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    Project Title.

    Student Name (Student Id)

    MSc Title

    OverviewGuidance: provide the context to the work. Typically providing background about the sponsor and outlining reasons

    for undertaking the work

    Product to be delivered to clientGuidance: this should specify both the final deliverable which is to be produced for the client and also the manner

    in which this delivery will take place.

    Client requirementsGuidance: this outlines the list of the clients requirements in terms of product features required, and delivery

    mechanisms if appropriate (the wish list). Much of this initial material will exist in the previously completed

    project proposal.

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    ConstraintsGuidance These define the boundaries of the workfor this specific project and typically include: Limitations on

    access to specific resources, budget, the research topic and standards.

    ResourcesGuidance: These define the access and assets that will provided by the client, or available via the university, for useduring the project and typically include: the number of people who will be involved in the project, their skills,

    possibly naming individual, Specific equipment, services.

    Reporting to SponsorGuidance: This section identifies (i) who the student must liaise with, and report to, in the sponsoring organisation,

    (ii) what reporting mechanisms are to be used, and (iii) how frequently contact is to be made.

    Sponsor Sign-offGuidance: The sponsor is asked to sign and date the first part of the ToR. This confirms acceptance of its content as

    a contract to be worked to by the student. The sponsor should not sign-off on this until they are satisfied with the

    content. The sponsor is asked to focus on the practical aspects of the project and the deliverable that is to be

    produced for them.

    Signature (this indicates acceptance of the scope of the practical component of theproject)

    Date

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    Project ObjectivesGuidance: These are the major activities a student needs to complete to bring a project to a successful conclusion.

    Typically a project has between five and eight objectives. The objectives should cover: practical aspects required to

    enable delivery of the product to the client, research aspects: including identification of the research literature that

    will be critically reviewed, The objectives should be stated in such a way that it is possible to see how they can be

    evaluated that makes it easier to prove the success of a project. Definition of SMART objectives is sensible.

    Statement ofResearchGuidance: This is (i) a statement of the research are to be investigated and (ii) a set of supporting initial references

    from reputable journals and conferences.(Between six and ten references)

    Statement of Level ofChallengeGuidance: This must identify how the skills and knowledge acquired during the taught part of the course are to be

    extended during the project in terms of the research topic investigated and/or the practical work undertaken.

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    Reporting to SupervisorGuidance: This section identifies (i) who the supervisor is, (ii) what supervisory mechanisms are to be used, and

    (iii) how frequently contact is to be made.

    Supervisor Sign-offGuidance: The supervisor is expected to sign and date the ToR. This confirms acceptance of its content as a contract

    to be worked to by the student. The supervisor is asked to focus on the entire project to ensure it is adequate as aterms of reference for a project for the specific masters programme being studied. The supervisor should not sign-

    off on this until they are satisfied with the content.

    Signature (this indicates acceptance of the scope of the entire project) Date

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