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

 

2. Writing reports and delivering oral presentations

Skills

This is our rubric for correcting and assessing your reports. Projects have been specified, planned and reported using pen and paper. The idea is to be able to practise with group discussions and to use maps, sketches, schematics, block diagrams, flowcharts, symbols, equations, 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 coloured pens.

Presentations may be recorded using Google meet or any other convenient video tool.

Tools for project management

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

Gantt

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

Project

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


Writing tools 

Word

Fig. 3. Microsoft Office (commercial). This is a Microsoft Office Word template or skeleton that you may copy and adapt in order to organise and write project reports for other subjects. We do not use them in CSD.

Libre

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 (1), (2), (3), (4)

- Conclusions and future work.

- Books and internet references.

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

- Annexed code listings can be added accordingly to the indications below. 


Presentation skills

Let us organise 10 minutes group presentation for CSD projects. Presenting PLA3, PLA7 and PLA11 in English is a 10% of the final marks. In this way you are encouraged to practise using English in engineering contexts.

1. Slides

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

Publica!

Fig. 6. List of resources

CSD

Fig. 7. Microsoft Power Point (commercial).

impress

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

meet

Fig. 11. At the UPC, a simple tool for recording video presentations is using Google meet.

camtasia

Fig. 12. Camtasia (commercial). A TechSmith product to record and edit computer screens.

openshot

Fig. 13. Openshot (free).

OBS

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

KDENLIVE

Fig. 15.Kdellivevideo editor. (free).

 

3. Pen tablets to help explaining slides and presentations

G640

Fig. 16. XP-PEN graphic drawing tablets

Wacom Intuos S

Fig. 17. Wacom tablet pen.

 

4. This is the link to the recording studio at the CBL library.

Make a reservation for preparing recordings of your oral presentations.

 

5. Organising and assessing presentations

A check list to organise and assess oral presentations 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 reports we include frequently a section of the C or VHDL code or even the complete listing in an annexed section. Source code is colored when represented in an enriched text editor such as Notepad++, and the best font for listing code is Courier New. Thus, in order to generate C or VHDL listings for word processor documents or for printed sheets of paper, we may do the following:

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

2) On the editor's top tap, click "Print to PDF", C or VHDL, and generate the file. Pay attention that using a proportional font like Courier New, lines occupy 80 characters per row. Numbering lines of code is optional.

Courier New font type

3) If you are editing a word processor document and you like to include listings, 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 that is a table of a single cell to identify normal paragraph text and C or VHDL code.