At the final year all students must take a graduation project. The graduation project lasts for two semesters. In the first semester students are expected to carry out literature search and complete the theoretical parts of their projects. The second semester of the graduation projects is allocated to practical work. Depending upon the type of project some students spend their time writing programs, some do experimental work, and some do both.
Appendix G gives a list of the graduation projects taken and completed successfully by students in the last 3 years.
Students can either select from the offered list, or they can make their own written project proposals which are examined and assessed by the lecturers of the department. As shown in Appendix G, a graduation project proposal form is filled by a student who is ready to take a graduation project. This form is signed and authorised by the departmental chair person. Then a supervisor is assigned to the student and a graduation project request/acceptance form is filled in (see Appendix G). This form gives the project title, student details, name of the supervisor assigned to the student, and the academic year. This form is signed and dated by the assigned supervisor. Students can start to work on their graduation projects as soon as the project is approved and a supervisor is assigned to him/her. Students and supervisors meet once every two weeks to discuss the progress made by the students. Graduation project individual assessment form (see Appendix G) is filled in during these meetings to assess student’s progress. A form is filled in for every meeting and the form gives student’s personal details, assessment of the work done so far, and list of comments by the supervisor. This form is signed and dated by the supervisor assigned to the student. Graduation projects are graded by three examiners and the graduation project grading form is filled in accordingly. A blank graduation project grading form is shown in Appendix G.
The steps for the graduation projects are given below:
- A list of possible graduation projects is distributed to students by the department after collecting topics from the lecturers in the department.
- Students are allowed to make their own graduation project proposals if there are any particular topics that they wish to work on.
- A graduation project proposal form is filled in by the student (if a new project is proposed) and this form is signed and dated by the departmental chair person.
- The lecturers and the chair person hold meetings to discuss the graduation projects and their allocations. Graduation project request/acceptance form is filled in for each student taking a graduation project. Supervisors are allocated to students and the names of these supervisors are noted on these forms.
- The graduation project request/acceptance form is signed and dated by the supervisor assigned to a student.
- Students and their supervisors meet every 2 weeks to assess the success of students in their work. A graduation project individual assessment form is filled in for every student at every meeting. These forms indicate the current state of the student and his success so far. Supervisor is expected to put comments about the success of the student. These forms are signed and dated by the supervisors.
- Graduation projects are graded by 3 lecturers including the supervisor. The overall mark given to the student is the average of all the 3 marks given by each lecturer. The graduation project grading form is signed and dated by each lecturer who gives mark to the student,
The graduation projects take two semesters and students can work individually and in groups towards their projects. In the first semester students work theoretically and prepare all the necessary paperwork for their projects. The actual project implementation takes place in the second semester. At the end of the graduation projects, students in a group are expected to write reports for the work they have been assigned to do within the group. In addition all the individual group reports are combined to form a single document which is the graduation project. Students in the group are graded based on their assigned individual work and individual presentations.