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About Final Year Projects

On weekly progress:

You will post a blog item at least once a week on the WSRNLab Blog. The blogs could include photos, diagrams, code fragments, flowcharts, notes about research papers you read, or circuit diagrams. The blog post does not have to be strictly about progress. It could be something interesting you learned while doing your project. Or, it could be something that took a while to find out how to do (e. g. piece of code or circuit). Here, we have a number of important rules though:

  • You need to include at least one photo or diagram per post.
  • Title: Do not use titles that won't mean anything after some time, such as "week 4 progress". Instead, use more informative titles. An example could be "setting the camera resolution" for a blog title.
  • Main text: Use "Arial" font (black color) and "Normal" size.
  • Formatting: Make sure that the blog is aesthetically pleasing and easy to read. Indent the bullet lists properly, and make sure that there are no unnecessary whitespace surrounding the text blocks.
  • Content: Try to write "standalone" posts so that anyone visiting the blog can learn something by reading just one post. In other words, try to write, instead of writing "progress" posts, write "something I learnt" posts - this will make other (non-Monash) people want to read the blog because it has useful information. A good blog post is one where someone can understand it without having to read the previous ten "progress" blog posts.
We will review these in our regular progress meetings.

On reports

  1. We will follow the format presented in Chapter 14 titled "The Report" of the book Thesis Projects: A Guide for Students in Computer Science and Information Systems.
  2. Use LaTeX if you can
  3. A solid reference list taken from scientific literature! Web references or Wikipedia links should be less than 20% of the total. You can search the scientific literature through Monash library databases (you can find my list here)
  4. For the timeline of your project, you can use this template
  5. See below "On writing research papers" for writing tips

On presentation slides

  1. Target audience is an electrical engineer (who may or may not know the telecommunications, latest wireless technology, particular communication algorithms, protocols or microprocessor systems)
  2. Prepare for a 20 minutes long presentation. Therefore you can not have more than 10 slides. (2 minutes/slide is the right pace)
  3. First slide should contain these: Your name. Project title and presentation outline. All in one slide. This is first slide!
  4. Last slide: Achievements so far and a final sentence at the bottom: Thank you and Questions?
  5. Number your slides!
  6. NO slide containing only dot points!!! except first slide and last slide!!! Every other slide SHOULD have diagrams, pictures, photos, graphs, videos etc and then you can use arrows and surrounding text for explaining what the diagrams etc are.
  7. NO unreadable text or highly miniaturized diagrams!!! No complex equations!!!
  8. Pay attention to quality of diagrams and photos. Present your work PROUDLY and with CONFIDENCE!!
  9. Have a look at the suggestions here: How to give a talk by Arnaud Legout

On posters

  1. Minimal text!
  2. Beautiful pictures, graphs (out of your experimental work), diagrams
  3. Target audience is an engineer (not necessarily an electrical or computer systems engineer)
  4. Text is only used to support the pictures (not the other way around).
  5. Minimal whitespace! unused areas: your pictures, diagrams and graphs should cover all the surface neatly and there should be an aesthetic balance.
  6. Consider the following questions:
    • Where should the viewer's eyes look first? Second? To the important stuff? You can help guide eyes by using background blocks of colour, simple arrows, and headings.
    • What is the main aim of this project? This needs to be clear and viewer's eyes need to pretty much jump to the aim and important results/conclusion
    • Are the pictures are informative and they are not included for the sake of being there
  7. Following resources should help you to prepare the perfect poster:

On writing research papers

  1. Writing research papers by Renata Teixeira
  2. Writing tips by Andrzej Duda
  3. Common bugs in writing by Henning Schulzrinne
Topic revision: r9 - 2015-11-06 - AhmetSekercioglu
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