The final year project is an essential part of your course. It can be difficult especially for those with a lack of direction. Given the situation of beginners, most are usually confused about the entire process of research. However, charting out your entire research plan can be of extreme help, especially if you have never executed a project or research paper before. With a proper plan, conducting your research can be one of the most productive and fulfilling experiences of the course.
Consider adhering to the following steps to carry out your research project:
Choosing Your Project Topic
Deciding upon the area of your research is the most difficult part of undertaking a final year project. Usually, most students are simply overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options available. At this initial stage, it is quite common to find students consulting each and every person possible, both friends and professors, for advice. Perform a thorough research before coming to the conclusion and never back away from taking advice. However, you must make sure that the final decision lies in your hands.
Conducting a thorough literature review is more than essential here. It not only surveys the past instances of your project ideas, but also encapsulates, appraises, compares and contrast, and draws a relation between various research articles, scholarly books, and other relevant sources that may be related to your project topic. By providing a literature survey, you tell your review panelists that you have not neglected the basic steps of research. Do not compromise on this step. A rich literature review gives your paper an upper hand.
Developing Your Project Proposal
Your project proposal will determine whether it will get approved or not since it will outline what your project intends to accomplish and how feasible it is. It should include the specific objectives as well as the anticipated results of the proposed project. The proposal should be capable of convincing the reviewer that the project is worth the time, money and effort required to complete the work. Spend ample time on your proposal and work on your convincing skills before the presentation. Make sure you are prepared for every question that is shot your way.
Planning Your Project
Once your project has been approved, it’s game time! You have to make extensive plans as to how to go about it since they are the foundation of a proposed research. The plan should cover every aspect of your research and what it requires. You must make an agenda to procure the required hardware/software. Also remember that not everything needs to be bought because substitutions are always available. Nevertheless, prepare your cost estimations and make plans to manage them. Take care of the minutest details and you’re set to begin your project.
This is the body of your project where your actual execution takes place. Quite often, students are shaken up during this stage. Make sure that you execute plans properly so that your project is well constructed. Pay attention to every detail and try to minimize the mistakes and be confident in what you do. There may be some trials and errors at first but make sure you do not give up.
After your project is built, it is time to test it. This can be done with the help of some test cases to check whether your project is yielding the results as per your expectations. If the results are not what you wanted, do not stress out. You can check the implementation of your project and try again.
It is essential that you develop some test cases to implement on your project. Keep repeating the experiment with different inputs so that the results can be compared and a conclusion can be drawn. This helps in determining the efficiency of your research. Make corrections to your plans as necessary.
Drawing Your Conclusions and Identify Future Work if Any
After implementation, testing and corrections, it is time to conclude the project. This stage is critical and determines whether the project is a success or a failure. Failure to do so will result in your project not being taking seriously. Draw the necessary conclusions as per the results and obtain a summary of the executed procedure.
Presenting and Defending Your Work Orally
An oral presentation is more than just reading out your results to the review panel. You should be well-versed with your project and capable of communicating your message clearly so that the panel gets a clear idea of what you are trying to present. It is inevitable that the panelists would raise questions about your work. Engage them in a calm yet strong discussion so that your knowledge and skill in the field are highlighted. Make sure you practice thoroughly before the presentation and be prepared for all the questions.
Preparing Your Final Version of the Report
This is the concluding step in case you are not planning to publish your paper. Go through your entire project from the beginning before preparing your final report. This is your final version and in the event of your paper being published, this is the one to be given.
Make sure you consider all possibilities and put in your best effort into the project. This can be a lot of hard work, but the final product leaves you with a feeling of pride and self-satisfaction. Always remember to go with your gut feeling when in doubt and never shy away from seeking help. With the appropriate effort and dedication, your final year project can be truly amazing.
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