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MANUAL FOR FINAL PROJECT/DISSERTATION (QSM664/QSB674)

Bachelor of Quantity Surveying (Hons.)


Dept. of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, UiTM

1.0

INTRODUCTION
The Final Project is in the form of a dissertation. It forms an integral part of the final year and is
an essential pre-requisite for the award of an Honours degree. This is one of the most
demanding intellectual exercises which are designed to enable students to carry out research
on their own chosen topic subject to approval by the Department. The course is a core course
offered in the final semester. However the process and preparation for the Final
Project/Dissertation starts in the fourth semester which include presentation and approval of
topic, formulation of objectives, scope and methodology, data gathering and analysis, etc.
under the supervision of the assigned supervisor.
The production of the Final Project commences with a preliminary study which may be in the
form of a literature survey, showing the conflict of evidence or opinion in previous work. This
preliminary study will be submitted in the form of an Interim Report in the middle of Semester
05 in order to monitor the progress of the students. The final stage involves the preparation of
analysis of the issues which the student will investigate, its findings, conclusion and
recommendations. Students should prepare a practical work program and adhere to it so that
the Final Project/Dissertation would be completed and submitted on time. The guide for
execution of the course is summarized in Table 1.
Table 1: The Execution of the Course
Activities Involved

Credit
Hours

Length of
Final Project

Semester 04:
Topic presentation
and approval
Research by
students
Mid Semester 05:
Submission of
Interim Report
Semester 06:
Course registration
and submission of
final draft of Final
Project /Dissertation

10,000 words
(minimum)

Consultation
Semester 04, 05 & 06:

Consultation
with supervisor

Fulfill min 6
times consultation

Assessors

Report
Bindings

Semester 05:
Supervisor

Final Draft:
Soft cover
Ring bound

Semester 06:
Supervisor and a
second assessor.
A third assessor
will be appointed
where the
difference in
marks given by
the two assessors
is 20 or more

Corrected
Final Project:
Hard cover
Hard bound
Colour:
Buckram
Maroon

MANUAL FOR FINAL PROJECT/DISSERTATION (QSM664/QSB674)


Bachelor of Quantity Surveying (Hons.)
Dept. of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, UiTM

1.1

Objectives
The objectives of the Final Project /Dissertation are to enable students to:

Work independently along the guidelines given by the Department.

Identify and analyze problems and recommend ways to overcome them.

Investigate and analyze data.

Demonstrate the understanding of all the relevant arguments.

Present findings in an effective report of professional standard (in the form of


dissertation).

1.2

Methods of Instruction
A brief lecture will be given to students on the methodology of carrying out the research writing
and the Departments guidelines on the presentation of the Final Project /Dissertation.
For the students own benefit, they are required to work independently by:

Reading texts on their chosen topics.

Going to site for academic visits.

Conducting interviews with relevant parties.

Preparing questionnaires to be distributed to relevant parties.

Students are required to propose topics for approval by the Department prior to commencing
the preparation of the Final Project /Dissertation.
1.3

Syllabus
Generally, the area of study covers any topics relevant to the betterment of the construction
industry as a whole and to the construction industry in Malaysia, in particular. The following are
possible list of research areas.
1.3.1

Law
Examples:

Contracts

Performance

Payment

Design

Sub-contracting
Risk allocation
Dispute resolution

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Dept. of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, UiTM

1.3.2

Construction Economics
Examples:

Value Management

Risk Management

Economic Policy and the


Construction Industry

1.3.3

Labour market
Productivity
Macro-economic forecasting
Future construction output
Cost plans and life cycle
costings

Construction Technology
Examples:

New construction materials

New construction methods

1.3.4

Professional Practice
Examples:

Change and the development of the Profession

CPD/ Professionalism

1.3.5

Urban Policy
Examples:

Urban Regeneration

Planning Policy

Housing policy and renewal

1.3.6

Design and Human Factors


Examples:

