The purpose of the seminar is for you to demonstrate that you are able to communicate your knowledge and understanding of a serious piece of research or development, and can convince the audience that you are able to work towards a solution or build the required product.

The seminar will be held in week 7 each semester .

The seminar should go for a approximately 30 minutes, after which the presenter will take questions from the audience; the remainder of the 45 minute time slot should be used for the supervisor and assessor to meet with and give feedback to the student (without the audience).

Seminar - Date, Time, Location

Thesis Seminar scheduling will be available for Staff and Students in myCSE a few weeks prior to Seminar Week.

Consult the Seminar timetable on the myCSE web site at: ( Seminar Timetable released in week 6)

Your supervisor will chair the seminar (30 minutes) and the meeting afterwards (15 minutes).

This advice should be used as a guide by the student. The supervisor will have final say on what duration and format is appropriate for The Seminar.

In the seminar you need to convince the audience that you:

  1. understand the topic;
  2. have identified the problems; and
  3. are capable of working towards a solution or product.

A basic skeleton of a seminar can follow the same set of 4 tasks that were described in the Course Outline , namely:

  • define the problem
  • survey the literature/related work
  • analyse and compare your options
  • describe your plan of attack (justifying any decisions made)
  • present preliminary results

The beginning and end of your talk should be understandable to other 4th year thesis students. The main body of the talk should be targeted to academics.


Data projectors are available in all of the K17 seminar rooms that will be used for Thesis A seminars. You will need to bring your own laptop if doing a computer-based presentation (e.g. PowerPoint). You'll need to do all of your own printing and photocopying.

Assessment Criteria

Your seminar will be assessed on the following aspects. For exact marking criteria, refer to the course Web site.

  • Technical quality, which includes motivation of the work, quality of the literature survey, range of solutions, justification for choices, quality of the work-plan and the general degree of difficulty of the work.
  • Presentation quality, which includes ability to communicate, clarity of description, platform manner, structure of the talk and competence in handling questions.

Note: Delivery of a late seminar may be subject to a late penalty. See the Course Outline for the late penalty details.

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