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Assessing Capstone Experience

Please cite as follows: Chan, CKY (2015). "Assessing Capstone Experience", Engineering Education Enhancement and Research Asia (E3R Asia).

Poster Presentation or Display

What is Poster Presentation or Display?

Poster presentation or display is used as a visual component that facilitates students to present their design to their clients and supervisors orally. Similar to the oral presentation, students have to demonstrate their communication and language skills in delivering their knowledge about the design to their clients and supervisors. 


The capstone design project (University of Alberta, 2012) organized in the field of Electrical Engineering is a one-year course (two semesters). Students participating in a capstone design project at the University of Alberta will conduct a poster presentation and other forms of assessment such as presentation and report in their second semester of the course. The areas that are to be covered in a poster presentation may include (based on the example from the University of Alberta):

  • Background: gives audience information about the problem investigated
  • Objectives: statesthe objectives of the designed product
  • Components: listthe items that are used in the design of the product
  • Development: gives audience information about how the product was designed (the process)
  • Results & Conclusion: discuss about the possible improvements
  • Acknowledgment: expresses gratitude towards the clients and sponsors 
  • Bibliography: states the resources that have been used   

An authentic example of a poster presentation at the University of Alberta, can be downloaded here.