INTERIM REPORT REQUIREMENTS

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INTERIM REPORT REQUIREMENTS

  1. 1. INTERIM REPORT REQUIREMENTS BS and BT Final Year Project Prepared by: Sr Dr. Md Azree Othuman Mydin School of Housing, Building and Planning
  2. 2. The Interim Report? Should provide the majority of the content (this may well change, BUT not by very much) for the first three Chapters of the final Dissertation Document, i.e.:  Chapter 1 - Introduction  Chapter 2 – Literature Review  Chapter 3 – Methodology AND  It is never to early to start to build the References section of the final Dissertation Document.Ian Perry 44241: Dissertation: Interim Report? Slide 2
  3. 3. The Interim Report - Structure? Contents:  Full Name (& Student Number)  Title of Dissertation  Aim & Objectives  Literature Review  Methodology  References NB.  Make sure that your Interim Report contains ALL of the above.Ian Perry 44241: Dissertation: Interim Report? Slide 3
  4. 4. The Interim Report - Content? Full Name (& Student Number)  For sure your name! Title of Dissertation  i.e. your ‘current’ Dissertation Title  The title of you Dissertation may have changed since you submitted your original Dissertation Proposal (and it may well change again?).Ian Perry 44241: Dissertation: Interim Report? Slide 4
  5. 5. The Interim Report - Content? Aim & Objectives  Re-visit, and perhaps modify the Aim & Objectives of your original Dissertation Proposal.  A general introductory paragraph should lead to the statement of;  the main Research Aim,  followed by the statement of 3 to 4 specific Research Objectives that you believe can be achieved during the Dissertation process.  These should be;  investigative objectives and therefore problem-based, i.e. rather than solution-based,  and bear in mind the need to analyse rather than merely describe.Ian Perry 44241: Dissertation: Interim Report? Slide 5
  6. 6. The Interim Report - Content? Literature Review  The idea here is to place your Research into relevant contexts; i.e. matched to specific Objectives.  Re-visit, and expand upon, the Relationship to Previous Work of your original Dissertation Proposal.  No investigation starts from scratch; someone else MUST have done something relevant to the Aim & Objectives of you Research in the past.  It is NEVER sufficient to say, “There has been little work done in this area before…”Ian Perry 44241: Dissertation: Interim Report? Slide 6
  7. 7. The Interim Report - Content? Literature Review (continued)  Appropriate contexts might be subject-based;  e.g. “What has been done in this subject area before?”,  Or problem-based;  e.g. “How has this kind of problem been approached in previous studies?”  Only include citations/extracts from relevant literature here, i.e.:  relevant to the topic/subject of your Dissertation.Ian Perry 44241: Dissertation: Interim Report? Slide 7
  8. 8. The Interim Report - Content? Methodology  This section must detail the way in which the Objectives of your Research are to be achieved.  This means not only a description of the methods to be used, but also a discussion of the logic of those methods.  It should answer the question; “Why are you using these methods?”  The discussion should, therefore, include consideration of alternatives and demonstrate the appropriateness of the approach being proposed.Ian Perry 44241: Dissertation: Interim Report? Slide 8
  9. 9. The Interim Report - Content? Methodology (continued)  This section must go beyond merely itemising a data- collection approach.  What you really need to do here is to explain what will be in each Chapter of the final Dissertation Document.  If basing your research upon a previously used methodology, then it should also answer the question; “Which methods have been judged to be appropriate in the past in previous work?”  You have to move beyond this previous work in some clearly identified way (therein lies your originality).Ian Perry 44241: Dissertation: Interim Report? Slide 9
  10. 10. The Interim Report - Content? References  A reference list for each of the citations in your Interim Report should appear under this heading.  Only include those references which you have actually cited.  This list of references must be presented using the Harvard System:Ian Perry 44241: Dissertation: Interim Report? Slide 10
  11. 11. The Harvard System? You MUST use the Harvard System:  This applies to everything that you produce throughout your time at this University. All documents ‘used’ should be listed (in a References section at the end of the text) in the general form:  Author (Date), Title, Publisher. NB.  Only ever list References to works actually cited in the text.Ian Perry 44241: Dissertation: Interim Report? Slide 11
  12. 12. Harvard - a system of two parts! References  A full bibliographic description for each source that has been used, e.g: BSI (1989), Recommendations for references to published materials. (BS 1629), British Standards Institution. Citations  From the text to the Reference source used, e.g.: "a set of data describing a document, or part of a document, sufficiently precise and detailed to identify it and to enable it to be located" (BSI, 1989).Ian Perry 44241: Dissertation: Interim Report? Slide 12
  13. 13. List References by Author’s Name Bournemouth University (2005), Citing References, [Online], Academic Services, University Library, Bournemouth University, Available: http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/library/using/harvard_system.html [Accessed: 06 Sep 2005] Bryman A. & Bell E (2003), Business Research Methods, Oxford University Press. BSI (1989), Recommendations for references to published materials. (BS 1629), British Standards Institution. Ghauri P & Gronhaug K (2005), Research Methods in Business Studies: A Practical Guide, 3rd Ed., Financial Times Prentice Hall. Trochim W M (2005), The Research Methods Knowledge Base, [Online], Available: http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/index.htm [Accessed: 9 Aug 2005] University of Hull (2005), References: how to collect and present them, [Online], Academic Services, Libraries, University of Hull, Available: http://www.hull.ac.uk/lib/infoskills/collect.html [Accessed: 06 Sep 2005]Ian Perry 44241: Dissertation: Interim Report? Slide 13
  14. 14. What do Citations look like? If a citation can NOT contribute to the sense of a sentence:  There is some evidence (Alas, 2003) that these figures are incorrect. If the citation can contribute to the sense of the sentence:  Smith (2004) has provided evidence that these figures are incorrect. If referring to particular sections of a document:  … is positively associated with educational achievement. (Jones, 2005, p.151)Ian Perry 44241: Dissertation: Interim Report? Slide 14
  15. 15. Remember! We treat Plagiarism very seriously.  If it is not yours, i.e. you have read it elsewhere, then you must reference it. You MUST use the Harvard System :  This applies to all documents that you produce throughout your time at this University. References, MUST appear in full, at the back of your text, in the form:  Author (Date), Title, Publisher. Citations, MUST appear in the text, in the form:  (Author, Date)Ian Perry 44241: Dissertation: Interim Report? Slide 15
  16. 16. The Interim Report? The Aim & Objectives, Literature Review & Methodology sections of this ‘Interim Report’ should provide a ‘prototype’ of the first 3 Chapters of your final Dissertation Document; It is almost certain that the content of these Chapters will change;  but you really need to have done something under each of these headings by now; in order to be able to complete your Research on time. It is NEVER too early to start building your References section;  Remember, you need a ‘full’ reference (i.e. in the Harvard style) for anything you cite/use in your Dissertation.Ian Perry 44241: Dissertation: Interim Report? Slide 16

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