Design Process

Human Factors

1.3.7

Energy and Building Conservation


Examples:

Technological Issues and Energy

The Human Dimension in Energy Efficiency

Energy Policy and Legislation

Conservation Technology

1.3.8

Procurement
Examples:

Design and Build

Construction Management

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1.3.9

Management Contracting

Partnering

Management
Examples:

Project Management

Facilities Management

Construction Management

Value Management

1.3.10

Information Technology (IT)


Examples:

IT in Quantity Surveying

IT in the Construction Industry

2.0 FINAL PROJECT/DISSERTATION ORGANISATION STRUCTURE


The Final Project /Dissertation organization structure is given in Figure 1. The organization is
managed by a Coordinator.

DEPARTMENT OF
QUANTITY SURVEYING
Supervision
Coordinators
Evaluation
Supervisors

Students
Figure 1: Final Project /Dissertation Organization Structure
2.1 Coordinators
The Coordinators are appointed by the Head of Programme with the following
responsibilities:
a) Brief students on Final Project /Dissertation implementation.
b) Coordinate the process of topic approval.
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c) Allocate students topics according to the supervisors expertise.


d) Coordinate the submission of the students Final Project /Dissertation (bound
copies).
e) Coordinate the evaluation process.

2.2 Supervisor
The roles of the supervisor are summarized below:a) Guide the formulation of the main objectives, scope and methodology of the
research.
b) Remind the students of the effects of copying, plagiarism and similar issues.
Originality of the Final Project /Dissertation work and report should be stressed.
c) Check and sign the students Consultation Form and ensure that the students
adhere to the Final Project /Dissertation schedule as well as deadlines required
by the department.
d) Assess the Interim Report and the Final Project /Dissertation.
The supervision by the supervisor does not relieve the student from his/her full
responsibility for the completion of the Final Project /Dissertation.
2.3 Students
Students shall register for the course at the start of semester 06. However, the
general preparation of the Final Project /Dissertation shall commence in semester 04,
during which they will submit their proposals. Students shall plan their work and
adhere to the Final Project /Dissertation schedule. Figure 2 shows the flowchart to
summarize tasks to be carried out by students.
The guidelines to be observed by students working on their Final Project /Dissertation
are as follows:a) Students shall provide a practical schedule to enable them to complete the report
by the due date.
b) Students shall record the progress of their work in the Consultation Form and
keep up to date with the standard format, requirements and deadlines of the
department. The Consultation Form shall be submitted to the Coordinator when
submitting the final draft.

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Early
Semester
04

Briefing on Final Project /Dissertation


by the Coordinator
Topic proposal, approval and
appointment of supervisor
Prepare plan and schedule for implementation
of Final Project /Dissertation

Preparation
and
Submission
Middle Semester
05 (before midterm break)

Write up of Interim Report

Submit the Interim Report

Write up of Final Project /Dissertation


(Continuation from the Interim Report with
amendment)

Consultation with
supervisor

Interim Assessment by the


supervisor

Consultation with
supervisor

Submit draft to supervisor before the final


submission date
End of
Semester
06

Record
and
References

Final submission
(Submit three (3) ring bound Final
Project /Dissertation Report to Coordinator)

Submit the corrected Final Project


/Dissertation Report in hard bound to the
Coordinator for record and references

Assessment by
The Supervisor and Second
Assessor

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Dept. of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, UiTM

Figure 2: Summary of the tasks to be carried out by students

3.0 FINAL PROJECT/DISSERTATION CALENDAR


Tables 2, 3 and 4 (a) present the calendar for semesters 04, 05 and 06. Table 4.0 (b) show the
checklist for the Coordinators
Table 2: Calendar for Semester 04
Week 1
Student
registration

