Ritical assessment and measurement of costs involved in the operation of JIT policy

(1) PURPOSES OF THE ASSIGNMENT


” To include in the process of assessing students a practical exercise, outside the conventional examinations
” To allow students to develop and demonstrate ability to carry out original investigation and to conduct independent enquiry
” To develop competence in the collection and analysis of relevant data and ability to report in a disciplined and reasoned way.
GENERAL REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE ASSIGNMENT

3.1 The assignment will be an investigative study with original research which must be the student s own work. It will be carried out in an area chosen by the student from a list of research areas prescribed by the Institute.

3.2 5,000  6,000 words excluding appendices.

3.3 (a) It must be typewritten on one side only of A4 white paper in the vertical/portrait format.
(b) One-and-a-half line spaced, with 1.5 margin on the left side to allow for binding and at least 1 margin on the other sides.
(c) The type font and size will be Arial 12.


3.5 The assignment must also be submitted in Microsoft Word 97 or higher version software on electronic disk/CD, to accompany the two hard copies. (Failure to supply a readable disk will result in the return/disqualification of the assignment.)

3.6 The Declaration of Originality and Acknowledgement of the Work of Others must be signed and enclosed with (but not bound into) the assignment paper. Plagiarism will result in disqualification.

3.7 It must be sent by registered post to the Institute address to arrive on or before the designated closing date, clearly showing  RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT on the envelope. Assignments received after this date will not be accepted and the Institute may require proof of posting in cases of dispute or non-arrival.

3.8 Assignment papers submitted by the students become the property of the Institute.

3.9 Assignment papers are assessed separately by two independent examiners and the results are averaged. There are additional and automatic internal referral procedures to have further independent rechecks in borderline (fail/pass) cases. The Institute s decision on the assignment result is final.

[*The student s name should not appear in any part of the assignment, including any correspondence or questionnaires used within the assignment.]

(4) INSTRUCTIONS APPLICABLE TO THE ASSIGNMENT PAPER

4.1 The student should:
” select one of the areas of his/her own choice from among those listed in the above schedule and

” identify  within the area selected  some special issue, problem or application which it is proposed to research (the special issue chosen must contain some element of originality, i.e. it must relate to some line of inquiry or investigation that has not been done before).

The student will select his/her own title for the particular paper which is being submitted and on the title page of the assignment report will set out the details listed in 3.4 above.

4.2 The assignment report must contain on a separate page a Table of Contents listing the chapters or sections in the order in which they appear in the text, and the pages must be sequentially numbered in accordance with the standard practice used in such reports.

4.3 The assignment report must contain an Abstract of not more than 300 words. This should follow the Table of Contents and be paginated  P.1 etc.

The Abstract should provide a very abbreviated summary of the whole project and should include 
” background and aims of the study
” methods used
” main findings and principal conclusions.

4.4 The assignment report must contain, in its introductory part, a separate section titled  Statement of Research Objectives and this must contain:

” a detailed statement of the exact nature of the particular issue or problem which it is intended to research
” the objective of the study (i.e. what exactly does the student intend to demonstrate or establish as a result of the research)
” an indication of what element or aspect of the study is original  in the sense of not having been covered in other work.

4.5 The report must also contain a chapter entitled  Methodology which will clearly set out the methods to be used in conducting the primary research required for the study, e.g.

” method(s) to be used in assembling data
” how it is proposed to analyse the data
” an explanation (where relevant) of why the methods proposed to be used were selected.

4.6 Your paper should include a  Literature & Background Review (secondary research). This should draw on, and set out clearly, the present state of knowledge and thinking on the specific issue you are researching and establish a framework for your actual research. It should NOT contain extensive tracts from texts which are merely general in character and content.

4.8 The report must contain in its appendices:
” a Bibliography setting out a list of the works and authors consulted for the assignment
” a Schedule of References, setting out in alphabetical order by Author s name a complete list of all material actually quoted in the paper from other sources  appropriately attributed.

Note: It is essential that all citations and references to sources be set out strictly in accordance with the standard conventions which apply to academic papers (these conventions will be found in any standard text on Research