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  • I'm Tim Coughlin.

  • I'm a lecturer in education technology

  • and a tutor in computing

  • in distance learning education.

  • Students will do a number

  • of smaller projects during

  • a qualification like a degree, but

  • towards the end they

  • very often will do a large

  • individual project,

  • and this will involve

  • them independently doing

  • a piece of work,

  • with the support

  • of a supervisor or tutor

  • to help them along the way.

  • You need to be guided

  • by your tutor or supervisor

  • in making those choices

  • because we want it

  • to be a good project.

  • But there is a lot of individual scope

  • for you to choose something

  • you're interested in.

  • At undergraduate level

  • the length of the project

  • is normally six to nine months

  • and three hundred

  • to six hundred hours of work.

  • So every project will start

  • with producing a proposal

  • and you'd want

  • to get this agreed

  • with your tutor or supervisor

  • to make sure it's suitable.

  • You then move on to doing quite

  • a lot of research around the area,

  • make sure you know

  • what you're going to do and what

  • information you need;

  • obviously then you'll be moving

  • on to planning the project

  • and then delivering it.

  • Towards the end,

  • you'll have to make sure

  • you spend a substantial

  • amount of time writing things up.

  • They've got to maintain contact

  • with their tutor in different ways.

  • So you might have

  • to email them,

  • or talk to them on the phone

  • and get used to doing

  • that regularly.

  • That's obviously important

  • to keeping you on track.

  • Projects can be challenging

  • for non-native speakers,

  • particularly if they need to do

  • a lot of research,

  • which is written work,

  • so they need to improve

  • their ability to read

  • a lot of documents.

  • So those are skills

  • they should be developing

  • as they go through their qualification.

  • One is that

  • it allows them to pursue something they're

  • really interested in, so they should

  • be building on

  • the advanced topics of study

  • they've learned as they've

  • gone through their qualification.

  • It teaches people

  • project management

  • and time management skills,

  • and a lot of those

  • would be important

  • in professional jobs.

  • If you were going for an interview

  • or applying for a job

  • you might have a piece of research,

  • a product

  • or something you've designed

  • that you can actually

  • show those people

  • and it will be a

  • substantial piece of work.

  • Go the distance.

I'm Tim Coughlin.

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