Jnb728 Industry Research Project Project Proposal

ASSIGNMENT 1: PROJECT PROPOSAL

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20%
1200 words ± 10%
Learning outcomes 1-3
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Before attempting this assignment:
Ensure the ‘Assessment’ section in this Unit Outline is read and understood. If you have any

questions, please do not hesitate to contact the lecturer.

Students should refer to the ‘Guide to Assessment’ file under the Content tab on the unit
MyLO site for guidelines on assignment presentation.

Ensure you understand the assignment question(s) and/or tasks. Once again, consult your
lecturer should you be unsure of any matters.

Note: All students are required to submit this assignment.
Task description & requirements

Select a research project topic, preferably in the maritime/transport/logistics/supply chain
management field. Prepare a research proposal according to the following structure.

  1. Title page
  2. Abstract
  3. Table of contents
  4. Background for the research (including justification for the research)
  5. Research aims and questions
  6. Expected outcomes and contributions
  7. Proposed structure of the project report/paper
  8. Time schedule (a Gantt chart showing minor and major activities with completion
    date)
  9. References list

Reference list must include at least 10 research-type relevant references, i.e. journal
articles, edited books, conference papers, and industry reports. Marks will be deducted
proportionately for lack of relevant references.

See the Essay/report assessment criteria sheet on the following page for information about
the criteria and the standards by which your work will be judged.

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Assessment
criteria

High
Distinction*

Distinction*

Credit*

Pass*

Fail*

1 Introduction

1.1 Research
Background

Evidence of wide
and deep research
on industry
requirements

Mostly very clear
& appropriate
discussion on
industry
requirements

Occasionally
unclear or
inappropriate

Frequently
unclear &/or
inappropriate

Irrelevant
background or
insufficient
discussion of the
background

1.2 Research aims
& questions

Fully based on
research
motivation;

Crystal clearly
defined and
precise

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Well supported by
research
motivation;

Mostly clear and
precise

Generally
supported but
slightly biased;

Generally clear
and precise with
minor ambiguity

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Greatly biased
from research
motivation;

Major ambiguity

Generally biased;
Generally unclear

2. Expected outcomes and contributions

2.1 Expected
Outcomes

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Highly reasonable
and feasible

Mostly reasonable
and feasible

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Generally
reasonable with
some outcomes
unreasonable or
infeasible

A number of
outcomes
unreasonable or
infeasible

Generally
unreasonable or
infeasible

2.2 Contributions

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Fully based on
research aims,
literature review
and outcomes

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Well supported by
research aims,
literature review
and outcomes

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Generally
supported but
slightly biased

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Greatly biased
from research
aims, literature
review and
outcomes

Generally biased

3. Structure of the
project report

Crystal clear and
highly reasonable
structure

Mostly clear and
reasonable
structure

Generally
reasonable and
clear with some
unreasonable
sections

A number of
sections with
unreasonable
structure

Generally
unreasonable or
unclear

4. Research
schedule

Highly reasonable
with clear Gantt
chart

Mostly reasonable
with clear Gantt
chart

Some tasks
without
reasonable
schedule or clear
illustration

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A number of
tasks without
reasonable
schedule or clear
illustration

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Generally
unreasonable
schedule and
unclear illustration

 
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