At the start of the next academic year, a timetable showing the dates of all the formal events connected with the assessment of the project is generated. The elements involved in the assessment of the work are outlined below:
1. Log-book: Students are required to keep a log-book as a record of your personal input into the project. An A4 leverarch file is an appropriate format. The log-book should contain a chronological record, written as the work proceeds, of all the project work which is done, including dates and notes of meetings with your Group Page | 2 Coordinator(s), group members etc., notes on background reading, references, analytical work, drawings, programs, experimental measurements etc. The log-book brought for assessment to all meetings with the project assessment panel and also submitted for marking at various times in the second term. Both an individual and a Group log book are maintained.
2. Initial Presentations, and Progress Reports: During the forthcoming year, an initial presentation is arranged at which each student group will present and discuss their work with a panel of staff members. This meeting will be early in the Autumn term and is concerned with outline plans for the project work. These will have been separately submitted ahead of the meeting in the form of individual and group reports, which are separately assessed. At the beginning of the Spring term, a second set of reports is due and an interim presentation is timetabled. The final (overall) presentation is held in the third term at which stage the work should be completed and students should be in a position to describe the achievements made. The bulk of the marks associated with the Group Project rest with the submission of the final Individual and Group reports, which are due after this final presentation. Students are required to bring their log books to each presentation, so that they can be marked. In general, some of the assessments listed here will be group based, others will be individually based. Normally, every time an individual progress report is submitted, the group will be expected to submit a single group progress report. Detailed instructions for submission of the documents associated with these requirements are published in advance of the dates for submission.
3. Final Presentation: This takes place in the third term, and student groups are required to prepare a 20-30 minute presentation on the complete project and to present this orally to panel examiners and a gathered audience. All the members of a group are expected to contribute to the presentation. An abstract of the presentation will need to be submitted to the panel before the meeting. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session of 30-40 minutes. PC based visuals/PowerPoint and bench top demonstrations are all permitted. The assessment mark is based on a variety of criteria such as technical content, clarity and defence during questioning.
4. Final Report: Students are required to submit two copies of a final report describing their completed Sub-Project, and how it fitted into the overall group context. Details of this assessment (e.g. recommended length (about 10k words), format, etc.) are published closer to the time of submission. There will also be a final Group report to submit (also two copies). The overall mark for each student is a generated via a weighted aggregation of all the separate individual and group assessments and a final individual/group weighting applied overall.