Hello folks! It has been a while that I have not blogged under the category British Computer Society. So, allow my to pen another interesting blog post on it.

Still pursuing the journey towards academic excellence, I find that I am climbing the ladder of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT – Higher Education Qualifications.

Source: BCS Prospectus 2010/2011

This article focuses on the Professional Project in IT and its submission to the BCS Regional Office, Mauritius.

According to bcs.org,

In order to complete the Professional Graduate Diploma in IT, candidates must complete a project with a recommended minimum study time of 300 hours.

Successful completion of the Professional Graduate Diploma in IT (incorporating PGD Project) enables you to apply for selected postgraduate courses with UK universities.

The submission of a Project Proposal is mandatory. All Project Proposal should be submitted by email to heq@hq.bcs.org.uk using the Project Proposal Form.

So, let me simplify things, and jot down the process (more or less) of passing this milestone of Professional Project Submission

1. You wake up one day and you find that yes, its now time to work on the Professional Project to complete the PGD. You then become committed the following workflow

2. You perform a brainstorming session to find initial project ideas. The project is basically a computer-based solution to a practical problem. Candidates need to submit a report on the practical implementation of a computer-based project.

3. Your project title could be vetted by your Supervisor. The latter is either a BCS Professional Member or an IT Professional with a minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in the industry (CV needs to be enclosed).

4. Download the Project Proposal form and complete it by respecting the 500 word limit. Include

4.1 The project title

4.2 Background

4.3 Objectives

4.4 Scope and Approach

4.5 A schedule of the major milestones achievement of the project (timetable)

5. Email the Project Proposal form and wait for Examiners Comments. This will usually take up to 4 weeks.

6. Upon checking email and receiving the commented Proposal form from the Examiner, open the document and read carefully the section on Examiners Comments. Here it is defined that either your project is Approved or another proposal needs to be re-submitted

7. Work hard on your project. develop your computer based solution.

8. Develop your report whilst respecting the 10,000 word limit. The report needs to include:

8.1 Table of contents

8.2 Preface and Acknowledgments

8.3 Abstract (respect the word limit)

8.4 Chapter Feasibility Study

8.5 Chapter Analysis

8.6 Chapter Design

8.7 Chapter Implementation

8.8 Chapter Testing

8.9 Chapter Critical Appriasal

Appendix (include your code and test cases screenshots here)

References (Use Harvard Rerencing system)

9. Fill in the p1 form and get your supervisor to fill in the p2 form.

10. proofread and improve the formatting of your project before doing Spiral Binding.

11. Burn your project (soft copy report and project code) on DVD. BCS might use your softcopy to input it into anti-plagiarism software

12. Get your Bank Draft of 132 GBP

13. Submit to the BCS Regional Office, Eau Coulee, Curepipe on the dealine (31 July for October Sittings, 31 January for April sittings)

Best of Luck!