RESEARCH REPORT OUTLINES COVER/TITLE PAGE: Project Title, Group No. & Names (with roll nos.

& Division) TABLE OF CONTENTS: The first page of the table of contents should start with small Roman numerals (‘ii”) and continue through the end of the Executive Summary. Acknowledgement must be short and included in the beginning with a declaration that this is an original work of the student. In the Table of Contents, list only the starting page of each major section. Have a major section for “Research Questions,” then indent and list each research question separately as subheadings along with start page. Use a short descriptor for each research question so your readers know what the information is about (not just RQ1, RQ2, etc.). EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: [about 1-2 pages]: This is a short overview of your entire report. It should contain a very brief but concise overview of your research purpose and objectives, methods, major findings, and specific conclusions and recommendations. INTRODUCTION: [about 2 – 3 pages]: This chapter should introduce the reader to the project and should answer the following important questions 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) What is the project? What is the significance of the project ?( Why) Scope of the project? ( Where) Time frame for the project? (When) How would the project be done? What contribution the project would make to the company

ABOUT THE INDUSTRY, COMPANY AND THE PRODUCTS [about 3 – 5 pages]: This chapter should introduce the reader to the industry the company operates in briefly talking about the prospects and problems of the industry and should also refer to the various players operating within the industry. The student should keep on narrowing the focus from the industry to the company to the division and then to the products he is working on, briefly sharing important information with the reader. This chapter should not exceed 5 pages of the report REVIEW OF LITERATURE/ THEORETICAL BACKGROUND [about 7 – 8 pages]: Review of literature/ theoretical background should contain following points 1. International/ national journals, 2. Conferences, 3. Books, reports, which are related to the project. OBJECTIVE [1 page]:

mode. Do NOT discuss any research questions that you did not end up addressing. descriptive/ inferential statistical tools (mean. Correlation. You need to state the question type (e.” a list of 5 different items such as “convenience” and “cleanliness. such as refusals. Put a copy of the final questionnaire in the Appendix and refer to it in this section. and describe reasons for non-response. you can use a revised version of the information you turned in for Assignment # 1 & 2 in Research Methodology. length and major sections). Report all methods and procedures in detail and use appendices as needed for detailed information (i.e. (c) Report your findings and don’t be overly technical in discussing the statistical procedures. open-ended. Present your results in a manner your average readers can easily understand! Summarize your key points and refer to exhibits for detailed findings. EXAMPLE: To answer this research question. In-depth analysis should be carried out using statistical tools e. locations. (a) Data collection method – Describe your procedures and why you chose this particular method. For each research question: (a) Restate the research question (perhaps as the section title). report the response rate (number of surveys completed divided by all respondents contacted. 7-pt semantic differential scale anchored by….. not including ineligibles). (b) Sample plan. 4-item ranking question. nominal—although you could refer to ordinal and nominal as “categorical” questions and interval as “scale or open-ended”—most students who have taken a course in Research Methodology will understand that). checklist with 10 items. times. median .. RESULTS AND INTERPRETATION This chapter would organize the data collected into organized form and using various presentation and analysis tools would be organized and analyzed.e.g.. ordinal. Conclude with an assessment of how well your sample represents the target population. If you are using a schedule then say so and include it in the Appendix. etc.). maps.The research question and broad objectives should be translated into specific objectives which the project work would aim at satisfying.”. only report what you actually ended up doing. Here.g. (c) Sample Description. survey question #3 asked respondents to rate on a 5-point scale where 1 = “very satisfied” and 5 = “very unsatisfied.. and why it was the best option given your criteria.) but NOT level of measurement (interval. (b) Identify questions in the questionnaire used to answer the research question and briefly describe the question format. etc. DATA ANALYSIS. If you have changed later to other parts of the plan (i. report demographic characteristics of your sample using exhibits as needed. time/area matrix). 5-pt Likert scale anchored by….e.. Be sure to conclude with a summary paragraph that gives your interpretation of findings and your best answer to the research question based on the . Then. regression etc ) Put each research question(Objectives)on a SEPARATE page. although you might footnote inferential test statistics if applicable. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY: [about 6 – 8 pages]: Development (including pre-testing) and GENERAL description of questionnaire (i. Give your desired and final sample size.

