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4/15

Drafts of (1) your project report – all sections – and (2) your presentation slides are due on Thursday 4/25 at the beginning of your biweekly meeting.

  • For the project report, use the template under Resources below.
  • One member of each team should email me their drafts as PDF files.

Your final presentations will take place on Capstone Day, Wednesday 5/1.

4/8

  • On Thursday 4/11, each team will meet with me to discuss their 12-week marking period feedback.
  • Your biweekly meetings originally scheduled for Thursday 4/11 will take place on Tuesday 4/16.
  • Your last biweekly meeting for the semester will take place on Thursday 4/25.

3/18

(updated 3/21)

A draft of your project report is due on Thursday 3/28 at the beginning of your biweekly meeting.

  • Your document should contain the following sections:

    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. Data
    4. Model
    5. Experiment setup – in outline form
    6. Results – in outline form
    7. References
  • Use the project report template under Resources below.

  • One member of each team should email me their draft as a PDF file.

Your 12-week presentations will take place in class on Tuesday 4/2 and Thursday 4/4.

  • 15 minutes per team.
  • Your presentation should cover:

    1. Introduction
    2. Data
    3. Model
    4. Experiment setup and results - preliminary
  • Refer to Presenting about OR - 10 tips for OR talks below for some guidance on crafting your presentation.

  • All sections scheduled for the same period will meet together.
    • 4 teams will present on Tuesday (2 from this section, 2 from the other section).
    • 4 teams will present on Thursday.
  • You will give your colleagues written feedback on their presentations.
  • Email me your slides by 23:59 on the evening before your presentation.
    • This way, I can preload the slides onto the classroom computer so that we can use the class time more efficiently.
  • Include page (slide) numbers on your slides.
    • This way, your colleagues and I can easily provide feedback on your presentations.

This report draft and presentation will form the basis of your 12-week marking period grade.

2/27

An outline of your model section and a working preliminary model is due on Thursday 3/7 at the beginning of your biweekly meeting.

  • One member of each team should email me their outline as a PDF file.
  • Double-space your document.

2/20

A draft of your data section, along with your revised six-sentence abstract and introduction, is due on Tuesday 2/27 at the end of class.

  • One member of each team should email me their draft as a PDF file.
  • Double-space your document.

2/5
(updated 2/9)

Your 6-week presentations will take place next week in class on Tuesday 2/13 and Thursday 2/15.

  • 10 minutes per team.
  • Your presentation should cover:
    • Introduction - background and motivation, problem description
    • Data - sources, preliminary data analysis
  • All sections scheduled for the same period will meet together.
    • 4 teams will present on Tuesday (2 from this section, 2 from the other section).
    • 4 teams will present on Thursday.
  • You will give your colleagues feedback on their presentations.
  • Email me your slides by 23:59 on the evening before your presentation.
    • This way, I can preload the slides onto the classroom computer so that we can use the class time more efficiently.
  • Include page (slide) numbers on your slides.
    • This way, your colleagues and I can easily provide feedback on your presentations (e.g., "On slide 7, you had a typo in the 2nd bullet...")
  • This presentation, along with the draft of your 6SA and introduction and outline of your data section (see below), will serve as the basis of your 6-week marking period grade.

1/29
(updated 2/5)

A draft of your project's six-sentence abstract and introduction, as well as an outline of your data section, is due on Thursday 2/8 at the beginning of your biweekly meeting.

  • One member of each team should email me their draft and outline as a PDF file.
  • Double-space your document.
  • This draft and outline, as well as your 6-week presentation (see above), will serve as the basis of your 6-week marking period grade.

1/29

General notes on feedback

  • If you have questions, ask me!
  • Your scores on the grading rubric are meant to represent the current status of your project.
  • Scores can go up and down, especially for the standards on the written report and presentation.

1/22

A draft of (1) your project's six-sentence abstract and (2) an outline of your introduction section is due on Thursday 1/25 at the beginning of your biweekly meeting.

  • One member of each team should email me their draft abstract and introduction outline as a PDF file.
    • In Google Docs: File → Download → PDF Document (.pdf)
  • Please double-space your document.

1/22

Preparing for your biweekly meeting

  • Open the Biweekly Meeting Agenda and Contract Template linked under Logistics below and make a copy to somewhere on your Google Drive.
    • In Google Docs: File → Make a copy
  • Complete the highlighted parts of the template:
    • Team name and meeting date
    • Agenda items
    • Tasks from previous biweekly contract
  • Share your completed document with me on Google Docs before your scheduled biweekly meeting. Please make sure I have permission to edit the document.

1/16

The first draft of your project's six-sentence abstract is due on Thursday 1/18 at the beginning of class.

  • Print and bring 10 copies of your six-sentence abstract, double-spaced.
  • In class on Thursday, your peers will review your abstracts and give you feedback.
  • At this point in the semester, you will need to make up some details.
    • That's OK for now — think of this as a "vision statement".
    • Imagine what your results might look like, and make up some plausible numbers and conclusions.

1/16

Welcome!

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Schedule

Date Activities

4/18

  • Writing about OR — the conclusion section
  • Finalize report and presentation

4/16

  • Biweekly meetings

4/11

  • Meetings to discuss 12-week marking period feedback

4/9

  • Continue refining models and generating results
  • Revise report and presentation

4/4

  • 12-week presentations

4/2

  • 12-week presentations

3/28

  • Biweekly meetings

3/26

  • Continue refining models and generating results
  • Work on report draft and presentation

3/21

  • Continue refining models and generating results

3/19

  • Writing about OR — the experiment setup and results sections
  • Start refining models and generating results

3/7

  • Biweekly meetings

3/5

  • Short fuse. Title and abstract for Capstone Day program
  • Finalize data collection and analysis
  • Finalize preliminary models

2/29

  • Finalize data collection and analysis
  • Continue building models

2/27

  • Writing about OR — the model section
  • Finalize data collection and analysis
  • Continue building models

2/22

  • Biweekly meetings

2/20

  • Continue collecting data, analyzing data, building preliminary models

2/15

  • 6-week presentations

2/13

  • 6-week presentations

2/8

  • Biweekly meetings

2/6

  • Presenting about operations research
  • Continue revising 6SA, writing introduction
  • Continue collecting data, analyzing data, building preliminary models

2/1

  • Continue revising 6SA, writing introduction
  • Continue collecting data, analyzing data, building preliminary models

1/30

  • Writing about OR — the data section
  • Revise 6SA, start writing introduction
  • Start collecting data, analyzing data, building preliminary models

1/25

  • Biweekly meetings

1/23

  • Preparing for your biweekly meeting
  • Writing about OR — the introduction

1/18

  • Peer reviews of project six-sentence abstracts
  • Start studying problem setting and data sources

1/16

  • Project team assignments
  • Course policy
  • Writing about OR — the six-sentence abstract

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