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THESIS

CAPSTONE PROJECT
GUIDELINES
TARLAC STATE UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF COMPUTER STUDIES
2014

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Prepared by:
Engr. Edjie M. De Los Reyes
Associate Dean, CCS

Reviewed by Thesis /Capstone Project Committee:

Engr. Marlon V. Gamido


Dean, CCS

Engr. Edjie M. De Los Reys


Associate Dean, CCS

Ms. Theda Flare G. Quilala


BSIT Chair

Mr. Rogel L. Quilala


BSCS Chair

Mr. Alvincent Danganan


BSIS Chair

Ms. Gloria Prellejera


AIT Chair

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I.

Introduction
The following programs under the field of Information Technology Education of
the Tarlac State University College of Computer Studies are;
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) the study of concepts and
theories, algorithmic foundations, implementation and application of information and
computing solutions.
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) the study of
utilization of computers and computer software to plan, install, customize, operate,
manage, administer and maintain information technology infrastructure.
Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS) the study of design and
implementation of solutions that integrate information technology with business
processes.
The Thesis / Capstone Project are required for candidates for graduation in all of
the above programs as indicated in section 10 of CMO. 53, s. 2006 or the Revised
Policies and Standards for IT Education. The Thesis is required for BSCS students
while Capstone Project is required both for BSIT and BSIS students. Both the Thesis and
Capstone Projects are terminal project requirements that would not only demonstrate a
students comprehensive knowledge of the area of study and research methods used but
also allow them to apply the concepts and methods to a specific problem in his/her area
of specialization.
The Thesis / Capstone Project have a number of educational objectives. Whereas
each Thesis / Capstone Project is different and the relative emphasis will vary in terms of
their specialization, the subject will involve students in:
Bringing together and integrating knowledge and skills in the course as a whole;
Reinforcing and developing competencies that have not been sufficiently
emphasized in the fundamental subjects;
Defining a substantial engineering study or design task and carrying it to
completion within a specified time and to a professional standard;
Completing a comprehensive written and bound report that places the Thesis /
Capstone Project in context, defines its objectives, and describes the work done
with the resulting conclusions or recommendations;
Bridging the gap between the undergraduate studies and the professional future,
and demonstrating professional competencies and capabilities;
Demonstrating initiative and creativity, taking pride in the achievement of a
difficult task.
Through this course, students are prepared in their respective careers. The bulk of the
work (The Thesis / Capstone Project work itself) is to be done outside of the classroom.

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II.

Thesis / Capstone Project Agenda


The Thesis / Capstone Project agenda/thrust of the College of Computer Studies
(CCS) in this university includes the following:
SECTOR
Agriculture and Livelihoods

Education

Health

Business and Economy

Media, Culture and Tourism

Environment

Governance

Urban Development

Rural Development

APPLICATIONS
Telecentres
Information on pricing and
weather for farmers
Sustainable livelihoods
Income generation
Distance Education
Teacher Training
ICT Human Capacity Building
Telemedicine
Digital Publication and Online
resources
Continuing medical education
E-Banking
International Trade
Globalization
Digital Newsrooms
Culture and culture products
Archival Technology
New Media Formats
GIS mapping
Networking of activists
Environmental Protection
Climate Change
Online Citizen Services
Social Accountability
NGO Development
Urban Planning
Service Delivery
Urban Telecentres
Rural community networks
Rural Tourism
Health Care

*Source: The Primer Series on ICTD for Youth 2011 by Prof. Usha Rani Vyasulu Reddi

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III.

Suggested Areas of Theses / Capstone Project


The Thesis or Capstone Project should integrate the different courses, knowledge,
and competencies learned in the curriculum. Students are encouraged to produce
innovative results, generate new knowledge or theories, or explore new frontiers of
knowledge or application areas.

