How to Write Project Reports

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Cardiff University School of Computer Science and Informatics

A Short Guide to Writing Your Final Year Project Report Or MSc Dissertation

February 2011

Abstract This guide is intended to help you produce a good final year project report or MSc dissertation. It gives advice on how to gather relevant material, how to organise it into a suitable form and how to then turn it into a written project report or dissertation. It also describes the conventions that should govern the structure of the report or dissertation, and suggests some descriptive devices that you can use to make it more effective. A summary of the guidelines is given at the end. The appendix lists the rules governing presentational details, including print quality, font sizes, etc.

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Table of Contents
1 Introduction ........................................................................................................................... 3 2 Gathering Material ............................................................................................................... 5 3 Arranging Material and Structuring the Project Report ................................................. 6 3.1 The “Introduction”............................................................................................................ 8 3.2 The “Background” ............................................................................................................ 9 3.3 The “Specification & Design” ........................................................................................ 11 3.4 The “Implementation” .................................................................................................... 12 3.5 The “Results and Evaluation”......................................................................................... 12 3.6 The “Future Work” ......................................................................................................... 13 3.7 The “Conclusions”.......................................................................................................... 13 3.8 The “Reflection” ............................................................................................................. 13 3.9 The “References”............................................................................................................ 14 4 Writing the Project Report ................................................................................................ 16 4.1 Potential Readership ....................................................................................................... 16 4.2 Identifying Commonality ............................................................................................... 17 4.3 Sections and Subsections ................................................................................................ 17 4.4 Stylistic Conventions ...................................................................................................... 17 5 Using Descriptive Devices................................................................................................... 19 5.1 Cross-references ............................................................................................................. 19 5.2 Footnotes ........................................................................................................................ 19 5.3 Lists ................................................................................................................................ 19 5.4 Figures ............................................................................................................................ 20 5.5 Literal Text ..................................................................................................................... 21 6 Supporting Material...
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