Project Proposal

Once you have chosen your device, the next step is to submit a proposal as a PDF. Submitting a proposal and getting approval from your instructor is a required step, so pay close attention to the requirements listed below.

A proposal outlines what your project will look like from start to finish. We have a sample proposal to help you understand what yours should look like. You are more than welcome to use the sample proposal as a reference, but the content must be written in your own words. If you encounter a problem that requires a change to your initial proposal, be sure to send your instructor an updated proposal. In the working world, professionals are adaptable—just make sure your changes aren't a surprise to the people you're working with—including your instructor!

Important things to include in your proposal:

  • What device will you be working on? It's important to get the device name exactly correct, which can be tricky because some devices have crazy names like the SuperSonic Matrix Mid SC-999. Once you've found your device, take the time to research the full device name. The best place to start your research? Search the manufacturer's product page. If you're still unsure of your device's correct name, follow the Device Nomenclature guidelines.

  • How much repair information is already on the internet about your device? Your team will need to do some research to understand what common problems users may experience with their device. Search Google using your device name to see if you can find any repair-oriented or parts sites (the parts that they sell will provide clues about what components users need to replace). Are there disassembly instructions available? If so, how good are they, and how are yours going to be better?

  • What is your proposed device page title? When you create your device page on the iFixit site, you'll be prompted to create a page title. It is important for page titles to be written correctly the first time around so that an accurate URL is created. We try to keep page titles consistent across the site, so the title for your device page should follow this format:

    • Device Page: [Device Name]

      • Example: Lenovo Essential G560

      • Please note: The word "Repair" will auto-populate on the device page title after you've created the page.

  • What specific guides will you write for your device? Each guide should show how to replace a specific component of your device (battery, display, motherboard, etc.). To help keep the greatest possible number of devices out of landfills, choose the components that are most likely to fail, break, or require an upgrade.

    • Do not create a Teardown, Disassembly, or Technique guide.

    • You are not responsible for repairing a broken device or broken components. You are simply demonstrating how to replace the components.

    • Most student groups write guides for 5-7 components, but the number varies. Check with your instructor for the required number.

    • If you’re not sure which guides to write, check out the Student FAQ for some ideas. Later, you may uncover new parts to write guides for, or discover that a guide you had planned to do isn't possible, and that’s okay—just email your instructor to make sure your proposed changes are suitable.

  • Who is the intended audience for your project? Audience analysis is an important part of technical writing. Take a look at iFixit.com and get familiar with the demographics of the users on the site—the Answers forum is a good place to start. Remember, the overall goal of the project is to help as many people as possible repair their things so that they don’t get thrown away. In order to best help someone, you need to know who you’re talking to. Take a look at our mission. Who are we trying to help? How will this inform your project?

  • Which camera will you be using? Any digital camera of 6 megapixels or greater that can mount to a tripod is acceptable. While your smartphone may be able to take photos, you will get much better results using a digital camera mounted to a tripod.

Please include a header at the top of your proposal in this format:

  • Device: Samsung Galaxy S5

  • Team tag: FERMI-DOE-F18S4G7

  • Camera: Isabella's 16.1 MP Canon PowerShot SX700

  • Group email addresses: abc@istitutofermi.it, etc. (These must be the same email addresses that you and your team members used to create your iFixit accounts.)

Don't forget: include your team tag in the subject line of your email, CC your teammates, and include a brief message in the email's body to provide context for your proposal. Give your instructor sufficient time to respond to your email.

Everything is not awesome!

You’ll get stuck in your project and have to redo your proposal if you haven’t closely followed the instructions. Take a moment to review the Part 1 guidelines and make sure that you’ve met all of the requirements. Everything is cool when you’ve reviewed things as a team. Email your instructor when you’ve got your proposal ready to go. Your instructor will let you know when you are ready to move on to Part 2.