Details for MTH 312 Research Project

MTH 312: Research Project Information

Overview

The research project is one of two extended projects that MTH 312 students can work on to demonstrate competence in the course. The primary objective of the research project is:

Work with a small group to investigate either a technical or non-technical topic related to the course that was not explicitly covered in the course, and produce a presentation in which you briefly and effectively instruct a general audience on your topic.

In other words, what you'll be doing in the research project is choosing a topic that is not covered in the class but which is related to cryptography and privacy, researching it, and developing a short presentation on it that will be given to a general audience. The presentation will take place during our class' final exam period, which is Wednesday, April 27 from 12:00--1:50pm.

The presentation will be a poster presentation rather than a "speech" type presentation. Teams will make up posters and take turns presenting their research via the poster during the presentation session. For lots of information about posters, how to create them, and how to present with them, please see this website: http://go.ncsu.edu/posters.

Rubric for Evaluation

The public service project is evaluated using the EMRF rubric described in the syllabus. The evaluation is based on both the poster and the presentation.

The table below describes the criteria for these designations:

Mark Description
E The poster is focused on a single message, uses graphics to communicate the idea with text used only sparingly, is well-ordered with an obvious and logical sequence, and is visually attractive. The presentation is brief, focused, knowledgeable and clear, and the presenter is able to field questions from the audience.
M The poster is focused on a single message, uses graphics to communicate the idea with text used only sparingly, and is well-ordered with an obvious and logical sequence. The presentation is brief, focused, and clear.
R The poster has significant deficiencies in focus, effective use of graphics, or logical ordering and sequencing; or, the presentation lacks clarity, brevity, or a command of the subject matter.
F The poster or presentatation show evidence that the team clearly does not understand the subject matter; or there is an insubstantial attempt made at either a complete poster or complete presentation.

Timeline for Completion

Ideas for topic areas

There are many, many other possible topic ideas to come up with. Just remember the primary objective:

Work with a small group to investigate either a technical or non-technical topic related to the course that was not explicitly covered in the course, and produce a presentation in which you briefly and effectively instruct a general audience on your topic.