The sequence of dates and deadlines leading to the assessment of projects for 2010 is as follows:
|October||Project allocation and start on project work.|
|Monday 14th December||Submit preliminary report to project supervisor.|
|Monday 22nd March||Submit initial draft of complete report to project supervisor.|
|(Easter break Monday 29th March to Friday 9th April)|
|Monday 26th April, 5:00 p.m.||Deadline for submission of 3 copies of final report (hard deadline, must be met).|
|Tuesday 4th May||Project assessments for DT080.|
Writing your report
To help you write your project report read the Report Guide that proivdes an overview of the structure and content. For information on how marks are allocated for different parts of your project work, read the module descriptor.
A 4-page project management guide describing what you are required to do and giving guidelines on how to make the most of your project work can be found on WebCourses (Acrobat pdf format).
This gives the deadlines during the project, and describes all the documentation that you are required to produce for your project, including the initial report, logbook, design file, and final report. Please read it carefully and make sure you understand exactly what is required.
Initial project reports
Each project student must hand in an initial progress report by 14th December 2009. The report should be a few pages long, and should describe the background to the project, what research has been done so far, what work is planned, and should give a schedule of the planned work.
This initial report will form part of the assessement of the project. The submission deadline of 14th December 2009 must be met.
The allocation of projects to students can be found on WebCourses.
Starting your project work
You should contact your project supervisor immediately to arrange a meeting to discuss the plan for your project. You are scheduled to work on your project every Friday (KE-4-040 from 10am till 3pm), and work should begin immediately. Remember that your project will contribute the equivalent of three modules to the grade of your degree, so it is very important that you work on your project consistently for the next 5 months. Arrange to meet your supervisor at frequent intervals, particularly during the first month or two of your work. It is your responsibility to schedule and attend meetings with your supervisor.
More details and guidelines to help you get the most out of your project will published on WebCourses and a number of workshops will be organised.
Your project work will be assessed by a combination of documentation compiled by you over the course of the project, observation of your work and progress by your project supervisor, and a presentation and interview at the end of the project. The presentation is to be made by all partners in a project together, and usually lasts 10 or 15 minutes. After the presentation each student is interviewed separately, and this also lasts about 10 or 15 minutes. The presentation and interviews are assessed by a group of 3 people made up of your supervisor, and two other staff members.
For more information on the project assessment read the project management guide.
Please make sure that your report keeps to the rules and requirements described in the Programme Document. A report guide is compiled based on the Programme Document. The guide is uploaded on WebCourses. You should read the guide carefully now so that you can prepare for writing your report, and you should refer to the guide regularly while you are writing your report.