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APS111: Engineering Strategies & Practice (2019)

Client needs, gaps and scopes

The information needed to provide support/evidence for or to understand client "needs", "gaps" in the world and project "scope" are all different types of information. You may need to look for this information in different locations. Below are some suggested places to start your searches. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible places to look. If you are struggling to find information, please see the "Getting help!" tab on the left.

Information for identifying the "scope" of the project.

Identification of the "scope" of the project will, in addition to other types of information, include technical information written by engineers, researchers and technical professionals. Handbooks, books and eBook can provide information from experts in the engineering field that can help you understand the scope of what is feasible in your project in conjunction with client "needs" and the time you have for project completion. You may also find useful information in reports (government, consultant, organizational or technical). As with finding information for the "gap", technical journal articles, review articles, conference proceedings and professional journal articles (e.g. trade publications) may be useful in defining the project "scope".

Some good starting points to finding handbooks, books and eBook are below:

Government, consultant, corporate and technical reports can often be found with an open search on the web. Make sure you thoroughly check credibility of items you find online using the CRAAP test! Below are guides that will help you find reports:

You can find technical journal articles, review articles, conference proceedings and professional journal articles (e.g. trade publications) using the databases below. During your search you can limit your results to articles, conference proceedings or magazines (for trade publications).