With the recent technological advancements it is evident that the industries will be needing engineers who can work hands-on and provide solutions for real-time problems.
So, how do these industries identify the engineers who can work hands-on?
It is relatively simple, they just go through the project building experience of the engineering graduates, especially they like to know more about the projects that they have done as part of their engineering curriculum.
The academic projects that we do will simply help to showcase our skillsets to the recruiters. But building good mini projects alone is not enough to get the recruiters attention.
In order to impress your recruiter you should have a good mini project report for your engineering project which will make them realize your dedication and the level of efforts that you have put into making the project successful. Mini project reports are one such opportunity for you to make a good impression among the recruiters.
As mini projects are proven to be a successful gateway for executing the final year projects effectively, preparing a good mini project report will also help you to preserve the learning that you got and will serve as an effective reference material while doing your major project.
Some of the key features of drafting good mini projects report are:
- Facilitates quicker and easier way to communicate the information
- Can assist in selective reading
- Easier navigation to contents with numbered headings and sub headings
- Better explanations with figures, tables and charts
Here are some tips for you to prepare your mini project report in a good format,
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1. Arrangement of contents: Proper care should be taken while arranging the contents to make it easy for the readers to navigate through them. The contents should be arranged in the following sequential manner,
- Cover page and Title page
- Bonafide Certificate
- Table of Contents
- List of Tables
- List of Figures
- List of Symbols, Abbreviations and Nomenclature
Note: The tables and figures can be included in all the appropriate pages.
2. Page dimensions and Binding: The mini project report should be presented in A4 size dimension. It is recommended to bind the report with thick white art paper and the cover should be printed with the title of the mini project in capital black letters.
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3. Pages format:
- Cover page: The cover page should bear the title of the mini project at the top in capital bold letters with font size 18 and 1.5 line spacing. The title should be followed by the name of the candidates who have carried out the project with their registered numbers in font size 14 and center aligned. Also the details of their branch of study, college name, affiliated university, dates should be furnished at the footer of the page in font size 14 and 1.5 line spacing.
- Bonafide certificate: The certificate should carry the supervisor’s signature and project associate authorisation (if done under any outside organization). The details should be given with Times New Roman font style, double line spacing and font size 14.
- Abstract: Abstract should explain the project description and objectives in short and should not be more than 300 words. It should be drafted with Times New Roman font style, double line spacing and font size 14.
- Table of contents: The table of contents should provide the details of all the headings and sub headings with their numberings and page numbers. Title page and bonafide certificate will not bear any page numbers and will not be included in the table of contents. One and a half spacing should be adopted for typing the table of contents.
- List of Tables: The list of tables should be provided with the exact titles which you will be giving as a reference in the chapters. Also it should include captions and reference numbers wherever necessary. For this the fonts should follow one and a half spacing.
- List of Figures: All the figures should be represented by the proper captions and reference numbers as you have mentioned in the chapters. For this the fonts should follow one and a half spacing.
- List of Symbols, Abbreviations and Nomenclature: This should have the list of all the symbols and abbreviations that you have used in the project report with clear explanations. Only standard symbols, abbreviations should be used and they need to be formatted with one and a half line spacing.
- Chapters: The number of chapters varies based on the type of project done and the methodology followed to do the project. Each chapter may be further divided into several divisions and sub-divisions. But make sure that you provide an appropriate title to each chapter. Tables and figures should be placed immediately after citing the reference in the project text. Also footnotes can be included to explain the reference materials used in the chapters at each and every page.
In general the chapters will be broadly divided into three parts,
Appendices: Appendices are provided to give supplementary and additional information to the reader to facilitate better understanding of the project work. Providing this within the main text in the above chapters will make it length and may confuse certain readers. Some general guidelines are,
- Introductory Chapter
- Chapters explaining the project work
- Concluding Chapter
References: The list of references should be typed 4 spaces below the heading and should have all the reference titles (project reports, research papers & journals) in the sequential order. The author/ authors name should be mentioned clearly next to the title and year of publishing should follow it.
General typing instructions: The font should be in black colour. One and a half spacing should be used for typing the general text. Also the general text shall be typed in the Times New Roman font style with font size 14.
- Appendices should be numbered with Arabic numerals (Appendix 1, Appendix 2 etc)
- Tables and references that you provide in the appendices should be numbered and referred to the appropriate chapters
- Appendices should carry unique titles and same should be used as the reference in the chapters
With this you would have got some good insights about how to prepare your mini project report in a good format. Hope you will come up with a good mini project report that will fetch you the future endeavours.
Do comment below with your suggestions of preparing a good mini project report.
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