Capstone Project

Outline

• Title Page – will be provided later
• Disclaimer
• Approval Sheet
• Acknowledgment
• Abstract
• Table of Contents
• List of Figures, List of Tables, List of Notations
• Introduction
• Background of the Study
• Objectives
• Scope and limitations
• Significance of the Study
• Review of Related Literature/Systems
• Methodology
• Research Design/Software Development Lifecycle
• Requirements Analysis
• Requirements Documentation
• Design of Software, Systems, Product, and/or Processes
• Development and Testing, where applicable
• Description of the Prototype. where applicable Implementation Plan (Infrastructure/Deployment) where needed
• ISO 9126
• Results and Discussion
• Implementation Results, where applicable
• Summary, Conclusion and Recommendations
• References
•  Appendices
• Evaluation Tool or Test Documents Sample
• Users Guide
• Process/Data/Information Flow Screen layouts
• Technical Specifications
• Test Results
• Sample Generated Outputs
• Pictures showcasing the data gathering, investigation done (e.g. floor plan, layout, building, etc.)
• One-Page Curriculum Vitae per team member

Objective and significance of the project 1. and the benefits you will get while working on the project . The project output 1.Abstract This section gives an overall view of your project in not more than 300 words. Why you chose to work on it 3. What the project is supposed to accomplish 2. Your users/clientele B. What you propose to develop D. The problem domain C. The major benefits the users/clientele can derive from the project output. The contents must mention the following: A.

Methods used in developing the project H.Abstract E. Project assessment . How project originated G. Identity of project sponsor (if any) F. Description of setting and institutional background 1.

Current relevant institutional gaps b. • Objectives • What the project is supposed to accomplish • General and Specific • Significance of the Study • The major benefits the users/clientele can derive from the project output. what will you do – in order to • What initiated the project. Could be: a. this is the most important sentence in the study • 2-3 paragraphs to support of the first sentence/paragraph • International readings (with citations) • National readings • Locale – what is the existing scenario • (last part) Purpose statement – identify research gap.arouse readers’ interest. and the benefits you will get while working on the project • Logical sequencing – from the most important • Researcher and future researchers (last) • Scope and Limitations .CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION • Background of the Study • First sentence . Improvements/enhancements to the current running systems c. Requests by users/clientele for systems development initiative.

B. national and international studies… • Minimum of 3 •.CHAPTER 2 REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE/SYSTEMS A. Describe how you propose to take advantage of existing and current best practices in your project. Assess the best available resources for addressing the problem. •. .Introduction of the chapter • This chapter presents literature from local.

and/or Processes • Development and Testing. where applicable • Description of the Prototype where applicable Implementation Plan (Infrastructure/Deployment) where needed • ISO 9126 • Technical Background .CHAPTER 3 METHODOLOGY • Research Design/Software Development Lifecycle • Requirements Analysis • Requirements Documentation • Design of Software. Systems. Product.

Technical Background • Technologies you plan to consider or use 1. What they add to the most promising existing alternative . Why these technologies are appropriate 2.

CHAPTER 4 RESULTS AND DISCUSSION • Discuss the outputs based on the objectives • Evaluation of the system using ISO 9126 .

CHAPTER 5 SUMMARY. CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS • Summary of Findings • Discussion should be based on the results of ISO 9126 evaluation • Conclusion • In consonance with the summary of findings conclude as to the quality of the system • Recommendations • Contains suggestions for further research .

and websites that will be useful to this project. • APA format guide . books.References • This chapter contains the list of articles.

Appendices • Evaluation Tool (will be provided) • User Guide/Manual including Technical Specification • System Flow Diagram • Pictures (3R) showcasing the data gathering. investigation done • Biographical sketch .

. Screen shots must be captured and embedded in the document to facilitate faster assimilation of the inner workings of the system.User Manual • User manual must empower the intended users/clientele to use the system with minimal to no technical support.

Dependencies on hardware and software systems should be described. Maintenance plan for the software system v. Programming language iv. Hardware ii.Technical Specifications a. vi.Final system specifications i. and configuring the software. Server applications used b. List the location and content of all relevant files and instructions for installing. . Operating Systems iii. compiling.

