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Final Year : Project Guide

The individual project is the most important single exercise of the whole degree programme and is worth 40 credit points (equivalent to 4 x 10 credit modules) in the final year. (Refer to the Project Co-ordinator for variations for Ordinary Project ENG633/333 = 20credits)

It is expected that the project will act as a culmination of the course and that it willprovide the opportunity to deepen knowledge of , or extend knowledge beyond, topics already covered.

CHOICE OF PROJECT TOPIC

In many ways this is the hardest part of the exercise. It is best to pick a topic early and to then modify it rather than to wait until the right ‘inspiration’ comes along. The earliest possible start should be made.

Topics may be chosen from a list of GlyndŵrUniversity based projects provided by specialist tutors, and industrially-based project or a topic suggested by the student.

The nature of the project may range from research or product development to the
solving of an industrial problem. It may be based on hardware or on software. The actual format of the project will depend on discussions between the student and the supervisor(s). However, it must beacademically challenging, with an appropriate level of theoretical content, and it must be relevant to electrical/electronic engineering. The work must be identifiable as that of the student, plagiarism being severely penalised.

Point projects. Each individual’s work should be clearly defined and separate, the amount of content being sufficient to count as a full project for each participant.The final report should then clarify and attribute the contribution of any other individuals.

ORGANISATION

Project Supervision. This is the responsibility of the teaching team collectively but, in practice, will be carried out by two members of staff - the specialist supervisor and the project co-ordinator.

The specialist supervisor acts as the ‘client’ and is responsible for defining,with the student, the tasks to be carried out. He also oversees the day-to-day conduct of the project.

The co-ordinator acts on behalf of the course team to organise the projects, to ensure that standards are maintained across all of the groups and to see that deadlines are met.

The Project Brief. (Appendix A) This is the formal definition of an individual project and is drawn up jointly bythe specialist supervisor and the student. It is the responsibility of the student to type and formally present the brief to the co-ordinator for approval by the course team. The brief defines the aims of the project and the tasks to be completed. It should include an outline plan of stage completion dates and a list of equipment/facilities needed together with costings of necessary components andother consumables. (It is quite likely that the final project may bear no relation to the initial plan, however this is an essential starting point.)

The Log/Portfolio. The student should keep a log recording all activities. This is usually in loose-leaf form and acts as a working diary. It may be used for rough notes and will act as the main source of information when preparing the finalreport. It should be always available for discussions with the specialist supervisor and will also be scrutinised by the co-ordinator at specified times.

The Presentations. All final year degree projects are to be formally presented before the course team. The audience may include invited guests and the external examiner. This activity will normally take place in the week of the final submissiondeadline.
An interim presentation is also carried out about half way through the time period – to report on Progress, and identify achievements and work still to be completed.

The Project Report. The main assessment of the project will be based on the report. All aspects of the report are therefore important - including layout and appearance.
See Appendix B for helpful guidance on preparing a...
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