Week 2
Briefing on
Final
Project

Week 8

Week 9

Week 3
Panels for
topic
presentation
will be
displayed
Week 10

Week 4
Presentation
of topic for
approval

Week 5

Week 6
Appointment
of
Supervisors

Week 7
Supervisor
List will be
displayed

Week 11

Week 12

Week 13

Week 14

Research
& writing up

Table 3: Calendar for Semester 05


Week 1
Student
registration

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4
Research
& writing up

Week 5

Week 6

Week 8

Week 9

Week 10

Week 11

Week 12

Week 13

Week 7
Submission
of Interim
Report
Week 14

Continue
Research
& writing up
Table 4 (a): Calendar for Semester 06
Week 1
Student
registration

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 8
Writing
In

Week 9
Submission
and

Week 10

Week 11

Week 5
Writing
in
progress
Week 12

Week 6

Week 7

Week 13

Week 14

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Progress
Week 15

Assessment

Result

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Dept. of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, UiTM

Table 4 (b): Checklist for the Coordinators

Department of Quantity Surveying


Semester 04
Semester 05

Week
1

Briefing to all Students


- Manual
- Process
- Procedure
To submit their particulars

Final Project/Dissertation (QSM664/QSB674)


Semester 06
Graduate student/ Semester 07
Coordinators:
To check with Administration
Assistant (AA) for the list of
Registered Students for

QSM664/QSB674

Final Date for Bound Copies


(3 copies + 1CD to Library) ,
Submission Form (signed and
stamped by Supervisor)

Students:
Register for QSM664/QSB674

To send Reminder to nonsubmission of Bound Copies & CD

2
3

Panels for Topic Selection


Presentation will be displayed

Topic Selection Presentation:


- Student will propose their topic
proposal to panel (QS Lecturers)
- If approved, immediately see
Supervision Coordinator to recheck approved topic. Bring
along the Topic Proposal form
that had been filled in by panel
- If not approved, need to reinterview
To Finalize the Final
Project/Dissertation Topic

Re-interview Panel

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Dept. of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, UiTM

Table 4 (b): Checklist for the Coordinators

Department of Quantity Surveying


Semester 04
Semester 05

Week
-

To Finalize the Supervisor List

Supervisor List will be displayed

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Students to Submit the
interim Report. Marks
allocation: 15%

Final Project/Dissertation (QSM664/QSB674)


Semester 06
Graduate student/ Semester 07
Class Representative:
- To submit details (name,
address, contact numbers
and email) to Evaluation
Coordinator

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Submission of Final

Project/Dissertation Draft:
-

Submit with Consultation


Form(signed and stamp by
Supervisor)

(if less than 6x consultation =


reduction of marks)
Nonsubmission = FAIL
To Send the 2nd Copy to 2nd
Assessor

10
11
12

Feedback by Supervisor

Marks from the 1st & 2nd


Assessor Due (85%)

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Dept. of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, UiTM

Table 4 (b): Checklist for the Coordinators

Week

Department of Quantity Surveying


Semester 04
Semester 05

Final Project/Dissertation (QSM664/QSB674)


Semester 06
Graduate student/ Semester 07

13

To 3rd Assessor (if difference of


marks more than 20 marks)

14

All Marks are to be finalized


LE15 due

15

Exam Result: To Send Letter /


call the Students for corrections
Students to make arrangement
with the Supervisor to collect
Final Report including
comments and to carry out
amendments if necessary

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Dept. of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, UiTM

4.0 CHOOSING THE FINAL PROJECT/DISSERTATION TOPIC


The following factors should be considered when choosing the Final Project /Dissertation topic
area:
1.

The student should be interested in the subject area to be


researched.

2.

The topic should be relevant to the area of the students future


professional work.

3.

The topic should be one in which the student can readily gain
access to the necessary data.

In order to decide on a suitable topic area for study, it is good for the student to spend time
looking at past final projects/ dissertations, news media, learned journals and published papers
from conferences and symposia. Themes from the students course work may be a useful
source of ideas. Problems encountered during industrial experience may also have aspects
which are worthy of investigation. It is also important that the topic chosen is specific with
clearly defined objectives and the title chosen should reflect the focal point and the area of
study.
The criteria to be used in the approval of a Final Project /Dissertation title will include the
following:

Is it related to the students own range of interest?

