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GUIDELINES FOR NTCC (Dissertation/ Minor Project/Seminar


Dissertation: A substantial, sustained and independent exercise in research or scholarship
produced by an individual student involving substantial data collection in the field and/or the
laboratory with the work presented as a written report, which demonstrates scholarship at an
appropriate level and in an area relevant to the chosen degree of the student.

Dissertation provides an opportunity to the students to demonstrate the ability to devise, to show
the application of skills of data collection, critical analysis and concept synthesis necessary for
formation of defensible conclusions. It also provides a platform to demonstrate ability to draw
appropriate conclusions argued from the evidence presented and also a forum to demonstrate the skills
of structuring and present a balanced informed, complete, clear and concise written argument.

Major/ Project: Major Paper/Project is a scholarly essay/research project/design project that shows
evidence of critical analysis and understanding of the topic. Project is also design based where a group
of students on various aspects of an integrated design.

Seminar: A Seminar is an important component of learning in a programme where the student learns
to prepare a report and presentation on a particular topic.

Language English (unless other wise specified in the course curriculum)
Paper size A4
Margins The text of the document must be justified.

The left and right margin of 1.25 inches. The top and bottom margin of 1.00

Typing On One side of page only. The text will follow line spacing of 1.5 lines.
Table and figures, tabular material as necessary and appendix material as
appropriate may be single space.
Centered material is to be centered between the left and right margins.
The first line of all paragraphs of running text will be indented 0.5inches.
Pagination Each page must be numbered, except the Title Page.

The pre pages—including the Copyright Page, Faculty Guide Approval
Page, Acknowledgement, Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures
and Abstract (if any) —will be numbered with lower-case Roman numerals
(ii, iii, iv, etc.) centered from the bottom edge of the page. The first page that
will show a page number is page ii.

All remaining pages carry consecutive numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.). The page
number will be placed in the upper right-hand corner of the page, right

Each series is numbered consecutively within chapters (e. Declaration c. Tables and figures are numbered in separate series. Acknowledgement(s) e. List of Figures h. Tables and figures that must be positioned horizontally (landscaped) will face the outer edge of the page.g. Title page b. this page should be the one following the page on which the table/figure was first mentioned. Figure 10. Faculty Guide Approval page d. and Figure 10. which are normally arranged in the order as discussed below. Each table and figure. Appendix Tables and Each table of figure should be placed immediately after the paragraph in figures which it is mentioned. Text (usually divided into chapters and sections) 3. . If it has a separate page. References b. has a number in its own series. Each table and figure will be separately numbered.Arrangement of Every NTCC Project Report should have three parts: the pre pages. and the reference material.. 1. the main Contents text.3). Preliminary Pages a. Table of Contents f. List of Tables g. Each part has several sections. All titles/captions of Table & Figures will appear in the pre pages in the List of Tables and List of Figures. including any in the appendices.1. Reference Material a. with the widest margin at the binding edge.2. Abstract 2. Figure 10.

TITLE OF THE APPENDIX). The first line of the citation starts at the left margin and the second and subsequent lines of that citation are indented 0. binding type etc) depending upon the credit units associated and course objectives.g. At the end of the study. Therefore must adhere to following parameters (word length. give the surname and date in parentheses. of Copies.5 inches. Include references for electronic sources of information e. Each appendix will be listed with its title in the Table of Contents (e. e. (Edwards. Any books. No. of Copies Binding Type UNITS (excluding) details upto 1 month of Upto 2 Upto 2. must be listed in the References.References In the text. The referencing style to be used as per the forma. For further detail. Word length.000 declaration of final 1 02 copies Plastic Folder Credits words result of semester by institution . Appendices should be lettered in the order in which they are referred to in the text. 2010). see Appendix 6. APPENDIX A. Personal interviews/raw data (not retrievable) do not appear in the reference list.g. (if for instance. articles. No. web pages. Appendices Appendices contain supplementary or illustrative material or explanatory data too lengthy to be included in the text or not immediately essential to the readers’ understanding of the text.g. or word equivalent.. CREDIT Word length Report Retention S.No. Standard Formats Various formats to be used as per the General Guidelines for NTCC of the University are as under: Format for Title Page Format for Declaration Format for Faculty Guide Certificate Format for Table of Contents REPORT REQUIREMENTS The final report is important component of all NTCC. The format for the references shall be given separately by each faculty of Study/institution. practice-based and professional NTCC) should be specified in the module guide. provide a section headed ‘References’ in which the references are listed alphabetically by family name. a practical based. websites or other published sources (retrievable data) that have been used (cited in the text) either in direct quotation or by reference.

