UPC EETAC Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunications Systems and in Network Engineering EEL


2. Writing reports and delivering oral presentations


Projects in Chapter 1 and 2 have been specified, planned and reported using handwriting, pen and paper, to be able to practise with group discussions and to use maps, schematics, block diagrams, flowcharts, symbols, equations, and all the ideas and proceedings behind the design of digital systems. Project development and test has been carried out using computer EDA tools and printed results such as circuits, schematics, project summaries, waveforms and measurements have also been discussed and annotated using pens. Presentations may be recorded using Google meet.

We recomment again the same approach for P_Ch3. Optionally, it is a good idea to write P_Ch3 using a word processor and presenting it using tools such as Power Point or Prezi. As usual, discuss P_Ch3 very well with your team mates and solve it again in sheets of paper and then, only once it works, use a word processor or a presentation tool to prepare the final report and the oral dissertation following the indications below.


Tools for project management 

- Highlighted paper on "10 Best Project Timeline Management Software [2022]". by dpm Digital project Manager community.


Fig. 1. Gantt Project to draw Gantt charts for project management.


Fig. 2. Microsoft Project to plan, organise and schedule projects.


Writing skills

A word processor: This is a Microsoft Office Word template or skeleton that you may copy and adapt in order to organise and write any CSD project report.


Fig. 3. Microsoft Office (commercial).


Fig. 4. Libre office (open source).

Essay ToolBox Fig. 5. Essay ToolBox.

Most common features in a technical report:

Thus, a check list to organise and assess the written report should contain the following items:

- PDF document from a word processor edition following the template above.

- Abstract and the required sections (S & P) or (S, P, D & T) depending on the project type.

- Book and internet references.

- Clarity the significance of the pictures. Accurate and annotated flowcharts, schematics, diagrams, etc.

- Code listings accordingly to the indications below. 


Presentation skills 

Let's organise a 10 minutes group presentation of a CSD project. Presenting the P_Ch3 in English is a 10% of the mark. In this way you are encouraged to practice using this language in engineering context.

1. Slides

This is an example of Power Point slide template for short presentations. Main sections include: introduction (specs), major diagrams (plan), design process (develop & test), conclusions. Example of an oral presentation rubric for organising and assessing.



Fig. 6. List of resources


Fig. 7. Microsoft Power Point(commercial).


Fig. 8. Libre office impress (open source).

Canva logo Fig. 9. Canva (commercial). Online design tool that allows people to easily create beautiful designs using ready-made, highly customisable templates. 
PREZI Fig. 10. Prezi (commercial).


2. Video recorders and editors


Fig. 11. Camtasia (commercial). A TechSmith product to record and edit computer screens.


Fig. 12. Openshot (free).

OBS Fig. 13. OBS Studio. This is a kind of standard for recording video (free).
KDENLIVE Fig. 14. Kdellive video editor. (free).


3. Pen tablets to help explaining slides and presentations.


Fig. 15. XP-PEN graphic drawing tablets

Wacom Intuos S

Fig. 16. Wacom tablet pen


4. This is the link to the new recording studio at the CBL library. Make a reservation for preparing your P_Ch3 oral presentation.

Thus, a check list to organise and assess the oral presentation of P_Ch3 should include the following items:

- Time 10 min (group of 3 students). Fair participation of all the group members.

- Quality and significance of the slides, write/black boards or other supports.

- Quality of the video presentation. Order, clarity of the explanations, use of English, body language, etc.

Printing VHDL or C code

About code listings. When writing a report in a word processor, sometimes we must include a section of the C code or even the complete program in an annexed section. Source code is colored when represented in an enriched text editor such as Notepad++, and the best font for programming codes is Courier New. Thus, in order to generate a list of programming code in a Word document, we may do the following one:

1) Open the source code file in Notepad++ identifying the programming language, for instance C or VHDL. This feature is for coloring the text identifying statements, signals, comments, etc. Colours can be adjusted in Notepad++ to suit your likings. This is what we do all the time in this course to edit our projects.

2) Print to PDF. C or VHDL. Pay attention that the font is proportional like Courier New and occupy all the page (80 characters each row). Numbering the lines of code is optional.

3) Now from the PDF viewer, Edit tap --> Copy File to Clipboard, and paste it in a docx file where the layout of the page has adjusted narrow margins. Select language British English and font Courier New. As you see, you can even place the code in a box which is a table of a single cell to identify which is normal text and which is C or VHDL code.