Senior Project



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Identify The Problem – Describe the specific problem in all of its components, including circumstances that may complicate the problem and/or make it unique.

“A Few Hints”:
It is important to note that there is a fundamental switch here from the “problem” as addressed in the Senior Plan. In the Plan, the “problem” was that you needed to come up with a viable and challenging Senior Project. Now the “problem” is the project itself. In other words, when it says to “analyze the problem,” think of it in terms as “analyze the project.” This is an area that confuses many students.
Seek out the teacher early for advice if you need it. This is the beginning of the entire Senior Project written report. You don’t want to get a weak start and be behind from the beginning.

Analyze The Problem – Which parts of the problem have viable solutions? Are there any parts that cannot (or would be too much trouble) to solve? Set a goal. Once you have decided there is a problem over which you have some control, identify one aspect of the problem and see if you can set a realistic goal that will lead to a solution.

“A Few Hints”:
Remember, you are really analyzing the project. In this section you are trying to break your project up into manageable parts. This is where you can prove that your project is complex enough to be worth your time and effort.

Identify The Alternatives – How many solutions to the problem exist? Without prioritizing, create a list of all possible solutions.

“A Few Hints”:
This is where you identify the various ways your project can be completed. Even if you already have decided exactly how you plan on completing your project, you will still need to list alternative ways to complete it. The main reason to list the alternatives is so that you can justify that the alternative you’ve selected is the best possible way to complete the project. If you keep in mind that the SPWR is a paper on problem-solving, this makes sense. Throughout the entire paper, you are attempting to prove that you are a good planner who keeps an open mind and makes logical decisions.

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Identify The Criteria – Criteria are identifiable factors which help one either select or eliminate possible solutions. Your criteria are the standards upon which you will base your evaluation of which solution is best. After careful analysis, what are your criteria for identifying the best solution? By what process did you determine your criteria? Exactly what factors were involved?

“A Few Hints”:
This should be an easy section, but it really seems to trouble most students. The criteria are reasons why you chose to select the alternative you did. In other words, did you choose a particular alternative because it was the only one you could afford? Then “cost” would be one of your criteria. If the other alternatives could not be completed in a reasonable amount of time, then “time” would be one of your criteria as well. Get it?

Evaluate The Alternatives – Rate each possible solution against the criteria you have established. Be complete! Convincingly demonstrate that the solution you have selected is the best possible solution for current needs and circumstances.

“A Few Hints”:
This part is fairly straightforward if you completed the two previous sections correctly. Simply take the alternatives you have identified and then rate them against the criteria you have identified. Each alternative should be evaluated against ALL of your criteria. Hopefully, the results will show that you have selected the best method for completing your Senior Project.

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The Abstract – In brief, identify the problem, its relative importance, and your plan to implement a solution.

“A few hints”:
This is a very brief summary of your entire project, no more than a paragraph at best. This is an important section because it is the first thing anyone will read when evaluating your work. This Abstract sets the tone for the entire paper. Many students give very little attention to this section because it is so short; however, this should be an example of your finest writing. Spend the extra time necessary to make this small piece of writing shine. Be sure to have several people read this section. It’s best if you ask people who know nothing about your project before they read it, then see if they “get it.”

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Implementation – Describe the process of implementing your solution. Give a detailed account of your activities from the initial first steps through the final stages of the plan.

“A few hints”:
This is one of the longer sections of the written report, about 1000 words if the process of completing your project took much time. Hopefully, you have completed the project itself by this time. If you have not completed the project, you will have to use some guesswork anticipating the steps necessary to complete your work. The format for this is known as a process essay, basically a “how to” paper that describes how you completed you Senior Project. If you have written a process essay in previous classes, go over your work to review the proper format. Remember that how you decide to organize this section is very important. The two best methods of organization are either chronological or task oriented. This means that you can organize your paragraphs by how you worked on your project throughout the calendar year, or you could organize by how you completed each major task.

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Evaluate The Outcome – This is a complete evaluation of the effectiveness of your plan. Using clearly defined criteria, evaluate both success of your initial vision and the value of this project as an educational experience.

“A few hints”:
If you know how to write a standard evaluation essay, you should be fine on this section. This is perhaps the longest written portion of the plan, averaging about 1000 words. Selecting the proper criteria is very important. Make sure that learning stretch is your
key criterion, as this is one of the elements that factors in most heavily during grading.

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The Appendix – This section of the report contains any additional material that might augment your report, such as timelines, work breakdown structure, charts, statistics, mentor observation report, activity log, etc.

This is also the section of your report that will provide documentation of your academic research efforts in an MLA formatted Resources Consulted Page.

“A few hints”:
This is the section of the report that is often overlooked by students until the last few weeks. However, the “evidence box” weighs heavily in determining your final project grade. If you simply collect your evidence as you go along, this is an easy way to give your project grade a real boost. If you wait too long, building your “evidence box” may seem to be an overwhelming task. Save everything associated with work done on your project. It can all be useful later. Organization is an important factor in grading the Appendix. Purchase a few index pages to catalog your materials, then cross-reference the materials with statements made in your written report.