Is it related to the aims and objectives of the Programme?

Is it related to more than one of the subject areas of the Programme?

Does it combine an academic approach with some practical work?

Will it require original contribution from the student?

Are the resources required readily available?

5.0 THE TOPIC PROPOSAL


At the beginning of Semester 04, each student is required to propose his/her topic for approval
by the Department. Each student should present at least 3 topic proposals which should
include items as in Table 5 and Appendix 1.

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The topic proposal will be presented to a panel of lecturers for approval. Students are not
allowed to change their topic without prior permission from the Department. Any changes to

the approved topic should be done before the end of Semester 04 and the application should
be made in writing to the Coordinator with recommendation from the supervisor.
Table 5: The Contents of Topic Proposal
TITLE
OVERVIEW OF THE
TITLE
AIM

OBJECTIVES
METHODOLOGY

A clear and concise statement of what is being proposed.


Provide a brief overview of the topic i.e. a statement which
says clearly what the Final Project /Dissertation will be about.
The student should also demonstrate how it relates to the
program.
Specify what the student is aiming to analyze, evaluate and test
in one sentence often in the form of what is to be investigated
(qualitative research) or what impact the main independent
variables are believed to have on the dependent variables
(quantitative research).
Between three and five single sentence objectives should be
developed as specific investigative elements which support the
overall aim.
This should explain
(i)
the sources of
data
(ii)
methods to be
adopted for collecting information and data; and
(iii)
the expected
methods of analyzing the data.

Etc. (as shown in Appendix 1)

6.0

FINAL PROJECT/DISSERTATION MANAGEMENT


6.1

Consultation
It is compulsory for students to keep a record of their consultation and the minutes of
the discussions with the supervisor. These record will have to be initialed by the
supervisor (refer to Appendix 2). The student should make regular consultations with
the supervisor. The Department requires the student to meet with the supervisor at
least six (6) times over the duration of the preparation of the Final
Project/Dissertation. The Department reserves the right to reject a final submission of

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a student who does not fulfill the minimum consultation sessions with his/her
supervisor.

6.2

Collusion and Plagiarism


Plagiarism in oral, written or visual presentation is the presentation of the work, idea
or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing. Plagiarism is not
acceptable. The use of another persons works or ideas must be acknowledged.
The department reserves the right to implement procedures for academic misconduct
in cases where serious collusion/plagiarism occurs.

7.0

FINAL PROJECT/DISSERTATION STRUCTURE


The length of the Final Project/Dissertation report is about 10,000 to 15,000 words excluding
the abstract, content pages, appendices, tables, photos and diagrams. Editing work down to
the required length is one of the skills of report writing.
7.1

Title page
The title page needs to be expressive of the whole work and shall be as Appendix 3.

7.2

Declaration
The student must include the declaration form to confirm that the work is his/her own
and that appropriate credit has been given where reference has been made to the
work of others. The sample of the declaration form is as shown in Appendix 4.

7.3

Abstract and Keywords


Abstract to be included in the Final Project/Dissertation should not be more than 300
words and it should outline the topic, briefly state the aim, main objectives and
hypothesis (if applicable) summarize the methods of data collection and analysis and
state the main findings and conclusions. The sample of an abstract is as shown in
Appendix 5.

7.4

Acknowledgements
The acknowledgement page is the opportunity to include brief, formal statements of
thanks to people who have helped in the execution of the research; such as mentors,
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supervisors, providers of data, editors, etc. Refer to Appendix 6 for the sample of
acknowledgement.

7.5

Table of Contents
The Final Project/Dissertation report must also include a Table of Contents, giving the
page numbers. The Table of Content page(s) needs to be a good guide of what
students have done. A glance at the contents page should give the assessor a very
clear idea of what the Final Project/Dissertation is about and what approach has been
taken.

