Objectives Steps included in Project Work Design Requirements Selecting Project Topic Suggested Guidelines Structure of the Report Grading Guidelines FAQs TimeLine Contact us
OBJECTIVE OF THE DISSERTATION
The objectives of the dissertation are :
To develop the ability to investigate specific issues relevant to your course;
To communicate findings in an appropriate manner.
Three Simple Steps for the conclusion of Project work
Submission of Project Synopsis
Submission of Project Report(Softcopy)
What is project synopsis? Topic of the Project/Title
This should be explicitly mentioned at the beginning of the Synopsis. Since the topic itself gives a peep into the project to be taken up, candidate is advised to be prudent on naming the project. This being the overall impression on the future work, the topic should corroborate the work. Objective and Scope This should give a clear picture of the project. Objective should be clearly specified. What the project ends up to and in what way this is going to help the end user has been mentioned. Research methodology What kind of research- descriptive, or causal, research instruments, analysis method. Interpretation and Limitations what inferences can be drawn from the collected data, what are the identified limitations of the research Conclusion The write-up must end with the concluding remarks-briefly describing the usefulness of the project., and scope for further research.
PROJECT GUIDELINES – DBU Global
The Project represents the culmination of your studies. It is an opportunity for you to research something of interest and importance to you and/or your organisation. You should also develop an expertise in your chosen area.
This lays out the requirements of the Project and the process to be followed
The overall requirement is that the design, execution and reporting of the investigation must be of an appropriate standard for a Masters degree.
To achieve this, the report must include sections on
(a) the background and aims,
(b) a literature review,
(c) the research methods adopted,
(d) the analysis of the data/research problem, and
(e) conclusions and recommendations
a)the aims of the investigation should be relevant to the practice of management at a strategic or tactical level, clearly specified, and should present an appropriate level of challenge. b) the investigation should review, critically evaluate and draw on relevant previous empirical and theoretical research; c) the investigation should use appropriate research methods (normally involving the collection and analysis of empirical data), which should be discussed and justified; Project Guidelines
d) these methods should be used to provide a clear and critical
analysis which meets the research aims;
e) the results, conclusions and recommendations put forward should be supported by appropriate evidence and arguments;
f) the report should be clearly written and presented in an acceptable format The Project Report to be submitted should be of 100 – 120 Pages.
SELECTING PROJECT TOPIC
The topics chosen should be micro in nature, pertaining to the student’s choice of industry and subject, and should have scope to be presented in the manner of a case study. There should be scope for a survey / data collection as well.
You should have studied research methods before starting your project, because this provides essential guidance for good practice in research and will provide initial ideas for possible topics.
- What problem areas are there in my job or company that I would like to see tackled?
- What aspects of the course would I like to pursue further in their practical application to my present or future circumstances?
- What organisational problems do my Senior management or other contacts see as being important to investigate and solve?
- What practical outcome would I like to see achieved as the result of spending considerable time on a study and investigation?
- Is the proposed project feasible? Am I likely to be able to get access to the required information?
You need to pick a project topic that is feasible, which means ‘do-able’ in the short time that you have.
What is ‘feasible’?
Many student project proposals are initially over- ambitious. They are often very wide-ranging in their focus and could present significant problems for students in collecting primary data.
The best projects are those where:
The topic is of particular interest to you.
You can easily collect information – the information is readily available, or you can collect and analyse it easily, and within a short time period
Example Not Feasible “The importance of the
WTO rules governing exports for the future of Indian exports”
(Too vague and over-ambitious) Feasible “The impact of WTO rules governing the
export of Indian textiles to Europe” (The focus is on a particular commodity
in a particular location, and the information will be readily available)
Each candidate, shall submit to the Institute three (3) Project topics along with a 250 words Project Synopsis for every topic, for approval and allotment, on or before the Topic Submission date.
Some Q & A
Do I need to select a guide?
Is it mandatory to have guide?
Is the project to be done individually or in
Is a guide provided by U18?
SUGGESTED GUIDELINES FOR THE PROJECT REPORT
Problem Statement: Why is this research important?
What are the objectives of this study?
What are the testable hypotheses?
Outline of thesis/dissertation.
Review of relevant literature.
Compare/contrast previous literature with what you intend to do.
How does your intended work extend the knowledge frontier?
In the literature review section of the proposal you outline what previous research has been done on the topic and how it has guided or informed your own research.
What previous research has already been done on this topic?
Who did it, when and, perhaps, why? What conclusions did previous researchers reach? How relevant are these conclusions today generally
and for your own research? How relevant are these conclusions today generally
and for your own research? How will your research build on previous research? How is it similar or different? What theories, models or practices are particularly
relevant to prepare or analyse your research topic and findings?
How has previous research influenced your own intended research methodology and methods?
Develop the theoretical framework underlying this research.
