Final Year Project (FYP) Overview
The FYP is a year-long project that evolves through five phases:
You have from June 1 to Sept. 24 (116 days) to brainstorm, research, read and plan.
In general, this report tells what you plan to do for your FYP.
Click here to download a sample FYP proposal template.
It is due in
- Progress report
You have from Sept. 24 to Feb. 18 (147 days) to do the bulk of your project work.
In general, this report tells what you've been doing and what you still plan to do.
It is due in
- Final report
You have from Feb. 18 to April 24 (65 days) to finalize your work, test it, evaluate it and document it.
In general, this report tells what you did and what your conclusions are.
It is due in
(Note: your Self-Assessment Report is due at the same time.)
You have until late April or early May to prepare and practice for your oral presentation.
This is the climax of your project, when you tell your advisor and second reader what you did. For some students, it is the climax of their entire university education, so feel free to invite your parents and friends to attend.
You have until May to come up with a poster summarizing your FYP.
Note: the number of days, hours and minutes displayed above may not be accurate for users outside of Hong Kong.
Your FYP is graded by your advisor and a reader, and they will look at several grading factors. Your communication tutor (CT) can help you with the presentation factor. Overall, 21% of your FYP grade is based on the presentation of your three written reports, and 7.5% is based on how well you give your oral presentation. Thus, your CT can help you with 28.5% of your FYP grade if you want the help. Since competition is quite fierce, this extra help may make a difference.
The best FYPs (with a grade of A+) win awards at the end. To be considered for an A+, each project must (1) solve a significant problem, (2) have a well-written report, and (3) have an impressive demo. Not all students in award-winning groups received A+ due to differentiation by supervisors. Also, some students might receive an A+ for their project grades even though their group projects fell short in at least one of the three criteria used. You can see the posters of last year's winning FYPs inside the glass cases outside Room 3558. You can also visit the online List of Distinguished FYPs and view comments from FYP Winners
FYP English Help
The CSE Department wants all students to learn to write good academic reports, so all FYP students are required to meet with their CT twice during the year:
- Once between October and January to discuss your submitted proposal, focusing mainly on the introduction.
- Once between February and April to discuss your submitted progress report, focusing mainly on the methodology section.
You can also meet with your CT during any of the following times if you want:
- Between June and September to discuss your proposal draft.
- In December, January or early February to discuss your progress report draft.
- In March or April to discuss your final report draft (if he or she has time).
- In April or May to discuss and/or practice your presentation.
- IEEE Transactions, Journals and Letters: Information for Authors
- Comments from FYP Winners
- List of Distinguished FYPs (including some posters, presentations and demo videos)
- FYP Deadlines at a Glance
- CSE FYP page (for Both COMP and CPEG)
- FYP Report Structure and Content
- Overcoming Procrastination
- Procrastination: 10 Things to Know
- "Procrastination" Tales of Mere Existence (1 min. video)
- How to Procrastinate Like a Pro (2 min video)
- How to Stop Procrastinating (3 min. video)