Tools & tips

13 TIPS FOR PROJECT WRITING

1) The project consists of an eight-ten pages extended summary and the project itself.

2) Read projects from last year. However, do not trust that everything in there is OK or good. These projects did not receive full 100% approval.

3) No Project will be approved by just browsing and copying material from INTERNET. Internet is not the ultimate source of data and is certainly the less credible one.

4) Avoid using Dramatic terms. (great huge, tremendous, etc)

5) Make sure you refer to the appropriate section were detailed calculations are shown. Do not write that something “was calculated” and do not show the calculations or do not say how it was done, using what formula, and what data. Never say things like “ see excel file for a complete study” . You need to put some explaining text.

6) People expect success stories.

7) References should be well organized, scanned and easily identifiable. They have to be available to the instructor at all times throughout the semester.

8) You cannot put an internet page as reference. They are too volatile. Ask for permission to copy the page into a file.

9) Treat information you get from internet with caution. Not everything is reliable. Remember that anybody can post anything. Make sure that things you quote have been somehow peer reviewed.

10) Be prepared to be tested in the presentation and also individually after it on all parts of the project, not only the ones you worked on. You need not study everything in all gory detail, but you need to know the general aspects.

11) Supporting files: The project needs to include a list of them, in a form of a table explaining contents.

12) Spreadsheets should be idiot proof, not something only you can understand and follow.

13) Asking experts in companies for help is allowed and encouraged. Now, once you get their opinion, do not assume it as fact. Study the merits of their recommendations and back their conculsions with calculations. Use faith somewhere else.

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