This report should be concise with the objectives and the expected outcomes being clearly stated in the report.
This report must be
– no more than 10 pages in total, counting from the cover page to the references (does not include appendices if any),
– typed in A4 pages in a single column with 1.5 line spacing, 4 cm left margin and 2 cm top, bottom and right margins, and
– typed in a clear font of readable size.
The report must include the following elements:
– Cover Page, which includes
o Unit Code and Title
o The heading Proposal and Risk Assessment Report
o Project Title, Student Name and Student Number
o Supervisor Name at the bottom of the page
– Page number in all pages except for the front cover page.
– Abstract that is no more than 200 words in length. It should provide a clear and concise summary of the project proposal for a busy reader.
– Introduction, which includes
Provide the reason for undertaking this project and explain why this project is important. Provide sufficient background information and describe the current state of the art.
Define the objectives of this project. Identify the scope and the assumption.
Describe the significance or the expected benefits of this project. Explain how the objectives will advance the current state of the art.
– Proposed Approach
Break the project into a set of specific tasks. Propose an appropriate and innovative approach to carry out each of these tasks. These tasks will vary depending on the nature of the project. For literature review tasks, identify the databases and bodies of literature that will drive the review. For theoretical tasks, identify the approach that will be developed. For modelling tasks, identify the computing resources that will be used, or the platform for the development of any new software. For experimental tasks, describe the equipment and specific techniques that will be employed. For design tasks, identify the tools that will be required. Also, ascertain the availability and accessibility of experimental equipment, computing resources, work space, and so on.
Provide a clear description of a well thought out project timeline. The use of graphs is highly recommended. Determine whether or not the proposed timeline is realistic. Identify and discuss all items on the critical path. Note that this timeline covers the entire project in both semesters.
– Risk Assessment
Provide a thorough assessment of the likely risks associated with the project; this is in terms of the Occupational, Safety and Health risks. State the plausibility of each risk. Provide risk management strategies to eliminate or mitigate the risks discussed. Also, determine whether or not the proposed risk management strategies are plausible and reasonable. The use of tables to present your findings is highly recommended.
– Progress to Date
Summarise any results obtained to date if you have already made substantial progress by the time of writing the project proposal. Although no marks will be awarded directly on this section, information presented here will be treated as additional supporting evidence for statements made in other sections.
Provide a brief conclusion here.
Adequate and relevant references should be provided with complete details and in a consistent and correct format. Ensure all references are cited properly in text. Do not include any attachments or appendices, unless you are instructed to do so by your supervisor. Proofread your report again and again. It should be of a professional quality and free from any typographical, grammatical and formatting errors.