CMPT 479/817

Project Proposal


Due Date: 12:00 noon, Thurs. Oct. 25

NOTE: You are advised to discuss possible projects with the instructor prior to creating your proposal. You may also have the instructor critique early drafts of your proposal if you wish.

You need to make a formal proposal about the topic you intend to use for your class project. This proposal should convince the instructor that the topic is appropriate to this class and is feasible for you to do a good job with.

Your formal proposal is worth 5% of the course mark. Thus, it requires a reasonable amount of research. It is intended that your proposal demonstrates that you have all the background needed to start developing your project and that you have a realistic plan for its success. Remember, that your proposal is just the starting point of your project!

Your proposals should be well structured to make their contents easily accessible to the instructor. You may use point form or other suitable structures. but be sure that the contents of your points are completely clear. For most points one or more sentences will likely be more appropriate than just a short phrase, unless the short phrase is only a subheading and is explained beneath it.

You proposal should include:

 Title Choose a title that does a good job of describing your project in a few words. This title should be suitable for putting in your resume.
 Justification Identify the basic problem you wish to solve by conducting your project and explain why it is important (both to you and to the field of usability engineering).
 Background Provide a brief discussion of the background to this problem and a survey of the available the information that you will be researching. This should convince the instructor that you are prepared to succeed at this project.

You should include at least 4 or 5 references to information that you will use, including references (with URL's and brief discussions) for:
  • research papers that have provided you information
  • tools that you will use
 Methodology Discuss the main activities that you will undertake to perform this project.

This should include a realistic, week by week plan of activities and accomplishments. This should convince the instructor that you will successfully complete your project on schedule.

Projects should be planned to be completed in three phases:
  • Context of Use (beyond done for this proposal)
  • Analysis (beyond the information presented in class / the text)
  • Design (of information that makes use of information that comes from the contexts of use and analysis and goes significantly beyond that information)

For more information on the expectations of each of these pahses, please consult the main project page or ask the instructor.
 Results Describe what types of results of your project will produce for each of the three phases.

Be sure to provide information on at least the anticipated high level structure of each report that you are proposing to develop as part of your project.


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