The Independent Project is conducted by a student working independently with supervision by an agreed faculty advisor. Subject to approval of their proposal, the student should conduct research in the field, carry out thoughtful analysis, prepare a report, literature review or case study, and make a final presentation to the supervisor of the project and one additional faculty member. The report must be completed within three months of acceptance of the proposal. The student will arrange 8 one-hour sessions with their supervisor. Meetings with supervisors must be arranged prior to the beginning of the project and the schedule adhered to. Any additional meetings will be at the discretion of the supervisor.
The independent project builds on a student’s course work and experience, and allows them to demonstrate deeper and broader understanding of their topic. Students are expected to develop and articulate analytical and reflective skills while evaluating theoretical and practical aspects of the subject. Collective and individual viewpoints are presented in an academic style following standard research conventions.
|Planning and implementation (20%)||5 5 5 5||
Works independently Adjusts to unforeseen problems Adheres to overall plan Evaluates and incorporates supervisors feedback appropriately
|Final report (60%)||10 10 10 10 10 10||
Presents a clear overview of topic Identifies key issues in relation to topic Analyzes and evaluates key issues Acknowledges different perspectives using collective and individual viewpoints Recognizes possibility of bias in sources Communicates message effectively through appropriate organization and language control following recognized conventions
|Presentation (20%)||5 5 5 5||
Synthesizes information from study coherently Presents appropriate visual support Delivers presentation within specified time limit Demonstrates appropriate register and effective language control
The supervisor will give you guidance on the suitability of your research topic, provide you assistance in developing your idea, give you feedback on your progress and help you to develop your skills in conducting research.
The supervisor will not help you every step of the way or help you manage your time. It is not the supervisor’s role to review, edit or check a student’s work.
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