How to Select Your Final Year Project
Most college students in streams like engineering are required to do a final year project. Having spent most of your college life attending structured classes, a final year project may seem like a daunting task. Theory classes and labs usually have textbooks or manuals to guide us but a project is a completely different academic activity. Your first question when you have to start working will probably be- “What topic should I choose”? Here are a few tips on how to start with your final year project.
- Do some research-Start brainstorming for your project topic by reading up on current areas of research and development. You can gather a good amount of information by reading relevant books, articles by professionals and popular web resources.
- Identify areas of interest- Choose an area in which you are interested or in which you would enjoy doing a project. Consider whether you would be able to understand the concepts comfortably if you choose a field, or if you would be interested in a career in that field.
- Choose a topic that will add value- The topic or title you select must be one that adds to your knowledge or helps you enhance your skills. This way, your project will be a positive endeavour towards your growth in that field. It can also be a topic that may have practical applications and might be beneficial if implemented
- Take help from a mentor-Approach a faculty member to guide you with your project title. Choose a mentor such that their area of study coincides with your interests as this will maximize the input that they can give. Once you have decided on a topic and started working on it, ask your mentor to review your project regularly so that any suggestions or corrections can be incorporated immediately
- Pick a good teammate-Most students prefer to do their final year project with a partner. Choose a partner that you are comfortable with or have had previous experience working with. It helps if both of you share similar interests in your courses. Make sure that your teammate is reliable and does not tend to unload all the work on you.