CSE 484 / CSE M 584 Final Project


For your final project, you will create a short (12-15 minute) video explaining a topic or concept in computer security in detail. This is an opportunity for you to explore any topic of interest to you in more detail. The topic could be a technical topic (e.g., web security) or a current event of your choice. Please feel free to ask the course staff if you have question about the appropriateness of your topic for this course.

For sample projects from a previous quarter, see here (CSE NetID required).


Late policy exception: The normal late policy applies for project checkpoints. However, for the final due date (December 13), the late policy does not apply. Late final projects will not be accepted after 11:59pm on December 13.

Preliminary due date #1: Friday, November 10 (8pm)
Upload to Catalyst a PDF file that contains (1) your group members’ names and UWNetIDs and (2) a brief description of the topic of your presentation.

Preliminary due date #2: Friday, December 1 (8pm)
Upload to Catalyst a PDF file that contains (1) your group members’ names and UWNetIDs and (2) an outline of your presentation and (3) a list of references that you have already used when researching your topic. The outline does not need to be super-detailed -- a single page or half page would be sufficient, as long as you can convey to us that you have a plan for your presentation.

Final due date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 (11:59pm)
Upload your presentation video to Catalyst. Submit a 12- to 15-minute video file. You may choose to use any recording software you wish, e.g., CamStudio (Windows only), QuickTime, or Powerpoint’s built-in slide-show recording tools.
Also upload your presentation slides in PowerPoint or PDF format. Your group members’ names and UWNetIDs should be on the first slide.


You do not need to stand in front of a projector and record yourself and the slides with a video camera. You can just record what your computer displays (the animated slides) and what you say (the oral presentation). If you do use a video camera to record your presentation, then make sure that the slides are within the view of the video camera.

Your presentation needs to also include references to the main resources that you used to inform your presentation (websites, books, standards documents, source code, etc).

You must include in your slide deck and your oral presentation at least one slide on the legal or ethical (or both) issues associated with your topic in question.

Collaborative or not: You may work in groups of up to three people, though you are not required to work in groups. All group members must introduce themselves at the start of the presentation, and all group members must speak during the presentation.

Forming groups: We suggest forming groups with people interested in the same topic as you. You can use the forum to find such people. It is also OK if multiple groups present the same topic.

After submission and extra credit: We will download all the presentations and make them available to the class. You may review up to two other presentations (not your own) for extra credit (due at 8pm on Friday, December 15). For each review, you can submit (via Catalyst) a PDF with (1) your name and UWNetID, (2) the title of the presentation that you reviewed, (3) a copy of the link to the presentation that you reviewed, (4) a bulleted list, with three to five bullets, summarizing three to five things you learned from the presentation, and (5) a bulleted list, with three to five bullets, summarizing three to five things that you would like to learn more about. For (4), you must reference the portion of the video (e.g., minute 9:40) where you learned the relevant material.

Grading Rubric

We expect to grade final presentations according to the following rubric, or something similar: [PDF]