Research Preparation in Post.

Research Preparation in Post Graduate Studies Unit Code 301004 Unit Coordinator: Prof. Miroslav Filipovic Y.2.08 Penrith campus, Kingswood Email: [email protected] Instructor: Dr. Quentin Roper Room Y.2.30 Kingswood Campus Email: [email protected] 1 Written Report 2 • Percentage of total Grade: 25 % • Type of Collaboration: Individual • Due: week 13, May 20th, 2016 on vUWS 1.1 Instructions Students will design their own short research paper, project proposal, observing proposal, or similar. This will take the form of a LaTeX written document using official LaTeX templates and styles used in class. Students may use the same topic from the Written Report 1, they may pick a different topic with the instructors approval, or they may choose from the list below: • Quantum Comupting • Robots in Space • Bushfire prevention • Earthquake proof engineering • Visualization in Hollywood movies The report will showcase your Statistics and Research skills covered in class and will be 6-8 pages (not counting bibliography). There is a 1500 word minimum but no maximum (it may be as long as you like). To construct your report you must use LaTeX and you can use guidelines from the lecture notes and power-point slides to find papers and journals relevant to your chosen topic. Lists of web resources are included in the lecture notes. You can also use the book website at: http://www.palgrave.com/companion/Collis-Business-Research-4e/student-zone/ 1.2 Report Format and guidelines For Written Report 2, you will use a LaTeX .tex file together with a bibliography .bib file you have constructed to produce a finished .pdf as covered in lecture weeks 1-9. This report will be original and individual work and will have a minimum length of 6-8 pages using the A4 paper 12pt font article format found in the template for Written Report 1. Following the Written Report 1 format the following is required. Note: The easiest way to do this is to copy the template from Written Report 1, just change it so that it fits your choices for this assignment. You will use the given style files: 1head.sty, fullpage.sty Your LaTeX preamble will then contain the following settings before you begin the document: \documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{article} \usepackage{head,fullpage} \usepackage{graphicx} \usepackage{hyperref} \usepackage{natbib} \parindent=0pt \parskip=5pt \begin{document} 1.3 Report Structure Your report must have the following items (see book page 11 and page 108): • Introduction: This short section should be no longer than 1 page and should cover the research problem or issue and the purpose of your paper. It should also cover background literature to the study and why it is important or of interest. It will also cover the structure of your paper and tell what you are planning to do. • Methodology: This section should identify your paradigm. It should provide a justification for your methodology and methods as well as tell what the scope of your research is. The limitations to the research design should be discussed as well as constraints relating to resources (advanced codes that might be only available to certain universities). • Results: This is one of the most important sections of your paper, in this section you present and discuss your analysis of your research data and statistical tests. You discuss your results and findings from your research. • Conclusion: This is the section that will tie your assignment together. You will do a summary of what you found out in relation to your research problem. You will also summarise any contribution you have provided to knowledge as well as limitations of your research and suggestions for future research. If appropriate also address any implications of your research for practice or policy. • References: The references and bibliography should be in a BibTeX format, following your Written Report 1 all students should use the following bibliography format: \bibliographystyle{apalike} The ‘Methodology’ and ‘Results’ sections of the text will be at least 4 pages with approximately 1 pages of Introduction and a short Conclusions section. You may include a maximum of 4 figures to illustrate points. Make sure to use correct citations if you get data from someone else’s paper. 1.4 How do I do this? Depending on your choice topics your individual papers may look quite different, one example is as follows: • A student chooses a topic of Quantum Computing (identify your paradigm) 2• The student then decides to do a short research paper (identifies methods and research topic) • The student finds some interesting data published two articles comparing the same a testing setup for quantum computing (this is discussed in the introduction) • The student does an additional statistical test (which is described in their methodology section) using the data from the articles (this goes in the results) • The student creates a LaTeX paper with the Report Structure above 3

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