1. Finalise your choice of topic.
2. Search for relevant literature and related work and write a literature review.
3. Decide on a research method and design the project (e.g. explain which case study you have chosen or describe how the experiments or surveys will be run).
4. Identify ethical and professional considerations and management thereof (e.g. do you require ethics approval? How does it fit with the ACS Code of Ethics? How will you store data? Etc.).
5. Develop a time plan for your project. Identify stakeholders and include communication/interaction steps in your plan (e.g. workshops, meetings, conferences).
6. Identify key constraints for your project: these could include costs, time, quality, risks etc. While a complete costing is not required, attention should be paid to the cost of equipment, surveys, etc. A mitigation plan for significant risks should be included.
7. Write a structured report, including:
c. Need/aim of the research
d. Background and literature review
e. Research plan (e.g. scope, question, hypotheses, methodology, etc.)
f. Research constraints
g. Time plan and budget
h. Conclusion and further work
i. Acknowledgements and references.
8. The report should use language appropriate for the intended audience