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Final project

What is

For admission to the graduate examination, you must have completed all the credits required by the educational regulations of your degree program.

The final examination consists of the discussion, before a committee, of a paper done on a topic agreed upon with the supervisor, related to a teaching present in your study plan.

The dissertation must be characterized by:

  • the originality of the topic, method and/or results obtained
  • a rigorous research method
  • complete and up-to-date bibliographical references
  • a thorough knowledge of the subject and your ability to critically analyze

You may write your paper in English but you must accompany it with an abstract in Italian. In any case, however, you will have to discuss the thesis in Italian.

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Technical Directions.

Photographic/audiovisual filming

Read the regulations of the accreditation procedure for conducting photographic and/or audiovisual filming activities inside university buildings (effective 06/28/2013).

Steps of preparation

To prepare your paper you must:

  1. request the referring lecturer and define the topic:you must contact the lecturer with whom you will do your work, always keeping in mind the deadline for registering for the final exam
  2. confirm the application online:you can only register if you have no exams due
  3. research the bibliography and study the state of the art: on the basis of the directions agreed with the lecturer, you must delve into the chosen topic
  4. write the table of contents: having retrieved and studied the material you must structure an outline outline to discuss with the lecturer
  5. write the text: after approval of the table of contents you must:
    • proceed independently to write your paper
    • read and possibly complete the bibliographic research
    • pay particular attention to the correctness of the text in Italian
    • write between 30 and 70 pages.
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Structure of the paper

The structure of the paper must be agreed with your lecturer.

Here are, however, some broad guidelines:

  • frontispiece:you may want to use this template
  • index: it can be two-level (chapters and paragraphs) or three-level (with the addition of sub-paragraphs) and should immediately bring out the content and logical consequentiality of the structuring of the paper
  • abstract (in Italian and English): it must be:
    • short
    • between 150 and 200 words
    • must explain the subject of the paper
    • clarify the rationale behind the choice of topic
    • describe in extreme summary the research method followed and the results obtained
  • chapters:we suggest you use short periods, use the impersonal form, rich vocabulary, and explain any new concepts or terms
  • conclusions:they should be clear and concise, summarize the results of the work, and hint at future developments in the topic.

Formatting

If the speaker does not give you specific directions, format the text following these standard carratteristics:

  • margins:right and left, bottom and top 3 cm
  • text alignment:justified
  • page numbers:bottom right
  • text format:Times New Roman 12 font,1.5 line spacing, first line indent 1 cm
  • footnote format:TimesNew Roman 10 font, single line spacing, no indentation
  • format of bibliography:Times New Roman12 font, single line spacing, indentation protruding 1 cm
  • character:bold only for chapter titles, paragraphs, sub-paragraphs, and for numbers and captioning of charts and tables
  • numbers:Roman numerals for chapters and Arabic numerals for paragraphs and sub-paragraphs
  • notes:at the end of the page and not at the end of the chapter, with numbering starting from 1 in each new chapter.

N.B Use this frontispiece for your thesis.

Graphs and tables

If you have to include graphs and tables in your paper, remember:

  • they must be named with the title at the top
  • they must be labeled with a sequential number from which you can tell their placement within the different chapters.
    For example: Tab. 2.3 (the third table in Ch. 2), Graph. 5.1 (the first graph in Ch. 5), Fig. 1.1 (the first figure in Ch. 1)
  • should have the source indication at the bottom unless they are graphs and tables that you have personally prepared.
    For example: Source: Istat, 2003: p. 235.

Quotes

With regard to citations you should keep in mind that:

  • in the body of the text, sources should be cited by calling out, in parentheses, the author's last name and the year of publication. Example: Income is understood as a change in the wealth conferred by the owners, caused by the conduct of business management (Zappa, 1951)
  • If it is deemed appropriate to quote a short passage literally, it should be placed in quotation marks and should indicate the page from which it was taken. Example: It seems useful to recall what Torre (2002: p. 93) argues: "an effective implementation of flexibility etc."
  • literal quotations are justified only in cases where it is really necessary to recall a thought in its original formulation or when you want to give particular emphasis to a certain statement

Bibliography

At the end of the thesis you should include an alphabetical list of the bibliography reviewed and cited in your paper.

