Final Submission

Due: December 1st, 2015 (Presentation and Prototype)

Due: December 15th, 2015 (Report)

Objective: In this assignment, you will complete your final project. There are three deliverables: 1) a demonstration prototype of your software, 2) a report that describes your project’s motivation, design method(s), implementation (concise) and evaluation, and 3) a 10-minute presentation describing your design process, prototype, evaluation and results.

What to do:

  1. Continue revising your prototype based on feedback from other students, potential users and obtained during class. The functionality included in the prototype(s) should be based on two factors. First, supporting all of the tasks and activities that you would like during your user testing. Second, making a compelling demonstration for the final class presentation. You can use the same, or different, prototypes for both of these purposes. You should make progress from your first and second prototypes, including additional functionality, a refined look-and-feel, help features, interaction with live data sets, etc.
  2. Conduct your user testing, based on your experiment design, and feedback from the TA and Instructor. Make sure to follow appropriate policies with regard to informed consent and records release. (Example forms are provided here and here). You should include the TA as a subject in at least some part of your user testing protocol.
  3. Prepare a presentation that summarizes your process, focusing on the most interesting observations and results, and demonstrates the capabilities of your software. Again, your goal is to describe what is really new and innovative about your design approach and prototype(s), and how you have demonstrated its usability and benefit. You should aim for a ten-minute presentation, with an additional five minutes for questions. Practice beforehand, with an audience if possible! If you go over, you wont be given extra time.
  4. Make the presentation in class on December 1st or 3rd (your position will be determined by random lottery). Your final project grade will be determined in equal parts by the final presentation and the final report.
  5. Draft a report, describing your project’s motivation, design method(s), implementation and evaluation. Be concise – use up to a maximum of twelve pages single-spaced 12-point text. Your goal is to describe what is really innovative about your design approach and prototype, and how you have demonstrated its usability and benefit. Some sections your report should include are: Summary, Introduction, Problem Statement, Design Process, Final Prototype (very concise, use images where appropriate, and include a description of what features have not been implemented), Experiment Design, Evaluation Results, Discussion, Current Status and Future Plans. Some of these sections may be combined, but in general all of these topics should be covered.

What to turn in:

E-mail to the professor and TA a link to each of the following before class on December 1st:

  1. Your functional prototype assignment submission, as detailed in that assignment
  2. Your final presentation slides, movies and/or any supporting materials

Additionally, e-mail to the professor and TA a link the following before 11:59 PM on December 15th:

  1. Your final report, accepted in PDF format only [maximum of 12 pages]

Please contact the professor or the class TA if you have any questions with this assignment.