All graduating students will complete a Project in semesters 7 and 8. The project, which should be of approximately 10,000 – 15,000 words may take one or more of several forms. For example, it may involve the critical examination in an aspect of an organisation’s operation with a view to recommending possible courses of action. It may also involve further investigation based on structured interviews.
This is seen as a very important element of the programme providing an opportunity to students to bring together the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the programme and apply these to a substantial piece of work on a topic of their choice. The importance of the Project is reflected in the amount of time and the number of credits allocated to this purpose.
The Project is seen as the culmination of the development of independent skills. It requires the systematic study of a subject, involving data collection and analysis, hypotheses, conclusions, and submission of recommendations.
Presentation Three copies are required to be presented, typed double-spaced on A4 paper, using one side of the paper only and leaving a one-inch margin on the left-hand side. One copy will be returned to the student after the Examiners’ meeting. The second copy will be retained by the Department and the third will be placed in the Library. The report should include a title page, a one-page summary (abstract), and a contents list (chapter and section headings).
The body of the report should exhibit a logical flow of ideas divided into sections such as: Introduction, Specific Aims, Analysis of Problem, Method of Solution, Outline of Programmes, Results, Hypotheses, Discussion, Conclusions and Recommendations.
Tables and statistical charts may be placed in Appendices, along with references (Author, Title, Edition, Publisher, Year) and other supplementary material. Assessment The final project for each student will be marked independently by two members of the staff, one of whom will be the project’s supervisor.
The project will be finally assessed by a board based on its critical content, originality, and competence of both execution and presentation.
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