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RESEARCH POLICY GUIDE

RESEARCH THRUSTS AND PRIORITIES


ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT Sustainable Construction Materials Construction Productivity Analysis Construction Site Safety and Health Hazards Measurement of Construction Work Human-Resource Management in Construction Evaluation of Construction Management Effectiveness and Efficiency Construction Cost Control Analysis Motivation and Decision Making in Construction Total Quality Management and Continuous Improvement Project Scheduling and Software Development in Construction Planning Project Budgeting and Estimating Project Risk Management COMMUNICATION Instructional media/material development Multimedia approaches in Open and Distance Education Communication Campaigns Information, Education and Communication materials development Media Literacy Peace Communication Cross Cultural/Intercultural Communication Media/Communication Management Corporate Communication Organizational Communication Communication and Gender Environmental Communication New Media and Digital Communication Media Trends Crises Communication

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THESIS GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES


THESIS OPTION Student Qualification Only students who have passed the comprehensive examination may be allowed to conduct thesis writing. Adviser s Qualification The student may choose his/her adviser among the OUS course specialist who is an expert in the field of discipline. The Adviser s assignment must be subject to the program chair s recommendation

and approval of the school director. The Adviser should observe research ethics and must be available for consultation. Thesis Writing Procedure The student s research topic must be presented to the Research Seminar 1 Course Specialist for approval. The Pup and OUS Research Thrust and Priorities may serve as reference for the possible topic in the area of specialization. The student-researcher must fill out the Research Problem Approval Form (OUSRF-01). The form must be accomplished in quadruplicate and be submitted to the Research Seminar 1 Course Specialist, Program Chair, School Director and OUS Research Office. The student must secure his/her own copy of the approved research topic. The approved research topic may be developed as thesis proposal in Research Seminar 2. After passing the comprehensive examination, the student may request for an adviser (OUSRF02). Once the proposal has been approved by the adviser, the student will be recommended for proposal defense. Recommendation Form for Proposal Defense (OUSRF-05) must be forwarded to the program chair. Oral Defense Proposal Defense Upon the recommendation of the Research Adviser, the proposal defense will be scheduled by the program chair. The student-researcher must prepare three copies of the research proposal for the evaluators. The panel of evaluators will be composed of the adviser and two other members who are experts in the field. Invitation (OUSRF-04) will be sent by the program chair to the evaluators with a soft bound copy of the manuscript at least three days before the proposal defense. Once the proposal has been approved, the student-researcher may proceed to data gathering/generation in consultation with the adviser. Pre-Oral Defense The student-researcher may be recommended be the thesis adviser for pre-oral defense once he or she is ready to present the results before the same set of evaluators. Pre-Oral Defense will be scheduled. (OUSRF-05) Final Presentation and Defense Upon completion of the thesis, the student-researcher will be recommended by the adviser for final oral presentation and defense (OUSRF-06) before the panel of examiners composed of the two original members of the evaluation committee and one new panel member from the field of specialization. Presentation and Defense The presentation and defense will start with an opening prayer to be led by the candidate. The thesis adviser will formally introduce the candidate and the panel of examiners. The candidates will have a 30-minute presentation on the salient parts of the research conducted that include the following: y Thesis Title y Research Problem and its Background y Research Objectives y Significance of the Study

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Study Framework Synthesis of the Relevant Literature Design and Method(s) Summary of Findings Conclusion

After the presentation, the candidates will defend the study before the panel of examiners. The examiners give comments and suggestions for the improvement of the research. Once the panel is satisfied, the panel chair will request the candidate and the adviser to leave the room momentarily for the committee s deliberation. The chair will announce the decision of the committee. Submission of the Final Manuscript The researcher must seek the final approval of the panel of examiners (see APPROVAL SHEET Form). Upon approval, the researcher must produce five (5) hard bound copies (for National Library, PUP Library, OUS research center, program chair and researchers copy) and two (2) soft copies in a CD.

GENERAL RESEARCH STYLE AND FORMAT


The following standard format and specifications set by the Open University System shall be followed by the researchers in the School of Distance Education and School of Professional Studies. FRONT COVER (HARD BOUND COPY) COMPLETE THESIS/RESEARCH TITLE

By: RESEARCHER S COMPLETE NAME Master of Science in Constructional Management

OPEN UNIVERSITY SYSTEM School of Distance Education Polytechnic University of the Philippines Manila Center

March 2011 Book cloth color: MAROON Text Color: GOLD Font Type: ARIAL Font Size: 14

BOOK SPINE PUPOUS 20112012

AUTHOR S NAME

COMPLETE RESEARCH TITLE

TITLE PAGE COMPLETE THESIS/RESEARCH TITLE 5 single spaces A Thesis presented to the OPEN UNIVERSITY SYSTEM School of Professional Studies Polytechnic University of the Philippines 5 single spaces In Partial Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Science in Constructional Management 5 single spaces Researcher s Name 5 single spaces October 2011 EDITOR S CERTIFICATE The research work must be free from any grammatical mistakes. The researcher must submit the whole manuscript to an editor (an English or journalism major). The editor must certify that the manuscript was edited. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT y The title ACKNOWLEDGEMENT must be centered and in uppercase letters. y Paragraph spacing for acknowledgement text should be 1.5 y Page numbering is in lowercase Roman numerals, centered and at the bottom of the page. y This section is limited to one page only. TABLE OF CONTENTS y The title TABLE OF CONTENTS must be centered and in uppercase letters. All chapters and section titles must be listed here in. y All page numbers given for the chapters and sections must be accurate. y The page(s) of the Table of Contents must be numbered with lowercase Roman numerals, centered and at the bottom of the page.

