• March 25th, 2016

Inflation, Interest Rate and profitability

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Appendix A: Final Report Drafting Guidelines

The final report should be approximately 10,000 – 12,000 words.  This equals about 20 – 30 pages of typescript in APA style unless specified otherwise in the instructions below.

Structure of the Report

 

  1. Title Page—This should include:
    1. Title of the Project
    2. Any restrictions upon disclosure
  • Name of the sponsoring organization (if required)
  1. Names of the Team Members
  2. Submission date
  3. The following sentence in BOLD at the bottom of the front page: “Submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree Business Studies Program. College of Business, Zayed University, Dubai Campus.”

 

  1. Executive Summary—one side of A4. This describes what was done, why it was done, how it was done, and what was found.

 

  1. Table of Contents—-Be sure to provide page numbers!

 

  1. Acknowledgements—-List all the people who have provided assistance, ensuring that you use people’s correct titles, names and qualifications. You may want to make a general reference to the help received from informants as a whole.  Be careful when making a particular reference to individuals if they have supplied confidential, contentious or potentially embarrassing information or opinions.

 

  1. Problem Statement/Area of Study—A concise account—preferably just one or two sentences of the problem or issue that the project intends to address.

 

  1. Background to the Problem/Literature Review—This section can include information that is necessary to set the project in its context. Include a short factual description and history of the project and an overview of relevant journal articles and books that have been written about the topic.

 

  1. Research Objectives—What the research is attempting to achieve.

 

  1. Research Methods—What choice of research methods has been made and why. How the methods will help the analysis. Explain here the sampling procedures, data collection strategies, etc.

 

  1. Analysis and Findings—This is the main part of the report and includes the statistical and other “evidence” you have to support your analysis. Good presentation is critical as much of the material here will be technical and detailed.

 

  1. Limitations– Detail any problems encountered or changes of approach as well as recommendations for future research.

 

  1. Conclusions—What do the findings mean? How you have interpreted the evidence.
  2. Recommendations—Based on the analysis and conclusions, the project may include recommendations or courses of action for the organization. The recommendations are the managerial implications of the findings and conclusions.

 

  1. Reference List—A detailed listing of all the sources mentioned in the report.

 

  1. Appendices—Put detailed research material in an appendix, e.g., surveys, analysis and tables including the results of open ended interviews. Be sure to discuss or refer to all material in the appendices in the formal report. The first section of the appendix should detail the research methodology tools. Here you should include everything that was important to the research process. It should include any problems encountered and any changes you made.  Items that should be included are:
  • Copies of all research tools used for data collection;
  • A detailed description of the different iteration these tools took;
  • Samples of any questionnaires use;
  • What (if any) software you used and how the data was analyzed;
  • Tables of results;
  • Additional tables that relate to your findings.

 

The second part of the appendix should detail your reflection. Discuss how the project addresses the University ZULOs and College MALOs

This is your critical appraisal of the project and should include two sections. Reflections on your research and how it could be improved:

  • Its strengths and weaknesses with comments on improvements that can be made;
  • Problems encountered and strategies used to overcome them;
  • Further research that is suggested by the results.

The second section of your reflection should be a reflection on your learning process. The purpose of this section  is to explain and to illustrate – through examples from your Capstone Project experience – how you have achieved the learning objectives of your  ZULOs/MALOs.  This should be written as a personal narrative using “I” or “we”.

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