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 objective.
Students who passed CSC 300 GWAR course (starting Fall 2010) 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 located on our forms page at: Department Oral and Written Requirements Forms Web Page
Good resources with advice on how to write technical reports:
- UMBC Article: Some Advice on Writing a Technical Report
- Columbia University Article: Writing Technical Articles
- Columbia University Article: Common Bugs in Writing
Good resources for preparing oral presentations: