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Research Project format Murdoch

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Structure for Research Project

Please see following format for the research project. The word should be 8000 to 10,000 word for the research project excluding reference list. The research project should have minimum of 28 reference. The reference should be journal articles and up to date. You can use chicago referencing style for the project.  Please see the following parts of the project.

Research project format Murdoch
Research project format Murdoch

First, you need to find a topic related to community development. Topics such as poor transportation system in india, early education for those children with disability,  if you have any other topic which is easy for you to make a project and you can find enough material and literature on it then please discuss with me through the email. Finally we will select a topic and then you can start to making the project. The project should be in five parts please see the following parts of the project

Submission Dates for research project

First  you can make a research proposal on the topic and send it me. The due date for submit the proposal is 7th of august. The proposal should be minimum of 500 words.  

  1. Chapter one introduction due date 17th august
  2. Chapter two literature review due date 7th september
  3. Chapter three case study due date 24th september
  4. Chapter four discussion due date 2 october
  5. Chapter five conclusion and recommendations due date 8 october

Then collect the all chapters and arrange them according to the format the is given in number six below. I have highlight the format for you.

Once I will submit these chapters then I will get a feedback for these chapters from my tutor. Then I will send you the feedback and Please you have to make changes in the chapters according the tutor’s feedback. 

5. PREPARING THE PROJECT Once the Unit Coordinator has helped you to get a supervisor, you should start developing your research Project topic and plans, with the supervisor’s guidance. The supervisor may encourage you to prepare a research proposal which identifies the proposed research aims (or questions), approach (how the aims/questions will be addressed), and Project structure (a broad overview of the proposed chapters). Conducting your research

ethically At an early stage in your research, it is also imperative that you visit this website http://our.murdoch.edu.au/Educational-technologies/What-you-need-to-know for very important information regarding:

• Student Code of Conduct • General policy on assessment

• Assessment roles & responsibilities • Academic Misconduct within assessment

 • Non-discriminatory language

 • Copyright

 • Student appeals

 • Student complaints

• The Conscientious Objection in Teaching and Assessment Policy

 • Determination of Grades from Components/Marks

 • Equity students It is crucial to ensure, for instance, that your Project makes an original contribution to knowledge and contains NO forms of Academic Misconduct, such as plagiarism, collusion, purloining or ghost writing. Plagiarism and collusion are defined as including any of the following five types of behaviour and apply to work in any medium (for example, written or audio text, film production, computer programs, etc):

1 Inappropriate/ inadequate acknowledgement Material copied word for word which is acknowledged as paraphrased but should have been in quotation marks, or material paraphrased without appropriate acknowledgement of its source.

 2 Collusion Material produced in concert, collectively or in collaboration with others and giving the false impression that the work is the sole output of the student submitting it for assessment. 5

 3 Verbatim copying Material copied word for word or exactly duplicated without any acknowledgement of the source

 4 Ghost writing Assignment written by third party and represented by student as her or his own work.

 5 Purloining Material copied from another student’s assignment or work without acknowledgement, or with acknowledgement but without that person’s knowledge.

Please contact your supervisor if you are unsure about any of the information included above or on the ‘What you need to know’ website.

How you go about researching and writing up your Project will be something to work out in consultation with your supervisor. It is advisable to meet with your supervisor regularly (or maintain regular skype, phone or e-mail contact).

Please bear in mind that the Project should analyse, evaluate, and argue, not just summarise and describe. You are not only trying to answer a question or deal with a problem in a structured fashion, but to engage critically with the problem and with your sources. Make sure that you substantiate your analysis and arguments throughout the Project (e.g. you can do this by citing supportive sources, information, data and/or examples).

6. FORMATTING THE PROJECT

The Project should follow the format described below:

1. The Project should be typed or word processed, on A4 size paper (297 x 210 mm).

 2. The Project should be 8,000-10,000 words (this word count applies to the chapters only, not the sections before Chapter 1 and the Bibliography and appendices).

3. Figures and tables must have a title and legend, and should be referred to in the text to make their relevance clear. Pay particular attention to including scales, labelling axes on graphs, and indicating the units used.

4. Bulky or extensive tables or lists of raw data are best placed in appendices.

 5. Choose a single reference style and use it consistently throughout.

6 The Project should contain the following parts:

 • Title page

 A good title should attract readers and be as short and specific as possible, while focusing on the problem posed. On the title page you should also include your name and student number, and the month and year when the Project is being submitted.

 • Declaration page

This should include the statement: “I declare that this Project is my own account of my own research. It contains as its main content work which has not been previously submitted for a degree at any university”, followed by your signature and the date of declaration.

 • Abstract

This should summarise the Project, including the essential findings, without the detail. The Abstract should be between 200 and 300 words.

• Acknowledgements (if desired)

• Table of Contents

 This can be as simple as listing the chapter titles with page numbers.

• List of Figures, and List of Tables (if relevant)

 If your Project has figures, each figure should be given a number and title, and should be listed in a List of Figures. Similarly, if the Project has tables, each table should be given a number and title, and should be listed in a List of Tables.

 • Chapter 1. Introduction

This should provide a concise background to the problem under consideration, written at a general, non-technical level, clear to a fellow student. It should include:

* a clear statement of the aim and scope of the Project i.e. what is the issue that needs to be addressed * a brief review of the relevant literature to place your work in context.

* a definition of any new and important technical term(s)

* a preview of how the rest of the Project will be presented.

 • Main Body

 This should be in chapters. Such as literature review, case study, discussion.

• Conclusion

This final chapter should set out your main findings and or argument. It is important that what you say in the conclusion is fully demonstrated in the main body of the Project.

 • Bibliography

 This is a list of all the sources you have used in the Project (whether you have referred to them in the Project or not). The ART6401 unit website (LMS) contains examples of recent, successfully completed ART6401 Projects. Please look at these and note how they follow the formatting conventions described above.

7. REFERENCING THE PROJECT

You are expected to use one of the major systems of referencing in a consistent manner. Footnotes can be at the bottom of the page, or at the end of the chapter as Endnotes. Alternatively, you can use the Harvard system of referencing in which the author’s surname, year of publication and relevant page number or numbers are inserted in the text of the essay/project: for example: (Williams, 1994: 7-10). At the end of your Project, you must also include a bibliography of all the works you consulted for your Project. Advice on referencing is available from this library website: https://www.murdoch.edu.au/library/help-support/support-for-students/referencing Remember to acknowledge all sources you use. Place direct quotations from the authors in inverted commas if short, or indent them in the text if they are lengthy. Paraphrases and summaries are preferable to direct quotes unless the quote is for a specific purpose, and must be acknowledged.