7.6

Index
The Index should consist the following:

7.7

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Abbreviations

Text of the report


The text of the report constitutes the bulk of the document. Although chapter
headings, sequences and breakdowns of contents will vary, a significant amount of
contents are `standard. The text will begin with an introductory chapter which will
discuss the topic of research, the rationale for the work, the aim and objectives, the
scope of study and research methodology. It may be helpful to end the introductory
chapter with a brief summary of the contents of the other chapters in the report, but
care should be taken that the brief summaries are not just repetitions of the contents
list.
The remaining content in the text of the report is likely to be written in a chronological
sequence in which the research was executed. The suggested order of writing the text
of the report is:

Introduction

Theory

Literature

Sampling and data collection


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Presentation of results
-

Data analysis

Production of results

Discussion of results

Conclusions

Recommendations

Each chapter shall have its own title:


e.g.
7.8

CHAPTER 2 :

GLASS REINFORCED PLASTIC CLADDING

Figures/ Diagrams/ Photographs


These should be cross-referenced and placed appropriately within the main body of
the text to assist in the understanding of the text. Figures, diagrams, drawings and
photographs should all be described as Figures. Each figure/ diagram/ photograph
should have a title describing the contents and a figure number. The figures should be
consecutively numbered e.g. Figure 2.3 (third figure in Chapter 2). Example:

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Figure 2.3: Floor heater stirring up dust in an enclosed cab


(Source: Technology, 2005)
Except in exceptional cases, all figures, diagrams, drawings and photographs should
not be larger than A4 size.

7.9

Tables
Tables should be cross-referenced and placed appropriately within the main body of
the text to assist in the understanding of the text. Each table should have a title
describing the contents and a table number. The tables should be consecutively
numbered, e.g. Table 3.1 (first table in Chapter 3). Example:

Table 3.1: Water velocities and hydraulic conductivities of the Lower Kittanning coal at the Kaufmann
site in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, from slug tests, November 1991, and borehole dilution (BD)
tests, November 1992.

Well #

Velocity:
BD tests

Hydraulic
Conductivity:
BD tests (pe = 0.01)

Hydraulic
Conductivity:
BD tests (pe = 0.05)

Hydraulic
Conductivity:
slug tests

B2

0.054 ft/d

1.1 x 10-2 ft/d

0.054 ft/d

0.19 ft/d

B3

0.32 ft/d

0.07 ft/d

0.32 ft/d

8.9 x 10-3 ft/d

B4

0.06 ft/d

1.2 x 10-2 ft/d

6.0 x 10-2 ft/d

2.8 x 10-2 ft/d

7.10

List of Abbreviations
The list of abbreviations is a useful guide to ensure that both `standard and
`particular abbreviations are understood by all readers. All abbreviations used in the
report should be listed alphabetically with the full items noted against each
abbreviation.

7.11

Citation
The Final Project/Dissertation must be correctly cited or referenced. In the first place
this means avoiding the inadvertent appearance of plagiarism. In other words,
whenever a passage of the text relies for its argument upon one particular source,
that source must be acknowledged. There are few different styles or systems in citing
references eg. APA, MLA, Turabian, Havard, etc.). It is recommended to use the
Harvard system because of its flexibility, simplicity, clarity and ease of use both for

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author and reader. There is no third place to look such as footnotes and chapter
references which are features of other systems.
Citing in the text
The Harvard system of citation is the most straightforward, because initially all the
students need to do is to mention the authors surname and publication year in the
text.
e.g.
According to Smith (1999), the types of risks in construction projects are divided into
environmental/ political, hazard/ safety, market and technical/ functional.
For direct quotations: need to identify the page numbers.
e.g. Project finance is the term used to describe the financing of a particular legal
entity, a project, whose cash flows and revenues will be accepted by the lender as a
source of funds from which the loan will be repaid (Smith, 1999 p.136).

