What Can Students Learn from Final Year Projects?

July 7, 2020

A Final Year Project (FYP) is a project or academic task that must be accomplished individually by every undergraduate student to obtain the attributions to graduate. Its aim is to demonstrate the skills and knowledge students have acquired in their studies.

Mr. Alex Leong, Senior Lecturer at the Business faculty of INTI International University, Nilai (centre) with a group of students who conducted the Final Year Project with SB Group at their office.

It is also a way of identifying the students’ ability to perform an industrial project or applied research linked to the knowledge they have gained in their discipline. It allows students to choose methods, tools and make decisions throughout the entire project, much like what a professional undertakes when carrying out a task.

At INTI International University (INTI), most students are assigned to their FYPs during the final year of their respective programmes. INTI’s innovative and collaborative approach through a holistic teaching and learning management system has enabled lecturers to guide students throughout their FYPs virtually especially during the current pandemic.

As part of their programme requirements, students are required to engage and work on a final project with a recognised industry partner. Students will undertake the project in a manner akin to a real-world project pitch by reviewing the issues faced by the employer, developing a proposal and solutions, before presenting it to the employer.

One of the many FYPs carried out by INTI students with an employer recently was a FYP with SB Group Malaysia. The SB Group is a large-scale manufacturing entity of self-adhesive tapes, opp tapes and packaging tapes. This FYP project was guided by Mr. Alex Leong, a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Business, Communication and Law at INTI.

“The group of students that carried out this FYP successfully presented their ideas and solutions to the representatives of SB Group. Amazed with the end product, the representatives of SB Group offered the students an employment opportunity with the organization,” said the thrilled senior lecturer who has been a pillar of support to this group of students.

An illustration of the ‘Digital Physiotherapy Intervention in Health Care Delivery’ project.

Another one of a kind FYP conducted by an INTI student is a project titled ‘Internet of Things (IoT) Based Intelligent Pet Monitoring System’. This project is based on a system that offers a flexible solution where pet owners are able to maintain regular feeding times from a controllable device using their smartphone. The owner will be able to monitor the eating behaviours of their pet using the IoT sensors that measures the height of the pet food and water level. This proposed system can be used by pet owners at home or at a pet custody center.

Associate Professor Ts. Dr. Choo Wou Onn, Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology at INTI shared, “In the long run, the pet owners will be able to identify their pets’ eating behaviour. The IoT sensors will capture the data on a daily basis and this information will be stored in the cloud as a consolidated graph or chart. This IoT based pet monitoring system will be beneficial to pet owners with busy schedules. Pet owners can now have peace of mind as they will be able to monitor their pets from anywhere at any time.”

‘Digital Physiotherapy Intervention in Health Care Delivery’ is another FYP conducted at INTI . The project’s objective was to explore how digital physiotherapy intervention is supportive and improves the quality of healthcare in the current clinical setup. It also elaborated on delivering health care with information and communication technology that has become an innovative form to address various health needs.

“The project addresses the poor demand for services, adherence or follow up plans, inaccessibility of facilities, and high cost of treatment among the major challenges faced by the health care system that needs to be solved immediately. We have concluded that digital intervention acts as the facilitator in improving one’s health status,” explained Mr. Rajkumar Krishnan Vasanthi, the Head of Programme at the Health Science Faculty of INTI.

In a nut shell, FYPs provide students an opportunity to apply the knowledge they have learnt to solving real life problems. FYPs help students become more resourceful along the way and they learn the nuances of research before they graduate1. For some, it even acts as a guide in their career paths2.

1 https://projectchampionz.com.ng/2016/09/13/student-final-year-project-topics/
2 https://elysiumpro.in/role-of-final-year-projects-and-its-importance/