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Course Title: Minor Project
Course Code: MSMN
Credit Units: 6
‘Minor Project’ is a scholarly essay/research project that shows the evidence of critical analysis and understanding of the topic.
To provide exposure to research methodology and an opportunity to work closely with a faculty guide. The project should build the attributes like intellectual ability, professional judgment and decision making ability, inter-disciplinary approach, skills for data handling, ability in written and oral presentation, and sense of responsibility
Knowledge about Project work to be executed. The Guidelines and report formats to be given to the students by the faculty guide.
Student Learning Outcomes:
After completion of the project work,
· The Minor Project is an exercise in developing perspective on a topic not studied before, via independent work and enhancing presentation skills resourcefulness, and literature survey skills. Students develop research design and/or statistics, evaluate aptness of research conclusions, and generalize them appropriately
· Topics assigned are designed to provide an opportunity to the student to learn about an important topic and to practice a professional style of writing which will be appropriate in most professional settings.
· The Minor Project is thought out in advance as a definite procedure with systematic approach.
· This attempts to link research on college students’ experience of learning with ideas from research on students’ prior experiences of learning; students’ perceptions of their learning situation; students’ approaches to learning; and students’ learning outcomes.
· Students demonstrate effective written communication skills and use discipline specific writing conventions and formats.
The Minor Project Process begins with:
Briefing Sessions for students
Briefing Sessions are very important for undertaking the MINOR PROJECT. This briefing is done by the MINOR PROJECT Institutional committee to introduce Minor Project and explain the process and way to work in it. It is mandatory for the students to attend the same as per the institution’s schedule.
Finalization and approval of area/topic of MINOR PROJECT and schedule of activities
Minor Project Topic can be selected from any domain/ sector or any business issue relevant in the current scenario. It is usual to give some discretion to the student in the choice of topic for the Minor Project and the approach to be adopted.
a) Student will finalize the broad area / topic, synopsis and work schedule of his / her Minor Project in consultation with the faculty guide.
b) The student will submit the synopsis along with work schedule duly approved and signed by the faculty guide as per attached format. He will also update the details on AMIZONE for approval of faculty guide.
Allocation of Faculty Guides
a) Each student shall be assigned a faculty guide for the MINOR PROJECT well in advance in a formal manner depending on the number of students per faculty member.
b) The faculty guide from Amity must closely interact with the student and monitor his or her progress.
Role and expectations of Faculty Guides
· To advise on the topic, synopsis and work schedule of MINOR PROJECT and its resources
· To assist the student in identifying problems/issues and suggest/agree on specific action to address those
· To guide the student on
· Referencing / plagiarism
· Ethical practice, as appropriate
· Information sources, including AUUP material, to support planning, monitoring progress of the MINOR PROJECT
· Structure and presentation of MINOR PROJECT
· To discuss progress of MINOR PROJECT
· To offer feedback on partial versions of MINOR PROJECT
· To maintain regular supervisory contact.
· To contact any student who fails to attend supervisory sessions
· To advise the student of MINOR PROJECT who are considered exemplary
(a) Frequency of meetings and contact time (face to face and virtual)
The student must report about his progress to the faculty on a weekly basis. The reports may be submitted virtually or personally depending on the mutual convenience of the student and faculty. However, the student must attend all tutorials, briefing sessions or gap lectures as and when scheduled.
(b) Nature of tutorials/briefing sessions/gap lectures
It will be undertaken periodically as per need based. It is expected the student must give in the specified number of self-study.