For two authors


e.g.
Fellows & Liu (1997) mentioned that..
For more than two authors:
In the case of more than two authors, the first author followed by `et al, or `and
others.
e.g.
Matlock et al. (1996) has argued that
7.12

Conclusion
Conclusions are the major output of the research - what has been found out about the
topic under study through the execution of the research. As such, conclusions present
the major items and themes which have been raised and investigated. The conclusion
completes the story of the research from what it was desired to find out to what has
been found out. The conclusion should also include recommendations for further
study.

7.13

Appendices

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Appendices may not include text written by the author, but may include material other
than text (e.g. copies of questionnaires, statistical tables and tests) and photocopies
of relevant materials not originated by the author.
7.14

References
Each Final Project/Dissertation report shall contain a References section (using the
Harvard systems) in which all works cited in the text are listed, in alphabetical order
of authors name, irrespective of the source of reference, as given below:

a) For books
Include the following information. The order is:
(1)

Author(s), editor(s) or the institution responsible for writing


the book.

(2)

Year of publication (in brackets).

(3)

Title and subtitle (if any) Underlined or Highlighted or in


Italics but must be consistent throughout the bibliography.

(4)

Series and individual volume number (if any)

(5)

Edition if not the first

(6)

Publisher

(7)

Place of publication if known

e.g.
Sawczuk, B. (1996), Risk avoidance for the building team, E & N Spon London.
Mohr, L.B. (1996), Impact analysis for program evaluation, 2nd ed., Sage, London.
b)

For theses and dissertations


Include the name of the awarding institution.
e.g.
Lim K. (2000) The valuation of hotels. Unpublished undergraduate dissertation,
Department of Real estate, National University of Singapore
Replace undergraduate with master or doctoral and dissertation with
thesis where appropriate.

c)

For conference/ seminar papers


e.g.

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Dr Hamimah Adnan (2006) ` Malaysian Contractors Opinion Towards


International Market Expansion, June 2006, International Conference in Built
Environment, Kuala Lumpur
d)

For webpage
e.g.
PARN(2000), Continuing Professional Development (United Kingdom,
Professional
Associations
Research
Network),
Available:
st
http://www.parn.org.uk/uploads/cpd_res.pdf (Accessed: March 1 , 2001)

e)

For journals
Chapman, R.J. (2001) The controlling influences on effective risk identification
and assessment for construction design management, International Journal
of Project Management. Vol. 19 pp 147-160

Do not use numbers/bullets such as:


1) Sawczuk, B. (1996), Risk avoidance for the building team, E & N Spon London.
2) Mohr, L.B. (1996), Impact analysis for program evaluation, 2nd ed., Sage, London.
Or

7.15

Sawczuk, B. (1996), Risk avoidance for the building team, E & N Spon London.

Mohr, L.B. (1996), Impact analysis for program evaluation, 2nd ed., Sage, London.

Cover of the Final Project/Dissertation Report


The cover of the Final Project/Dissertation report shall follow the format in Appendix 7.
The particulars to be printed on the Final Project/Dissertation cover shall be of 18points Arial GOLD BLOCK FONT. The spine shall also be lettered in gold (direction of
text from head to foot), using 14-point font.

7.16

Formatting
The format of the report is given in Appendix 8.

7.17

Binding
The final copies must be bound in buckram maroon hard cover. Pages should be
permanently secured. The covers should be sufficiently rigid to support the weight of
the work when standing on shelf.

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Bachelor of Quantity Surveying (Hons.)
Dept. of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, UiTM

7.18

Paper and Duplication


Use quality plain white simile paper (80 gm) of A4 size (210mm x 297mm) for all three
(3) copies of the Final Project/Dissertation report for the submission. Duplicating of
pin-feed computer is not allowed. Only the original word-processed copy of a Final
Project/Dissertation or its good, clean and legible photocopies will be accepted.

