Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Senior Design Project

CGT 41600 / 3 Cr. (2 Class, 2 Lab)

This capstone course requires students to engage in a substantive endeavor directed at solving problems related to computer graphics. Activities include the creation and management of graphic systems and media assets per the requirements of the senior design proposal. Students are required to demonstrate professional attitudes and attributes in the timely completion and presentation of their project.

  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Suite Packages as selected by each Group
  • Students preference downloads

Course Outcomes (What are these?)

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of attending regularly scheduled meeting with their client and keeping an accurate log of their discussions (CGT e)
  2. Define the deliverables pertinent to a graphics project such as the one on which they are currently working (CGT e & f)
  3. Be able to benchmark their project against similar work which has already been completed or similar clients in business and industry (CGT b & f)
  4. Present their completed project in a professional manner to a group of peers and professionals CGT d & f)
  5. Create a professional portfolio of their work which can be used in position interviews to highlight their expertise (CGT e & i)
  6. Express their opinions clearly in class discussions at each session and outline the progress of their project to date (CGT f)

CGT Student Outcomes (What are these?)

(b) An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution

(d) An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal

(e)  An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities

(f)  An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

 (i) An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice

  • Client Evaluation Form
  • Written Mid-Term Report
  • Project Deliverables: One-on-One Meeting
  • Final Presentations
What You Will Learn

1. Properly Interaction with Client for Project Discussion and Evaluation

Students are required to:

  • Meet regularly with their client and maintain a meeting and correspondence log
  • Deliver their “Client Evaluation Form” in a timely manner
  • Ensure that the “Client Evaluation Form” is returned to the course instructor by the deadline stipulated
  • The Client Evaluation Form may be e-mailed, but can also be delivered by the student in a sealed envelope which the client has signed across the sealed flap 

2. Prepare and deliver a written Mid-Term Report            

The report must follow the guidelines shown below: 

  •  The report must  discuss the current progress of your project
  • Provide a summary of meetings with your client
  • The report should not go into any detail about the topic of your project, but rather discuss any roadblocks or accomplishments you have made in completing the deliverables of your project.
  • Be a maximum one (1) single spaced page only!

3. Participate in the Project Deliverables: One-on-One Meeting

The One-on-One Meeting must

  • Before you develop your project proposal, you should review similar projects and develop benchmarking criteria relevant to your project
  • These criteria should then be constructed into a matrix that can be used to evaluate the projects you have reviewed during the formative stages of your proposal
  • Your critique must reflect at least 5 similar projects and be recorded on the check sheets you have created. (NOTE: Be sure to allow space for notes where you can cite specific criteria such as strengths and weaknesses.)   
  • Your primary objective in this assignment is to identify what standards (or the lack of standards) were set in other projects, and to incorporate the “best practices” you have discovered in the other projects into your final project.

4. Develop a Project Binder for Deposit at the Final Presentation

Each student will be responsible to assemble a Project Binder which must include:

  • An accurate timesheet which will reflect the amount of time spent on all activities associated with their project (including ALL assignments done in CGT 415)
  • A record that will include a log and/or materials associated with all meetings with clients, advisors and support personnel you speak with in regards to your project, research and development activities, the date of all recorded activities, and a brief description and how much time you spent on each activity
  • A copy of all digital files used in the creation of the project
  • Other supporting documents such as concept sketches, e-mails between the student and his client, and any other information in hard or digital copy the students believes presents an accurate record of the work they have concluded.

NOTE:  While no grade percentage is assigned to this assignment, HOWEVER, failure to present your project binder at the beginning of you final presentation will result in a decrease in your final grade equal to 20%.

NOTE:  Your total cost for developing your project should be calculated at a rate of $35/hr. An accurate record will give you an idea of what your project is worth to your client if they were paying for it.

5. Final Presentation

Each student will be required to make a final presentation that meets the following guidelines:

  • Students must sign up for a time on the sign-up sheet posted on Dr. Bannatyne’s office door and will be given times on a “first come – first served” basis. This will be the final presentation which will be delivered to your peers, faculty, and your client.
  • Presentations will last a maximum of 30 minutes total (including setup and teardown time).
  • Students should plan on 5 minutes maximum for setup
  • 15 minutes in total will be allowed for the actual presentation of your project (You will be notified at the 12 minute mark to begin to conclude your remarks.)
  • A “Question and Answer” session will then follow which will last a approximately 7 minutes
  • Students will be expected to tear-down their presentations and exit the room within 3 minutes as we desire to stay on schedule to the best of our ability due to the large number of presentations that will be made.

During your presentation, you should be prepared to:

  • Give a brief overview of the objective of your project (Why it was created, and not a history of how you created it.)
  • Briefly outline any problems you encountered during the project, and how you solved them
  • Provide a brief demonstration of your project
  • Explain clearly what you learned from this experience (this may include that you learned you never wish to do a similar type of project again!)