Role and expectations of students
a) Commit to a schedule of meetings, in order to ensure that the agreed schedule is adhered to and deadlines met.
b) Use supervisory time allocated effectively,
c) Manage tutorial / gap lectures/ briefing sessions effectively by preparing for same in advance,
d) To send regularly Weekly Progress Report (WPR) to Faculty guide
e) Make use of AUUP guidance and documentation to plan and monitor progress of the MINOR PROJECT, to maximize the benefit of tutorial support, and to implement the feedback and approved action plan for development of the project.
f) Recognize ethical responsibilities and understand the regulations with regard to plagiarism
Structure of Minor Project, Registration, Conduct of course, progress monitoring and activity calendar
The students are required to register on-line on AMIZONE for the MINOR PROJECT courses as per the University guidelines. Dates would be notified separately. The students who have not registered for the MINOR PROJECT course as per regulations will not be permitted to submit any report and will be treated as having failed in the course. Further, student will not be promoted to next year specially if he/she has failed in fieldwork / or industry internship etc.
The progress of work would be done weekly by faculty guide through the submitted WPR’s and Monthly by Institutional Minor Project Committee /Project Review Committee via submission of continuous evaluation.
The various steps to be followed are as follows:
1) Identification of research areas by the students.
2) Identification of a faculty guide based on common research areas/interests.
) Online Registration
) Submission of research proposal by students approved by faculty guide.
) Post approval preparation and final submission of synopsis.
6) First review on completion and submission of Introduction and literature review.
7) Second review on completion and submission of Data collection and Data analysis
8) Third review on completion and submission of final report is done.
9) Pre submission.
10) Final Viva.
On completion of the Minor Project the student will be required to submit the following:
Project report – The Project report is the principal means by which the work carried out will be assessed and therefore great care should be taken in its preparation. The final report is an important component of Minor Project. Therefore the student must adhere to following parameters.
Minor Projects should be composed of the following sections:
Every Minor Project Report should have three parts: the pre pages, the main text, and the reference material.
Each part has several sections, which are normally arranged in the order as discussed below.
1. Preliminary Pages
a. Title page
c. Faculty Guide Approval page
e. Table of Contents
f. List of Tables
g. List of Figures
2. Text (usually divided into chapters and sections)
3. Reference Material
Generally, the introduction, discussion, conclusion and references should account for a third of the paper and the review part should be two thirds of the paper.
The discussion section either follows the results or may alternatively be integrated in the results section. The section should consist of a discussion of the results of the study focusing on the question posed in the paper.
The conclusion is often thought of as the easiest part of the paper but should by no means be disregarded. There are a number of key components which should not be omitted. These include:
a) summary of objectives and issues raised,
b) summary of findings,
c) summary of limitations of the study at hand, and
d) details of possibilities for related future research.
From the very beginning of the research work, one should be careful to note all details of articles or any other material gathered. The Reference part should list ALL references included in the paper.
· All reports should be printed double-spaced, Times New Roman and 12 Font size.
· Although papers are evaluated chiefly on their philosophical merits, grammar, spelling, and language will also be evaluated. Students are expected to express their thoughts in clear, grammatical, English sentences.
· Content is the purpose of a paper; style and packaging can facilitate comprehension of that content, but should never distract the reader from the content.
The NTTC report must be written in student’s own words. However, if required to cite the words of others, all the debts (for words, data, arguments and ideas) have to be appropriately acknowledged.
It is mandatory that each project report shall be checked for plagiarism through Turnitin or similar software before submission. The content which is based on existing published work must come from properly quoted material and from the references cited section. After checking the accuracy of the citations and references of such content the plagiarism report should not return similarity index of more than
% in any circumstance. However, if the matching text is one continuous block, the index of 15% could still be considered plagiarism. Any report with higher than this percentage matching must be explained by the student. The details of copyrights, professional ethics are given in Plagiarism Prevention Policy of the University.
