Senior Design Project

Report and Presentation Format

The final report is the main report by which professors will judge your project. It should be complete without being verbose. The report should thoroughly explain what was done and how the projected goals were accomplished.


The format for the report should generally follow a formal technical report format. Include a title page with the project title, project team members' names, Consulting Advisor, and the date. The report's spacing will be one and a half, the text in the report must be 12-point font. Number all pages in the bottom center of the page, excluding the title page and table of contents. A table of contents at the beginning is required and includes all sections of the report and the appendices. All figures should have descriptive captions below them and be placed in appendices. Captions for tables are written above the table.

Below is a list of suggested sections in the report. There are many ways to organize a report. Reports may vary in design, but must contain the same content. Check if your format is agreeable to your advisor.

I. Abstract/Executive Summary

This should summarize the objectives of your project and how they were accomplished in one or two paragraphs. Do not confuse this with an introduction which sets the background for the project. The abstract is a very important part of the report because often people will decide on whether to read the rest of the report based on what they read in this section. Although it comes first in the report it is often written last so the author can be sure of what is written in the report before summarizing it.

II. Introduction

Give the background and the goal for the proposed project. It should discuss similar designs and what you did that is different or better.

III. Design Methodology

Discuss your design method and how you solved the problems encountered in your design.

IV. Analysis

An analysis of the design is often included here.

V. Results

Discuss how well the design worked. Give results of any simulations and laboratory tests.

VI. Conclusion

Summarize conclusions and results made in the rest of the paper. No information not previously introduced should be included in this section. Answer questions about how well your design met its goals. Suggest possible design improvements (this could be a separate section depending on how many improvements you would like to suggest).

VII. Appendices

All figures, pictures, tables, plots, sample calculations, previous presentation slides, etc. These should all go in corresponding appendices at the end of the report.

Remember the above format is only a suggestion. Headings of the various sections of the report do not have to match those given above. Because of the wide variety of designs, the final reports will also vary widely.

Senior Design Checklist for Oral Presentation

The presentation is required to be 10 - 15 minutes. One team member may be the designated presenter, but all team members must be present. Use either transparencies or computer-projected slides. At minimum the proposal should have the following components:

  • Problem Statement
  • Solution Methodology
  • Tentative Schedule of Project
  • Statement of Deliverables
  • Prototype Cost
  • Future Research or Design on this Project After Completion
  • Applications of this Project