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1 THIRD YEAR PROJECT TALK  Project planning  IT skills  Use of literature and standards  Log books  HSE requirements  If things go wrong  Warning.

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1 1 THIRD YEAR PROJECT TALK  Project planning  IT skills  Use of literature and standards  Log books  HSE requirements  If things go wrong  Warning on plagiarism (copying)  Things to do list These are key steps in the training of a professional engineer

2 2 Project planning  Be realistic  The project is one quarter of the final year;  One quarter of 23 weeks is about 6 weeks (42 days);  You cannot do a PhD level project in 42 days.  Targets  State a few clear objectives and achieve them;  Staff will penalise unfinished projects;  Planning chart  The first report should include a planning chart;  The second report should show progress against the chart and a revised plan if necessary;  Consider risks and have a backup plan.

3 3 Project planning  Example planning chart – work packages and milestones

4 4 Project planning  Exercise: Insert main work packages and milestones

5 5 Project planning  Risk Mitigation: Identify risks to progress and backup the example is from a satellite radar project

6 6 Project planning  Exercise: Identify risks to progress in your project

7 7 IT skills  Skills needed include:  Use of standard tools – Word, Excel, Powerpoint;  Programming – as required by project.  IT training should be arranged with Information Systems 

8 8 Use of literature and standards  Review of academic literature  Review and use of 8-10 relevant published papers is expected;  Projects with no literature references will normally be penalised.  Use of WOK and on-line journals  Use the journals and proceedings data bases at ;  The password is your UCL ISD password (ATHENS access);  For full papers, visit the library for paper copies of journals and/or use the on-line electronic journal facility at:  ATHENS access needed, some are only available from UCL.

9 9 Use of literature and standards  Don’t forget to use www too  e.g. ;  Key words for the literature searches  semiconductors, diamond are too general  (diamond UV detector), “diamond UV detector” 

10 10 Use of literature and standards  Use of standards  Standards should be applied for: Circuit symbols, notation and technical vocabulary  Web site for British Standards: http://www.bsonline.bsi- (Log in using “ATHENS login” and then select “Alternative login” to enter your UCL ISD password)  e.g. Look at BSEN60617-4, BS 4727  Patent searching 

11 11 Use of literature and standards  Standards for bibliographic references  Harvard standard for citing journal papers and books:  Standard for citation of electronic web sites:  Generic forms for the reference list  Electronic reference: Author, A. A., (2000). Title of work (in italics). Retrieved month day, year, from source.  Journal reference: Authora, A.A., Authorb, B.B., and Authorc, C.C., (2000). Title of article, Journal name (in italics), Vol. 20, pp 256-280.  Book reference: Author, A. A., (2000). Title of chapter, in: Editor, E.E., (ed), Book Title, (in italics, all capitalized), publisher, place of publication.

12 12 Log books  Log books are required  Log books can be important legal documents;  The log book has to be handed in with the final report;  Log book is a bound book. Loose leaf is not allowed;  Buy the log book today, also scissors and glue;  The safety risk assessment form must be stuck in;  Start it on page 5 and write something in it every day: e.g. stick in the project description and the planning chart.  Number the pages and use pages 1-4 for the index.

13 13 HSE requirements  A safety appraisal is needed  Safety form has to be competed by student and signed by the supervisor;  Keep a copy, glue it into your log book at the beginning;  Even computing projects need a safety appraisal.  Source of information:  e.g. Search for the hazards of VDUs, RSI, laser, solder  In the safety appraisal you have to write (a) what are the hazards (b) how to minimize them.

14 14 If things go wrong  Look in the Undergaduate Manual:  There is a departmental procedure for students experiencing difficulties with their project:  For difficulties in progress: (i)The student should report a problem as early as possible to the Project Coordinator (PC) and/or Head of Teaching (HT). (ii)The PC and/or HT will meet with the student to find out the nature of the problem and to decide on a plan of action. Ideally this should involve the supervisor, but only with the consent of the student.

15 15 Warning on plagiarism  Plagiarism and cheating  Plagiarism means copying without acknowledgement;  Cheating and plagiarism are a serious examination offences;  Please read the guidelines on plagiarism: They state that copying from ANY source is unacceptable; They explain how to correctly quote someone else's work; 3 rd year projects are INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS; Every student has to do their own work and write their own report.  Common materials appearing in two reports is an examination offence and both students will be reported and investigated.  Reports containing material copied from books or papers will get a zero mark and students will be investigated for cheating.

16 16 Things to do list  Buy a log book  Do the safety form  Do the planning chart  Do the technical risk chart  Decide upon key words and do the literature search  Write the first report  Do a successful project

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