Faculty Regulations Concerning Undergraduate Degrees


  • Guidelines for Submission of Coursework
  • The Research Paper » HUMN3099 Caribbean Studies | PHIL3099 Research Paper in Philosophy
  • General Information for the Research Paper


General Layout
  • All essays/projects/research papers should be submitted in a typewritten format (in black ink), and are expected to be free of typographical errors.
  • Only white 8½ x 11-inch (letter size) paper of good quality should be used (75g weight is good). Be sure to number each page of the essays/projects/research papers and to assemble the pages in the right order. Put page numbers in the upper right hand corner. The student must type his/her last name or student identification (depending on the lecturer’s request) before each number.
  • Margins should be one inch all around, with double-line spacing throughout, (lengthy quotations, footnotes or endnotes may be typed single-lined spacing).
  • All essays/projects/research papers should be printed single-sided. The text font should be Times Roman with a font size of 12 points.

Documentation acknowledges the sources of the ideas and information in a student’s essays/projects/research papers. The authority for both facts and opinions not your own must be acknowledged so that your readers can have an accurate account of materials on which you have based your conclusions. You must say where you took your idea from, and you must do so in a conventional style that allows the reader to trace its source and, if necessary, to investigate its accuracy or applicability.
What to Document
Any words or passages quoted directly from sources (including sources found on the Internet) must be documented. In addition, paraphrased or restated ideas from a source must have a note as to the source of the idea. Allusions to sources within the text must also be documented. That is, if you refer to an entire text by title as an example of some element being discussed, the text needs to be documented.


In the final year of their degree programme, undergraduates reading for the BA are required to investigate some topic relating to the Caribbean, and to report the results in the form of a paper, except where permission has been given to substitute two approved alternative courses for Caribbean Studies.
Approved Alternatives include:

  • French/Spanish Translation
Students majoring in French and/or Spanish, who have maintained a B+ average or above, may submit a translation, duly approved and supervised, in fulfilment of thisrequirement.
  • Literatures in English

Students in Literatures in English may opt to substitute two of the following: LITS3501, LITS3502, LITS3601, LITS3602, LITS3603 and LITS3304.
Students who choose to do the two courses as substitution for HUMN3099 must make this completely clear in writing to the Dean during the registration period.
Students taking approved LITS alternatives should note that these two courses cannot also be considered as the compulsory courses required for the Major/Special. Students should also note that the substitute courses cannot be counted within the nine credits of Level III courses required for the Major/Special.
The topic chosen for the Study, which must not be wholly identical to Faculty coursework undertaken by the student, must normally be chosen from the student’s major area of study and must be approved by the Moderator of Caribbean Studies at the Campus at which the student will register.
Approval of Topic
Students taking HUMN3099 are required to register their topic in the semester (i.e. semester II) preceding the year in which they will be registering for the course. It is the responsibility of the student to register the topic of his/her study with the Faculty Office for formal approval by the Moderator. Any subsequent changes should also be so registered.
An outline plan indicating the scope and organisation of the proposed study, together with a bibliography or list of source materials should normally be submitted when seeking this approval.

The paper shall be between 7,000 and, 9,000 words, excluding bibliography, except with the permission of the supervisor and the Moderator for Caribbean Studies, and must be of a quality appropriate to the work of an undergraduate in the final year of the degree programme.


This course introduces final year students to techniques of research in Philosophy. Students will be able to produce a written paper, under supervision, which identifies issues and/or themes in the works of a major philosophical figure.
Nature of Assessment

  1. Students will produce an extended essay of a maximum of 4,000 words in Semester I. This essay will be marked out of 40% and consist of the student’s analysis of a work in Philosophy assigned by the lecturer.
  1. The final research paper of a maximum of 10,000 words will be chosen by the student in consultation with the lecturer. This will be marked out of 60%.
For further information, please consult the Department of History and Philosophy and the Departmental handbook.

The project develops the students’ capacity to formulate a research topic and consolidate data collection and data analytic skills. For further information, please contact the School of Education. The report should not exceed the maximum of 10,000 words.

Students are required to undertake the supervised study of an educational problem. The text should be between 8,000 to 10, 000 words.
This year long course will involve the production of a strong, well-constructed, compelling work of art in film, theatre, writing and/or dance. The student will work under the close supervision of the lecturer and be expected to make class presentations and provide a journal of his/her activities. For further information, please contact the EBCCI.

Students must ensure that their Research Paper complies with the Faculty and/or Departmental guidelines before submitting it. (See Guidelines for Submission of Coursework p. 28 for more information).
Students who do not submit a paper by the deadline date for submission shall be deemed to have failed and must register as normal in the next academic year.
Students who, having duly submitted, did not pass at the first attempt and who gained a minimum of 45% and wish to graduate without losing time may re-submit by the stipulated date, provided that all regulations governing Final Year Supplemental Examinations are observed. (See page 21 of this Handbook as well as the HUMN3099: Caribbean Studies Guidelines booklet for dates and other relevant information).
Students who fail the Research Paper on the first attempt are allowed a total of four additional submissions within a period of two years. Any change in topic must be approved by and registered with the Moderator.
Full-time students who are allowed to take more than 36 credits (12 courses) but not more than 42 credits (14 courses) in their final year to complete the degree must register their Caribbean Study as deferred. Such students will be permitted to submit their study not later than the last Friday in August before the beginning of the next academic year. The same applies to final year students who, as a result of having failed a course in Semester I, need to gain 21 credits in Semester II to complete the degree. Students in these categories should register their topic with the moderator by 31st May.
All studies shall be marked as received. However, after marking, a study may be returned for correction of minor editorial/stylistic errors, for purposes of lodgement in the Library, but not for remarking.
Online Registration of Research Paper
Students are reminded that the research paper is regarded as a year-long course carrying six (6) credits, and they are therefore required to register online for the paper in each semester.
NOTE: Students who, at the beginning of an academic year, need only the research paper to complete the degree, are reminded that they are still required to register online for this research paper and to submit the study at the normal time.


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