The project should involve appropriate research and documentation into the topic. The topic chosen in this case is a Website with a shopping cart. The website part has already been put in place, all that needs to be done now is document it in a technical manner. This involves:
1: Documenting the project area and the main objectives.
2: Documenting the research and analysis of the project area and gained understanding of the work involved. This also involves articulating the proposed solution, objectives and scope of the project.
4: Documenting the testing of the project.
The project manual should be around 10,000 words with the following sections:
- Title page.
- Abstract. An abstract should be included immediately following the title page. This should be a summary of the work covered in the project. It should be brief, not more than half a page, but sufficient to indicate the area and the depth of study as well as the conclusions.
- Acknowledgements. The assistance of others during the project should be acknowledged.
Table of contents. Following the abstract there should be a table of contents giving headings and page numbers. All headings in the paper should be numbered to two levels maximum (e.g. 1. for level 1, 1.1 for level 2, etc.). A list of figures should also be given.
- Introduction. In the introduction explain what the project is about. Then provide the necessary background information, such as the subject area being addressing, the background to, and context of the area. Finally, the reader should be informed how it is proposed to develop the subject under discussion. The introduction provides a broad general view of the subject. At this stage you should be ‘telling the reader what you are going to do’.
- Body of the manual. The issues outlined in the introduction should be elaborated in the body of the manual. The body should be divided into sections which should concentrate on one main issue. The development should be clear and logical, the reasoning should be clear to the reader. Sub-divisions should be used within each section. Each paragraph should focus on one key message. At the end of each section conclusions should be drawn from the material in that section.
- Conclusion. The conclusion summarises the discussion in the main body of the manual. The major findings should be commented on and stress given to conclusions of major importance. At this stage you should be ‘telling the reader what has been done’.
- References. Material from external sources must be referenced.
The website, coding, sql databases will all be provided as these will need to be incorporated in the report.
In addition I will provide past years projects as guidelines/templates.
More specific information can also be provided at a later stage on request.