Project FAQ for ME Students


Q When do I start my project?

The work on a particular project starts at the beginning of the 5th semester. Also see the actual time schedule.

Q Do I need to register for a project?

Yes, you need to register for the project exams on the “virtuohm” web page. Please choose “NN” as supervisor.

Q Is there a Q&A meeting about the upcoming projects?

Yes, usually at mid of July.

Q How many people work on a project?

A project group consists of 4–5 students.

Q Can I start a project alone?

You need to work in a team!

Q Who is advising my project?

A professor of the Media-Engineering Group.
Exceptions can be approved by the “Prüfungskommission”.

Q Are there any limitations on advising a project?

A professor can advise a maximum of 2 project groups.

Q How long does it take?

A project usually runs for two consecutive semesters. Each semester is evaluated separately.

Q What’s done in the first semester?

Project definition, organisation, planning and a first working protoype or conceptual case study.

Q What’s done in the second semester?

Transition of the prototype to a real product with accompanying tests, market analysis or usability studies etc.

Q What is the estimated workload per person and semester?

300 hours per person and semester!

Q What project topics are available?

The available project topics are announced on the project proposal page of this wiki in the 4th semester break.

Q Can I suggest a different topic?

Yes, under certain conditions a team of students may initiate their own project. For detailed conditions please contact an advisor in time.

Q When do I enroll in a particular project group?

In the introductory course at the beginning of the 5th semester by personal attendance! The detailed enrollment rules are described here.

Q What if the project group enrollment exceeds the group size?

Project initiators are granted enrollment! Other participants may rotate to another group. If enrollment is still exceeding the group size, then participants are chosen by lottery!

Q Can I choose to participate in a project group afterwards?

No exceptions apply!

Q What is the best way to start?

First read the information sheet. Then setup a development blog to document ideas, protocols, results and the progress of the project.
For example use a wiki, beehive workspace, moodle, wordpress, blogger or blogspot page. Please do not use dropbox or facebook - there are many more professional alternatives around!
Also, invite your advisor to follow your blog!

Q How do I document my project?

Unless stated otherwise, documentation follows these guidelines.

Q What is often forgotten during the course of the project?

  • Precise project planning and control!
  • Meeting protocols!
  • Continued feedback!
  • Milestone verification!

Q What are the common mistakes encountered?

  • Not working as a team!
  • Not working regularly!
  • Not thinking about a master plan in time!
  • Not taking personal responsibility!
  • Not communicating problems in time!
  • Not being prepared for the worst case, you always need a plan B!

Q What is your reward?

  • A product that your team can be proud of!
  • But most important, a successful project is the best door opener for your professional career!

Q And when the project is finished?

In the audit period a project presentation is given. There are two such presentations, after each of the two parts of the project. The upcoming project presentation is advertised with a poster, videos etc. For a complete list of media to be prepared for the presentation, please see the presentation guidelines and the presentation checklist.

Q What is the time line of the project presentation?

The presentation is organized as a demo session. For that purpose, all teams prepare a presentation booth that features a hands-on live demo, poster or video. The presentation slot is 20 minutes for each team. Each team documents their presentation with a camera. For a detailed overview of the project presentation see here. Also see the project check list for work items to be done for the presentations.

Q Is there a public presentation for students and interested people?

Yes, the demo session of all teams is open to the public. Everybody is invited to have a look!

Q And after the final project presentation?

After the sessions there is a social event organized by the project participants. Winter events took place at various locations in Nuremberg suggested by students. Sommer events usually take place at the TH campus.

Q How do I prepare my report (PrStA)?

Detailed information about the PrStA is given in the information sheet.

Q When do I submit my report?

The dead line is two weeks after the presentations. The entire project documentation is due three weeks after the presentations. Also see the the project schedule.

Q How is the finished work graded?

Each team member receives a grade that is based on two main aspects: personal performance and the performance as a team. More precisely, the performance is measured by the following key indicators:

  • individual work load
  • team work efficiency
  • methodology
  • organisation and planning
  • scientific background research
  • technical realization
  • design standards
  • creativity
  • presentation
  • documentation and report
  • application of scientific standards
  • achievement of objectives

Depending on the particular project, the weighting of the above factors may vary.

Q When do I receive my grade?

Grades are usually published in the last week of the semester.