For those of us who schooled in Nigeria, especially in a public university, you will agree with me that for most students the most dreaded period of their stay on campus is during preparation to commence final year project. The stories from the older students appear mostly discouraging as they always inspire fear for final year project.
The final year project is the final piece of academic work and presentations that undergraduates carry out after their 4 or 5 years of study. It is one aspect that the various departments take very seriously, the fear of “if you don’t defend well, you are sure to graduate with a pass” always beclouds students reasoning as they try to imagine how the D-day would be.
To start with; students are usually asked to submit their preferred project topics to the department for review and possible corrections and assigning to lecturers appointed as project supervisors.
Traditionally, three topics are requested from the students to select from and approved for onward assigning and commencement.
After the topics have been submitted to the Head of Department or Academic adviser, the H.O.D with a few lecturers assess the topics, make corrections or advise to recast.
The approved topics are then assigned to various lecturers in respect to their areas of specialization. The supervisor invites the students under their supervision and gives instructions on how the project should be carried out.
Note that every lecturer depending on their experience and qualification have their different styles and method of engaging their candidates, hence the students are supposed to consult their seniors to enquire on their respective supervisors’ style of supervising students to deliver.
Some supervisors prefer submission of work done in chapters while others would ask for the entire work to be submitted before corrections can be made. In some universities, supervisors usually request chapters of work done via their email address for corrections and forwards back to the students for compliance with inputs and recommendation. There are still some analogue lecturers who would either tell their students to type and submit or write down, put in a file and submit either at their offices or a specified location. Its important for the students to identify what works for their supervisor and comply to avoid being frustrated or witch-hunted.
The best part of this is that students are given the option for a change of supervisor few weeks into engagement upon payment of a sum (mostly N5,000.00 and above and N10,000.00 for late entries).
Students usually have fear for final year projects for the following reasons;