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Saturday, August 06, 2011

MPhil Social Science Cluster - Academic Writing Assignment

Dear Social Science Cluster M.Phil. students,
As part of your CIA may I request you to submit the following assignment?

Submit a research proposal of not more than 5 pages, in the following format.
  • Tentative Title
  • Introduction to the Research Topic (About a 100 words)
  • Objectives
  • Methodology
  • Literature Review (About 300 words- Briefly mention the key studies done so far in the area of your research topic, leading to you research question)
  • Chapter Overview (Each chapter description should be a separate paragraph of about 25-50 words giving the blue print of the paragraph)
  • Select Bibliography (Key studies in your area which you will refer. It should have single and multiple author books,  single and multiple author  journal articles, online articles, unpublished dissertations, and JSTOR or Ebscor articles. There should be 15-20 bibliographic entries. For bibliographic entry, either use APA or Bluebook, depending on your area.)
Once the proposal is ready, please open a google document file and paste the proposal and share the document with me (anil.pinto AT and with all your social science cluster classmates. Please ensure that you enable the 'view' option while sharing the document.

Please write your full name and MPhil registration number at the top left-hand corner for first page. 

Last date for sharing of the assignment is Wednesday, 15 August 2011, 12 midnight.  The date will not be extended under any circumstances. 

If you have any clarification to seek you may post it in the comment section below this post.

Objectives of the Assignment
  • To help you formulate a prototype of your proposal 
  • To make testing a learning process
  • To help you learn the possibilities of utilising online digital technologies in research
  • To create a platform for peer feedback
  • To evaluate your learning
  • To promote self-learning and peer learning 
Evaluation Criteria
Visual structure of the proposal, incorporation of classroom inputs, following of assignment guidelines, strength of the proposal, language

20-25 - A good proposal meeting all the requirements of evaluation criteria
15-25 - General adherence to the evaluation criteria with some drawbacks
10-15 - All seven parts of the proposal written but with mistakes or incomplete parts
00-10 - Some parts of the proposal not included, more than 10 grammatical error, more than 10 spelling errors,  extremely weak proposal. ( In this case the assignment will be rejected with a chance to resubmit in three days from the time of announcement of marks. However, the repeat assignment will not be awarded more than 55% of marks)

Max Marks: 25

Early-bird incentive
Those who submit the assignment by Friday 12 August 2011, 12 midnight, additional 2 marks will be awarded, subject to maximum marks limit.


Nrithya Andrews said...

Is there a particular font and font size that has to be followed?

Anil Pinto said...

Times New Roman, 12 point

Anonymous said...

is it ok the research proposal has 8 pages?

Anil Pinto said...

it should not be more than five pages. Expected length is 4-5 pages

Dhanya Nair said...

sir if we have some quotation in our chapter summary then will that also be counted in that number of words that we shouldn't exceed.

Anil Pinto said...

@Dhanya, yes, the length is inclusive of quotations.

Sunita said...

I am confused about how to write the reference for this unpublished dissertation as it has no Journal name or number.

This is how I used to write it....

Bagh, A.K (2011). Stress Reduction Training for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Mindfulness Based Approach. Unpublished manuscript, Department of Counselling Psychology, Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong.

Could you please help me.

Anonymous said...

Hello Sir, while uploading the document, the bibliography section especially, the indents are not being recognized by google docs and so on converting it, the indents are being dissolved. I have uploaded a doc without converting it to Google docs and it comprises only the bibliography...please provide your insights on this issue