2 Presentation Outline Introduction Pre-registration Project coordinationProject milestonesEvaluation forms and grading policyQuestions and discussion
3 IntroductionThe graduation project is a capstone of the undergraduate curriculumGraduation project offers an opportunity to undergraduate students to apply knowledge comprehensively in solving a reasonably complex and realistic problemGraduation project should reflect majority program outcomes as achieved by the studentsThrough the graduation projects, the college wishes to train its students towards successful professional careers
4 Importance of Graduation Projects The successful completion of graduation project is an indication of the students’ readiness to pursue a professional career.The variety and quality of graduation projects in the college reflect the academic profile and achievement of CCSIT.CCSIT offers three distinct programs in CS, IS and CN – variety of projects/topics can be pursuedMulti-disciplinary and externally sponsored projects are encouraged
5 Benefits of a Graduation Project Nomination by the department for recognitions (awards or prizes)Participation in regional/national competitions representing the college/universityPresentation in conferences, workshops or any other form of publicationsOther types of creative contribution in the form of commercial products or servicesContribution to university/college operations and missions in terms of community engagement and community serviceSponsorship from industry partners and collaboratorsIncreased job prospectsSatisfaction of innovation and creation!
6 Graduation Project Committee (GPC) The college has appointed GPCGPC consists of representatives from each departmentGPC Coordinator in each department facilitates and coordinates successful graduation projects in the department
7 Graduation Project - General Overview Graduation Project is generally conducted over two consecutive semesters (Semester 7 and 8).In most cases, students will conduct their graduation projects in group and under the close guidance of a supervisor.The supervisor nominates co-supervisors (if needed).The department approves two committee members for each projectA Pre-registration process is initiated at the end of 6th semesterProject Proposal is completed in 7th semester.Project Implementation is completed in 8th semester.
8 Pre-registrationPre-registration involves project selection, project allocation and committee appointmentProject proposals (topics) are proposed and allocated at the end of the 6th semesterFor each project a suitable supervisor must be found.The department approves/finalizes project topics and committee appointment
9 Who proposes the project (topic and idea)? Students (strongly encouraged)Faculty membersExternal partners
10 What is an acceptable project? An acceptable graduation project should:Comprise significant realistic challenges and constraintsProvide opportunity to integrate knowledge from various courses in the curriculum and beyondOffer opportunity for creativityEmphasize design, experimentation and hands-on skillsProvide major challenges in terms of planning, analysis, design, implementation, comparisons and validationReflect scientific and technical methodology and approach throughoutRequire significant efforts corresponding to the credit requirementAllow teamwork among students in one or more majorsInclude acceptable and measurable deliverables as agreed by both the supervisors and committee membersBe realizable within two semesters
11 Key Stakeholders and their Roles StudentsSupervisorCo-supervisorCommittee membersGraduation Project CommitteeDepartmentsCollege
12 StudentsStudents actively progress through each milestone of their graduation projects under the guidance of their supervisor and committeeIt is students’ graduation project and students must do the real workStudents must be willing to acquire new skills as necessary and take up new challengesSupervisors and committee members are the facilitators - offering useful advice and guidance to the students
13 Supervisor and Co-supervisor The supervisor plays the key role in guiding the students and the project.Supervisor may nominate a co-supervisor, if necessary.Multidisciplinary – e.g., CCSIT with College of Education or MedicineIndustry sponsored project – e.g., CCSIT with Aramco or SABICCoordination with female students/faculty
14 Committee MembersThe department appoints a committee of two faculty members for each project.The committee members evaluate the project at various milestoneMore importantly, they provide appropriate advice and feedback to enhance students’ skills and improve the quality of students’ project.
15 GPC, Department and College GPC traces and tracks progresses and problems; acts as a mediator and facilitator; organizes workshops and seminars to guide and train studentsDepartments and college provided necessary resources and support for each projectGPC together with the College and departments archive and promote students’ project and encourage students to showcase their projects in various events
16 Project Coordination (Bi-weekly Meetings) Biweekly meeting forms are signed by the students and submitted to department coordinator by the supervisor regularlyThey are used for progress tracking and dispute resolutionProject supervisor should report all progresses and problems to the department coordinator
19 GPC PublicationsGraduation Project Handbook detailing regulations and guidelinesTemplates for Report and PresentationVarious FormsPre-registration formBiweekly meeting formGeneral request formSupervisor evaluation forms for project proposal project implementationCommittee evaluation forms for 5 milestonesFor more information, project ideas, handbook, forms and templates, please visit:
20 Contact Us! Graduation Project Coordinators: Computer Sciences (CS) Male – Mr. Zahid QaiserFemale – Ms. Fatima RajeenaComputer Information Systems (CIS)Male – Dr. Qazi Mudassar IlyasFemale – Ms. Janice Dela VegaComputer Networks (CN)Male – Dr. Muhammad Mehboob Yasin