Guidelines for Project Proposals

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Guidelines for Project Proposals* A technical proposal, often called a "Statement of Work,” is a persuasive document. Its objectives are to 1. Identify what work is to be done 2. Explain why this work needs to be done 3. Persuade the reader that the proposers (you) are qualified for the work, have a plausible management plan and technical approach, and have the resources needed to complete the task within the stated time and cost constraints. What makes a good proposal? One attribute is appearance. A strong proposal has an attractive, professional, inviting appearance. In addition, the information should easy to access. A second attribute is substance. A strong proposal has a well-organized plan of attack. A strong proposal also has…show more content…
The purpose of this section is to present the process by which you will arrive at the final answer. This section answers the following questions: 2 1) What are the steps in the design process? (Describe and use the nine-step model from Chapter 1 of Hyman’s text) 2) What are the benefits and advantages of employing a structured approach to design? 3) How will you generate solution concepts? 4) How will you analyze the performance of your solution? 5) How will you decide on the best alternative? Specific recommendations for this section include the following: a. First, describe your overall design process in general terms. A one-page synopsis of Chapter 1 in the Hyman text would be appropriate here. b. Provide at least three possible solution alternatives and document your methodology to choose the best alternative. Include illustrations such as Figure 1. Try to be as inclusive and creative as possible with your ideas. Strive to achieve at least one non-conventional or “out of the box” alternative. c. List and describe all the analytical, or computational tools you will employ to analyze your design, such as ProEngineer®, SolidWorks®, MathCAD, and MATLAB. d. List and detail all the experimental procedures you will use to test your design concepts. e. Evaluate your alternatives based on how well they satisfy the design specifications. Explain the selection criteria by which you will evaluate design

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