If your findings are “mixed” or inconclusive. each point stated separately. non-response issues like break offs. Limitations include things such as time & money constraints. instruction sheets for interviewers.). A bullet format is often an effective way to list your major conclusions and recommendations if you have them provided you take pains to explain these points somewhere. non-response to openended questions. It makes it easier for the reader to follow along. say so! (d) Exhibits should be placed on the same page or the next page as your discussion of the answer to the research question. Do NOT put the exhibits in an appendix! CONCLUSIONS [about 1 – 2 pages]: This will be the important chapter of the SIP Report. Conclusions derived from the logical analysis presented in the Results and interpretation Chapter shall be presented and clearly enumerated. Don’t make recommendations not clearly supported by your findings.g. Check your early assignments in Research Methodology and class notes for help.data.  IN ADDITION:    The report should be written in the third person and in past tense.5-spaced in font size 12 with sub titles in font size 14 and main title in font size 18 (sans . cautions about sample representative ness etc. RECOMMENDATIONS [about 1 – 3 pages]: The recommendations should be based on your research conclusions. The student should use A/4 size white paper and printing should be 1. Use headings and subheadings liberally.  A sample of the working in case the data analyzed through SPSS or RATS is extensive e. maps. 3000 responses. LIMITATIONS OF THE PROJECT [1 page]: Include a brief discussion of the major project limitations. APPENDIX: This must include:  A copy of the questionnaire. schedule as well as sample working of data  Any technical or very detailed material (e.  Any company document that has a direct bearing on the study conducted and which the reader. in your opinion. etc. problems with your research design or questionnaire.g. must be aware of. time sampling grids..

EXHIBITS: Do NOT simply cut and paste as that amounts to plagiarism. so make sure they are properly labeled and include legends where needed.  Sample Format for BRM Project i) ii) iii) Title Page Acknowledgements Executive Summary (Abstract) SN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Contents Introduction Industry / Company overview Review of Literature/ Theoretical Background Objectives Research Methodology Data Analysis . Exhibits should be able to suffice as a stand-alone view of results. right -20mm. “as shown in Exhibit 3”) when it is introduced. All graphs must clearly show what the dependent variable is and what the independent variable is so the axes must be titled.g. Each exhibit and appendix item should be referred to in the text (e. You may wish to begin each separate section on a new page.. Excel or SPSS output tables into your project and use these as exhibits. given a title and then inserted in the text to make reference to it easy. the exhibits should be located in the text near the discussion of those figures and not in the appendix.35mm. serially..serif) Take care to provide margins: left. In any case. and proper writing style (which means professional and objective!). Results and Interpretation Conclusions Limitations of the project Recommendations iv) Table of Contents Pg No .. Check grammar and spelling on your final draft! Part of your grade will be based on grammar.c. Exhibit 1: Comparison of Student Satisfaction across Class Levels) and should contain labels and other information necessary to interpret it. spelling.  Every table must be numbered. At the postgraduate level spelling and grammatical errors are unforgivable so use a good dictionary and the spell check provided on the p. Make appropriate graphs and professional tables (using either SPSS or Excel).g. Each exhibit must be numbered and titled (e. bottom – 20mm and top -35 mm. It may be easier to produce your report if you keep tables/figures on separate pages from the text.

7. 4.6.4.9. Data analysis techniques to be used 6. Scope of the project 1.4. Research Methodology 1. Objectives 5. Method of research & Type: Which Method used & why 1. What is the project 1.4.v) vi) List of tables List of figures vii) Abbreviations 1. Review of Literature/ Theoretical Background 1. Theoretical framework. Introduction 1.5.7. Outline of the project report 2.10. background theory.7. Data Analysis and results 1. Data Analysis .Method 1.4.Size 1.7.4. 1.4. Data Collection tools 1. Interpretation of results 7.2. Results and Interpretation 1. Sampling plan 1. Data type 1.3.7.2. and reports which are related to the project.7.7.3.Unit 1.8. Data classification 1.1. books. Industry / Company overview 3.7. Review of the existing literature from international/ national journals.5.7.7.4.1. conferences.3. Salient Contributions of the project 1.1. Definition and purpose of the project 1.2. Conclusions . Sampling frame 1.

15. Salient conclusions from the work 8.14. Appendix Bibliography Guidelines for the implementation based on conclusions Procedure for implementation Expected outcome from the recommendations Scope for future work . Limitations of the project 9.12. 1.11.13.1. 1. 1. Recommendations 1.