Here are some notes about the process for forming project teams. Since every project is different, there are many variations but most projects go through the following steps.

If you have any questions about the process please send email to the course team.

Project suggestions

A project suggestion has two parts: a client and a brief summary of the goals of the project. Suggestions come from two sources:

When the course team learns of a possible project, we create a draft web page describing it. The page is placed online, but not made public until the client has reviewed it. Some projects go through several revisions.

When the client approves of the draft, a link is made to the page from the Project Suggestions page on the course web site. Student teams are now encouraged to contact the client.

Forming project teams

Project teams are between 6 and 8 students. A student, or group of students, who are interested in a project can find other people to join the team by:

Students who are having difficulty in finding a project, should contact the course team. We often know of projects that need more people. We may ask a project team to add somebody who has not yet found a team.

Please let us know if you are forming a project team. It enables us to keep the web site up to date.

Contacting the client

The first contact with the client should be made while the team is being formed. It is not necessary to have a full team before contacting the client.


When the team is formed

When you have formed your project team and reached agreement with the client, send email to the course team with the following information:

This information is important as it allows us to update the project description on the web site to tell other students that this project is no longer available.