Thesis Categories
A Thesis is a technical report on a systematic investigation of a problem that can
be solved using computing. It may include a solution, an approximate or partial solution,
a scientific investigation, or the development of results leading to the solution of the
problem. A computer science thesis should be anchored on computer science principles.
Theses involving the development of the software systems should involve algorithmbased research and development founded on computer science principles. This should be
reflected in the final report.
The Research / Theses must not be developed using the off-the-shelf application
programs. The proposed computerized system may fall in any of the following categories,
but not limited to:
Software Development and Theory
o Mobile Computing Systems
o Software Extensions or Plug-ins
o Expert Systems and Decision Support Systems
o Systems Software (Software Tools/Utilities, Interpreters, Simulators,
Compilers, Security aspects)
o Intelligent Systems
o Game Development
o Computer Vision
o Image / Signal Processing
o Natural Language Processing
o Pattern Recognition and Data Mining
o Bioinformatics
o Graphics Applications
o Cloud Computing
o Parallel Computing
o Embedded Systems
o Emerging Technologies
Foundations of Computer Science
o Automata and Formal Languages
o Data Structures and Algorithm Design and Analysis
o Web Semantics
o Coding Theory
o Programming Languages
o Visualization Systems
o Computer and Architecture
o Modeling and Simulation
Human-Computer Interaction
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o Usability
o Affective Computing
o Emphatic Computing

IT/IS Capstone Project Categories


A capstone project is an undertaking appropriate to a professional field. It should
significantly address an existing problem or need.
An information technology capstone project focuses on the infrastructure,
application, or processes involved in introducing a computing solution to a problem. It
should be clearly specified in the final report the implications of the introduced
computing solutions.
An information systems capstone project focuses on business processes and the
implications of introducing a computing solution to a problem. Changes in process and
information flow and/or information policies with the introduction of the system should
be clearly specified in the final report.
The Research / Capstone Project must not be developed using the off-the-shelf
application programs. The proposed computerized system may fall in any of the
following categories, but not limited to:
Software Development (Both IT and IS)
Software Customization
IS Development for an actual client (with pilot testing)
Web Applications Development (with at least alpha testing on live servers)
Mobile Computing Systems
Multimedia Systems (IT only)
Game Development
E-learning Systems
Interactive Systems
Information Kiosks
Network Design and Implementation and Server Farm Configuration and
Management (IT only)
IT Management (IT only)

IT Strategic Plan for sufficiently complex enterprises


IT Security Analysis, Planning and Implementation

IS Planning (IS Only)


Enterprise Resource Plan
Information Systems Strategic Plan
Analysis and Design of a sufficiently complex business system

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IV.

Policy on grouping
It is the responsibility of the student to either form a new group or join an existing
group. The group members are not limited to students enrolled in the same class or
section, however they should have the same specialization. They should all either be
BSCS, BSIT or BSIS students. No cross specialization is allowed i.e. no group shall
comprise of BSCS and BSIT or BSCS and BSIS or BSIT and BSIS etc.
The following group size is to be observed:
Software Development, maximum of five members
Hardware Development, maximum of eight members
A project will be considered as hardware development if the group can prove that
they have a significant input in the actual design/construction of the hardware and this
hardware is a main/necessary part of the project that without it, the project will not work.
The size of the group should also compensate the scope of work. The greater the
number of group members the larger the scope of work.

V.

Thesis / Capstone Project Team


The Thesis / Capstone Project team is composed of
a) For Software Development at most five (5) members.
b) For Hardware Development at most eight (8) members.
The following are the roles that the proponents/researchers should play:

For Software Development:


Group Leader / Project Manager - The person with authority to manage a
Thesis / Capstone Project. This includes but not limited to leading the planning
and the development of all Thesis / Capstone Project deliverables. The project
manager is responsible for the budget, work plan and all Project Management
Procedures (scope management, issues management, risk management, etc.).
Systems Analyst the person who checks that all parts of the system are
coordinated.
Programmers - The persons who design, write, and test computer programs.
QA Staff / Tester - A person who ensures the quality of the software product and
help find and eliminate any bugs. He determines the functionality of every aspect
of a particular application.
Documenter /Technical Writer - A person who writes the Research / Capstone
Project study document, both the system and the Research / Capstone Project
manuscript.
For Hardware Development:
In addition to the roles under software development, the following are integrated;
Software-Hardware Integrator The person who will ensure the compatibility
of the hardware and software that they will work and communicate seamlessly.

