Objective: Project Proposal
1. Context (what?)
- Background to your project
- What's the problem?
- Why is it interesting?
- Set the scene; lay the foundations
- Assume that the reader knows nothing
2. Problem (why?)
- Bridge context to the specific problem your project seeks to address
- Provide relative data to demonstrate the problem
- Need to reference the sources used to gather data expressed
3. Related work (who?)
- Need to show that you have an understanding of what has already been done to demonstrate you have a strong understanding of what is involved, to acknowledge existing work, and to ensure your team does not reinvent the wheel
- Doesn't need to be completely specific to your particular problem, but related
- Need to reference to show awareness of literature and to avoid plagiarism
4. Solution (how?)
- How are you going to solve the problem? What is your approach?
- How will you measure success?
- Who are the stakeholders? Who will participate?
- What is your Plan B? How will you manage risk?
5. Aims and objectives (how?)
- Milestones against which your project is measured
- Aims should be general statements about what you are trying to achieve
- Objectives should be a more specific description of how the aims will be achieved
6. Tasks and timetable (when?)
- Important to ensure that your team remain on schedule
- Some milestones are fixed while others will be flexible
- Break your project down into broad phases and then break each phase down into specific tasks; estimate how long each one will take
- Include an Excel spreadsheet Gantt Chart to map out a timetable
- Google Sheets Gantt Chart can be copied HERE