Planning and Implementing your Final Year Project — with Success!: A Guide for Students in Computer Science and Information Systems

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2002 - Computers - 152 pages
This book provides computing and information students with all the toolsthey need to successfully complete a final year research project. Based onan approach which has been tried and tested on over 500 projects, itoffers a simple step-by-step guide to the key processes involved:* Developing your project proposal* Developing the problem description* Following objectives* Presenting and analysing your data* Drawing conclusions* Presenting and defending your work* Preparing the final version of your reportAs well as being an essential purchase for students, it also contains lotsof useful information for supervisors and examiners including guidelineson how to review a final year project.
 

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Contents

Introduction
4
12 Purposes of a Final Year Project
4
13 Actors in the Project
6
14 Process
7
16 Reading Guidelines
8
Computer Science and Information Systems Research Projects
9
22 What is Research?
10
23 Research Methods
12
854 Present Details of the Chosen Approach
71
Following the Objectives
73
Presenting and Analyzing your Data
75
1012 Interviews and Questionnaires
77
1013 Implementations
78
102 Presenting Numerical Data
81
1022 Avoiding Misleading Graphs
83
1023 Significance Tests
84

24 Linkage Between Research and Final Year Projects
14
Actors Involved their Roles and Relationships
15
311 The Responsibilities of the Student
16
312 Projects with Multiple Students
17
32 The Supervisor
18
322 Projects with Multiple Supervisors
20
332 As Quality Assuror
21
333 The Responsibilities of an Examiner
22
Process
23
The Process An Overview
25
Developing your Project Proposal
27
511 Start Early
28
512 How to Choose a Subject Area
29
52 Focus and Choose a Problem Within the Subject Area
30
521 Descriptive Projects
31
523 Applied Projects
32
53 Assure Quality of Initial Ideas
33
542 Project Proposal Checklist
35
55 Quality Control of Project Proposal
36
References and Citations
39
62 Citations
42
Developing your Aim
45
72 Time Plan
46
73 Activities to Perform while Developing the Aim
47
731 Refine the Initial Aim
48
732 Develop the Arguments Behind the Aim
49
733 Write the Introduction
52
Developing your Objectives and Choosing Methods
55
82 Addressing Validity and Reliability
57
83 Methods
59
832 Interview
61
833 Case Study
63
834 Survey
64
835 Implementation
65
836 Experiment
66
837 Summary
67
85 A FourStep Process
69
852 Identify Potential Methods
70
103 Analyse your Data
85
1032 Theory Oriented Projects
86
1034 A Comparison of Theory and Practice
87
104 What is a Good Result?
88
Drawing your Conclusions and Identifying Future Work
89
111 Summarising the Results
90
113 Evaluating the Process
92
Presenting and Defending your Work Orally
95
1212 Examples of Slides
99
1213 The Presentation
101
1214 What to Say
103
1215 Handling Questions
104
1216 Preparing for the Defence
106
122 Acting as Opponent
107
1222 Preparing for Opposition
108
123 Prepare the Final Version of your Report
110
Supplements
111
The Report
113
132 Who is the Report for?
114
133 Requirements of the Report
116
134 Structure of the Report
117
1341 Title Page
118
1342 Abstract
119
1344 Chapter 2 Background
120
1345 Chapter 3 Problem Description and Statement
121
1347 Chapter 7 Related Work
122
135 Style of the Report
123
136 Managing References
124
1362 Sources
125
1363 Reference Style
127
1364 References to Tables and Figures
137
Examination
139
142 What to Examine
140
Bibliography
145
Appendix
147
Index
151
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