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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

 

RESEARCH PROPOSAL


DUE DATE

October 12 and November 2, 2010

ASSESSMENT
This dual assignment is worth 10% of your final grade (5% for each version).

PURPOSE
The purpose of this dual assignment is to help you organize your ideas concerning your topic, formulate a research question, identify data or information to be collected and methods of analysis, and identify the broader significance of the research to the discipline.

The topic must be approved by your supervisor prior to the due date. This will ensure that the research question is appropriate and feasible.

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

2. Introduction - introductory paragraph that identifies and describes the research question to be addressed.

3. Main Body - 2 to 3 paragraphs that outline in greater detail the following:
          a. research question to be addressed;
          b. the geographical importance/relevance of the topic;
          c. data or information to be collected;
          d. methods of analysis.

CRITERIA FOR ASSESSMENT
Title (0.5 pt) - communicates clearly the focus of the topic to the reader.
Introduction (0.5 pt) - clearly stated purpose and research question.
Main Body (3 pts):
          - provides reader with basic understanding of topic and its importance;
          - identifies relevance of the topic to the broader discipline;
          - identifies and provides justification for data and information to be collected;
          - identifies methods of analysis.
Style (1 pt) - spelling and grammar, ability to communicate ideas clearly and succinctly in written format.

NOTE ON THE REVISED PROPOSAL
Apart from incorporating feedback from the instructor and your advisor, your revised proposal should include references to the literature surveyed in your first assignment. In particular, try to situate your research in relation to what has already been done in your area of research as well as the relevance of your work to the broader discipline using these references. You can add up to a page (excluding the required bibliography) to the length of your original proposal.

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
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