Developing your Project Proposal
A project proposal is a brief description of what you intend to do. Typically, a
project proposal is only a few pages long. On these few pages you need to introduce
the reader to the:
. What is the topic and scope of your project?
. What is the goal of your project?
. Why is it important to investigate the chosen topic?
. Preliminary ideas for how you intend to achieve the aim.
Figure 5.1 presents an overview of activities to be carried out when developing a
project proposal. In subsequent sections, we shall take a closer look at each one of
Choosing a Subject Area
As outlined above, the subject area is the topic of your project. Some example areas
within computer science and information systems are: electronic commerce, soft-
ware engineering and human-computer interaction. Apart from choosing a subject
area, it is necessary to describe the topic of your project in more detail, for
. Object-oriented databases, relational databases, active data-
bases, multimedia databases, distributed databases, etc
. Infrastructure, web auctions, web shops, company strate-
gies for implementing electronic commerce, etc
. Software testing, object-oriented modelling, CASE tools,
rapid prototyping, etc
Human-computer interaction. Usability, interface design, visualisation, etc
These examples show that the names of subject areas often correspond to course
names, titles of textbooks, or keywords in research articles.
M. Berndtsson et al. (eds.),
Planning and Implementing your Computing Project - with Success!
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