Frequently Asked Questions

(A) Points awarded by Project Evaluation Panel

Evaluation Stage

Evaluation Points

Proposal

Either: 10% (flat) - on the first successful attempt

or: 5% (flat) - on subsequent attempts

Mid-term

35% (max)

Final

20% (max)

Total (A)

65%



(B) Points awarded by Mentor

Item

Web Report & Individual Performance Points (35%)

Web-report

20% (max)

Individual performance

15% (max)




(C) Bonus Points


Maximum of 10% by respective teacher I/Cs awarded based on performance at external competitions and IDS (lower sec).



1. Presentation of project - Is it compulsory to present using a webpage?
Generally, there is no fixed mode of presentation. PowerPoint is generally preferred by groups as it allows information to be presented succinctly. The group is free to decide on the medium that would be able to convince the evaluators about the quality and depth of the project. Project categories may have different requirements. It is advisable to read the general information provided in the write-up under CATEGORIES OF PROJECTS. Webpages normally contain lots of text and details. Font size must be appropriate to ensure legibility.

2. Project Title - Can this be changed after the deadline for registration?
Yes, title change should be made known to the Project Category Manager via email. One week prior to the judging, the change will be effected by the Category Managers, as the listing of projects will be with them by then. But project title cannot keep changing throughout the evaluation period. Change of project title is strongly discouraged after the mid-term evaluation unless very necessary.

3. Uploading of project webreports - Who do we refer to and when do we do it?
Project webreports must be uploaded onto the HCI project server after the final evaluation. The mode for uploading the report is via File Transfer Protocol (FTP). All students are expected to know how to FTP files onto servers. If in doubt, please consult your Infocomm Studies teachers or your seniors. The IS Coordinator will provide the necessary information (i.e. date and time for the submission of the online web reports) after the mid-term evaluation results have been released.

4. Webreport - Is it the same as website/webpage?
The webreport should contain information presented in the PPT slides during judging, PLUS more details of the findings and results since the PPT slides tend to be brief. Some categories require resources to be housed on a website. This site will then have many webpages containing information pertaining to the research and findings. This website can be linked to the webreport.

5. If project members are from different consortia, how will the project be evaluated?
Assessment of projects will be centralised and carried out during curriculum time in 3 stages: proposal, mid-term and final evaluation. Teams will report to the venues which will be made known via the EMB.

6. Is there any restriction on the number of projects awarded A or A*?
Projects will be evaluated solely on their quality. There is no cap on the number of A or A*, deserving projects will be graded accordingly.

7. What are the restriction(s) in carrying out a project?
- Permission to use resources which you require like chemicals, laboratories, and computers must be granted by the relevant teacher-mentor or director of support services. Request for additional support e.g. computer hardware must be made with the relevant personnel, using appropriate forms.
- All work must be timed to be completed by the final evaluation. This includes any commitment to outside community services or projects. Hence proper planning and execution, and working closely with your mentor are very important.

8. Are participants from other schools allowed?
Yes. Students of other schools are most welcome to carry out collaborative projects with HCI students and take part in the projects evaluation. The maximum number of participants of such group is 4 (the members must comprise at least 2 HCI students).

9. Can CIP that students participate in be considered a Service Learning Project?
NO. In CIP, students go to a voluntary welfare organisation to perform community service as instructed by the staff of the organisation. For example, students may visit a hospital for the chronically ill to assist during physiotherapy sessions and mealtimes.
In Service Learning Projects, students have to specify:
a) what they hope to learn about the organisation/community, the clientele it serves and themselves;
b) what they will be doing for the organisation/community;
c) what actions will be taken;
d) how they will evaluate whether they have achieved their objectives.
Thus, as an example, students may visit a hospital for the chronically ill and decide to explore how to modify a wheelchair so that patients who are paralysed or semi-paralysed may sit comfortably in the wheelchair without falling off. Students will then need to understand the human physiology (Biology) and how a wheelchair works (Physics).
The number of hours that students perform for CIP will be logged into the CIP data-base and a CIP grade will be awarded to each student at the end of the year in their result slip. In the course of doing their Service Learning Projects, the number of hours that students clock through performing actual service to the beneficiaries may also count towards their total CIP hours.