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Designer The person who will make the designs of the circuits, chassis, and the
overall package of the hardware system.
Hardware Assembler This person will be responsible for the wiring and
connection related concerns of all the parts/blocks of the system.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Proponents/Researchers


1) Keep informed of the Thesis / Capstone Project Guidelines and Policies.
2) Create your team based on policy on grouping use form CCS-TCP-FORM2.
3) Choose your Technical Adviser, to help you with the conceptualization, content
and drafting of your Thesis / Capstone Project. (CCS-TCP-FORM2)
4) Keep constant communication with your Technical Adviser. Make sure that all
deliverables are properly coordinated with your technical adviser. (CCS-TCPFORM4)
5) Keep informed of the schedule of Thesis / Capstone Project activities, required
deliverables and deadlines posted by the subject teacher, and/or Dean.
6) Keep informed of all the announcements posted on the official Thesis / Capstone
Bulletin Board and Social Media Group.
7) Submit on time all deliverables specified in this document as well as those to be
specified by the subject teacher, and/or Dean.
8) Submit on time all requirements identified by the subject teacher prior the
Proposal Hearing or Oral Defense.
9) Submit on time the requirements identified by the subject teacher throughout the
duration of the Thesis / Capstone Project.
10) Submit on time the requirements identified by the Proposal Hearing and Oral
Defense panel, based on the schedule posted in the Thesis / Capstone Bulletin
Board and/or Social Media Group,
11) Schedule regular meetings (at least twice a month) with the Technical Adviser
throughout the duration of the Thesis / Capstone Project. The meetings serve as a
venue for the proponent to report the progress of their work, as well as raise any
issues or concerns. (CCS-TCP-FORM6)
12) Schedule regular meetings (at least once in a semester) with the Dean throughout
the duration of the Thesis / Capstone Project. (CCS-TCP-FORM6)
13) Furnish every member of the Proposal Hearing and Oral Defense panel with all
the necessary Thesis / Capstone Project documents (Invitation and Documents) at
least two (2) days prior the Proposal Hearing or Oral Defense sessions. (CCSTCP-FORM9)
14) Payment of individual defense fee at the TSU cashiers office and submit
photocopy of Official Receipt (OR) to the subject teacher prior to the defense.
(CCS-TCP-FORM8)
15) Submit to the subject teacher the approved and revised documents that are duly
signed by the technical adviser. (CCS-TCP-FORM12)
16) Ensures that the documents are grammatically correct.

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Policy on Regrouping
Regrouping is allowed if less than 3 members of the group remain from the
approved title proposal AND it is done on or before the third Friday of the month of,
November for Thesis, December for Capstone Project.
Should this happen, the other remaining members may
i.
Continue their approved title BUT with a letter of intent to continue
signed by the technical adviser and approved by the dean and submitted
for filing to the subject teacher. Possible review and revision of the scope
may apply.
ii. Disband and join other groups for as long as the maximum number for
each group is followed. (The existing members of the prospect group
should unanimously accept the incoming member/s, should this happen,
possible revision of the scope may apply)

VI.

Note that the Revision of the scope must be done in consultation with the
technical adviser and subject teacher to be approved by the Proposal Hearing and
Oral Defense Panel.

Thesis / Capstone Project Committee


The Thesis / Capstone Project committee is the overseer of the whole theses /
capstone projects activities.
Composition of the committee
Chairman The Dean of the college serves as the chairman of the committee.
The following designations under the college will be the regular members of the
committee:
Associate Dean
MIT Chair
BSIT Chair
BSCS Chair
BSIS Chair
AIT Chair
Special Member/s Special member/s may be appointed as part of the
committee by the chairman with concurrence of the majority of the regular members.
Duties and Responsibilities of the committee
The following are the duties and responsibilities of the Thesis /Capstone Project
Committee:
1. Make an annual review of these guidelines and make the necessary changes to
further improve the contents for the benefit of the students.

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2. Review and approve all regular schedules pertaining to theses / capstone projects.
3. Accepts, reviews, approves, and schedules requests of special defense schedules
for thesis / capstone project.
4. Decides whether a person is to be dismissed form his / her group based on the
merits submitted and discussed by the subject teacher.
5. Makes the Final and Irrevocable Decisions concerning the theses / capstone
project activities EXCEPT on the decision of Proposal Hearing and Oral Defense
Panel.

VII.

