Handout 4: 9/1/09

CSCE 610-600: Hypertext, Fall 2009

Term Project Specification

One-page proposal abstract due: Thursday, September 17, 2009

Full proposal due: Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Project written report due Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Project presentation times TBA


As term project in this class you are to identify a problem relating to hypertext and then design and prototype a solution. You have wide lattitude in selecting the problem to be solved--it should be related to the course's content, of course. The project may be a group project or an individual project. Note that the problem to be solved by a larger group should be correspondingly larger than that proposed by an individual. All team members will receive the same grade on the assignment.

Proposal abstract

A short proposal abstract is the first step in the development of the term project. The abstract should give a short description of the problem you want to investigate, why this is of interest, the approach you plan to take in solving it, and the names and primary roles of the team members (individual or group).

Full proposal

A written proposal develops the problem statement, provides background, and makes the work schedule more complete. The project can be modified after the proposal is turned in based on the feedback or on other relevant factors. However, the proposal should be a complete and comprehensive description of what you plan to do, how you plan to carry it out, and how you plan to acquire any resources necessary for completing the project. Probably you can accomplish this in one to two pages of text, but feel free to use as much space as necessary. You also should survey and report on any related literature and/or projects. Include a timeline indicating what will be done and by whom.

In summary, the proposal should describe:

Project report

The project report (written) is to be an overall presentation of the problem, the design, the prototype, the respective evaluations, and a discussion of lessons learned. This is the "archival" description of your project, so it should be complete and understandable on its own. Most likely this will be at least 10 to 20 pages in length--i.e., at least the length and detail of a standard Computer Science conference paper. Some of the things to include in the project report are:

Project presentations

Oral project presentations/demonstrations will be scheduled at the end of the term. Signups for time slots will be available later in the semester.

Turn in materials on paper and place a copy on your course Web site. Please include your email address on all materials turned in.