7.0

SUBMISSION OF FINAL PROJECT/DISSERTATION


The Final Project/Dissertation must be handed in by the due date and time. Any submissions
after the due date will be deemed late. Late submissions will not be marked and will be given
a FAIL grade.
Exemptions from the above may be granted when permission for late submission has been
obtained prior to the due date or a serious illness has occurred provided that a medical
certificate is provided within seven (7) working days after the due date. Figure 3 shows the
flowchart for the submission and assessment of Final Project/Dissertation.
There are three (3) stages of submission of the Final Project/Dissertation:
(i)

Interim Report
To be submitted in the middle of Semester 05. The main purpose is to monitor
students progress. The content of the Interim Report is shown in Appendix 9.

(ii)

Final Draft
To be submitted at the end of Semester 06. The draft should be submitted in three (3)
copies in ring bound. One copy should be an original and the other two copies are
good quality photocopy.

(iii)

Hard bound Final Project/Dissertation


To be submitted after the assessment of the Final Project/Dissertation Draft. The
students should submit the corrected/amended Final Project/Dissertation report
based on the comments made by the assessors. The hard bound Final

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MANUAL FOR FINAL PROJECT/DISSERTATION (QSM664/QSB674)


Bachelor of Quantity Surveying (Hons.)
Dept. of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, UiTM

Project/Dissertation must be submitted in three (3) copies with one soft copy in CD
(PDF format).

SEMESTER 03

Research Methodology (QSM 514)

SEMESTER 04

Topic Proposal

SEMESTER 05

Submission of Interim Report to Coordinator


Assessment and feedback by Supervisor

SEMESTER 06

Non-submission of Final
Project/Dissertation Draft on
stated date

Submission of Final Project/Dissertation Draft


and Consultation Form to Coordinator (Signed
and stamp by Supervisor)
(Ring bound copy)

RESU
LT

Assessment by Assessors

RESU
LT
Failed

Passed
> 50

Failed
(< 50 marks)

To make necessary
Amendments

Non Submission
of hard bound

SEMESTER 07
No

Second
Attempt?

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Submission of hard bound


copy (Buckram Maroon)
and soft copy of Final
Project/Dissertation to the
Coordinator

MANUAL FOR FINAL PROJECT/DISSERTATION (QSM664/QSB674)


Bachelor of Quantity Surveying (Hons.)
Dept. of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, UiTM
Yes

Dismissal
(subject to
appeal)

Scroll will not be


issued

End

Re-register for the Course

End

To make necessary improvements

* Dismissal only if failed during 3rd attempt


Figure 3: Submission Procedure of Final Project/Dissertation
9.0

ASSESSMENT
The objective of evaluation on the Final Project/Dissertation is to determine the standard and
quality of the work. The Final Project/Dissertation which carries six (6) credit hours is assessed
in two stages i.e. in Semester 05 (Interim Report) and after the submission of the Final
Project/Dissertation Draft in Semester 06.
9.1

Interim Report assessment


The Interim Report assessment will constitute 15% of the overall mark for Final
Project/Dissertation. Marks will be awarded on the basis of overall assessment of
progress to date and the students approach to literature search, setting objectives
and planning of the Final Project/Dissertation. The Interim Report will only be
assessed by the supervisor. The marking scheme for this assessment is as per Form
1A in Appendix 10(a).

9.2

Final draft assessment


The assessment of the final draft of the Final Project/Dissertation will constitute 85%
of the overall mark. The mark will be determined on the basis of the content, analysis
and findings, conclusion and recommendations and overall presentation of the report.
The allocation for marks is as per Form 1B in Appendix 10(b). The Final
Project/Dissertation is assessed by the supervisor (first assessor) and a second
assessor. If the difference of marks between the supervisor (first assessor) and the
second assessor is 20 marks or more, a third assessor is appointed. The average of
the marks given by the third assessor and the marks given by the earlier assessors
which is nearer to the third assessors mark will be the final mark.

