The planning report describes what is to be done, how and when it is to be carried out. The planning report includes a specification of the aim, a description of how the work is to be carried out and an implementation schedule; in other words, the planning report answers the questions what, how and when. Note that the planning report must be approved by the company and the supervisor before the degree project can be started.
The planning report consists of the following chapters:
This chapter describes the background behind the issue to be investigated, i.e. a short description of the company's situation and why they want the assignment carried out. Note that this is not the background to why you are carrying out the degree project.
The aim is a brief description of the assignment and its intended outcome.
This chapter describes what issues will not be dealt with in the work.
1.4 Specification of issue under investigation
The issue should be specified on the basis of the 'Aim' chapter, for example by compiling a number of questions to be answered. Another way is to write a number of statements (hypotheses) which can subsequently be verified or rejected during the course of the assignment.
The methodology chapter describes how the work is structured. It includes workflows, design of experiments and use of various data collection methods. Ideally, a methodology chapter should be sufficiently detailed that anyone with certain basic knowledge of the field should be able to carry out the work in the way described in the report and achieve the same results. Describing the methodology is an important factor in enabling the company offering the assignment, to assess whether or not the goal can be achieved as described. It is therefore also important to explain why the chosen methodology offers a reliable outcome.
The schedule for the work is best presented in the form of a Gantt chart (flow chart).