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Submission of Research Project Report

Submission of Research Project Report

The Examiners require that each candidate submit two copies of a written report of his/her research project to the Department of Pathology Teaching Office no later than 12 noon on Friday, 13 March 2015.

The report should be presented in double-spaced typescript on A4 paper with a 4cm left-hand margin and illustrated with appropriate figures, tables and photographs. The report should be page-numbered and not exceed 25 pages (including references but excluding figures and tables). The figures and tables may be embedded in the text but should not exceed 10 pages. Credit will be given for content, clarity and presentation but not for length. We recommend the use of a standard font like Times or Times New Roman, and a font size of 12. The size and font of characters should be such that the report is clearly legible; we strongly discourage any attempt to "make" the page limit by cramming your information into tiny fonts. The page limit is provided to encourage you to write concisely and to be selective about content. Examiners may penalise reports that exceed the page limit.

Your report should consist of the following elements:

  • Title: This should be concise and informative.
  • Table of Contents.
  • Summary: This should not exceed 200 words - it is essential that the results and conclusions of the experiments be included in the Summary.
  • Introduction: This should describe the relevant published work which led up to the project and explaining the objectives.
  • Materials and Methods: This section should contain sufficient detail to enable others to repeat your experiments. Published methods may be covered by a reference but any modifications should be pointed out and an outline of the method included.
  • Results: This section should describe your experimental observations. Where possible, results should be arranged so that experiments follow on from each other in a rational progression. Conclusions should be included if they contribute to the design of subsequent experiments.
  • Discussion: In this section you should re-iterate the findings of your work, comment critically on the difficulties encountered, compare your results with published work, and describe your theories and speculations based on your experiments. It is often sensible to suggest further experiments that could be done on the basis of your studies.
  • Reference List: References in the text should include name and date, e.g. Thatcher and Scargill (1984). Do not use numbers for references. In the bibliography arrange the references in alphabetical order using standard abbreviations for journals and include the title of the paper, volume number of the journal and the page number. Any standard journal style using the Author-Date format is acceptable.

We appreciate that not all Research Projects can be guaranteed uniform success, and it is possible that some may generate sparse data; in this case, the student should go on to submit a report as described above, but including a general survey of the subject area, an outline of the project and the experimental approach, a report on the work undertaken, the reasons why the project did not succeed and other possible alternatives. Please remember that the Examiners will be examining the quality of the project write up and not the experimental results obtained during the project. (The Examiners wish to emphasise that full weight will still be given to well written reports with minimal results and that this will in no way prejudice the Student's examination marks).