Thesis / Capstone Project Subject Teacher and Technical Adviser


Duties and Responsibilities as the Subject Teacher
1) Discuss the Thesis / Capstone Project Guidelines to the students.
2) Announce Thesis / Capstone Project areas (at the start of the each semester) to the
students;
3) Conduct general meetings with the students to discuss and set the Policies and
Deliverables, and to allow the students to raise and clarify issues;
4) May require the teams/groups to report their progress in their own respective
studies/projects. Should this happen, the subject teacher should require the use of
CCS-TCP-FORM5 by each team/group.
5) Have the absolute right to add a student as a member to a group provided that the
maximum number of members per group is observed.
6) Select a Proposal Hearing and Oral Defense panel for each team/group;
7) Schedule Thesis / Capstone Project activities, such as the deadlines of
deliverables and Proposal Hearing and Oral Defense sessions.
8) Post schedules, Proposal Hearing and Oral Defense guidelines, requirements
guidelines, and other announcements;
9) Write the transcript and file at least one copy of the Proposal Hearing and Oral
Defense panel's evaluation (including revisions) and the Revised and Approved
Deliverables at every stage of the Thesis / Capstone Project.
10) Discuss with students how to write the parts of the Thesis / Capstone Project.
11) Ensures that the Thesis / Capstone Project proposed by the students conform to
the standard of the College and has immediate or potential impact on the research
thrust of the university.
12) Provide the students with the necessary documents.
13) Submits to the Proposal Hearing and Oral Defense panel the official lists of
groups/teams to be included in the proposal/oral defense sessions.
14) Arbitrate the proceedings of the proposal hearing / oral presentation.
15) Deliberate with the Thesis / Capstone Project Committee the merit of dismissal of
a person from his/her group, if a recommendation is raised for such an action.
16) Collect and file the receipts of defense fee payments prior the scheduled defense
session.
17) Recommends to the Proposal Hearing and Oral Defense panel the nomination of
his/her Thesis / Capstone Project team/s for an award.
18) Submits to the research coordinator the final list of approved Thesis / Capstone
Project bearing the following information; Title, Proponents, Course, Academic
Year, and Technical Adviser of the group.

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19) Encode and submit collated grades of students under his/her section for that term.

Duties and Responsibilities as the Technical Adviser


1) Ensures that the study proposed by the students conforms to the standard of the
College and has immediate or potential impact on the research thrust of the
university.
2) Guides the Research / Capstone Project students in the following tasks while in
the proposal stage:
a) Defining the research problems/objectives in clear specific terms
(S.M.A.R.T.)
b) Building a working bibliography for the research
c) Identifying variables and formulating hypothesis, if any
d) Determining research design, population to be studied, research environment,
instruments to be used and the data collection procedures
3) Meets the team regularly (at least twice a month, NOTE: the team must seek
proper appointment) to answer questions and help resolve impasses and conflicts.
Requires the use of form CCS-TCP-FORM4.
4) May recommend a Programming Language that is appropriate to the research /
project.
5) Points out errors in the development work, in the analysis, or in the
documentation. The technical adviser must remind the Proponents/Researchers to
do their work properly.
6) Reviews thoroughly all deliverables at every stage of the Thesis / Capstone
Project, to ensure that they meet the department's standards. The technical adviser
may also require his/her Proponents/Researchers to submit progress reports
regularly.
7) Recommends the Proponents/Researchers for Proposal Hearing and Oral Defense.
The technical adviser should not sign the Proposal Hearing Notice and the Oral
Defense Notice if he/she believes that the Proponents/Researchers are not yet
ready for Proposal Hearing and Oral Defense, respectively.
8) Clarifies points during the Proposal Hearing and Oral Defense.
9) Write/jot down recommendations during the proposal hearing and oral defense.
10) Ensures that all required revisions are incorporated into the appropriate
documents and/or software.
11) Informed of the schedule of Thesis / Capstone Project activities, required
deliverables and deadlines.
12) May recommend a members dismissal from the group to the Subject Teacher
under any of the following conditions:
a. The assigned deliverables to his/her designated role is not accomplished
and submitted in time (three chances).
b. Unreasonable tardiness and absenteeism in groups meetings (five
accumulated).
c. Uncooperative in groups objectives and goals.
d. At least 51% of the remaining group members agree through a formal
written letter with their signatures affixed that the member in question is to
be dismissed.