Submission of final report
The most important aspect of the courses is the final report. Therefore following must be ensured for producing quality report.
a) The student will start preparation of the report while doing his/her MINOR PROJECT course as per the prescribed guidelines
b) The students will submit 1st draft of the report to the guide for guidance.
c) Followed by the submission second of draft of report after making necessary changes as suggested by the guide.
d)The final report shall be submitted after checking plagiarism through Turnitin or any other format subscribed by University. Copying material should not be more than 10% provided source is mentioned in the report along with proper acknowledgement and referencing as per plagiarism policy of the university.
e) Following will be submitted along with final report,:
· Minor Project Diary
· Plagiarism Report
a) The final assessment of MINOR PROJECT need to be done only of those students who have qualified on the basis of Conduct and progress monitoring guidelines & Submission of report/thesis guidelines as stated above.
b) The Final assessment will be treated as end semester examination. It is mandatory for the students to appear for final assessment as per scheduled date and time. If fail to appear in the students final assessment as per schedule, he/she will treated as absent. For such cases same rules will be applicable as those for theory examination. The assessment of I category students will be done within one month of final assessment of the batch.
A student will be eligible to submit his report and final assessment provided he/she meets following conditions:
a. Online Registration for the MINOR PROJECT course
b. Approval of Topic, Synopsis and Project Plan by the guide
c. 100 % of WPR were submitted
d. 1000% of the WPR were satisfactory
e. Similarity index not more than 15 % as per Plagiarism Prevention Policy.
Students not meeting the eligibility criteria would be governed by the following regulation given as per university guidelines/ regulation.
Assessment/ Examination Scheme:
Internal Assessment 40%
Final Assessment 60%
The breaks up (components and their weightage) of continuous internal assessment are given as under:
Name Of Component
Maximum Marks (40%)
COMPONENTS OF FINAL ASSESSMENT
Maximum Marks (60%)
INTEGRATION OF THEORY INTO PRACTICE
INTRODUCTION & STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE
Text & References:
From the very beginning of the research work, one should be careful to note all details of articles or any other material gathered. The Reference part should list ALL references included in the paper. References not included in the text in any form should NOT be listed here. The key issue here is consistency. Choose a particular convention and stick to this.
Crystal, D. (2001), Language and the internet. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Gass, S./Neu, J. (eds.) (1996), Speech acts across cultures. Challenges to communication in a second language. Berlin/ NY: Mouton de Gruyter.
[(eds.) is used when there is more than one editor; and (ed.) where there is only one editor. In German the abbreviation used is (Hrsg.) for Herausgeber].
Schmidt, R./Shimura, A./Wang, Z./Jeong, H. (1996), Suggestions to buy: Television commercials from the U.S., Japan, China, and Korea. In: Gass, S./Neu, J. (eds.) (1996), Speech acts across cultures. Challenges to communication in a second language. Berlin/ NY: Mouton de Gruyter: 285-316.
McQuarrie, E.F./Mick, D.G. (1992), On resonance: A critical pluralistic inquiry into advertising rhetoric. Journal of consumer research19,180-197.
Chandler, D. (1994), Semiotics for beginners [HTML document]. Retrieved [5.10.’01] from the World Wide Web,
Electronic Journal Articles
Watts, S. (2000) Teaching talk: Should students learn ‘real German’? [HTML document]. German as a Foreign Language Journal [online]1. Retrieved [12.09.’00] from the World Wide Web,
Verterhus, S.A. (n.y.), Anglicisms in German car advertising. The problem of gender assignment [HTML document]. Retrieved [13.10.’01] from the World Wide Web,
Takahashi, S./DuFon, M.A. (1989), Cross-linguistic influence in indirectness: The case of English directives performed by native Japanese speakers. Unpublished paper, Department of English as a Second Language, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu.
Unpublished Thesis/ Dissertations
Möhl, S. (1996), Alltagssituationen im interkulturellen Vergleich: Realisierung von Kritik und Ablehnung im Deutschen und Englischen. Unpublished MA thesis, University of Hamburg.
Walsh, R. (1995), Language development and the year abroad: A study of oral grammatical accuracy amongst adult learners of German as a foreign language. Unpublished PhD Dissertation, University College Dublin.
Any other Study Material:
· Research Methodology by C R Kothari & Gaurav Garg
· Research Methodology Concepts and Cases by Deepak Chawla & Neena Sondhi