These are documents (in Croatian) that describe how to use OpenOffice to write seminar works and diploma thesis. I think they are general enough to be useful to many others using OpenOffice and/or writing documentation.
- Template on how to write student project documentation for the Computer Networks course. OpenOffice format and pdf format. This template forms the base for all the other templates.
- Template for course Seminar that is part of the undergraduate study on the Faculty. Also in OpenOffice version and pdf version.
- Finally, template for diploma thesis version 1. It is also given in OpenOffice format and in pdf format.
I strongly recommend everyone to use OpenOffice for writing documents. Not only it is more efficient, but it also has great export capabilities (most notably in PDF). Furthermore, it works on many different platforms, unlike some other similar applications.
New template for diploma thesis (v01). I changed the margins since they are prescribed to be 3cm left, and 2.5cm right, top and bottom. Also, diploma thesis is printed single-sided so there is no point in having different heading for left and right pages!
The most frequent errors
While reviewing student papers I found the following errors to be the most frequent:
- Keep in mind that you are writing technical text, not novel or something similar. So be careful with used expressions in the text
- Do not use three dots for "etc.", and avoid use of "etc." (U hrvatskom izbjegavati "itd.". Ako treba nabrajati tada upotrijebiti riječ "npr." ili još bolje "primjerice", zatim navesti nekoliko primjera i završiti s točkom ili zatvorenom zagradom, ovisno o kontekstu. Na taj način jasno je dano do znanja da se radi samo o jednom podskupu te nije potrebno stavljati tri točkice i slično!
- Avoid use of the footnotes as well as text inside parentheses within sentences!
When preparing presentations keep in mind the following:
- Slides are used as a reminder of what you should talk about and in what sequence. In that way you'll have consistent talk that's easier to follow by the intended audience!
- Do not write sentences on the slides.
- At the beginning, immediatelly before Introduction, give an overview of the presentation. If there are large number of slides, it is a good practice to repeat this overview slide to remind audience what has been talked about and what's the next topic!
- Do not use animation and sounds in slides unless absolutely necessary! Slides are only used as a reminder, to you and to the audience, and should not distract the attention!
- Do not use fancy, colorful and similar slide templates. Slides have to be easy to read!
- Don't use small fonts, minimum sized font should be 18pt
- Avoid slides with text Questions? or Thanks or something similar!
- Writing slides is iterative process. For example, if you on some slide, in the middle of the presentation, use the term you didn't mentioned at the beginning where you listed and defined different terms, then you have to go back and add that term.
- To estimate the number of slides for a given time period, you can assume that, per slide, on average, you'll spend between minute and two. This is of course dependent on the slides so you'll need several presentations to calibrate this measure for your case.
When giving presentations keep in mind the following:
- It's most irritating and annoying for the audience when the presenter is reading from the slides.
- When giving presentation look to the audience and skim over slides periodically, e.g. when or before starting a new topic, to check that you didn't miss something and that you are on the schedule.