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13) Recommends to the subject teacher the nomination of his/her Thesis / Capstone
Project advisee for an award.
14) As a special adviser, he/she is responsible to be:
a. An encourager
b. A dictator
c. A pushy boss
d. A connector

VIII.

Panel Composition
The panel is composed of 1 Chairman, 2 members. Their duties and
responsibilities include the following, but not limited to:

Duties and Responsibilities of the Panel


Chairman
1) Brief the Proponents/Researchers about the Proposal Hearing and Oral Defense
program during the actual Proposal Hearing and Oral Defense.
2) Issue the verdict. The verdict is a mutual decision among the three members of
the Thesis / Capstone Project Proposal Hearing and Oral Defense panel. Once
issued, it is final and irrevocable.
Panel Members
1) Validate the endorsement of the technical adviser. The panel serves as "Internal
Auditors", putting some form of check and control on the kinds of Researches /
Theses / Capstone Projects being approved by the College.
2) Evaluate the deliverables.
3) Recommend a verdict.
4) Listen and consider the request of the technical adviser and/or the
Proponents/Researchers.

IX.

Research / Capstone Project Duration


The BSCS Thesis shall be completed within two semesters (Thesis 1 and Thesis
2) while the BSIT and BSIS Capstone Project is to be completed within one semester
with the following phases:

Pre-proposal Stage

Thesis / Capstone Orientation


Short Listing of Possible Research / Thesis / Capstone Project
Title Critiquing
Pre-Proposal Statement Preparation
Pre-Proposal Hearing by Thesis / Capstone Committee

Proposal Stage

Writing of Chapters I, II, III and Methodology


Proposal Manuscript Submission
Proposal Hearing

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Proposal Manuscript Revisions and Submission

Oral Defense Stage

Analysis, Design, Development and Testing


Oral Defense Manuscript Submission
Oral Defense Proper
Oral Defense Manuscript Revisions and Submission

Public Presentation

X.

Public Presentation of recommended studies / theses / capstone projects.


Other Options
o Regional Student Congress
Presentations to Philippine Computing Science Congress of CSP,
National Conference on IT Education of PSITE

Grading System
Proposal Stage
The Final Grade of each proponent for the proposal stage will comprise of the following:
Average grade of the Panel Members including the 40%
Chairman on the Manuscript
Average grade of the Panel Members including the 20%
Chairman on the Oral Examination
Subject Teacher Thesis / Capstone Project
30%
Co-Researcher (Peer Grading)
10%
TOTAL
100%
Oral Examination Rubric (Individual grade) 20%
Comprehensiveness of the Answer/Ideas
Contribution/Support to the Team
Delivery / Manner of Speaking
The rating/evaluation of the subject/adviser
Proponents/Researchers shall be based on the following:
Subject Teacher Grade Rubric 30%
Deliverables
Attendance
Journal Entries / Attitude / Behavior

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The rating of each group/team per panel member shall be based on the following
rubric for objective evaluation purposes:
Thesis / Capstone Project Manuscript Rubric (group/team grade) 40%
Proposal Stage
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Chapter 1 Introduction
Introduction is intact and provides clear overview of the entire
Research / Capstone Project
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Statement of the Problem/ Objectives is SMART


Scope and Limitation of the Research / Capstone Project are
clearly defined
Chapter 2 Review of Related Literature / System
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Related literatures are recent and relevant
Anchor provides solid background of the Research / Capstone
Project
Auxiliary theories are evident
Sources are appropriately cited and noted
Related studies are relevant and includes global and local scope
Chapter 3 Technical Background
10
There should be comprehensive discussions on the technologies
(hardware/software) involved in the Research / Capstone Project
and its related Research / Capstone Projects in the past
Chapter 4 Methodology
15
Proposal Hearing / Thesis 1
Methodology is appropriate to the chosen study.
Methodology includes project management techniques
appropriate for the chosen Research / Capstone Project.
Implementation Plan should be aligned with the objectives
Manuscript Mechanics
Organization and Fluidity of ideas are apparent
Formatting and layout are consistent
All parts of the manuscript should be grammatically correct

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Legend:
5/10 Exemplary Performance
4/8 Meeting Expectations

