Research Project Success

Research Project Success

Research Project Success

The Essential Guide for Science and Engineering Students

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Royal Society of Chemistry

    McCormac, Cliodhna

    Davis, James




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Guidebook, project atlas, reference book and instruction manual. If you are a student within the physical, engineering and life sciences about to embark on a project û whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level û then this is the book for you. The book introduces you to the core components common to almost every project within the physical, engineering and life sciences (problem assessment and contextualisation, literature review practices, sources and citation, data presentation, reporting styles, data analysis and error etc.) and offers guidance as to how best to steer a course to project success. It adapts some of the components and ethos of the Projects in Controlled Environments (PRinCE2) project management approach to physical science projects. This is the industry and government standard and was introduced to address the common causes of project failure i.e. not delivering projects on time, within budget, within scope or to the right quality. It has rapidly emerged as an international standard and most graduates will doubtless encounter it upon moving outside academia and into the wider world. Not only does it provide all the project fundamentals a student may need û no matter the course û but, it also, links these components together by means of a simple and readily accessible project road map to highlight to the student ôwhat to doö, ôwhen to do itö and ôhow to solve itö procedures. Case studies are incorporated throughout to bring home the relevance of the processes outlined and present examples of good practice and in keeping with the toolbox approach; these case studies can be readily adapted and applied by students. Included are flow charts to emphasize the project planning, dissertation components etc. and charts to highlight presentation of data, analysis, interpretation and error. Suitable for dipping in and out of as required, with the ôhow to/when to/what ifö examples presented in an often humorous light and written in an easy style, this book offers a concise, no-nonsense project reference guide for students.


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