How would results from the testable hypotheses alter or support the proposed theoretical framework?
How sturdy is this theoretical framework? Are there short-comings?
What methods do you intend to adopt to gather information in pursuit of answers to your research questions? Note down brief answers to the following questions:
Where and how will you gather secondary data? Is it easily available?
Where, how, and when will you gather primary data? This is essential to the report
DATA SPECIFICATIONS AND COLLECTION PROCEDURES
Background information about data sources.
EMPIRICAL MODEL AND ESTIMATION RESULTS
Based on theoretical framework, develop empirical model.
Discuss estimation procedure and testing.
Discuss estimation results and test results.
SUMMARY, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Summarize your findings.
Given your empirical results, what do you conclude?
Based on your results and conclusion, what do you recommend?
What are the limitations of your research? What else could be done?
What do you recommend for future research based on your findings?
Some more Q & A
What is the difference between project
report and viva?
How will you have viva?
What is the difference between
interpretation and discussion?
Can we get a model project report?
TIPS FOR ORGANIZING AND WRITING YOUR THESIS
General aspects and philosophy
◦ of the whole thesis
◦ Within the thesis
Writing style and form
Getting started, keep going
◦ (personal advice from writers)
HIERARCHY OF IMPORTANCE Content
◦ the message given
◦ the way that message is presented (structure, language, and illustration)
◦ the appearance of the message (grammar, punctuation, usage, spelling, and format).
A research paper (or thesis) is an attempt to persuade.
The key to persuasion is organization.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Don't use a thousand words where five hundred will do.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, again.
A THESIS IS AN ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTION TO KNOWLEDGE
An advisor/reader will expect that:
◦ you have identified a worthwhile problem or question which has not been previously answered
◦ you have solved the problem or answered the question.
A THESIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO PERSUADE
A reader/reviewer will ask:
◦ What is the research question?
◦ Is it a good question? (Has it been answered before? Is it a useful question to work on?)
◦ Did the author convince me that the question was adequately answered?
◦ Has the author made an adequate contribution to existing knowledge in the chosen area?
KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
Explain abbreviations, unusual terms
Explain assumptions, limitations
For a journal article, know the usual audience and scope
For a grant proposal, learn what kind of expenses are
allowable, write to the specific goals or questions of that
KEEP TO THE POINT
A concise paper or thesis requires keeping the main points in mind--ONLY include background information, data, discussion that is relevant to these points
For a proposal, focus on the aspects for which you request funding
STYLE AND STRUCTURE
Transitions between sections
ORGANIZATION OF THE REPORT
Background and Literature review
Problem statement/research question
**Different types of writing might have more/less emphasis on each of these
Nested hourglass model
The whole thesis
Each section, subsection
Broad focus at beginning, end; specifics/narrow focus in middle
Organization of the thesis
Problem statement/research question
• Abstracts should be 1-2 pages and should be self-contained
• Model after a paper in your field
• Written to attract readers to your article or thesis, gives a good
• Summary of the contents of the thesis
• Brief but contains sufficient detail
• motivation for the work (problem statement)
• project objectives
• techniques employed
• main results and conclusions
This is a general introduction to what the thesis is all about -- it
is not just a description of the contents of each section. Briefly
summarize the question (you will be stating the question in
detail later), some of the reasons why it is a worthwhile
question, and perhaps* give a brief overview of your main
◦ Defines scope and limitations of study
Arrangement of thesis?
You probably wrote this for your thesis proposal; REWRITE IT
AFTER body of thesis is written
Look at examples in published literature in your field
This section is likely to contain a lot of reference citations--put
your thesis in context of existing work
A brief section giving background information may be
necessary. Your readers may not have any experience with
some of the material needed to follow your thesis, so you need
to give it to them. A more informative title is usually better.
Provides context for and details about the motivation for the
States why the problem is important
Sets the scene for the work described in the thesis
Describes what others have done and hence sets a benchmark
for the current project
Justifies the use of specific techniques or problem solving
TIPS FOR LITERATURE REVIEW
• Make it a point to keep on top of your field of study by making regular visits to the library and to the electronic journals websites.
• When reading a technical paper, jot down the key points and make a note of the journal or technical publication where the paper was published.
• Devise a cataloguing system that will allow you to retrieve the paper quickly.
• Make sure that you have read and understood cited work
• Organize your content according to ideas instead of individual publications.
• Do not simply quote or paraphrase the contents of published articles. Weave the information into focused views. Demonstrate your deeper understanding of the topic.
• Do not be tempted to summarize everything you have read; only include those relevant to your main points.
RESEARCH QUESTION OR PROBLEM STATEMENT
1. a concise statement of the question that your thesis or paper
2. justification, by direct reference to previous work, that your
question is previously unanswered. This is where you
analyze the information which you presented in the “state
of the art” section
3. discussion of why it is worthwhile to answer this question.