kept for longer period Institution/Central Library upto 3 Years More than 12. Acknowledgement. at institution level At institution level upto 2 years.000 02 with a soft 4 9 to 15 credit Hard Bound project reports to be words copy in CD.000 .000 . to be kept for longer period Word length will be exclusive of Preface Copyright Page.7. Best 10.000 02 with a soft 1 Academic session 3 5 to 8 credits Spiral Bound words copy in CD.000 . Faculty Guide Approval Page.000 02 with a soft 5 Hard Bound Best project reports 15 credits words copy in CD.15. upto 1 month of 3 to 4 Upto 3. List of Figures. List of Tables.000 declaration of final 2 02 copies Plastic Folder Credits words result of semester by institution 5.12. Certificates etc. Table of Contents. .

 Materials and Methods This section should aim at experimental designs. Year and Semester and Name of the Faculty Guide. rather than discuss in detail what is readily available in text books. Methodology should be mentioned in details including modifications undertaken.  Abstract A good “Abstract” should be to the point. First paragraph should state what was accomplished with regard to the objectives. While presenting the results. materials used (wherever applicable).  Acknowledgements Acknowledgement to any advisory or financial assistance received in the course of work may be given. numbered. The abstract does not have to be an entire summary of the project. . if any. Avoid abrupt changes in contents from section to section and maintain a lucid flow throughout the thesis. so excessive details should be avoided. procedures followed and precautions. instruments used with in its validation. in the same orientation as the main text. Note that in writing the various sections. The introduction should aim to catch the imagination of the reader. do not write in “point” format. Student’s Name. Programme. An opening and closing paragraph in every chapter could be included to assist in smooth flow.Format and Guidelines for Report  Title or Cover Page The title page should contain Project Title. It is incomplete without student’s signature. and fully informative.  Results and Discussion In writing this section. sample. all figures and tables should be associated to the main text. All major equations should also be numbered and unless it is really necessary. The result interpretation should be simple but full of data and statistical analysis. but a concise summary of the scope and results of the project  Table of Contents Titles and subtitles are to correspond exactly with those in the text. write at length about the various statistical tools used in the data interpretation. This data interpretation should be in congruence with the written objectives and the inferences should be drawn on data and not on impression. and given appropriate titles or captions. It includes organization site(s). Avoid writing straight forward conclusions rather it should lead to generalization of data on the chosen sample. emphasis should be laid on what has been performed and achieved in the course of the work.  Introduction Here a brief introduction to the problem that is central to the project and an outline of the structure of the rest of the report should be provided.

 References References should include papers. Supervision. These should be written in the alphabetical order of the author’s surname. if they are. referred to in the body of the report. Pongpaichit S. Check that your work answers the following questions:  Did the research project meet its aims (check back to introduction for stated aims)?  What are the main findings of the research?  Are there any recommendations?  Do you have any conclusion on the research process itself?  Implications for Future Research This should bring out further prospects for the study either thrown open by the present work or with the purpose of making it more comprehensive. Conduct. Results and its discussion should be supporting/contradicting with the previous research work in the given area. Ninrprom T. abbreviations must comply with an internationally recognized system. books etc.(1976).  Conclusion(s) & Recommendations Conclusion should be the final section in which the outcome of the work is mentioned briefly. Usually one should not use more than two researches in either case of supporting / contradicting the present case of research. Ref: G–32 GUIDELINES FOR NON TEACHING CREDIT COURSES (Registration. Supawita T. Examples: For research article: Voravuthikunchai SP. SYMBIOTIC NITROGEN FIXATION PLANTS (editor P. Popaya W. Lortheeranuwal A. 8 (suppl 1): 116-117. Nutman IBP). 7:63-67.  Appendices The Appendices contain material which is of interest to the reader but not an integral part of the thesis. Assessment & Grading) of AUUP . Transduction of effectiveness in Rhizobium meliloti. M. Progress Monitoring. For book: Kowalski. The titles of journals preferably should not be abbreviated. It may be in the form of a problem that may be documented for future reference.S. (2007) Antibacterial activity of Thai medicinal plants against enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157: H7. Clin Microbial Infect.

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