Grading Scheme 2011
( A description of each item follows this 273 grading schema)
Item Number

 Item Description    

Total Point Value
1 Oral/PowerPoint Presentations  (report as oral 2 through 5)
The final "oral" presentation will be with a draft final poster.
12 (4 presentations, last due ~April 14)
2 Weekly reports the other weeks (please report as progress reports 4 through 11) 8 (8 reports, first due January 19, last due April 6)
3 Complete web presentation 8 (3 checks, values 1,2,5)
4 Poster session judge 1 10
5 Poster session judge 2 10
6 Advisor grade 30**
7 Instructor grade 22



** indicates that the advisor may give different grades to different students on a design team dependent upon his/her opinion of the caliber of that student's work.   Likewise, overall course grades may be modified by the instructor if group opinion, based upon a peer review process, indicates that a given student did not contribute well to the group effort.  Click here to see a copy of the peer review document used prior to 2007.  (Will update dates only.)

Grading description:

1.  Students groups will present an oral  PowerPoint report on their work to the course instructor and to the advisors on four occasions during the semester according to this schedule.  Presentations should be in one of the two formats described below.    The presentation is expected to be a communication as well as a problem solving session - this is your main interaction point with the course instructor!   Presentations are to last no more than about 10 minutes total.  Two example PowerPoint presentations from 1998 may be found here (Measurement of electrical signals in the intestine) and here (Anesthesia/Drug interaction warning system).  Each report is to be complete, treat it as your final oral presentation.   Oral reports are pass/fail, each is worth 3 percentage points.

    It is expected that oral reporting is to be shared by all members of a team.  To a limited extent, oral reports may be rescheduled to accommodate interviews or attendance in other classes required for graduation.  Please check my schedule and that of the BME conference room (which you will have to sign up for.)

Minimum suggested format:

(Based solely on a web search for "Oral Presentation Guidelines" and a quick review of the first of 973 hits...)

Strongly Recommended Format, the majority of 1-13 below:

Phase of talk Section more detail example(s)
Analysis 1.  Problem statement is it a question? Can you quantify Parkinson's tremor?
a complaint? There are too many ED complaints.
a requirement? We need more sensitive screening of...
2.  Performance criteria what constraints? within +/- 0.001 %
what limitations? within 4 months
what exclusions except humans over 40
3.  Primary Objective what are you trying to do? Rework the cancer clinic process flow.
Hypothesis 4.  Solution description list or diagram mechanism
list or diagram procedure
5.  Goals the system/process can/will: improve profit by 50%
6.  Factors parameters varied to yield benefit what affects cost, quality, benefits, etc  List them.
7.  Performance Metrics outcome measurement formulas cost/benefit, averages, t-tests
Synthesis 8.  System and Environment diagram this system diagram
9.  Experiment Block Diagram if needed, experimental design  
Validation 10. Performance tables or charts of results diagnostic accuracy versus altitude
11. Conclusions sentence or so Our device outperformed by 50% the competition!
12. Informal Observations sentence or so Patients seem happier with their surgical experience.
13. Recommendations bullet list Study the effect of new anesthetics on this device.

Largely taken from: "getting it right, R&D Methods for Science and Engineering", Peter Bock, Academic Press, 2001, Table13.13, page 323.

Additional informal advice from TA Shannon Faley (Jan 2001): 
" a. Your oral presentation is a rehearsal of the final poster presentation.  This means that all your information should in some way be represented in your slides.  An observer should be able to read all of your slides (without you talking) and get a good understanding of your project.  Don't worry about repeating what is written on your slides during the oral I said, its really a rehearsal for the poster show. If you feel uncertain about your presentation, feel free to make an appointment with me to go over it.  I don't have any set office hours so you'll have to send an email in advance. 
b.  In your presentation it is critical the you clearly define the problem you are addressing and how you plan to do so.  This sounds obvious, but it is easy to talk around the problem without really stating it.  I know that most of you would rather forget last semester in BME 255, but one concept that will definitely help you organize your presentation is the "inverted pyramid" style.  This is, clearly state the problem and then give details.  Then state your solution and talk about it.  
c.  Numbers are important!  Please include calculations, quantities, cost, etc when giving your presentation.  It helps us understand the scope of your problem and why its important for you to do this project. 
d.  Use pictures and diagrams!  They can help you explain a lot without filling up a slide with distracting words.  Use them whenever you can.  
e.  Remember that each oral presentation should be a complete package.  Just because you are just beginning doesn't mean that your slides can be in "note" form.  Pretend you are presenting a final version.  That also mean that your 2nd and 3rd presentation will be slightly repetitive.  Each time you present, you must act as if we have never heard of your project before.  
f. Lastly, I know it is difficult this time of year to focus on your projects.  It is extremely important, though, that you continuously work on them.  The semester is passing quickly!  Your project should already be about 1/3 finished.  Don't let yourself get behind!"

