Final year project guide

Final year project is one of the most important aspects of engineering degree. To see why, let’s look at a definition of engineering, taken from the IEEE. “Engineering is that profession in which knowledge of the mathematical, computational, and natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgement to develop economically effective use of matter, energy, and information to the benefit of humankind.”

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The Importance of Final Year Projects

Engineering is first and foremost the application of knowledge. However, the application must be carried out with judgement to ensure that the resultant system is effective and efficient, and that it is of benefit. The final year project is one of the primary the mechanisms used by the College to provide you with an opportunity to gain experience in the practical, effective, efficient, and beneficial application of what you have been studying for the past several years. Naturally, you will continue to gain engineering experience after you graduate but the final year project will be your first exposure to the full rigour of engineering practice. It is essential that you learn from this exposure and practise all of the engineering methodologies involved. It is particularly important that you learn not just to apply what you know, but to apply it with judgement, with the ability to assess what you are doing and to be critical of it.

There is another reason why your final year project is so important: it will inevitably be used as a discriminator to decide how good an engineering student you are. Think of it as your passport to the engineering profession. There are four principal concerns:

  • Choosing a project
  • Planning, executing, and managing your project
  • Documenting your project
  • Assessment of your project

We will look at each of these in the following pages. Smile