Theses Guide - Chapter 4


Special Instructions for Projects and Project Reports


As indicated earlier, Title V describes a project explicitly:

"A project is a significant undertaking appropriate to the fine and applied arts or to professional fields. It evidences originality and independent thinking, appropriate form and organization, and a rationale. It is described and summarized in a written abstract that includes the project's significance, objectives, methodology, and a conclusion or recommendation. An oral defense of the project may be required."
A master's project may be presented in any of a variety of appropriate media, including video cassettes, audio cassettes, slides, kits, games in boxes, teaching materials in ring binders, microcomputer diskettes, and book-type materials. Non-print media which are not acceptable include phonograph records, audio tapes on reels and film on reels. Please consult the University Thesis Coordinator for additional information.

Reports of Projects

A master's project submitted to this University must be accompanied by a report in which are summarized the project's objectives, methodology, significance, outcomes, and recommendations. The report is prepared using the same format as that for a thesis, with all appropriate frontis materials, chapters, list of references and other parts. Approval pages with original signatures must accompany all submitted copies of project reports.

The report is submitted separately when accompanying non-print media. It may be submitted separately or bound in the same volume with projects in print media, such as novels, plays, and manuals.

Number of Copies of Projects to Be Submitted

Two copies of each project, whether in print or non-print media, and two copies of the report are submitted to the University Thesis Coordinator.

Music Compositions

A music composition may be bound separately from its report. The music composition then would be accompanied by its own title page. The title page should be on paper of the same size as that used for the composition. Information about margins is provided in Chapter 3 of this guide.

Creative Writings and Manuals Bound with Reports

Novels, plays, manuals and other printed projects may be bound with their reports. The counting and numbering of pages should be continuous throughout the report and project. In addition, if the candidate desires to do so, another set of numbers may also be assigned to the pages of the project itself. This is particularly useful if the project has its own title page, table of contents and other frontis materials. In this case, and if the second set of numbers is used, the report's table of contents will list only the title of the project and the page number of the project's title page which is the basic continuous numbering scheme for the entire bound volume.

Non-Print Projects

All non-print projects must be submitted in containers which will protect the media. Both media and boxes must be labelled. Labels must be typed and include the following information: (1) name of candidate, (2) name of project, (3) department in which the candidate is seeking the degree, and (4) quarter and year in which the candidate will complete the degree. At the bottom of the report's table of contents, the following phrase should be typed: "This report is accompanied by a name of the medium, e.g., "video cassette", which is housed in the Special Collections Unit of the Library."

Audio Tapes

Audio projects may be submitted on major brand, high or extra high standard, non-metallic, sixty or ninety minute cassette tapes. Each cassette tape must be in a container designed for tape. All tapes must be protected against erasure when submitted. Recordings must be of high quality and entirely audible throughout.

Video Cassette Tapes

Television projects must be submitted for deposit in the Library and in the department on video cassette tape. For filmed projects, two video cassette tape copies must be submitted for deposit in the Library. Video cassette tapes must be major brand VHS, high or extra high standard. Tapes must be erasure protected when submitted.

Computer Diskettes, CD-ROMs or Videodiscs

Computer programs, data and knowledge bases may be submitted on diskettes, CD-ROMs or videodiscs. Each copy of a project so submitted must be in a separate container. Each must be write-protected before submission and include a printed list of all characteristics (computer or other equipment make and model, storage density, etc.) required for its subsequent use.


Slides must be 2 x 2 inches in size, mounted in glass, plastic, metal or cardboard. Slides must be numbered and each set submitted in a separate box. Each box must be appropriately labeled. Plastic album sheets are not acceptable as containers.

Contents of each slide should be described in the report of the project and captions or titles provided. Additionally, a list of the slides must be included in the report accompanying the project. The list is prepared in the format used for a list of figures. After the list, the following phrase should be inserted on the page: "Slides are housed in the Special Collections Unit of the Library."

Boxed Games

Games must be in appropriately sized, sturdy boxes. If a game contains sets of small pieces, the sets should be enclosed in sturdy plastic bags of appropriate size. The box should close securely. In addition to a complete discussion of the game, its purpose, uses, and instructions, a set of playing instructions should be included with the boxed game.


Photographs may be in black and white or in color. Photographs must be mounted so that thesis page margin requirements are met.

Other Non-Print Media

As an example, a telecommunications project might involve creation of an electronic "bulletin board." One possible, partial solution in some cases might be a videotape of the computer screen during interactive sessions.

NOTICE: For all non-print media or projects not explicitly described above, approval concerning format and other requirements must be obtained as early as possible, in writing, from the student's department and from the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.

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