The research report is the second component of the poster presentation project. In this report you will write up the major findings from your research on the global population challenges presented on the poster presentation day. All students are expected to complete an individual written report and to submit it together with its soft copy to the tutor/ lecturer. If you have 2, 3 or 4 members in the poster presentation group, a case study with the same group’s poster topic can be used in results and discussion parts.
Your project report should contain common elements and generally follow the basic format outlined as follows:
a. Title. You can use the same title as your presentation. It should be brief, topic-specific and informative, clearly indicating the purpose and scope of your project.
b. Abstract. It should be brief summary (around 200-500 words), written in a single paragraph and should cover the scope and purpose of your paper.
c. Introduction. It sets the context for your research that should supply sufficient background to understand and evaluate the project topic without needing to refer to previous publications. Introductions generally include:
- The rationale for the present study. Why are you interested in this topic? Why is this topic worth investigating?
- Key terms and definitions (if necessary)
- An outline of the research questions and hypotheses.
d. Literature Review. It should overview the current state of research topic and to situate your project within that research. It should answer key questions about the literature, such as:
- What is the current state of knowledge on the topic?
- Where are the strengths and weaknesses of the research project?
- What further research is needed?
e. Methodology (Data and Methods). The purpose of this section is to detail how you conducted your research. You need to briefly describe the data (if applied), any sources or materials used and the approach taken.
f. Results and Discussions. Result and discussion can be separated, or it can also be presented in one section. The result should outline your findings in a consistent manner and in terms of tabular or graphic summary. Any analysis of your results occurs in the discussion section.