April Checklist for FYP/FYT Work

Below is a possible checklist for you to finish up well. Not all of the items will apply to you or your group, and only three or four items are actually mandatory. Most are just suggestions.


If you need volunteer testers, then:

  • Recruit some friends ASAP (the more the better)
  • If it's appropriate and within your budget, hire people on Amazon Mechanical Turk to do testing for you.
  • Collect photos and/or video clips of the testing process (regardless of who does it).
  • Prepare an online questionnaire for user feedback (e.g., Google Forms) and ask the testers to complete it.
  • For web applications, use a free dead link checker to identify any broken or invalid links

Writing the Final Report

  • Schedule a meeting with your communication tutor (CT) regarding your progress report and final report.
  • Write your final report, making the changes suggested by your CT, if appropriate.
  • Check out report examples related to your project (if any).
  • Read the instructions for the Final Report and try to understand what is required for three new sections: Abstract, Discussion and Conclusions
  • Run a spell check in MS Word to check your spelling.
  • Send your final report draft to your FYP advisor and ask for his/her advice.
  • Submit your final report before the deadline.

Making a Project Video Trailer

  • If possible, be taking photos and/or video clips of your project development so people can visualize what you did.
  • According to your type of project, capture videos with a camera or screen capturing software. Still shots can be good too; pick the best ones.
  • Edit the video clips with tools like Camtasia, OfficeMix, iMovie, MS Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere Pro or Goanimate.com (for DIY animations).
  • For more information, see FYP/FYT Video Trailer.
  • If you want to enter your video in the Best FYP/FYT Video Competition, then you are free to do so, but this is not required.
  • If you want to use your video trailer to introduce your project in your oral presentation or defense, then you are free to do so. Some people say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so a video can be like a thousand pictures.

Preparing for the Oral Presentation or Defense

  • Watch videos of oral presentations for projects similar to yours.
  • Prepare your oral presentation outline and PowerPoint (or Prezi) slides, condensing your final report into a 20-30 minute talk. This will leave around 10-20 minutes for a demo and Q&A at the end.
  • Some extra slides for Q&A time may also be a good idea.
  • If possible, prepare a live demo.
    • Live demos for Android apps can be done via the Android SDK or other Android emulators like these.
    • Live demos for iOS apps can be done via the iOS similator in Xcode or other iOS similators like these.
    • For some projects, it may be necessary to produce a pre-recorded demo video. Be sure to discuss your approach with your FYP or FYT advisor.
  • If it would be helpful, make a demo video to show during your presentation.
  • Practice the entire presentation at least two times privately as a group, recording a videos and then watching them together to evaluate yourselves.
  • If possible, practice at least once with your advisor, CT or friends to get some comments.
  • Practice in on Zoom a few days in advance to make sure that everything works OK.
  • If your project is a mobile app, find some method to display the UI on the screen and test it a few days in advance to make sure that it looks good on Zoom when sharing your screen.


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