Final Year Project Your Way Around

Kevor Mark-Oliver ICT Dept.

± Suggestions from Lecturers/Supervisors ± Problems identified in industry ± Review and improvement of previous work by other students(NOT A REPLICA!) ± From Literature .Choosing a topic What are the sources of Project topics? ± Ideas from courses taken throughout your programme.

Characteristics of the project topic It Must be SMART! ‡ Specific: is it a precise question? ‡ Measurable: can you determine if you succeeded? ‡ Attainable: Is it realistic to assume you can find a solution? ‡ Relevant: is it an important problem to solve ‡ Time-bound: can it be solved within the time constraints that you have? About 6months .

Examples of Bad topics ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ A website for a supermarket A web design for a school Software design for a clinic Software for keeping records in a school A bank software A website design for a hotel/church/anything Designing a software for a supermarket .

Examples of Bad topics ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ A website for a supermarket A web design for a school Software design for a clinic Software for keeping records in a school A bank software A website design for a hotel/church/anything Designing a software for a supermarket .

.......... . ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ The Scope is undefined Unavailable/Not too clear Concepts Not well Structured Etc..They not that Bad..

‡ An Online Reservation System for a transport company. ‡ Integrating Information Systems into Students Counselling in Institutions of Higher Learning in Ghana. . The case of Company X. ‡ An efficient Computerized Inventory Control System for a medium Pharmaceutical shop.Good Project topics ‡ Improving students enrolment in Institutions of Higher Learning Using e-learning.

‡ Feasibility Assessment of A web based Market place in the Ghanaian Context. ‡ Computerized Fee Collection/Management System for a Senior High School.‡ Implementing a more reliable School Selection and Placement System for the Ghana Education Service. .

Your turn Now! ‡ Give me examples of project topics ‡ Lets refine them so that scope is specific and concepts are present. ‡ They may later be defined in your introduction chapter! . ‡ Concepts may not be clear at this point.

an opportunity or a directive. ‡ What is about? ‡ What specific problem are you addressing.Problem Statement ‡ Your project is coming out as a result of a problem. ‡ Scope your problem so that you don t have several unrelated problems .

‡ You must state the Objective(s) of the project/Research. ‡ Your work will be evaluated based on this objective(s) ‡ The objective must be closely linked with the problemStatement.Research Objectives ‡ In conducting your work. you will have a number of objectives you want to meet. ‡ These Objectives may be general or Specific. .

Problem Statement Literature review Interview design/ questionnaire /Observation System Analysis and Design( based on 3 ) Implementation Conclusions and reccomendations . 5. 4.Research Methodology 1. 2. 6. 3.

‡ The duration for the project is 6months. ‡ You must be assigned a Supervisor who will guide you throughout your project. ‡ Your Supervisor would not do your project for you. .But first! ‡ Your Project proposal must be approved by the department.

Writing a Research Proposal It is about what you are going to do and how you are going to do it. Therefore be careful of your tenses. You are now going to do the actual project .

How do you write your Proposal ‡ Introduction ± Little background ± You may include problem statement here or as a section on its own. ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Research Objective Research questions Significance/Justification Methodology .

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