5 Components every project supervisor wants in an Undergraduate project
The undergraduate final year project is an essential exercise that must be performed by every undergraduate student before such student can graduate from any tertiary institution.
The difficulties encountered by every final year student begins with finding a research topic that will be accepted by the project supervisor and thereafter, the journey to carry out a stand out research begins.
Every supervisor by standard wants the best from his or or her project students and could sometimes appear to be over demanding, insatiable and mean due to continuous rejection of students research work.
Therefore, we shall be looking at the crucial components every supervisor looks out for in a project work which determines the acceptance or rejection of the work in question. These components are explained below.
Although there are differences in the way each discipline and institutions requires her students to carry out the project writing and the entire research procedure however, there are general principles that applies to all disciplines and must be strictly adhered to in order to carry out a successful project.
A well constructed undergraduate project begins with a project proposal which is an overall summary of the project’s objective, aims, scope and material required and methods. After successfully getting approval for the proposal, then the research begins fully and the writeup is systematically arranged showing the abstract, background to study, materials and methods, result and discussions as well as the conclusion.
All these components must be explicitly highlighted in an orderly manner as instructed by your project supervisor.
When writing your project, there will be need to make use of academic resource materials such as articles and journals related to your chosen research topic. When quoting other authors in a project work, proper referencing must be indicated to show the author of the work. Referencing is usually done by indicating the author’s name in front of the statement followed by a comma and year the journal or article was written all in a parenthesis I.e (Samuel, 2009).
Meanwhile, when the author is more than three, referencing is done by indicating the first author followed by ‘et.al’ which indicates that there are more than one author e.g (Samuel et.al., 2020). This type of referencing is the in text referencing and determines to a large extent if your project supervisor will accept your work or not.
Spellings and grammer
This cannot be over emphasized, before submitting your project writeup, always check for errors in spellings and sentence flow as your work could be rejected at the sight of a misspelt word just on the first first page.
Precision and Accuracy
In the course of writing your project, no doubt you will be putting together information from various authors and sources. However they must be sequentially arranged for proper flow and meaning.
Most students make the mistake of just copying and pasting informations from other sources with actually checking if the information brought in correlates with the given project topic, Once a supervisor discovers this, he or she would bluntly reject your work until such mistakes are being corrected.
Intelligence and Boldness
The truth is nobody wants to work with a dullard. Every project supervisor wants an intelligent, smart and hardworking student as his or her project student. They are always in search for that student who will go extra mile to find materials for experimental purposes, defend his or her result without fear or doubt and if you’re fortunate enough to be one, then you would not be having much issues with you project supervisor.