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Writing technical reports and delivering oral presentations


Projects in Chapter 1 and 2 have been specified, planned and reported using handwriting, pen and paper, to be able to practise with group discussions and to use maps, schematics, block diagrams, flowcharts, symbols, equations, and all the ideas and procedings 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, measurements, etc. have been also commented and annotated using pens.

It is a good idea now to finish the last project in Chapter 3 (P_Ch3) using a word processor and presenting it using tools such as Power Point or Prezi.

However, do and discuss the project P_Ch3 by hand using one more time sheets of paper and then, only once it works, use a word processor following the indications below.

 

Writing skills

A word processor: This is a Microsoft Office Word template or skeleton that you may copy and adapt in order to organise and write any CSD project report.

Word

Fig. 1. Microsoft Office (commercial).

Libre

Fig. 2. Libre office (open source).

Most common features in a technical report:

 

Presentation skills

Let's organise a 10 minutes group presentation of a CSD project.  Presenting the P_Ch3 in English is a 10% of the mark. In this way you are encouraged to practice using this language in engineering context.

This is an example of Power Point template for short presentations: Introduction, major diagrams, design process, conclusions. 

CSD

Fig. 3. Microsoft Power Point(commercial).

impress

Fig. 4. Libre office impress (open source).

Canva logo Fig. 5. Canva (commercial). Online design tool that allows people to easily create beautiful designs using ready-made, highly customisable templates. 
PREZI Fig. 6. Prezi (commercial).

 

1. Rubric chart to organize and grade oral presentations

2. Another material  that can help you on oral presentations.

camtasia

Fig. 6. Camtasia (commercial). A TechSmith product to record and edit computer screens.

openshot

Fig. 7. Openshot (free).

   

Other resources 

 - Internet contain thousands of pages related to giving oral presentations and writing technical reports.

 

Printing VHDL or C code

About code listings. When writing a report in a word processor, sometimes we must include a section of the C code or even the complete program in an annexed section. Source code is colored when represented in an enriched text editor such as Notepad++, and the best font for programming codes is Courier New. Thus, in order to generate a list of programming code in a Word document, we may do the following one:

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

2) Print to PDF. C or VHDL. Pay attention that the font is proportional like Courier New and occupy all the page (80 characters each row). Numbering the lines of code is optional.

3) Now from the PDF viewer, Edit tap --> Copy File to Clipboard, and paste it in a docx file where the layout of the page has ajusted narrow margins. Select language British English and font Courier New. As you see, you can even place the code in a box which is a table of a single cell to identify which is normal text and which is C or VHDL code.