QCD Mandatory Research Projects
Important points to bear in mind when writing projects
The basis of excellent project writing is wide research
You are advised to research the topic as widely as you can. The main texts for each project are supplied, however, many others may be found in the library that can provide satisfactory alternatives and or support. You should be working on the assumption that each project should have had at least 12 -20 books consulted. In the event of book shortage, don't forget other sources. Always remember that, the basis of excellent project writing is wide research.
The basis of an excellent project is a clear structure
Design a structure for your project, usually with a beginning, middle and end. The beginning should introduce the topic of your project, its significance and how you propose to tackle it; the middle should form the core of your argument; the end should conclude with your own ideas (and NOT just summarise what you have written). Remember that, the basis of an excellent project is a clear structure.
The basis of a very good project is a clear, coherent and consistent analysis
Always place the emphasis on analysis rather than narrative. The project will either ask a question or invite discussion. Do not write a report. Answer the question or fulfil the requirements of the title. Remember, the basis of a very good project is a clear, coherent and consistent analysis.
Relevant, well-illustrated and authoritative projects with personal interpretation
Work on the assumption that your supervisor has read the items on the bibliography and does not want to see them merely reiterated. He/She wants to see YOUR interpretation of that material. The more the emphasis is on analysis, the higher the mark will be.
Once you begin writing, always bear in mind the following questions: Am I answering the question? (It will not say 'Write everything you have found out about X'). How relevant is the material I am including to the question being asked? How can I provide an example/illustration of the point I have just made in order to give it greater authority? Where are the flaws in my argument and how can I accommodate them? Relevant, well-illustrated and authoritative projects with personal interpretation will receive the higher marks.
Rushed pieces of work invariably show through
Pay due consideration to your spelling, grammar and presentation. This is particularly the case for participants/students whose first language is not in English, but it also applies to native speakers. And do this even at the drafting stage.
Give yourself plenty of time for research and writing up prior to the deadlines.
Rushed pieces of work invariably show through.
Avoid plagiarism AT ALL COSTS. If in doubt, consult the Commercial Diplomats Regulation Authority's regulations.