Good oral and written communication skills are essential for a successful software career today.
Objective 4 in our Mission Statement states:
"Students will demonstrate the ability to give presentations and write technical reports."
The senior oral presentation requirement ensures
that students practice presenting technical material and fulfill this education
Students who passed CSC 300 GWAR course (starting
have fulfilled the written requirement,
but still need to complete the oral presentation requirement.
*** Fulfilling oral and written requirements are
mandatory for your graduation. ***
The senior oral presentation is a short technical talk with supporting materials, on a
computing-related topic. Students usually complete their oral presentation requirement in an
advanced CSc class that they are taking. This is often one of the advanced requirements (415,
510, 600, 648), or one of the senior electives. A presentation must be supervised and evaluated
by a faculty member, usually the instructor of the class hosting the presentation.
You should choose the class and faculty member for your oral presentation, one semester
before your proposed graduation date. (For example, for May 2013 graduation, you should
try to arrange your presentation for the Fall 2012.) At the beginning of the semester, talk
with a faculty member to make arrangements for an oral presentation. (Each faculty member
and class has different presentation guidelines; some classes do not accommodate presentations.)
You will prepare your presentation, and give the talk on the scheduled date. Your supervising
faculty will evaluate the presentation. If your presentation is unsatisfactory, you may have
to spend more time preparing, and repeat the presentation until it is satisfactory.
The evaluation forms and procedures for oral and written requirements are here:
Good resources with advice on how to write technical reports:
Good resources for preparing oral presentations: