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1 Thesis Report Chapter 1 (Introduction)
Graphics and Multimedia Software Project I (Development Stream) Jumail Bin Taliba Faculty of Computing, UTM March 2014 Adapted from Dr. Siti Hajar’s slide

2 Report Contents (Project 1)
Chapter 1 Introduction pages Chapter 2 Literature Review 25 pages Chapter 3 Methodology pages Chapter 4 Preliminary Design 5 pages Chapter 5 Conclusion pages Total: 50 pages

3 Chapter 1: Contents 1.1 Overview of the project 1.2 Problem background
1.3 Objective of the project 1.4 Scope of the project 1.5 Importance of the project 1.6 Summary

4 1.1 Overview of the project
This chapter outlines an overview about the project that you want to develop It includes what are the problems in general Some idea to the readers about existing techniques (if available) to overcome/minimise the problems And what is your suggestion to solve the problems (in brief)

5 1.2 Problem Background In this section, you will elaborate more on the problems that currently faced in the project/research domain. Usually the problems relate to a particular organization, but it could also be a general problem faced by public. You need to explain current situation that needs for an improvement/new solution.

6 1.3 Objective This section presents the goal or aim of the project, and the objective. The Goal: Should be in one sentence What you want to achieve/improve in general e.g.: The goal of this project is to develop a nurse rotation system that could help in information exchange between nurses when they change shift.

7 1.3 Objective (con’t) This section presents the goal / aim of the project, and the objective. Steps taken to achieve the aim of the project. It must be measurable. Meaning, anyone can see the results/outputs of each objective in the report/in the system. Use point form to differentiate between one objective and another. Objective cannot be just one (as it might be seen as the aim of the project).

8 1.3 Objective (con’t) Generally (good practice) between 3 and 5.
If more than 5, the objectives would be to specific and could be a duplicate of another objective. However, it is up to you and your supervisor to identify the objectives of your project.

9 1.3 Objective (con’t) Examples: Objectives should start with “To”
To conduct a survey … The outputs – survey form and results from the survey To develop a system … The output – the system itself To evaluate the performance … The output – a comparison chart/graph of previous and proposed system performances.

10 1.4 Scope What is the limitation of your project?
What is not covered in your system development? It would be a reason for you to show to the examiners why you did not implement/have particular features in your system. Usually, it involves the limitation in data collection strategy, the domain of investigation, assumptions that need to be made, etc.

11 1.4 Scope (con’t) Please do not mention, the software that you would like to use in the scope. Examples: The analysis in this project is limited to wireless LAN users of Faculty of Computing (FC) network. It will not cover the usage of wired LAN users. The term staff used in this study will refer to academic staff of FC only, not including the technical and support staff. This study assumes that there is sufficient authentication mechanism deployed. As such, issues related to authentication mechanisms will not be discussed. The system will only deal with cash transaction. No credit card transaction module will be developed. The scope of this project is limited to a group of students that stay in hostel x only.

12 1.5 The importance of the project
Explain why you would like to develop the system. What motivate you to work on the project. Outline the benefits of the system. What are the parties that could get the benefits (to organization? to Public?).

13 1.6 Summary Summarize what have been discussed from 1.1 to 1.6
Also give an idea to the readers about what to expect in the following chapters. e.g. In the next chapter…. Chapter 3 outlines methodology… It then followed by … in chapter 4. Chapter 5 concludes this report …

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