3/6 Needs Attention


2/4 Critical Area for Improvement

Verdicts for the proposal hearing


There will be three possible verdicts after the Proposal Hearing. The verdict is a
mutual decision among the three members of the Thesis / Capstone Project Oral Defense
panel. Once issued, it is final and irrevocable.
APPROVED. Minor revisions are necessary but they do not have to be
presented in front of and checked by all panelists. 86 100
APPROVED WITH REVISIONS. Major revisions shall be incorporated in
the final copy of the revised Thesis / Capstone Project Proposal Manuscript.
These must be checked and presented to the panelists. 70 85
DISAPPROVED. The Proponents/Researchers failed to propose a researchable
or scholarly Research / Capstone Project. Below 70

Final Stage
The Final Grade of each proponent for the final oral defense
following:
Thesis / Capstone Project Output (Group Grade)
Final Manuscript (Group Grade)
Oral Examination (Individual Grade) same rubric with
proposal

will comprise of the


40%
20%
20%

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Skills Test
TOTAL

20%
100%

Thesis / Capstone Project Output Rubric(Group Grade) 40%


The output should be consistent with the objectives as defined during 15
the proposal stage
All major modules and features of the systems output as defined after 15
the proposal stage are delivered. The credit shall be based on the
percentage of delivered items.
Group Debugging
10
The team shall display competence in resolving planted bugs.
Thesis / Capstone Project Manuscript (group/team grade) 20%
Chapter 1 Introduction
Introduction is intact and provides clear overview of the entire
Research / Capstone Project
Statement of the Problem/ Objectives is SMART
Scope and Limitation of the Research / Capstone Project are
clearly defined
Chapter 2 Review of Related Literature / System
Related literatures are recent and relevant
Anchor provides solid background of the Research / Capstone
Project
Auxiliary theories are evident
Sources are appropriately cited and noted
Related studies are relevant and includes global and local scope
Chapter 3 Technical Background
There should be comprehensive discussions on the technologies
(hardware/software) involved in the Research / Capstone Project
and its related Research / Capstone Projects in the past
Chapter 4 - Methodology
Methodology is appropriate to the chosen study.
Methodology includes project management techniques
appropriate for the chosen Research / Capstone Project.
Implementation Plan should be aligned with the objectives
Requirements Specification is more or less complete and
answers the objectives
Design Tools used are relevant and appropriate which should be
based on requirements
Development Plan is concrete and should be consistent with the
Design
Testing techniques to be used should assess all aspects of the
developed Research / Capstone Project
Final Pages
Findings and Conclusions are attuned with the objectives
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Recommendations are feasible and practical


Bibliography should be in MLA Format
Appendices are relevant and help support the principal content
Glossary should be arranged alphabetically and defined
operationally
Manuscript Mechanics
10
Organization and Fluidity of ideas are apparent
5
Formatting and layout are consistent
10
All parts of the manuscript should be grammatically correct
Legend:
5/10 Exemplary Performance
4/8 Meeting Expectations

3/6 Needs Attention


2/4 Critical Area for Improvement

Verdicts
ACCEPTED WITH REVISIONS. Revisions are necessary but they do not
have to be presented in front and checked by all panelists. 70 to 100
REORAL DEFENSE. Another Oral Defense session, in which all panelists
must be present, is necessary to further clarify the objectives and scope of the
thesis / capstone project including but not limited to the systems functions and
testing / validation. 65 to 69 and upon the panels unanimous decision
NOT ACCEPTED. The proponent failed to achieve the objectives of the
research established in the proposal. The panelists numeric grades are not
anymore needed. Below 65

XI.

