CSE498, Collaborative Design, Spring 2021
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Major Milestones

  • Week 3, Tuesday, January 26, 2021

    Status Report Presentations
  • Each team gives a brief status report on a variety of things including the status of project sponsor contact, project sponsor meeting schedules, team meeting schedules, team organization, server systems and software, development systems and software, a brief description of the project, the status of their project plan and the initial identification of risks.

    A PowerPoint template is provided on the Downloads page.

    As with all of these milestones, this date indicates the due date. The PowerPoint slide deck is due by 11:59 p.m. on the night before this date. Submission instructions are included in the slide deck template. In addition to submitting their slide deck to the instructor, each team must submit their slide deck to their project sponsors by the same deadline.

  • Week 4, Thursday, February 4, 2021

    Project Plan Presentations
  • Each team gives a formal presentation about their project including the functional specifications, design specifications, technical specifications, risks and proposed project schedule.

    A PowerPoint template is provided on the Downloads page.

    Each team also submits a completed first draft of their project plan.

    While these presentations are made over the course of two weeks (four meetings), all teams must submit their materials and be be ready to present on this date. The per team schedule of presentations for the two weeks is posted on our All-Hands Meetings page the evening prior to this date.

    The dress code for the members of the presenting team is business casual.

    For examples of project plan presentation slide decks, visit course web sites from previous semesters by following links from the Archives page. Note that requirements may change from semester to semester.

    Project sponsors are invited to attend project plan presentations. If a project sponsor is interested in attending, we can work together to schedule it.

    The PowerPoint slide deck and the Word document are both due by 11:59 p.m. on the night before this date. Submission instructions are included in the slide deck template. In addition to submitting their slide deck and Word document to the instructor, each team must submit their slide deck and Word document to their project sponsors by the same deadline.

  • Week 8, Thursday, March 4, 2021

    Alpha Presentations
  • Each team gives a formal presentation demonstrating an alpha version of their system. The purpose of the alpha presentation is to demonstrate that the team is capable of completing their project, to specifications and on time. While the software is not expected to be feature complete, all high priority risks should be mitigated.

    A PowerPoint template is provided on the Downloads page.

    While these presentations are made over the course of two weeks (four meetings), all teams must submit their materials and be be ready to present on this date. The per team schedule of presentations for the two weeks is posted on our All-Hands Meetings page the evening prior to this date.

    The dress code for the members of the presenting team is business casual.

    For examples of Alpha Presentation slide decks, visit course web sites from previous semesters by following links from the Archives page. Note that requirements may change from semester to semester.

    Project sponsors are invited to attend alpha presentations. If a project sponsor is interested in attending, we can work together to schedule it.

    The PowerPoint slide deck is due by 11:59 p.m. on the night before this date. Submission instructions are included in the slide deck template. In addition to submitting their slide deck to the instructor, each team must submit their slide deck to their project sponsors by the same deadline.

  • Week 12, Thursday, April 1, 2021

    Beta Presentations
  • Each team gives a formal presentation demonstrating a beta version of their system. The purpose of the beta presentation is to demonstrate that the software portion of the project is complete. While the system may not be totally bug free, the software is expected to be feature complete.

    A PowerPoint template is provided on the Downloads page.

    While these presentations are made over the course of two weeks (four meetings), all teams must submit their materials and be be ready to present on this date. The per team schedule of presentations for the two weeks is posted on our All-Hands Meetings page the evening prior to this date.

    The dress code for the members of the presenting team is business casual.

    For examples of Beta Presentation slide decks, visit course web sites from previous semesters by following links from the Archives page. Note that requirements may change from semester to semester.

    Project sponsors are invited to attend beta presentations. If a project sponsor is interested in attending, we can work together to schedule it.

    The PowerPoint slide deck is due by 11:59 p.m. on the night before this date. Submission instructions are included in the slide deck template. In addition to submitting their slide deck to the instructor, each team must submit their slide deck to their project sponsors by the same deadline.

  • Week 14, Wednesday, April 14, 2021

    Project Videos
  • As part of the course deliverables, each team creates a demonstration video of their project. All of the videos are due on this date, the Monday of the last week of class. We watch the videos during the meetings of the last week and the exam time.

    For examples of project videos, visit course web sites from previous semesters by following links from the Archives page. Note that requirements may change from semester to semester.

    Teams will be given instructions on how and when to submit their project videos. Teams that miss the submission deadline may lose some or all of their points from their Project Video grade.

  • Week 15, Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    All Deliverables
  • All project deliverables are due on this date.

    Each team must submit all deliverables including all source code (checked out of any repository), the project plan document, all-hands meeting PowerPoint presentations, and the final project video, organized appropriately in folders.

    Teams will be given instructions on how and when to submit their deliverables. Teams that miss the submission deadline may lose some or all of their points from their Project Video grade.

  • Week 15, Friday, April 23, 2021

    Design Day
  • At the end of each semester, the College of Engineering sponsors Design Day, at which student teams from throughout the college showcase their capstone course projects in the Engineering Building.

    Unfortunately, due to the health situation in our country and our community caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), all Design Day activities scheduled to be held in the Engineering Building have been cancelled.

    In place of the traditional Design Day activities, we will be holding our own Design Day online. Details will be announced later in the semester.

    Students who do not attend in our online Design Day in its entirety may lose all their Attendance points as well as lose Team Contribution points, which may have a significant effect on your final grade. (See the course Syllabus.)