STEP BY STEP GUIDES TO EFFECTIVE PROJECT WRITING (PART 1)
For every student in their final year; either at the undergraduate or post graduate levels are expected to conduct research. Project writing begins with project ideation i.e idea on a project aspect you want to cover or area of your interest. For instance, as a mass communication, marketing, public relations, advertising, journalism students you need to take these steps.
STEP 1: BE CREATIVE
Students need to be creative when it comes to research, from the time of selecting topics, to the time of conceptualizing the topic (problem), operationalising the (variables), collection of data,
analysing the data and drawing conclusion. Creativity does not mean to create a problem or topic entirely new but it might be a new angle of the existing work. Generating project topics requires some thinking since supervisors usually like to approve fresh project topic or one with new angle that can add to the body of existing work.
STEP 2: SELECT A PROJECT TOPIC
The first stage in conducting a research is the selection of a problem otherwise known as project topic. To select a project topic or problem the following factors must be considered;
Personal area of Interest: Your topic may come from your area of interest i.e it could be as a result of your experience, understanding of a phenomenon, long exposure to an issue etc.
Supervisor’s area of interest: Sometimes, you may coin your topic in line with the area of interest of your supervisor e.g if your supervisor is a broadcast major; he may like project topics in radio, television and other broadcast related. The same goes to other supervisors.
What is Trending/Invoking: sometimes you may coin your research topic or problem around an issue that is current, fresh, latest or trending. This arouses supervisor’s interest in approving such topic e.g “Influence of social media on students academic performance” or “Influence of Nigeria Soap Opera on the social behaviour of youth: A study of Jennifer’s Diary”.