The Graduation Research Paper (Trabalho de Graduação – TF) is one of the high points of the Production Engineering undergraduate course. The fifth year has a lower number of class hours precisely to enable students to focus on their TF. Concurrently, this allows professors to concentrate on providing the students with guidance, assessments and other tied to the Graduation Research Paper.
The advisor has the power and the obligation to fail his students at the TF1 level (i.e., in the first term during which the paper is prepared), TF1 being the “strong requirement” for TF2. The advisor may equally not allow the paper to be assessed (TF2, in the second term during which the paper is prepared) if the student’s performance is unacceptable.
Initially, it is explained that the written TF (as well as other papers) are nothing more than the documentation of a “problem solution.” Thus, its structure should reflect four fundamental activities:
– Precisely determining what the problem that is to be solved consists of;
– Determining what is the suitable method to find a solution for the problem;
– Achieving the solution by applying the chosen method; and
– Bibliographic research (which provides input for the proper definition of the problem and of the method).
In keeping with the General TF Rules and with the defined TF schedule, certain tracking reports are required. These should be delivered at the secretarial office by the scheduled deadlines. Failure to submit these reports and inadequate reports will cause the student to fail the requirement.
The reports must be signed by the student’s advisor, who must be aware of and in agreement with their contents. Reports that have not been signed by the advisor will be disregarded, which can cause the student to fail the requirement. It is the prerogative of the TF Coordinator, in these cases, to fail the student.
TF1 Interim Report:
This should show where the work is to be conducted, its subject and the main results achieved up to that point in time, besides a record of the meetings held with the student’s advisor. Submission of the report duly signed by the advisor means that the latter is satisfied with the progress of the work and with the execution schedule.
TF1 Final Report:
This report should show all the activities conducted during the course of the TF1, as well as the main results achieved. Additionally, it should include a development plan to take the work forward (TF2). This report will be assessed by the advisor, who should grade it and record the attendance of the advisees. This is carried out by the faculty member based on the meetings held with the advisees and the progress of the TF1 activities.
The submission of the TF1 Final Report should include the “Record of TF1 Grade and Attendance (FNF)” and its delivery must be formally acknowledged by the PRO Secretarial Office.
In sum, this report should include:
– A preliminary TF title;
– A preliminary version of the TF summary;
– A preliminary version of the TF introduction;
– The main results of the TF execution;
– Execution plan for the second term (TF2); and
– The record of the meetings held with the advisor (a list of the meetings scheduled and actually held).
As indicated in the Generals TF Rules, it is incumbent upon the advisor to control attendance and grade the student for TF1. Students with an inadequate performance (among other reasons for failing to attend the guidance meetings set by the advisor) should fail TF1 due to poor grade and/or attendance, respectively.
Each professor will assess the report, inform in the FNF the student’s respective grade and attendance and send the report with the respective FNF to the Secretarial Office by the date set in the schedule.
TF2 Interim Report:
This is meant to cover the main advances achieved in the development of the work. It is suggested that this report include all the results obtained in the survey and in the treatment of data, which makes it a sort of “preliminary version” of the final TF document. In this case again, the report should be turned in with the signature of the advisor, who must state that he or she is satisfied with the progress of the work.
The interim reports described above aim to provide the student with assurance and foster the systematic monitoring of the process of guidance and preparation of the TF. Therefore, these reports are an indicator of the evolution of the work, which should contribute to the solution of eventual problems between the student and the advisor, helping the TF coordinators to make decisions.
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