LIST OF TABLES OR MATRICES y Begin the LIST OF TABLES/MATRICES in a new page. The section title must be centered and in uppercase letters. y Each table must be listed with the titles exactly as they appear in the text. y Numbers of each table in the list should correspond with the table numbers in the text. y The page(s) of the List of Tables must be numbered with lowercase Roman numerals, centered and at the bottom of the page. y Presentation of the Table/Matrix must come first before the textual analysis or interpretation. y Use two (2) double spaces before and after tables to separate them from manuscript text on the same page. y Matrices in the qualitative researches should be set in landscape orientation. LIST OF FIGURES y The section title LIST OF FIGURES must be centered and in uppercase letters. y Each figure or diagram must be listed with the titles exactly as they appear in the text. y Numbers of each figure in the list should correspond with figure numbers in the text. y The page(s) of the List of Figures must be numbered with lowercase Roman numerals, centered and at the bottom of the page. ABSTRACT y Begin the entire abstract on a new page with the heading Abstract in uppercase and lowercase letters, centered at the top of the page. y Type the abstract contest as a single paragraph, double-spaced, without paragraph indention. y The abstract text must NOT exceed 350 words. y The abstract page is numbered with lowercase Roman numerals, centered and at the bottom of the page. y The abstract should be in narrative format with picture limited to one paragraph only, written in third person indicating the name, course, awards and achievements of the researcher. FONT y The standard typeface is Arial y The standard font size is 12 y Headings and subheadings may be in a larger font size and must be in bold print. Font size of headings and subheadings must be used throughout the manuscript. y Use 14 points for chapter headings (uppercase) y Use 10 points in text in tables/matrices y The text of the research paper should be double spaced MARGINS ANS ALIGNMENT y Left margin 1.5 inches y Right margin 1 inch y Top margin 1.5 inches before the chapter page and 1 inch for the succeeding pages y Bottom margin 1 inch y Use justified alignment for the body text The margin requirements apply throughout the research paper, including all front matter, the appendices, bibliography/references, tables and figures.

TEXT BODY OF THE MANUSCRIPT y Use 1.5 spacing of manuscript text within the paragraph. y Double space in between paragraphs. y Indent the first line of every paragraph (except abstract, block quotations and table/figure captions). y Identify all text pages with the manuscript page header and the Arabic page number on the upper right hand corner. PAGINATION y All preliminary pages are numbered with lowercase Roman numerals and centered at the bottom. y In the body of text, Arabic numbers appear at the upper right hand corner no less than one half inch from the top edge of the page and flush with the right margin, except on pages with a major heading. y Place the corresponding manuscript page header (e.g. The Problem and its Background) in subsequent pages except for the first page of each chapter. REFERENCES y Follow guidelines of the most current manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). y The section title References must be typed in upper and lowercase letters centered at the top of the page. y Identify all reference pages with manuscript page header and Arabic page number in the upper right hand corner, y Double-space lines within and between pages. APPENDICES y Each appendix should have separate title page, with its title centered and in upper and lowercase letters. y Refer to the table of contents for the sequencing of appendices, y The curriculum vitae of the researchers should have the researcher s photo. It is to be in narrative format which is limited to one paragraph only written in third person indicating the name, course, awards and achievements of the researcher.

THESIS PROJECT FORMAT


CONTENTS Title Page Approval Sheet Acknowledgement Abstract Table of Contents List of Matrices List of Figures

CHAPTER 1 The Problem and its Background y y y y y y y y y Introduction Background Theoretical Framework Conceptual Framework Statement of the Problem Hypothesis (depending on the nature of research) Scope and Limitation Significance of the Study Definition of Terms CHAPTER 2 Review of Related Literature and Studies y y y y Foreign Literature Foreign Studies Local Literature Local Studies CHAPTER 3 Research Methodology y y y y y Method of Research to be Used Description of Research Instrumentation Data Gathering Procedure Statistical Treatment of Data CHAPTER 4 Presentation, Analysis and Interpretation of Data CHAPTER 5 Summary of Findings, Conclusion and Recommendations Summary of Findings Conclusions Recommendations

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BIBLIIOGRAPHY APPENDICES RESEARCHER S PROFILE Instrument, Communication, Editor s Certificate, and others