Oral Reports

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About the Oral Reports

At designated times during the semester (see course calendar), your team will be expected to report on the status of your project via three oral progress reports (OPRs). In these reports, your team should give the audience a “snapshot” of your team’s progress at the time of the report. In most cases, this will focus on discussions of requirements, design, implementation, and testing. In some cases, presentations will involve discussions related to research.

The entire team should be involved in the preparation of each presentation. Your team should brainstorm ideas that will be covered by the presenter(s) as well as help design slides and visuals.

After the presenter decides what they would like to say during the presentation, team members should act as a practice audience. You should time the presentation to help the speaker achieve the specified target time limit.

We would like you to use PowerPoint for these presentations, but we are open to supplemental, creative material if you are feeling like being on the adventurous side! Remember, however, that the goal of the presentation is to inform your audience, not just entertain them.

We recommend asking a team member to click for you during your presentation. This allows you some freedom to move about and to focus on speaking instead of on the equipment and tools. A wireless remote control clicker will also be available to use if you prefer.

These presentations will be held in EBII-1203A on the dates listed on the class calendar. If you are a presenter, please submit your final slides to the submission system by the times specified. If final slides are submitted late, your individual grade for the presentation will be penalized by 3 points. All team members should be in the audience for the entire block of time assigned to the team.

The presenter from your team will be given an individual presentation grade for their presentation.

⬇︎ OPR Evaluation Form

Presenters, if you would like help with your presentation, please make an appointment with Ms. Heil (heil@ncsu.edu) at least 3 days in advance of your presentation. We encourage you to do this!

OPR 1

Oral Progress Report 1 should be 6 minutes long and presented by one of your team members. OPR I should present appropriate details on the following topics.

Other than Title, Introduction and Conclusion slides, the order of presentation content does not need to necessarily be in the order seen below; also, more than one slide may be needed for particular topics.

  • Title Slide
    • Title of project
    • Team number & member names
  • Introduction to Presentation
  • Sponsor Background
  • Problem Summary
  • Project Goals & Benefits
  • Challenges, if any
  • Requirements, Design, Implementation / Testing (or Research items, if appropriate)
  • Each Team Member’s Contribution to Project
  • Resources Needed
  • Action Steps / Conclusion

OPR 2

Oral Progress Report 2 should be 6 minutes long and presented by one of your team members.

  • Title Slide
    • Title of project
    • Team number & member names
  • Introduction to Presentation
  • Project Recap — review of Problem Statement & summary of work presented in OPR 1 to refresh the audience about your project
  • Current progress in terms of Requirements, Design, Implementation, and Testing (or Research items, if appropriate)
  • Each Team Member’s Contribution to Project
  • Challenges, if any
  • Action Steps (where your team is going) / Conclusion

OPR 3

Your team will be assigned a particular class date and time for OPR 3, which will be presented by 2 team members (please consider asking a third team member to click through slides for presenters). On your assigned day, you will be expected to present your team’s project as well as critique another team’s project. Each team will be allowed a total of 20 minutes: 10 minutes for the presentation followed by 10 minutes for questions from advisors, sponsors, and fellow students.

At least 24 hours before your assigned OPR 3 time, send a copy of your team’s documentation [i.e., your current Interim Project Report, possibly updated with any other drafts of material added since the IPR submission] to the specified contact person of the team that will be critiquing your presentation. During the Q&A period, each member of the critiquing team is expected to ask a non-trivial, technically relevant question of the team that just presented their project.

During each of these sessions, appropriate student teams, sponsors, and instructors will be in attendance per the OPR 3 Presentation & Critiquing Schedule.

  • Title Slide
    • Title of project
    • Team number & member names
  • Introduction to Presentation
  • Project Recap (i.e., review of Problem Statement & summary of work presented in OPRs 1 & 2 to refresh the audience about your project)
  • Overall Requirements
  • Overall Design
  • Overall State of Project (status at time of presentation)
  • Requirements related to your team’s most current iteration
  • Design (low level) related to Requirements, above
  • Briefly show & summarize code, as appropriate
  • Testing related to team’s most current iteration
  • Each team member’s contribution to project
  • Challenges, if any
  • Action Steps / Conclusion
  • Q&A