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Faculty of Engineering & ScienceSchool of EngineeringMSc Individual Research Project GuideDr Yehdego Habtay1. Some of the good ideas for this MSc Project Handbook were taken from theproject handbook created by Dr Raj Bhatti2. If you find any errors, please report them to Dr Yehdego Habtay [email protected] booklet is divided into the following sections:Section 1• Introduction• Plagiarism• Indication guidelines for distinction, Merit, Pass and FailSection 2• Project course definition for ALL MSc degree programmesSection 3• Project Selection Procedure• Keeping a Log-bookSection 4• Guide to Writing a Literature Survey ReportSection 5• Guide to Writing a Progress ReportSection 6• A Very Brief Guide to Writing a Final Paper –Section 7• Formal Oral Presentation AssessmentSection 8• Deadlines3SECTION 11. IntroductionYou are reading this because you are about to undertake the most important deliverable bywhich you will be judged – your individual MSc project. The Master of Science project is apivotal piece of work that in essence will bring together all aspects of lectures, laboratorywork, coursework, case studies and other studies you have undertaken over the period of yourtaught courses.Your first step is the selection of your project. This is an extremely important step as it is thebasis on which you will build your successful project. Remember you will be undertaking asignificant piece of research informed theoretical and practical activity so you should choosesomething in which you are genuinely interested.2. PlagiarismOne thing that is absolutely not allowed is copying of text from any source and passing it offas your own work. This is called plagiarism. The University of Greenwich AcademicRegulations Dec 2007, Appendix D states the following:Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:i) using published work without referencing (the most common) ii)iii)iv)v)vi)vii)copying published work but with minor paraphrasingcopying coursework essays or allowing ones work to be copiedusing work previously submitted for another awardcollaborating with any other person when the work is supposed to be individualtaking another person’s computer file/program/designs/drawingssubmitting another person’s work as one’s ownviii) the use of unacknowledged material published on the webix)purchase of model assignments from whatever source x) copying another student’s resultsSCALE OF OFFENCES RELATING TO PLAGIARISMMINORNormally restricted to those students in the early stages of their studies, but can be applied tostudents who inadequately reference; include a small amount of paraphrasing or very smallamounts of unattributed or incorrectly attributed copying.MODERATECan be applied to students at any stage whose work contains significant lifting of text/material(verbatim) from a source or sources not correctly attributed or significant instances ofunreferenced paraphrasing. This class of offence will also include collusion amongst students.This class of offence will also include the first repetition of a minor offence.MAJORCan be applied to students whose work contains sustained or repeated lifting of text (verbatim)from a source or sources not correctly attributed and/or sustained or repeated instances of4unreferenced paraphrasing. Any repeat of a moderate offence will be constituted as major.Theft of another student’s work, falsification/impersonation and purchasing of essays/externalmaterial will be a major offence.For further details see:• Read the guidance in the “Little Book of Plagiarism” included in the module shell. •Writing with authority and avoiding plagiarism •What is Plagiarism? •Academic Regulations for Taught AwardsAcademic Regulations for Taught Awards effective 2020-21 • Assessment Misconduct Procedure understand what is Master’s Level, please read the following:Indicative Guidelines for Distinction, Merit, Pass and FailWhat is Master’s Level?Master’s Level (or Level 7) provides opportunities to:• Reflect on the significance and inter-relationship of knowledge acquired froma variety of sources.• To use such sources, with critical insight, to evaluate findings of a small-scaleenquiry or other activity.• To provide explanations within identified framework and/or general theory.• Formulate innovative proposals.• Achieve all outcomes with a large degree of autonomy.• Some physical artefact or product, software or new process or similar mustexist at the end of the project that did not exist at the start.1. In your project you should demonstrate critical thinking by showing throughthe Literature Survey, that you are both current with the state of art and able tosubstantiate with arguments the alternative theories and practices on thesubject matter.2. The dissertation offers a contribution to be demonstrated by successfullyanswering the obvious question:• What did this project achieve, that was not there before?We do not expect major contributions to knowledge (which is PhD level), butperhaps an innovative approach/solution to an existing problem.5• Distinction (+70%): Objectives clearly defined, addressed and reviewed; clearlydiscernible framework and focus; evidence of appropriate level of research (taking accountof the nature of the project); evidence of the ability to evaluate information and synthesiseconclusions; appropriate editing of evidence; logical structure and clear argument;evaluation of the method(s) selected to address the problem area which demonstrates bothbreadth and depth within the selected criteria; able to abstract from the specific to thegeneral; demonstration of originality of thought; above average analytical ability, rigourand achievement, accurate and complete citation and listing of references.• Merit (+60%): Most objectives defined, addressed and reviewed; discernible frameworkand focus; evidence of appropriate level of research (taking account of the nature of theproject) but perhaps some lack of breadth or depth; evidence of the ability to evaluateinformation and synthesise conclusions but perhaps some areas of weakness; appropriateediting of evidence; logical structure and clear argument; evaluation of the method(s)selected to address the problem area which demonstrates a reasonable breadth and depthwithin the selected criteria; able to abstract from the specific to the general; above averageanalytical ability and achievement, accurate and complete citation and listing ofreferences.• Pass (+50%): Some objectives defined, partially addressed and reviewed. Someevaluation but incomplete research and some judgements unsubstantiated; criteria forevaluation established but incomplete; logical structure and clear argument demonstrated;conclusions limited to the specific problem; limited reflection on the process andmethodology; citation of secondary literature is accurate and complete with only minoromissions and errors.• Fail (


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