Research projects are prerequisites to eventual graduation from universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria. Developing quality/researchable undergraduate projects in all disciplines can be very challenging especially for final year students who also have other course work and examinations to also do. There are important research clues that every graduating student must know in other to develop research topics, this is because acing your research project has a lot to do with getting a research project topic. In getting a quality project topic to work on below are research clues that would be of help.
Have a basic knowledge of how a standard project work should look like
In getting a project topic in any discipline ranging from accounting project topics, political science research topics; one must have a basic knowledge of how a standard undergraduate research should look like. This would help guide your thoughts and how to source for materials when developing your undergraduate project topics. A typical final year project topic is made up of four or five chapters containing the following
Background of the Study
Statement of the problem
Aims and objectives of the study
Significance of the Study
Scope/Limitation of the study
Definition of terms
DATA PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS
SUMMARY, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Note: Sections or chapters above may vary according to school or departmental requirements.
Have an Area of interest in mind while brainstorming on project topics
Most undergraduates have overtime relegated this tip to the background when searching or developing their undergraduate research/project. Having an area of interest in Mind is essential as it helps to make the research fun and makes you more creative in coining a research topic.
Ensure that there are a lot of materials on and off the web for your project topic
Most graduating students make the mistake of choosing project topics whose research materials are readily available; this can be a bit of problem especially when working on your literature review. Acing your final research also has a lot to do with the available of research materials of any undergraduate project topic chosen.
Look up previous undergraduate projects done by your predecessors.
Before venturing into any research whether a final year research, undergraduate project or a post graduate research it is important to go through what people who went before you have done as this would give you an unprecedented advantage when choosing a project topic or even developing your research. This works for all departments and courses in Nigerian universities. Looking up previous final year projects carried out before you would also give you an insight on how to carry on your research ranging from the background of study down to the references.