As a platform to expose students to practical approaches and how to apply theories to real-life situations. Undergraduates and even post-graduate students are mandated to carry out project research in whichever subject area before they can be awarded degree certificates in many institutions in Nigeria and some other parts of the world. Depending on your field of study, while some carry out a survey to validate existing facts, some projects require investigation and validation of some hypotheses. Notwithstanding the category you find yourself, you must first decide on the topic you’ll be working on and define the scope of your coursework.
The dilemma faced by every student or at least most of them about to undergo a research work is the simple question of what to write about or investigate. While some research supervisor alleviates the stress you will pass through searching everywhere for project topics by allowing you to choose from arrays of project topics he/she has already designed for her students, some otherwise throw their students into confusion by asking you to bring a project topic(s) on your own. This could be more confusing if as a student you haven’t discovered what in particular you want to work on.
In this post, we’ll be looking at practical guidelines for you to arrive at an excellent research topic for your undergraduate project, thesis, and other academic paper. Maybe you have been confused as to what kind of project you should embark on, or you have issues selecting a project topics from arrays of available topics. You could even have difficulties converting your perspective into an ideal topic, You would find this article very resourceful. So how do you achieve this feat of choosing an excellent and exceptional project topic? Follow closely.
Define your interest Interest is everything in life it, is the desire to learn, know, or develop something. You must define where your interest and passion lies in your field of study before you decide to what project topic you should choose.. Why is this important? Simple! When you’re work in your area of interest you will do better and won’t give up because interests don’t give room for despair. Whichever subject or course you find yourself you will have to find an area that keenly trills and interests you in your field as an undergraduate or even post-graduate student. for example, as a civil engineering student, you’ll have to choose from various fields ranging from soil to highway, water and so on, a physiology student will have to choose whether to work on the cardiovascular system, renal system, or even cellular physiology. this applies to every course too.
Note: In the process of carving a niche for your project, you must place your supervisor at the epicenter of your decision, this is very important as you wouldn’t want to pick a field your supervisor is not well conversant or up to date with. This is a secret, Some supervisors will always reject your topic without a cogent point because your research topic does not match his area of interest. You will need a lot of his contributions in the long run, therefore as much as you can, blend your interest with that of your supervisor’s. Find what interests you and your supervisor as well, that’s a win-win situation isn’t it? After choosing an area of interest the next thing is finding a project topic which again could be a tedious task as it is most time the point where students start making silly mistakes. Choosing a topic for your project begins with putting together ideas and innovations you want to build your project around, it might be an to check for the effect of an extract or to test the validity of a status quo. Whichever way, you need to find the right keywords, join them together to form something captivating as your project title is the first line of attraction for your supervisors and probably audience(s). When you can’t match your ideas with the right topic there’s still a lot for you to do.
How to formulate your topic
Find the current trend in the area of your interest and look for probable conflict of interest or assertions that require further investigations. For example there has been research conflict regarding whether caffeine increases urine output or not, you could decide to explore and establish a research-based conclusion on this hypothesis and title your project, Urinary output after caffeine consumption. Again, visual acuity is said to be reduced by long gazing of phones, laptops, or any other gadget screen If this area interests you, you could make your project topic Visual acuity and after long gazing on(gadget) screen.
Furthermore you could formulate your project topic by investigating existing deficiencies or inadequacies such as cigarette smoking, water supply in your school, feeding habit etcetera. For example;
Effect of noise making on the cardiovascular system Effect of poor water supply on cholera in Efosa village Benin You could draft out your topic from political and psychosocial trends. Effect of Circular music on the behavioral patterns of the University of Jos students Girl’s child mutilation: A menace against sexual liberty.
For those studying management and social science courses, you could work on economic-related trends such as; Effect of bad leadership on political apathy Effect of Ponzi scheme on youths loyalty and interest in their jobs Effect of yahoo yahoo on youth behavioral patterns Money laundering since the advent of cryptocurrency in patterns in the University of Lagos
Make a Pre-research
Now that you have a project topic, the next thing to do is to identify your keywords and make a pre-research. Your keywords are the main words in your research or project topic. For you to get access to materials on your research work on search engines especially, you must properly identify your keywords. Why do u need to do a pre-research? because you wouldn’t want to delve into a project that is not researchable. You will find many complaining today about the limited amount of resources they can lay their hands on for their research study even when they are already in the middle of their research. Always make sure you check if there are available materials like articles, journals, abstracts, and others on your chosen project material. It would save you a lot of unnecessary stress.
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What your topic should not be
Stating the obvious
it’s a research and your topic is not supposed to be telling the end from the beginning, for example
Effect of caffeine intake on urine output, and not
Increased Urinary output after caffeine intake
From the above example, the first topic states a relationship that would be a basis for a research, it is non-declaring and unlike the second example which already states the obvious declaring the function of caffeine to increase urine output when it is consumed. take note!
Not too wordy and cumbersome to understand at a glance
When choosing your project topic be careful to include only the necessary words and eschew using a heading that is rather too long and uneasy to understand. Your project topic should be strategically chosen and should be attention-grabbing. For instance when you have a research topic such as ‘Bad girls have baby good girls have fibroid’ it looks really captivating and everyone will be keen to follow up on the content of your project.
In a bid to overcome the difficulties that comes with finding a research topic, Scholarpostng team has created an avenue where students can find inspiration for choosing their project topics . For those who have an idea of what exactly to work on but cannot convert their pieces into a reasonable topic this will go along way in helping you fine-tune your ideas into a meaningful project title or topic.
If peradventure, topics in your course of study hasn’t been uploaded yet, do well to indicate in the comment section as we continue to upload more project topics across various course of study.