CSE 8316 (Spring 2018): Course Project

Prof. Jeff Tian (tian@engr.smu.edu)


Your project is an integral part of your learning experience in CSE 8316. It will consist of three parts/stages: It can be either an individual project or a comprehensive group project.

The details are given below.

Acceptable project types

The project should be an application of some specific UI design and/or evaluation techniques/models for a new or existing program/product/application/service/etc. Your project should include several of the following important elements: The most important elements are the design and evaluation activities performed by you. An acceptable project must include at least one of these elements and related activities, and preferable both. However, for a group project, both the design and evaluation aspects must be included. In addition, more elements among the above and larger system and more elaborated design/implementation/evaluation/repeating-the-cycle activities should be included, appropriate for the group. The group size of 3 or more needs special approval from the instructor.

Several other considerations are also listed below:

Most importantly, it's a project where you design/implement/evaluate UI for some system. Therefore, a general discussion of or even a comprehensive survey about UID and related topics and activities will not be an acceptable project.

Project proposals

Your project proposal should be around 3-4 double spaced pages in length, and should include the following information: In case of a group project, please also pay attention to the following:

Please keep in mind that by the time you submit your project proposal, we have only covered less than half of the class material, although an overview of the whole course is given at the beginning of the semester. Therefore, you may make certain modifications to the things you propose, but the basic framework should be there in your proposal.

Once I have reviewed your proposal and provided my feedback, you need to address the issues I raised in your final project report. However, in most of the cases, you do NOT need to submit a revised proposal. In the rare case that your proposal is marked as "unacceptable" (grade of 0/1), I'll explicitly ask you to re-do/re-submit your proposal.

Project summary or presentation? The choice is yours

You are required to submit a project summary, in presentation slide format (around 5 slides), if you are not doing a full presentation (see below) in class. You summary should focus on the main results from your project for us to get the basic picture.

You are highly encouraged to do a (full) project presentation. In that case, you don't need to submit the project summary. Each presentation should last about 10-15 minutes, with appropriate numbers of slides. You need to highlight the problem/solution-strategy/results/analysis for us to get the basic picture, but not necessarily all the details, which would require much more than 15 minutes. One common mistake in the past is too much background information but not enough UI design/evaluation technical information.

Project report

The project report should be around 15 double-spaced pages in length, but no longer than 20 pages for individual projects and 30 pages for group projects. The report should clearly and comprehensively states the background, problem, strategy, activities, results, result analysis, lessons learned, followup actions, and a high level summary (and an abstract at the beginning). Additional material, such as graphs, models, etc. produced, information sources and raw data, customer surveys, etc., can be included in the appendix and clearly marked as such (so it will not be counted towards your 20 or 30 page quota).

Several common mistakes to avoid:

Most importantly, it's a report about what you did in UI design (and implementation) and/or evaluation yourself. Therefore, a general discussion of or even a comprehensive survey about UID and related topics/activities will not be suitable. (An unacceptable project. See "acceptable project types" earlier.)

Prepared by Jeff Tian (tian@engr.smu.edu).
Posted: Jan. 24, 2018. Last update: Jan. 24, 2018.

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