Tips for Writing an Amazing Final Year Project Introduction Chapter
So you finally found a suitable final year project topic, what’s more? It has been approved. Congratulations. Oh sweet breath of fresh air. Now, to the sudden realization that you actually have to start working on the project. Where do you start from? Not to worry, this article is going to help you with tips for your final year product introduction (chapter one).
The aim of your introduction should be to get your readers interested in the study. Your introduction should be able to keep their attention and make them want to keep reading. Give them enough information to have a general idea of your study and withhold enough to make them want to go on and read all about it.
The following are tips for possible types of information that your introduction could contain;
Give background information about the topic– Try to input information in your Introduction that gives comprehensive information about the topic, not too much details but your readers should be able to get the basic idea of what your study is about.
Refer to the important finding of other researchers– Talk about the significant discoveries of other researchers. Don’t plagiarize. However vague, you should discuss the vital breakthroughs of other researchers that are relevant to your study.
Identify the need for further investigations– Point out the fact that further research is needed as you couldn’t possibly exhaust all information on the particular topic. For example, if you were doing about a study on people directly affected by child marriage, there may be some information that may have not be accessed yet, so suggest the need for further inquiries.
Indicate your plans for further investigations– Indicate briefly the plans you have, or measures you are planning to take for further research on the project topic. Make your reader understand that steps are being taken to ensure that more study is done on that particular topic.
State your hypothesis and/or research questions– all the questions that arose during the course of your research should be pointed out. State your proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigations.
State your aim– Indicate the purpose of your research, what you hope to achieve at the end of it, what people benefit from reading it and going through your work.
State your objectives– write out the basic tools that underlie all planning and strategic activities, the specific result that you would achieve within the time frame of your research with the available resources.
Indicate the scope of your study– Highlight the length you are willing to go in the course of your research, point out the width and the depth of the research. How much information you were able to find out and how well you were able to gather material and evidence for the project topic, the extent of the area or subject matter that your project topic deals with or to which it is relevant while not giving out too much information. For example, if you were writing about types of culture media that supports the growth of lactose fermenters; you should highlight what lactose fermenters are, what culture media means, the types of culture media that exists, and all the ones you tried to grow lactose fermenters on.
Refer to any limitations of your study– Talk about the restrictions surrounding your study. What could cause a possible roadblock and what could hinder the possible continuation of the topic. What could limit the flow of information concerning that topic and block possible sources etc. For example, if you were writing on bacteria that survives in extreme environmental conditions. There is a limitation to how much you know because there are conditions that the human observer may not be able to survive but the bacteria survives in those conditions hence the researcher may not be able to be present at all times and some information is lost.
Give a definition of key terms- Define certain words and terminologies that may be of note and would re-occur in the course of your research so your reader and project supervisor would get familiar with these words making your work easier to understand.
Outline the content of each chapter- Give a list of the main information that is held or included in each chapter of your project topic. Make sure to highlight them so the reader knows what each chapter is about.
However, note that not all project introduction chapters would need to contain all of the tips mentioned above; some of the information would be covered completely in the other chapters of your work, e.g. your literature review would contain more about the work of other researchers in detail.
Every project is different so you should consider carefully what should be included and keep in mind that the input of your supervisor is vital to the success of your project. You can use the above tips as a sort of guideline to choose what is best for your own work.