Chap9 - 9 Following the Objectives Once your problem...

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9 Following the Objectives Once your problem description has passed the quality control (see Fig. 4.1), you can embark on actually doing the project. All you have to do now, unless something unforeseen happens, is to follow your objectives. They will guide you towards achieving the aim. During the course of the project, you are likely to come across interesting aspects that were not known when you wrote down the aim. Sometimes these can sidetrack you away from the main purpose of your project. It is therefore important to refer back to the aim, and decide whether this new track falls within the scope of the project, or whether it should not be pursued and instead possibly be suggested as future work. Perhaps the aim should be updated so that the new issue can be smoothly incorporated into the project. Always discuss these things with your supervisor before you start adjusting the aim. Your supervisor might not fully appreciate that you have changed the aim and the focus of the project without dis- cussing the motivation for the change, any possible implications, etc, with him or her first. (the agreed upon aim is your common goal and contract) The meetings with your supervisor and the examiner are important checkpoints to monitor the project’s progress and to give you valuable feedback. Do not underestimate the importance of these meetings; they can help you to avoid future problems. If you find yourself in a situation where you cannot meet your objectives, it is
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