1 Google > Dave Inman > Projects Stages of a Final Year project.
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1 Google > Dave Inman > Projects Stages of a Final Year project
2 What is a final year project? A double unit or about 2 days a week over 2 semesters Worth about 30% of your degree Employers ask about your project in requests for references It is YOUR project Chosen by you Planned by you You use resources to help you
3 What do you have to do? Choose a project Find a supervisor Plan it Do it - deal with problems Report on project Register project Meet supervisor – get log book signed Progress reports each month Meet 2nd assessor Written report (& electronic versions) Lab presentation
7 Major Deadlines Week 2 Term 1: Initial Project Registration Week 4 : Term 1 - Main Project Registration Week 4 : Term 1 - Supervisor allocated if not found Week 5 Term 1: Meet supervisor. Sign off Ethics and Proposal Last week term 1 – 1 st Digital Submission Last week Term 2 - Project Presentations to supervisor, 2 nd Digital Submission May : Project Final Handin Hand in 2 printed copies of your Project, and 1 electronic copy. May : Project Open Day
8 Choosing a project Look at past projects (web) Look at supervisor ideas (web) Think what inspires you Think what parts of your course you liked Think of your niche Did you do a placement? Brainstorm - don’t eliminate until you write
9 Choosing a supervisor Look at past projects (web) - see who supervised them Look at supervisor ideas (web) Who do you get on with? Think what parts of course you liked Your supervisor does not need to be in your area - you can get technical help from elsewhere
10 Planning Plan at the start! Ways to plan Milestones - work breakdown Estimate times Sequencing Bar chart Activity network Gantt chart Rolling Wave plan - very general if structure of project not clear at start How will you plan your project?
11 Registering your project You must register yourself as soon as you have your idea ready By 2 nd week of term 1 you must register your personal info By 4th week of term 1you must register project info: Title Key areas Summary Supervisor Failure to register can mean project postponed 1 year! You can change project details (not supervisor) until end of term 1.
12 Log book A kind of diary Get supervisor to sign after each meeting Format not important One version Diary + File Show to supervisor at end For possible use by project panel / exam board
13 Research Find your sources - skim to evaluate Detailed reading of important references Keep notes on all refs (even brief notes if refs not really valid) Synthesis is bringing together and applying research to answer your project questions Write chapter/s on research soon after completion (e.g. by end term 1)
14 Completing project Use your plan effectively Consider other studies - exams at the end of semester 1 will be a project ‘break’ Work hard in term 1 Work hard after exams Work hard at start of semester 2 Do several activities concurrently in case of problems whilst waiting for references, results, software Don’t panic - dealing with problems is good!
15 Progress reports You must submit progress reports for the months of November, December, January, February, March and April Each progress report is due during the following month You need only check a few boxes and type a few words to say how the project is going It is evidence of your development and for self- evaluation of the project. Be honest - everyone will have problems!
16 2nd Assessor meetings 2nd assessor will give more balance to assessment process I will allocate 2nd assessor after week 5 of term 1 In the last week of term 1 you will meet 2nd assessor and report on progress. You must fix the meeting Your second assessor will be present at the project open lab day when you describe your final project handed in.
17 Project Open Day You must present your project to your assessors The Lab day will be held on a single day You will have a PC for your demo You can bring in a lap top or show your report You will be able to talk about your project and can give handouts
18 Writing up There is a general report structure on the Web Use this as a guide only Keep your central question/s in mind as you write If each chapter leads reader to answers in a structured way you will keep reader’s attention
19 Deliverables Project report - about 2cm thick - about 10K - 20K words in main body One copy to supervisor direct (you can negotiate to have this returned in August) One copy to 2nd assessor (we keep this) Electronic versions (term 1, term 2, end of project) to SCISM server Open day attendance
20 More... Look at Google>dave inman>Projects for more on: Choosing a project, supervisor and registering your project Planning your project Research Completing your project Presenting your project
21 More help... Project web guide (google>dave inman>projects) Project Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from web site above Supervisor at regular meetings Project wrokshop – see your timetable