While in the final year many students have an opportunity to do their project work at various corporate companies all over in order to gain valuable real time experience. With this valuable experience, students will also have the opportunity to see if that particular field is something they would take up as their career or something else that would better suit them. A project work is a powerful resource that should be explored by all the students as it will benefit them in their career decision-making process.
Many companies provide an opportunity for the students who are in their final year of graduation. The students should be alert and ready to utilize the opportunity that is provided by the companies. Aside from the possibility of doing a project work, there is an experience to be gained in a real time environment by working in a corporate company.
A student will learn knowledge and skill that are necessary to function within corporate world.
Completing a project during graduation allows students to experience the real corporate world before having to completely devote themselves to one occupation for the rest of their lives.
What not to do in a project work
In addition to acquired knowledge in classroom or laboratory a project work provides several opportunities to students to learn various aspects of importance to an engineer. Along with the subject knowledge (analytical and technical skills) an engineer should possess the following skills:
1) Capability to work independently - to think, to conceptualize, to design, to functionalize, to diagnose on failures and to innovate.
2) Learn to work as a team - sharing work amongst a group, learning human behaviour, etc.
3) Learn leadership qualities.
4) Learn to solve a problem through all its stages by understanding and applying project management skills.
5) Learn to do various implementations, and learn problems of system integration, fabrication, testing and troubleshooting.
6) Learn about some specific modern day technology.
7) Learn about issues and problems in prototyping and applications of technologies.
8) Learn communication skills.
9) Learn report writing skills.
It is the project work that provides opportunities to learn several qualities needed by an engineer in practice.
So it is desirable for students to keep in mind the various advantages and opportunities that they can get through proper selection of project topics, systematic and planned execution of the project work in the specified time frame.
Implementation process in a project work
A project can be described as an extensive task undertaken by a student or group of students to apply, illustrate, or supplement classroom lessons. A project is intended to convince others that you have a worthwhile research project and that you have the competence and the work-plan to complete it. Generally, a research proposal should contain all the key elements involved in the research process and include sufficient information for the readers to evaluate the proposed study.
Regardless of your concept and the methodology you choose, all project works must address the following questions: What you plan to accomplish, why you want to do it and how you are going to do it.
The proposal should have sufficient information to convince that you have an important project idea, that you have a good grasp of the relevant literature and the major issues, and that your methodology is sound.
The quality of your project depends not only on the quality of your proposed project, but also on the quality of your proposal writing. A good project may run the risk of rejection simply because the proposal is poorly written. Therefore, it pays if your writing is coherent, clear and compelling.
• Cover page showing project title, student information, college and year.
• List of contents with page numbers.
• Acknowledgements (acknowledging the institution, offices and libraries visited and persons who have helped).
• Project Overview: Purpose, Aim, Methodology and experiences while doing the project.
• Chapters with relevant headings.
• Summary and conclusions based on findings.
• Planning the activities to be done during the project, by giving a calendar of activities.
• Bibliography: should have the Title, pages referred, author, publisher, year of publication and if a website, the name of the website with the specific website link which has been used. All the photographs and sketches should be labelled and acknowledged.
• Teacher's Evaluation Report