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University of Toronto Mississauga
Department of Geography Academic Year 2010-2011

GGR417Y5 Research Project

 

 Instructor: Pierre Desrochers

 

 Lectures: Tuesday 1-2PM

 

 Phone: (905) 828-5206

Office: Davis Building, room 3273

 

 Lecture room: SE 1153

 

 E-mail: pierre.desrochers@utoronto.ca

 

PROGRESS REPORT


DUE DATE

January 4, 2011

ASSESSMENT
This assignment is worth 10% of your final grade.

PURPOSE
The purpose of this assignment is to assess how your research is progressing. If appropriate, your faculty advisor may require evidence of literature read and/or data collected/analyzed.

Outline of assignment
This assignment is in the format of a standard report (including an introduction and conclusion). In the body of the report, you should include a timeline in tabular form (see details below), and then provide details on each of the elements included within it.

COMPONENTS
1. Title page - title, course number and name, student number and name, supervisor's name

2. Timeline
Using a table, outline the main components of your research, the timeline for completing each component (to be assessed in conjunction with your supervisor), and the work completed to date (either partial or in-full). The research components may differ for each student's project. It is therefore essential that you consult your supervisor to ensure that you have identified all of the necessary components such as:
          a. Identification of research question
          b. Search strategy for literature
          c. Literature review
          d. Collection of data/information
          e. Analysis of data/information
          f. Interpretation of results, including the identification of key findings
          g. Significance of results

For those of you who have never produced a timeline before, the following link will give you an idea of what I have in mind.

Several websites are devoted to the creation of more sophisticated timelines (see for instance this), but you can keep things simple.

3. Discussion
Some of the common elements that should be discussed after your timeline include your review of the literature, your research questions and any change to the list of main and sub questions that were included in your proposal, progress on acquiring approvals (ethics reviews, interviews, use of specialized or commercial data sets, etc), data collection activities, data analysis (what has been accomplished and what still needs to be done, including details concerning who you have/still need to interview, lab/statistical tests that remain to be completed, etc), an update on how you will interpret your findings/criteria you will use, identification of findings to date and their potential significance, and how far you have come in writing your research paper.

The progress report should be structured according to the headings contained in your timeline, with additional headings provided as you see fit. While there is no page length requirement, you should provide at the very least one significant paragraph for each timeline entry. Your conclusion should give some indication about how you foresee yourself completing the research according to schedule, and whether any problems or limitations have presented themselves to date.

CRITERIA FOR ASSESSMENT
Timeline (5 points):
          - All research components identified based on consultation with supervisor
          - Provides detailed description of steps required to complete each component
          - Timelines for each component are feasible
          - Provides description of work completed to date (either partial or in-full)
Discussion (5 points)

POLICY ON LATE ASSIGNMENTS
Late assignments will be given a penalty of one percent per day from the final grade for the assignment up to a maximum of 5 days. After 5 days the assignment will not be assessed resulting in a grade of zero.

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GGR417Y5 Research Project
| Oral Presentations | Annotated Bibliography | Research Proposal | Progress Report | Draft Report | Final Report
                                                                                     - Search Strategy
                                                                                     - Critical Appraisal Form

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