EFA | Final Project Guidelines

General Guidelines

Students should complete a final project, either individually or in a small group (max. 3 students), that explores electronics as a creative medium.

  • Some common topics that could be good starting points if you are still looking for something to do:
    • Tangible user interfaces
    • Wearable electronics
    • Custom music controllers
    • Synthesizers and sequencers
    • Kinetic sculptures
    • Simple robots
    • Interactive installations
  • Read through Tom Igoe’s post about Physical Computing’s Greatest Hits and Misses
  • If you are still a bit uncomfortable with working with electronics, start from simple and expand from there.
  • It is ok to combine this project with something you are doing for another course. Especially if it’s a course that I teach. If I’m not teaching the other one, check with the teacher of that course, if it is ok to combine the workload with this project.
  • If you still feel lost, you can expand the projects we made during the course

Project Proposal & Documentation

Project Proposal

Create a project proposal for your final project. Think of this as a constantly evolving document

  • Some short thoughts on what you would like to explore and work with
  • Some references (artworks/projects that are similar to what you would like to do)
  • Initial list of parts and components you think you will need

Try to update it every week with some more details. There will be a MyCourses assignment where you can submit the link.

Please send me the first version latest on Wednesday, November 24.

Project Documentation

It is extremely important to document your work well for your portfolio. Create a documentation document for your final project. Here are some possible options:

  • Minimum documentation consists of:
    • A short description of your project and reflection on the things you learned (1-2 pages)
    • One photo of the finished work
    • One short video of the finished work
  • Recommended documentation also would include one or more of the following
    • A guide/tutorial on how to build your project. Published on the website mentioned above. See the EFA Robot documentation as an example.
    • A more detailed report on the process of creating your work.
    • More photos, sketches, high-quality video.
  • You can submit and edit your final documentation still until the end of January 17, 2022

Submit the link (or a.zip file using MyCourses): https://mycourses.aalto.fi/mod/assign/view.php?id=851705

Final Project Presentations

  • Exhibition details coming soon

Grading

This course is graded 0–5

  • 0 Fail
  • 1 Poor
  • 2 Satisfactory
  • 3 Good
  • 4 Very Good
  • 5 Excellent

You will be graded based on the following criteria

  • Active attendance to classes and discussions (25% of the grade).
    • Minimum 80% attendance (being sick or other emergency is a valid reason to not to be present)
    • Your attitude and activeness in class
  • The final project (50% of the grade). You will be evaluated based on:
    • Aesthetic quality of the work
    • Novelty and creativity of the concept
    • Critical approach to the topic
    • Command of the technology
    • Attention to detail
  • Documentation of the final project (25% of the grade). You will evaluated based on:
    • Critical reflection
    • Quality of the audiovisual documentation
    • The amount of detail and depth in the documentation

Examples of Projects from Previous Years

See here for some selected examples from previous years.