Actors Involved, their Roles and Relationships
The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the roles of the people involved in your
project, emphasise their responsibilities and elaborate on their inter-relationships.
The roles of the participants in your project can be characterised as follows:
The student, who identifies, approaches and solves a problem
The supervisor, who guides you in your work
The examiner, who critically assesses your work
The number of people involved in your project may vary, since a project may
include multiple students, or supervisors. In fact, your project may even have mul-
tiple examiners, although this is not very common for student projects at bachelor
and master’s level. Normally, a thesis project has one student, one supervisor and
one examiner. A project with more than one person in each role introduces
additional issues that need to be addressed, and these will be discussed separately.
As mentioned earlier, projects are characterised by the fact that they have a dis-
tinct start and end, and hence, a limited time in which they can be performed.
Projects are allocated resources (people, time, money etc). Furthermore, projects
have distinct purposes, and aim to achieve defined goals. Hence, carrying out a
project is the task of optimising the use of these resources, and of delivering the
As you know, you are the one who moves the project forward. Without your initia-
tive and commitment, the work will not be progressing satisfactorily, and the
project comes to a halt. Supervisors have the right to expect a high level of com-
mitment from their students, who in turn should respond positively to advice and
guidance. In so doing, students develop an increasing level of independence when
it comes to solving complex problems.
You should always remember that your supervisor is your best friend when
doing a project. He or she believes in you. Otherwise they would not have agreed
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Planning and Implementing your Computing Project - with Success!
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