Presentation on theme: "1 THIRD YEAR PROJECT TALK Project planning IT skills Use of literature and standards Log books HSE requirements If things go wrong Warning."— Presentation transcript:
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 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 Project planning Example planning chart – work packages and milestones
4 Project planning Exercise: Insert main work packages and milestones
5 Project planning Risk Mitigation: Identify risks to progress and backup the example is from a satellite radar project
6 Project planning Exercise: Identify risks to progress in your project
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 http://www.ucl.ac.uk/is/training/student
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 http://wok.mimas.ac.uk ; 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: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/UCL-Info/Divisions/Library/index.htm ATHENS access needed, some are only available from UCL.
9 Use of literature and standards Don’t forget to use www too e.g. http://www.google.com ; Key words for the literature searches semiconductors, diamond are too general (diamond UV detector), “diamond UV detector”
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- global.com (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 http://www.european-patent-office.org/espacenet/info/access.htm
11 Use of literature and standards Standards for bibliographic references Harvard standard for citing journal papers and books: http://www.lib.monash.edu.au/tutorials/citing/harvard.html Standard for citation of electronic web sites: http://www.apastyle.org/elecref.html 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 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 HSE requirements A safety appraisal is needed Safety form has to be competed by student and signed by the supervisor; http://www.ee.ucl.ac.uk/~cleanrm/safety/RISK.HTML Keep a copy, glue it into your log book at the beginning; Even computing projects need a safety appraisal. Source of information: http://www.hse.gov.uk/index.htm 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 If things go wrong Look in the Undergaduate Manual: http://www.ee.ucl.ac.uk/students/undergraduate/current/undergradmanual 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 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: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/examinations/irregularities/ 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 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