Task 6 | Final Report
This task is about writing a short report on a research problem in a team, under the guidance of mentors.
What the Final Report should address?
Your final report has to take the readers on a journey about your research problem. They start not knowing anything about your research problem. They end understanding the problem, its importance, relevance, and what ways there are to solve/understand the issue further. I.e. you take them on a journey of what, why and how of your research problem.
It is vital that the focus of your report is exclusively on the research problem. Your report does not have to provide complete information nor does your list of references have to be exhaustive. Instead, you should take the reader on a focused journey towards understanding your research problem.
Remember to make the most of the length (about 2800 words) and time (about six weeks) constraints on this task. With the help of your mentors, you need to judiciously pick and focus on the most convincing/impactful/relevant content. You also need to exercise careful judgement on the depth you need to delve into your topic to write the report and prepare for the viva-voce to follow.
The Final Report must contain the items specified below. Please use the template provided to write your Final Report.
- Three Sections (Abstract, Introduction and Significance of the Research Problem, Future directions of the Research Problem)
- Table of contents
- Lists (List of tables, List of figures, List of references)
|LaTeX||PDF , ZIP|
|Section||What the section SHOULD to address||Weightage for|
|Abstract||– Should provide an overview of your report.|
– Must be clear and succinct.
– Should be addressed to a non-specialised audience.
– Must address:
(1) What is the research problem you are working on?
(2) Why this is worth working on.
(3) How you can go about solving the problem.
– Word limit 300 words.
|Introduction and Significance of the Research Problem||– The focus of this section should be to help the reader understand what your research problem is and why your research problem matters? Help the reader see why it is worthwhile spending time on this research problem.|
– Remember to provide background relevant to the research problem. Be judicious in your choice of content. Put only the material that matters.
– Word limit 1500 words
|Research Gap and Research Directions||– The focus of this section should be to highlight the gaps in existing knowledge and suggest, where possible, ways (e.g. experimental methods, designs, procedures or protocols) to fill those gaps. Some justification for your suggestion may be given.|
– Word limit 1000 words
Some things to note
- Submit all references: You are required to submit copies of all your references (with the exception of textbooks) along with your final report.
- The graders are allowed to question you about the references you have submitted.
- If you refer to a website, kindly attach a PDF version of the website.
- Please adhere to the format:
- Formatting: Further to the formatting indicated in the template kindly note that
|Figures and Tables||– As many figures (tables) as you like.|
– Must bear a caption.
– Must be numbered.
– Only include figures/tables that are referenced in the main text.
– Tables will contribute to the word limit.
|Subsections & Sub-sub sections||– You may have as many subsections and you think necessary.|
Please use sub-sub section sparingly.
|Page and section breaks||Include as many section or page breaks at your discretion to improve readability.|
|References||Kindly use (only) the numbered (e.g. ) referencing style.|
|Word Limit||– You may exceed the word limits by 10% without penalties.|
– Section titles, captions, references will not count towards the word limits.