The expected ones are your professors. Following are some general tips that may be of help to you: 1. Once yo have that mental picture. Always keep the reader’s background in mind (Chinneck. and your target clientele. imagine that you are explaining your ideas .Style and Layout of Project Proposal This is scientific work and therefore all writing involved must follow a “dissertation-style” of writing. 1999). Put in mind the expected audience and stakeholders of your project.

6. Information presented in figures/tables/graphs must have preceding introductory paragraphs. 7. Write using third person’s point of view. 5. Writing must be clear and unambiguous. make sure that you discuss it.3. Terms must be consistent throughout the document. . Do not use two or more terms to refer to the same idea. Terse sentences are encouraged rather than long expository ones. Following the figure/table/graph. You will end up confusing which would result to outright rejection of your proposal. or the inclusion of which may derail the flow of discussion must be relocated to another section or may be placed in the Appendices. 4. 8. Figures/Tables/graphs where no discussions can be made.

You may also subject it to professional scrutiny by somebody who is from the ICT industry to check for proper word/term usage. then they must be stupid. in any form.Stay away from getting your opinions on paper. (Paraphrased from Chinneck.Logical organization. Remember. make sure that it has been edited for any grammatical. . and punctuation errors. 12. The structure and flow of your manuscript is very important.Before submitting your work. Paragraphs must follow a logical sequence. “Obviously. each paragraph begins with a topic sentence and the entire content of the paragraph must relate to this topic. to your for perusal or approval. or any composition-related shortcomings. Avoid phrases like “Clearly. Make sure that literature or the solution you have presented should substantiate whatever claims you make. this is the case…”. 10. it follows that…”.9. et cetera which imply that if the readers do not understand. 1999). 11. spelling.

Document formatting standards .

In-Text Citation • The in-text citation is used to provide information that can immediately tell the reader the source of the material just presented. and this is done by providing the name of the author and year of publication in parenthesis. With the use of in-text citation. except when the author wishes to provide additional explanation or context to the statement just provided in the text. the need for foot-notes have become less necessary. .

1968).The following examples of the use of the author- publication date combination (in-text citation) come from the book titled Writing Your Thesis: • Example 1: Nominal scale is defined as the “assignment of numbers or symbols for the purpose of designating sub-class which represents unique characteristics” (Williams. .

” .The following examples of the use of the author- publication date combination (in-text citation) come from the book titled Writing Your Thesis: • Example 2: Williams (1968) defined nominal scale as the “assignment of numbers or symbols for the purpose of designating sub-class which represents unique characteristics.

2012) 1. Our sources tell us to consider the following rules when we use quotes: . is “an exact reproduction of an author’s exact words in your own text.How to cite sources within the text The three common techniques of citing other works are quotations. Let us cite liberally from Writing Your Thesis (Librero. and paraphrases. We’re reminded by experts to use quotes sparingly. On the use of quotations: A quote. If you use too many quotes. it would appear that you’re unable to contribute something original in our paper. according to the Jackson State Community College.” There is a caveat in using quotes. summaries. If you have more than three lengthy quotations in one page. you might be using quotes too much.

B. “Use ellipses (…) to show that material is left out. “If the material you are quoting is longer than four lines. C. use brackets ([ ]) to indicate that material has been added or changed. use block quote format.A. which means that you should not use quotation marks but instead indent the whole quoted bit one inch from the left margin so that it is clear what your original work is and what is quoted. “Enclose the word-for-word quote in quotation marks (“ “) to show that the source author’s exact words appear in your paper. D. “If you change anything about the original material to make it fit more neatly or clearly into your essay.” .

A paraphrase is usually similar in length compared to the original material. which must convey the same meaning as the original author’s. When you paraphrase you’ll still have to cite your source within your text just the same. On the use of paraphrases: Your paraphrase is how you state the author’s ideas in your own words. and other factual information from the original author’s material. You use your own words even as you include in your paraphrase the original names. figures. .2. events.

you must always cite your sources. On the use of summaries: A summary. is your own restatement of the author’s ideas but focusing on the major points in the material.3. or summary in presenting the ideas of your source. which is much shorter than the original material. . avoid using quotes within a summary. As much as possible. Whether or not you are employing quotation. paraphrase.

About Proprietary Ownership of Results • The results of the Capstone Project are public domain. will be allowed to do so. . in general. This means that anyone who requests to see the project results.