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MANUAL FOR FINAL PROJECT/DISSERTATION (QSM664/QSB674)


Bachelor of Quantity Surveying (Hons.)
Dept. of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, UiTM

In the assessment of the Final Project/Dissertation report, high regard is given to clarity of
argument, knowledge of the field and analytical rigor. The work may be considered
unacceptable due to lack of structure, a disorganized or poorly framed argument, description
rather than analysis, superficiality and poor presentation. The grade awarded would normally
reflect the following attributes:
i.

Grade A (Excellent)
A+ = 90-100
A = 80-89
A- = 75-79

Objectives of the study clearly specified.

Displays understanding in the choice and use of date collection


method

High level in analysis of data collected.

Provides a comprehensive and critical analysis of the


methodological strengths and limitations of the study.

Comprehensive review of literature and critical analysis of key


issues.

Sustains logical argument and original ideas in both main text


and conclusions.

Thoughtful and reflective in making recommendations.

Lucidly, concisely and accurately written.

Presentation visually stimulating.

ii.

Grade B (Good)
B+ = 70-74
B = 65 69
B- = 60-64

Objectives of the study clearly stated.

Displays understanding in selection of methods of data collection.

Appropriate methods of data analysis selected.

Comprehensive review of the literature and critical analysis of key issues.

Cogent, well balanced argument put forward.

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MANUAL FOR FINAL PROJECT/DISSERTATION (QSM664/QSB674)


Bachelor of Quantity Surveying (Hons.)
Dept. of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, UiTM

Appropriate conclusions drawn and recommendations made.

Concisely and accurately written.

Demonstrates good presentation skills.

iii.

Grade C (Pass)
C+ = 55-59
C = 50-54

Objectives of study clear.

Limited choice of data collection methods.

Adequate analysis of the strengths and limitations of the study.

Wide range of the literature, key issues identified.

Adequate analysis of findings.

Logical argument advanced.

Appropriate conclusions drawn and recommendation made.

Accurately written.

Well presented.

iv.

Grade C- (Fail)
C- = 47-49

Field of enquiry and objectives of study not clearly stated.

Limited selection and use of data collection methods.

Superficial analysis of the strengths and limitations of the study.

Limited review of relevant literature.

Superficial analysis of data.

Limited conclusions drawn and recommendations made.

Competent writing skills.

Adequate presentation of materials.

v.

Grade D to E (Bad Fail)


D+ = 44-46
D = 40 43
E = 30-39

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MANUAL FOR FINAL PROJECT/DISSERTATION (QSM664/QSB674)


Bachelor of Quantity Surveying (Hons.)
Dept. of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, UiTM

Field of enquiry and objectives of study unclear.

Inappropriate choice of data collection methods.

Limited analysis of the strengths and limitations of the study.

Limited acquaintance with the literature appropriate to the chosen topic.

Limited analysis of data.

Superficial argument, lacking in structure.

Poor writing skills.

Inadequate presentation of materials.

Students who failed the Final Project/Dissertation must re-register for the Course in the
following semester and to make necessary amendment and improvement on their report based
on comments made by the supervisor and the second assessor. The maximum mark for a
second attempt is only Grade C (50%).

10.0

CONCLUSION
The Final Project/Dissertation undertaken by the students demands a regimented, diligent and
intellectual exercise. This entails the students, amongst others, to identify a research area,
determine the aim and objectives of the research, conduct a comprehensive literature review
and analysis of critical issues, understand the choice and use of appropriate methods and tools
for data collection and analysis, develop the ability to communicate logical arguments and
original ideas, be thoughtful and effective in making conclusions and recommendations, and
finally, present the findings concisely and accurately in an effective report of a professional
standard, in the form of dissertation.
In the process, the students are trained to be organized, to work independently, and ultimately,
they will acquire the relevant skill, experience and knowledge on the construction industry, in
general, and aspects of quantity surveying, in particular.

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