Practical Guide To Project-based Learning

Practical Guide To Project-based Learning

by Mun Wai Ho, Mark Brooke


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ISBN-13: 9789813202207
Publisher: Ws Education
Publication date: 06/29/2017
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Foreword xiii

Acknowledgement xv

Preface xvii

About the Authors xxi

Chapter 1 Curricular Objectives of 'Project Work' 1

1.1 What is 'Project Work' in the curriculum of tertiary education? 2

1.2 What are the differences between a dissertation, thesis, project report or an extended essay? 3

1.3 What are the curricular objectives of PW 3

1.4 Who are the main stakeholders in a project and what are their roles and responsibilities? 5

1.5 When should the industry seek to collaborate with tertiary institutions to undertake projects? Are there alternative approaches? 8

1.6 Can a lecturer who is not a domain expert of the project topic perform the role of the academic supervisor for the project effectively? 9

1.7 What should be the appropriate duration of PW? 10

1.8 Is PW just another assignment given to students? 12

1.9 Must all PWs be about research? Must they be industry-linked? 13

1.10 What are the differences between research-based and practice-based projects? 15

1.11 Are research-based PWs more prestigious than practice-based PWs? 17

1.12 Must practice-based PWs be done in collaboration with the industry? 18

1.13 What is Design Thinking? 18

1.14 Must PWs lead to publication of papers in academic journals? 22

1.15 How to write a project proposal? 23

Chapter 2 Structure of the Report/Dissertation/Thesis 29

2.1 What is the structure of PW report, which may also be known as a dissertation or a thesis? 30

2.2 What is a publishable paper? 32

2.3 How long should the PW deliverable be in terms of word count? 33

2.4 Are there conventions to follow in terms of formatting? 34

2.5 What are the commonly used citations and referencing styles? 38

2.6 What is an Abstract? Is an Abstract the same as a Synopsis? 48

2.7 What should be included in the Introduction? 49

2.8 What should be included in the literature review? 49

2.9 What is a Conceptual Framework of Inquiry? 51

2.10 What is the Methodology Chapter for? 53

2.11 What are some specific topics that should be included in the Methodology Chapter? 55

2.12 What are the theoretical underpinnings of the methodology applied? 56

2.13 What is mixed methods and triangulation? 58

2.14 What should be included in the chapter on data collation and analysis? 60

2.15 What should be included in the Conclusion Chapter? 61

Chapter 3 Techniques in Reference Sourcing and Styles of Academic Writing 63

3.1 Why must PW involve sourcing for data and information? 64

3.2 What are useful strategies for finding sources? 66

3.3 How can information about a topic be collated and annotated systematically? 70

3.4 What are useful strategies for mapping out the big picture? 72

3.5 How should sources be used in academic writing? 75

3.6 What are some guiding principles for effective academic writing? 77

3.7 What is grammar and how is it important in academic writing? 78

3.8 What is cohesion in academic writing? 78

3.9 How do I construct a noun group and what is nominalization? 85

3.10 Should I use active or passive voice in academic writing? 89

3.11 What is Subject-verb agreement? 92

3.12 What is hedging? 95

3.13 What is affixation? 96

3.14 How do I punctuate academic English correctly? 101

3.15 Where can useful sources to develop academic writing be found? 105

Chapter 4 Selection of Methodology 107

4.1 How to consider the choice of methodology of a project? 108

4.2 What are quantitative and qualitative analysis? 112

4.3 What should be presented in an analysis with descriptive statistics? 113

4.4 What is hypothesis testing? 123

4.5 What are correlation and regression analysis? 128

4.6 What is Structural Equation modeling? 133

4.7 What are the commonly used qualitative analytical methods? 134

4.8 What is a case study? 134

4.9 How to do interview in data collection? 136

4.10 How to do observation in data collection? 137

4.11 What is coding? 139

4.12 What is SWOT analysis? 140

4.13 What is the Boston Consulting Group Matrix 141

4.14 What is reliability and validity and how are these terms viewed in qualitative research methodology? 142

Chapter 5 Assessment 145

5.1 What is the difference between formative and summative assessment? 146

5.2 How can students participate in formative peer assessment? 146

5.3 How should summative assessment be conducted? 148

5.4 Does the assessment rubric need to be different for research-based and practice-based projects respectively? 152

5.5 What is a poster presentation and how to prepare for this? 153

5.6 What is the 'Pecha Kucha' presentation format? 155

Chapter 6 Project Management 159

6.1 Is it necessary for interim reports to be submitted in addition to the final report? If these are needed, how can these be organized? 160

6.2 Is it necessary for PW to have regular scheduled project meetings? 160

6.3 What is a Gantt chart? 161

6.4 What if the project is too big and it cannot be structured within one PW and be completed in a Semester or an Academic Year? 163

6.5 Can a project be assigned to more than one candidate or groups of students? 164

Chapter 7 Ethics Declaration 167

7.1 Why is there a need to declare 'ethics' in research or project work? 168

7.2 What are the key principles to consider in administering ethics? 168

7.3 Do the requirements for the declaration of ethics differ in different institutions and in different countries? 170

7.4 Is there any situation when an ethics declaration is not required? 170

7.5 What does the process for ethics declaration entail? 171

Bibliography 173

Annex A Project Schedule 177

Annex B Project Proposal Sample 181

Annex C Project Gantt Chart 187

Epilogue 189

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