Question and Requirement:
Questions and Answers
Q How many options must I discuss?
Q Can I recommend both options?
A Yes, as long as you explain why, eg short term/long term reasons, etc.
Q Must I include graphs and tables?
A Yes. You will be given marks for your use of graphics as appropriate, but you must also refer to these in the text e.g. “…according to Table 1…” or “Figure 1 clearly shows how ….” They must also be labelled correctly, with a title, and have the source provided. The source should also appear in the reference list.
Q Can I copy graphics directly from a source?
A Yes, but if the graphic is complicated or only partially irrelevant, it may be a good idea to simplify it or recreate it. Then you need to acknowledge it by writing: “Adapted from… “
Q Can I change the order of the different sections?
A Only if it makes sense! In other words, the order must be logical.
More Guidelines on structure
Introductory Sections must include these elements:
• Presentation of options
• Presentation of requirements
These can be separated with sub-headings or combined into one or more larger sections. Each section can have a single sentence of introduction if desired (e.g. The two options will be evaluated in terms of the following three requirements: …).
The Introduction should include a purpose statement, but this is usually more basic than a thesis statement. For example: The purpose of this report is to compare and recommend methods for dealing with the educational gender gap in Japan. (See Unit 2 E8, E9 and the appendices for examples.)
Main body should be called Comparison of Options. Note that the comparisons sections should be around 40/50% of the whole report.
Concluding parts should include:
• Conclusions (summary of comparisons)
These can be combined into a single section or separated with subheadings, whichever you think is clearer and most suitable for a recommendation report.
Each section in the report should have a heading and a number. Each sub-section should have a sub-heading and a number. Sub-sections may contain a single paragraph or more than one paragraph on the same topic.
There must also be a References section.
Make sure your report title is: An analysis of the feasibility of two options for alleviating traffic congestion in [name of city].
Have you followed all the ‘Further guidelines’ instructions on the Report outline on Moodle?
• Use a standard font such as Arial, size 11 or 12, justified on both sides, and 1.5 line spacing.
• Each page of your assignment should have a header with your student ID number, module code (PM502) and the name of your class tutor. Do not write your name.
• All pages should be numbered.
• Include a title page containing the following information:
1. Module Code (e.g. PM502 2T)
2. Module Title (e.g. Skills for Study 2)
3. Tutor Name
4. Name of Class/Group: (e.g. Group A)
5. Assessment Title (e.g. Final Essay/Report)
6. Assignment Title: An analysis of……
7. Student ID Number: (ID number only and NOT your name)
8. Date of Submission: (date)
• Include a word count at the end of your report. Don’t include the references!
• Print and submit two copies of your report. Keep an electronic copy for yourself.
• Staple the pages but do not staple the two copies together – put them both in a plastic wallet with the completed cover sheet.
• Make sure your report is submitted to TURNITIN. If you have any problems with this, simply email a copy to your tutor.
Write a report analysing the feasibility of two different methods of reducing the violent crime rate in a city or state in North, South or Central America. You may not choose a city or state in your home country. The city or state must have an existing high rate of violent crime.
You must analyse and compare the two methods in terms of two or three requirements. These requirements must include effectiveness and cost.
Make a final recommendation to the city or state government
Important information:MUST see
• Your report must use sub-headings and a numbering system throughout.
• Your report must include tables..
• The report should be 1600 words,
Use of Sources
• In your report you can use the sources provided by your class teacher and at least five additional academic sources from your own research.
• You should include tables and refer to these in the text. Data in the tables may be synthesized from different sources. Graphs and maps may also be added if appropriate.
• Support should be synthesized as much as possible, where this is appropriate.
• You must provide in-text citations and final references for all sources you refer to in your report. You must use English language sources – you should not translate ideas from non-English sources.
You will be assessed on:
• The relevance of your ideas; the effectiveness of your comparisons and recommendation(s); your critical analysis of relevant issues.
• The structure of your report (completeness; organisation of ideas; use of headings and numbering; linking of ideas).
• Your choice of relevant and appropriate source material – including specific examples and data – to support your ideas.
• Your incorporation of source material including synthesis, paraphrase/summary, in-text citations and final references.
• Appropriate and accurate use of English, especially register and style; adherence to all task guidelines.
1. Use a standard academic font, size 12 and use 1.5 spacing between lines.
2. Each page of your assignment should have a header with your student ID number, module code (e.g. FC043) and the name of your class tutor. Do not write your name.
3. All pages should be numbered.
4. Staple all pages together.
5. Include a title page consisting of the following information:
• Module Code (e.g. PM5042T)
• Class/Group: (e.g. Group A, Class 1)
• Module Title (e.g. Research Project)
• Assessment Title (e.g. literature review, Project Report etc)
• Assignment Title: (e.g. Add in your Research Title)
• Tutor Name: (name of tutor)
• Student ID Number: (please add your ID number only and NOT your name)
• Date of Submission: (date)
You may be penalised according to the GIC Assessment Rules if:
1. You submit coursework that is above the stated word limit by more than 20% the mark awarded for this assessment shall be reduced by 10%.
For example, if you score 60% for the assignment however you are over by 20% your score will be calculated as follows: 60 – (10% of 60 which is 6 ) = 54% overall
To calculate specific word length, all text in reference lists and appendices should be excluded. You MUST include a word count at the end of your assignment.
2. You hand in your assignment later than the stated deadline. You must submit work for assessment by the stated deadline. If you do not, the following penalties for written work will apply:
(Unless there are valid reasons for the lateness (e.g. illness) and this is supported with an EEC form and evidence)
Number of Working Days Late Penalty Awarded
1 85% of original mark
2 80% of original mark
3 75% of original mark
More than 3 Zero mark awarded
3. Any part of your work is found to have been directly copied from a source (e.g. a book, another student’s essay, an internet website) without the appropriate referencing convention.
Please be reminded that this must be written by you. If the level and sophistication of your language is considerably higher than other pieces of written work you have produced, it will be assumed that you were given unfair assistance and you will either be penalised for plagiarism or receive no credit for clarity of expression.
Please note that the following examples of collusion are considered as academic misconduct and, in the absence of hard evidence, you may be asked to attend a meeting to discuss your understanding of the work. If you do not attend such a meeting, tutors may use academic judgement to determine whether or not an offence has taken place.
Examples include a situation where a student:
a. intentionally submits as entirely his or her own work, an essay or report written by another person.
b. permits another candidate to copy all or part of their own work, knowing it is to be submitted as that other candidate’s own work;
c. allows another person to re-write large sections of the students’ work.
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