C.7) Final Project Presentation

Final Project Presentation

Prepare the slides for and then deliver a formal, scientific presentation of your project’s results. You are allowed twelve slides (in addition to the title slide) – the expectation being that you will use improve versions of the six slides from the proposal presentation (assignment C.4) in addition to (at least four and as many as six) new slides covering the setup, results and conclusion as detailed in section C.7.1, below. You are allowed 40 min for your presentation (plus an additional possible 5 min for questions at the end if they arise).


Please consult the remarks material in Communications Assignment C.4.

Evaluation Rubric

Content and Quality of Slides

C.7.1) Content

Each of the six required slides from the proposal presentation (covering the proposal material C.3.1 – C.3.6) are included in improved form taking advantage of the feedback from Communications Assignment C.4. Additionally, there should be one slide on setup and means (presentation version of material from C.5.4 & C.5.5), one slide on operational plan and operational outcome (C.5.6 & how the work actually transpired), as many as three slides of results, and one concluding slide.

Supporting details for each of the slides are provided on additional slides meant to be used during presentation only when/if audience questions lead to them.

C.7.2) Structure

''All'' elements of the written report are laid out in telegraphic form on main slides. “Telegraphic” form means bullets with minimal number of words or symbols needed to remind speaker (and cue audience) of a particular idea or concept. The bullets’ outline structure must mirror or represent in some clear manner the logical structure of the ideas.

C.7.3) Visualization of Quantitative Results

Is there an animation or some visualization aid to help the audience understand and interpret dynamical simulation data? Are there visually clear and carefully, accurately composed graphics to present statistical data analyses?

C.7.4) Notes and Timing Cues

Main slides are organized to keep presentation on focus in allotted time. Speaking notes are prepared that remind presenters what communications goals they have for each slide and how much time will be required for each of the bullets on the slide to achieve each communication goal.

Oral Class Presentation

C.7.5) Audience Interaction and Timing

Questions are solicited, acknowledged and “triaged.” Once again, triage in this context means quickly handled either by:

  • quick reference to appropriate detail slide;


  • judiciously deflected as beyond the scope of the study or requiring more detail than audience needs to understand;


  • postponing the question as requiring more information about final results and inviting a longer discussion at the end of the talk.

Presentation fills the time allotted and no more.

C.7.6) "Bottom Line" Results

Does audience come away from the presentation with a clear understanding of what was accomplished or learned ?

C.7.7) "Next Steps" Understanding

Does audience come away from the presentation with a strong idea about what is needed to pursue future work of this kind?

Delivery of Material

  • Slides due up at Class Wiki, Thursday, April 21
  • In-class presentation (305 Towne), Tuesday April 26