4. Highlight the section with a heading using words such as
“problem” or “question”
DATA AND INTERPRETATION
No standard form. But still organized!
One or several sections and subsections.
Methods, Data, Interpretation sections are separate
Only one purpose: to convince the advisor (reader/reviewer)
that you answered the question or solved the problem stated
in the previous section.
For a proposal: describe methods, preliminary data, types of
data to be collected
DATA AND INTERPRETATION
Present data that is relevant to answering the question or
solving the problem:
◦ if there were blind alleys and dead ends, do not include
these, unless specifically relevant to the demonstration that
you answered the thesis question.
◦ Note for some theses it may be important to include these
in an appendix
Depending on your topic this may be one paragraph or a long section
If measurement error is important to your study, state how this was assessed.
Draft your figures first: (A picture is worth a thousand
Make captions stand alone
Use enough figures to present the data that justifies your
interpretations and conclusions.
Write your text around your figures
USE THE PROPER TOOLS (FOR YOUR RESEARCH AND YOUR WRITING)
Spreadsheets, analysis tools
Start learning these before you collect the data (e.g.,
during the thesis proposal process)
FOCUS ON ONE IMPORTANT THING IN EACH PARAGRAPH
Each paragraph needs a topic sentence
Contents of paragraph should only relate to that topic
Use Outline view to see and revise this
Keep separate from data, clearly distinguished by paragraph,
section, and/or words like “are interpreted to show”.
Depending on your topic, it is often useful to subdivide
interpretation into a “local” or small scale (directly flows from
your data) and a “regional” or “big picture” scale, that flows
from consideration of your data with that of others. This
latter type is usually included in the “discussion” section.
Look at discussion sections in papers in your field. See what
Usually is a broader scale interpretation than just your data
(relate to previous published results)
Addresses the bigger problems of your research topic and
how your study fits into solving those problems
Is NOT a conclusion section
2. Summary of Contributions
3. Future Research
Conclusions are not a rambling summary of the thesis: they
are short, concise statements of the inferences that you have
made because of your work. It helps to organize these as short
numbered paragraphs, ordered from most to least important.
All conclusions should be directly related to the research
All references cited, including those in Tables and Figure
captions. No more, no less.
Use consistent style throughout (e.g. “et al.” OR “and others”,
You can follow Harvard style referencing or any other that
you are comfortable with but keep it consistent.
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DECLARATION - FORMAT
I hereby declare that the project entitled “(Project Topic)”
submitted for the M.B.A. Degree <Course Name> is
my original work and the dissertation has not
formed the basis for the award of any degree,
associate ship, fellowship or any other similar titles.
I also declare that this work or no part o this work
has been copied from any source.
Place: Date: Signature of the Student
(NAME,BOLD, TIMESNEW ROMAN, 12 PT)
GIVING WRITTEN WORK TO YOUR ADVISOR/REVIEWERS
It may just be a draft, but proofread it first. A spell-check is not
◦ Preferably proofread hours or days after you wrote the text
Outlines are a good place to start
If you want comments or need a reference letter, give him/her
Introductory Session -
Project Topic/ Synopsis Submission –
Topic Announcement Date –
Project Report Submission -
Viva – Dates will be announced Later
How many projects topics do I need to submit?
You have to submit three (3) Topics with the synopsis for all
the projects but the you will have to work on One (1) project,
which is approved. In case of rejection of all 3 topics you have
to resubmit 3 topics again.
HOW TO CHOOSE A TOPIC?
The Topics chosen should be Micro in nature, pertaining to the your choice of Industry and subject, and should have scope to be presented in the manner of a Case Study. There should be scope for a Survey / Data Collection as well.
For example: if you working in finance department your topics can be Annual report, capital budgeting
If you are in HR department you can choose the topics such as Performance evaluation, Handling Grievance
Synopsis will be a brief introduction to the project
Synopsis has to be uploaded with a resume
No delays in the synopsis submission will be accepted
The final project cannot deviate from the synopsis
MORE Q & A
Is it necessary to map my project work with the domain in which I am currently working.
No. it’s not necessary.
Where will be the Viva conducted?
It will be done online. It will be one to one session through video conferencing/Online. The duration will be 10 Minutes to 30 Minutes. It would be done by board of evaluators setup by DBU and UBS. It would be based on the project submitted. The date of viva will be communicated to each student.
What are the maximum marks for Project Work &
The Project shall be given a weightage of 100 marks and the
Viva Voce shall be given a weightage of 50 marks.
What are the pass marks?
For Project Report – 40 out of 100
For Project Viva – 20 out of 50
SOFT COPY OF PROJECT WORK
Students need to upload ‘’Softcopy of Project Report in LCMS , Instruction to upload the same will shared by VIA email to students