2.  The weekly reports (done/planned/needs) begun last semester in 272 will be continued, with reports due by Wednesday midnight of each reporting week.  Full credit will be given for reasonable communication of progress.  Zero credit will be given for progress reports that are duplicates of prior weeks' reports.  Half credit will be given if reports are turned in Thursday, no credit for reports later than this.  Spring vacation week and the four weeks of your oral reports are exempt from the progress reporting requirement, but your PowerPoint slides must be added to the web by Friday of the week you gave the presentation.   The purpose of the weekly reports is communication with the instructor about your progress, if you do not communicate needs the instructor cannot meet them.   You will normally receive an email indicating that your report has been read, with any advice or questions included.

3.  Your web pages will be checked to make sure that the web pages are complete and up to date.  It is anticipated that this will be done in early March,   early April, and late April after the final design day presentations (final form.)  Your web pages will need to contain  the material listed below:

Initial review:  web site must include:  all progress reports and oral reports to date, IWB to date, NCIIA project proposal, electronic references, email link to team.
Second review: web site must include the above, but with a completed IWB, designsafe, and a minimum of 5 electronic references.
Final review: web site must include the above and final poster and paper.

I will maintain this site as long as I can.  You may wish to use this site as part of your portfolio, several students have used this also as a means of communication with their relatives regarding their work here...  Sites may be password protected if IP is a consideration, but long term protection (beyond 2 years) is NOT guaranteed.

Do not post materials offensive to others on your web site.  The web site is a reflection of your group's efforts.

4 & 5  Your final poster presentation will be graded by two judges who will use the following 273_scoring_sheet_page.  Items indicated in red are mandatory for all projects.  Poster board size, etc., 3' x 4'.  A poster printer is available in the department, please send material to Ray Erlandson (or John Dunbar)  for printing.

Final poster presentation notice:  Will be held in conjunction with EECE, CE, ChBE, and ME on April 26, 2011 in Featheringill atrium, 3:00 - 5:00 PM..    One student group will likely win (as is our custom) the Tom Arnold Design Prize ($100+).  (The judges for this award are typically the Chair and the design instructor.  For an interpretation of their procedure for judging, please see this.)  Specific details regarding placement of posters will be determined by the instructor in charge that year.

Please refer to the photographed examples from last year outside my door.

 6.  Advisor Grade  Your advisor will be asked to give the instructor (Dr. King)  his/her estimate of your effort, based upon your work as reported through the term and on your final presentation and project paper.  The grade reported to Dr. King needs to be a numerical grade...  Please show your advisor the 273_scoring_page if there is any question regarding how to grade your report.  I will need this grade on or before April 29, 2011.

Final Design Report

Due:  April 26, 2011 by noon - both in Dr. King's office and in the hands of your advisor.

Suggested Grading of Paper by Advisor (below)

Sections required: Abstract
  Introduction (Goals, literature review)
  Methodology (show all calculations)
  Results (data, graphs, photos, Safety issues, economics...)
  Conclusions (did you meet specs?)
  Recommendations (continue, change, Ethical issues...)

...  Student work in this course in the past has been downgraded in part due to lack of attention to the material noted in parentheses above.   If applicable the results section must include a discussion of any safety issues regarding your project,  the proper use of designsafe will ensure this (document).  Economic estimates are also vital to your paper, see this listing.   All reports must include the complete Innovation Workbench solutions.  In like fashion, all projects must address any ethical or societal issues relevant to your work in the recommendations section or separately.   Discussion of other issues, such as human subject participation, FDA approvals, etc. must also be addressed.  Please note further:  You must reference your work  Zero or too few references and footnotes will result in at least a 5 point deduction.  You must document sources, equipment used, test conditions, etc,. as necessary.  This is necessary in order to repeat, as necessary, your work in the future.  All drawings and all code developed must be included!  Failure to do this will also result in at least a 5 point deduction.  This is a professional report!

The actual scoring paradigm is shown on the 273_scoring_sheet page.

...  Appendices may be added, if necessary to document your work.  Maximum pages exclusive of appendix: 20.

Reports will be due in my office on or before noon on Tuesday, April 26, your advisor should also receive a copy on or before that time.  Please ask your advisor to give me a numerical grade by Friday, April 29, 2011.   I will be pursuing folks late Friday if I do not have a grade by then...

7.  Instructor grade.  Your instructor will also read all term papers and evaluate your performance, and will be responsible for reporting a final grade to the registrar.   The 273_scoring_sheet page will be used as a grading guide.  See notes above re your report requirements.

Project Changes   If for any reason a project is dropped, it is the responsibility of the student to inform all involved, and write up an analysis of the project and why it failed.  Such a report may be seen here. These reports need to be comprehensive, with a length dependent on the amount of time devoted to the project prior to its abandonment.