  • Articles from scholarly journals: Pugh D.S., Hickson D.J., Hinings C.R., MacDonald K.M., Turner C., Lupton T., 1963, "A conceptual Scheme for Organizational Analysis," Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 289- 315
  • Monographs: Butera F., 1972, I frantumi ricomposti - Struttura e ideologia nel declino del "taylorismo" in America, Marsilio, Venice
  • Monographies in foreign languages of which the Italian edition has been consulted: Thompson J.D., 1967, Organizations in Action, McGraw-Hill, New York (ed. it, Organizational Action, Isedi, Turin, 1988)
  • Curatele: Rossi P., Mori M., Trinchero M. (eds.), 1975,The Problem of Sociological Explanation, Loescher, Turin
  • Book Chapters: Maggi B., 1992, "Social Research in Organizations," in Costa G. (ed.), Manual of Personnel Management, Utet, Vol. 1, pp. 83
  • Reports to Workshops and Conferences: Masino G., 2003, New Technologies for Decision Making, paper presented at the Fourth Workshop of Teachers and Researchers of Business Organization, Florence, 13
  • Web Resources: Ciani E. and De Blasio G. (2014). Sometimes they work: subsidies to the stabilization of precarious workers. Web resource found at: http://www.lavoce.info/archives/20619/funzionano-i-sussidi-stabilizzazio... (accessed June 25, 2014)
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Anti plagiarism check

N.B Remember to use sources properly, citing them both in the text and in the final bibliography and always quote third-party words in quotation marks. Remember that there are both criminal and disciplinary legal consequences for plagiarism.

To combat the misuse of sources available on the Web the texts of final papers are subjected to an anti-plagiarism check using specific software.

If your lecturer feels that you have not used sources correctly, he or she may ask you to revise your final paper and possibly postpone the degree exam to a later session.

You can make, with the consent of the lecturer, a presentation to be video-projected during the graduation session.

For more technical information you can write to contatto@economia.unige.it.

Evaluation

The final grade is the result of the sum of:

  • curricular average (expressed in one hundredths)
  • evaluation of the final paper: the maximum total score attributable to the final paper is 8 points assigned as follows:
    • from 0 to 6 points to the quality of the paper
    • from 0 to 2 points to the ability to present and discuss the paper, or responding to questions formulated by the co-rapporteur and the committee
  • eventual period abroad: if you have earned
    • from 6 to 11 cfu you will have to add 0.5 points
    • from 12 to 18 cfu you will have to add 1 point
    • beyond 18 CFUs you will have to add 2 points
  • the grade 30 cum laude: translates to 31 whatever the number of CFUs of the teaching

The final grade will be rounded:

  • by default, if the decimals are less than or equal to 5
  • by excess, if the decimals are greater than 5
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Final exam grade for students enrolled from a.y. 2009/10 to a.y. 2016/17

The final grade results from the sum of:

  • averagecurricular (expressed in hundredths): consists of the arithmetic average of your grades and weighted in relation to the number of CFUs attributed to each teaching or other educational activity
  • lodes achieved in examinations: each praise involves an addition of 0.5 points
  • evaluation of the final paper: the maximum score is 5 points divided as follows:
    • from 0 to 3 points for the quality of the written paper
    • from 0 to 2 points for the ability to present and discuss the paper, responding to questions formulated by the lecturer of reference and other members of the committee

The final grade will be rounded:

  • by default, when decimals are less than or equal to 5
  • by excess, when decimals are greater than 5

The final test is passed if you obtained a grade of not less than 66 points out of 110.

If your score reaches (or exceeds) 110, the committee may award honors only if:

  • your career has a score of at least 104
  • you have been awarded 6 points for the thesis

To obtain honors, your thesis advisor must notify the director of the request before the graduation session. The director will appoint two co-rapporteurs and also forward the reasoned request to the committee members.

Honor and dignity of press must be voted unanimously.

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Withdrawal of graduation scroll

Collection of Degree, Master's, Doctoral and Postgraduate scrolls for all schools takes place at the "UniGe World" spaces in Via Balbi 40-42 red - ground floor (opposite Via Balbi 5).

Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only by appointment, booking on the specific page for the delivery of parchments.

Delegates must submit a hard copy of the delegation signed and photocopy of the delegate's ID.