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Style Guidelines for Final Year Project ReportsStyle Guidelines for Final Year Project Reports

Final Year Project Final Report

A 4th Year StudentA 4th Year Student

A thesis submitted in part fulfilment of the degree of BSc. (Hons.)BSc. (Hons.) in Computer Science with the supervision of Prof. Barry SmythProf. Barry Smyth and moderated by Dr. Liam MurphyDr. Liam Murphy.

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School of Computer Science and Informatics

University College Dublin

08 November 2006

Project Specification

Your project specification goes here.

Abstract

This document serves as a style guide for final year project reports. It does not tell you how to write your final year reports, or what they should contain. It explains how they should be formatted and typeset. Please refer to your project guidelines document for information about report sizes and contents. NOTE: in your report, you should replace this with an appropriate Abstract for your project report.

Table of Contents

1Introduction4

2Styles in Word4

3Page Layout & Size6

4Headings6

4.1Second Level Headings7

4.1.1Third Level Headings7

4.2A Word on Numbering7

5Figures and Charts7

6Program Code8

7Table of Contents8

8Getting Started8

Introduction

This document is a style guide for final year project reports in the School of Computer Science and Informatics in University College Dublin. As such, it constitutes a collection of predefined Microsoft Word formatting styles for the production of your final report. These styles should be used without modification or replacement.

While this may well sound like a rather prescriptive approach to report writing, it is introduced for the following reasons.

1. The style guide allows students to focus on the critical task of producing clear and concise content, instead of being distracted by font settings and paragraph spacing.

2. By providing a comprehensive style guide the School benefits from a consistent and professional look to its internal project reports.

3. The style guide also allows the School to properly control the size restrictions that are placed on reports.

The remainder of this document briefly outlines the main components and suggested use of this style guide.

Styles in Word

Every style defined in this document is essentially a collection of formatting commands (font commands, paragraph controls etc) for each of the common types of components that are likely to make up your project report.

As such the following standard styles have been defined:

• Normal – the style for the basic text of the document.

• Title – the main title style.

• Subtitle – the subtitle style.

• Author – the style used for the author’s name on the front page.

• H1, H2, H3 – styles for different levels of section headings.

• Figure – the style for a figure or table caption.

• Code – the style for program source code.

• Bulleted List – the style for a standard bulleted list such as this one.

• Numbered List – similar to the bulleted list style except that the list is numbered.

Normally, styles are selected from the Word style menu, which is located on the main Word toolbar (see Figure 1).

Selecting the Heading 1 style from the Word style menu.

To help you with the standard styles, a new toolbar has been added to the top left of this document; if you cannot see it then select the toolbar called Report in the Toolbar menu within the View menu. This new toolbar displays a set of buttons for each of the main standard styles used in this document. Just click on a style button to activate the corresponding style (see Figure 2).

The report style toolbar provides easy access to the approved styles.

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