sub-circuits that are each labeled with their specific function. Subsequent slides should describe how each sub-circuit works using the language and descriptions that relate as much as possible to what you learned in the course. You can elaborate about issues that came-up during the build and how you overcame, or worked around, them. Finally you can show the block diagram again, explaining how the parts come together to give the whole its intended function.  
  • Team members should share equally in giving the presentation, trading off at convenient break points, each of you demonstrating a thorough understanding of the circuit.
  • The presentation should take no more than 15 minutes, including 2-4 minutes for questions from the audience. Good presentations are practiced. If you try to get up there and wing it, this will show, and your grade will likely suffer for it.
  • The remainder of your time will be spent demonstrating your circuit in action, doing what it is meant to do. Since you will likely need the workstation tools to do this plan on demonstrating the circuit at your workbench with the audience gathered around. Failed circuits will not score as well as functioning circuits so check and tweak your circuit before the scheduled time for this.
  • Written documentation (lab report) is not required for this project.