Steps involved in doing a Mini / Final Year Project
You need to structure your work in order to meet the goals of your mini or final year project.
The below process could guide you through the various stages of the project, and at the same time help you to achieve its purposes. The process involves the following steps:
(i) Developing your project proposal
(ii) Developing your problem description
(iii) Following the objectives
(iv) Presenting and analysing your data
(v) Drawing your conclusions and identifying future work if any
(vi) Presenting and defending your work orally
(vii) Preparing your final version of the report
The process has three checkpoints where the examiner or the supervisor performs a quality control. These checkpoints come after steps (i), (ii) and (v). The first two checkpoints assess the quality of the proposed project and the problem description. The third checkpoint is the last quality control before the work is presented and defended. The reason for these early checkpoints is based on experience; a good start is facilitated by a strong project proposal and problem description. If the project has a good problem description with clearly defined goals, then the rest of the work becomes easier; it is easy to keep focused. You may have heard the saying: knowing the problem well is like having half the solution. This is very often true. Finally, after step (vii) there is a final examination where the examiner recommends or decides the grade for your work.