Most graduate classes include a research project component in the grading scheme. I am taking such a class now and I need to complete a research project.
The instructor has presented us with 4-5 areas of applicability of the course material and asked that we choose our topics. We have to do a research project in the range of 75 hours and write a paper on the findings.
This is the first time I am taking a course such as this. I like the idea and I want to build my research skills; the challenge I am not clear at all on how I should best approach this task. The course is an introductory course and as such I am not familiar at all with the material. The research is about addressing some engineering problem and it needs to have some originality but can be based off of other work.
That is the extent of the information the instructor was able to give me and also said that his time is limited and as such I cannot rely on him for help with this part.
This is fine, but I need to understand how to go about finding a problem, make sure it's a problem I can solve, and make sure it's going to be in the 75 hours of effort ballpark in a field I am not familiar with.
What's my strategy here? How could I possibly ensure these aspects?