Guidelines for the Proponents


1. The students shall form a team with maximum of for software development five
(5) members and for hardware development eight (8) members. They then decide
who will play the following roles Project Manager, Systems Analyst,
Programmer, QA Staff/Tester, Document/Technical Writer, Software-Hardware
Integrator, Designer, and Hardware Assembler the latter three are for hardware
development only. Fill up the form CCS-TCP-FORM1 and submit it to the
subject teacher.
2. The proponents/researchers of the thesis/capstone project shall prepare five (5)
different possible topics/titles, and present/consult these topics to the subject
teacher for short listing.
3. The team shall select a qualified technical adviser. Use the Technical Adviser
Acceptance Form. (CCS-TCP-FORM2)
4. The proponents / researchers shall make the Pre-Proposal Statements of each of
the short-listed topics/titles. Fill-up and complete the form Pre-Proposal Statement
Template. (CCS-TCP-FORM3)
5. The proponents submit the pre-proposal statements as scheduled to the subject
teacher. See the general schedule posted on the official bulletin board, social
media group. The proponents waits for the results of the pre-proposal hearing by
the Theses / Capstone Project Committee to be posted on the bulletin board and
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6. The result of pre-proposal hearing can either be Passed or Failed. If the preproposal statements
a. Passed the proponents shall write the proposal stage manuscripts/documents,
chapters 1, 2 , 3 and part of the Methodology, in regular consultation with the
Technical Adviser. Use the progress report with technical adviser form to
document the consultation of the proponents with the technical adviser. (CCSTCP-FORM4)
b. Failed, the proponents repeats steps 2 to 6. (To be scheduled as needed by the
subject teacher)
7. Submit the following deliverables to the subject teacher;
a. Complete Manuscript (Proposal or Final Stage Manuscript whichever is
appropriate)
b. Endorsement Letter (CCS-TCP-FORM7)
c. Accomplish the Oral Presentation Form (CCS-TCP-FORM8) with photocopy
of Official Receipt (O.R.) of defense fee.
8. Wait for Oral Defense schedule to be posted at the bulletin board and social media
group.
9. Invite and furnish copies of the complete manuscript to the panel members. (CCSTCP-FORM9)
10. Provide each panel member including the chairman with the duly accomplished
rating form during the defense session. (CCS-TCP-FORM10)
11. During the defense proper, the proponents should come on their corporate attire
and in proper grooming and have prepared the following:
a. Proposal Hearing ( Title Defense )
a.1. Powerpoint presentation for each title to be proposed.
a.2. To answer the queries / questions from the panel members in English.
b. Oral Presentation ( Final Defense )
b.1. Powerpoint presentation
b.2. To answer the queries / questions from the panel members in English.
b.3. Bring the 100% working Software and Hardware if applicable.
b.4. If in case that the Hardware is impractical to bring during the oral
presentation, you must provide a presentable HD video showing all parts /
components / functionalities / testing of the system. (Video is to be qualified by
the subject teacher prior to the defense. CCS-TCP-FORM11)
b.5. The proponents shall inform and make the necessary arrangements
with the chosen locale of the possibilities of a random verification of the system
by the Thesis / Capstone Project Committee.
12. After the oral presentation, the proponents will have to wait to be called back-in
in the presentation area for the delivery of the verdict, while the panel members
deliberate on the result of the presentation.
13. The subject teacher will call the proponents back in the presentation area to
receive the verdict.
14. If the verdict is
a. For the Proposal Stage
i. APPROVED
1. Accomplish the recommendations of the panel members
within the prescribed time. Use the accomplishment of
recommendations form. (CCS-TCP-FORM12)
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2. Submit the revised manuscript to the subject teacher. Use


the receiving notice form (CCS-TCP-FORM15).
3. Start the design and development of the proponents thesis /
capstone
project
together
with the
necessary
documentations. Repeat the process from step 8 to 14 for
the Oral Presentation ( Final Stage ).
ii. APPROVED WITH REVISIONS
1. Accomplish all the recommendations of the panel members
within the prescribed time. Use the accomplishment of
recommendations form. (CCS-TCP-FORM12)
2. Submit the revised manuscript to the subject teacher. Use
the receiving notice form (CCS-TCP-FORM15).
3. Re-apply for another proposal hearing schedule (CCS-TCPFORM16). Submit the form to the subject teacher
iii. DISAPPROVED
1. Repeat and go back to step 2.
2. Upon completing the necessary documents and procedures.
Request a defense schedule (CCS-TCP-FORM16). Submit
the form to the subject teacher.
b. For the Final Stage
i. ACCEPTED WITH REVISIONS
1. Accomplish all the recommendations of the panel members
within the prescribed time. Use the accomplishment of
recommendations form. (CCS-TCP-FORM12)
2. Seek approval of the inclusions of recommendations with
grammarians certificate (CCS-TCP-FORM13) to the panel
members. Use the approval sheet form. (CCS-TCPFORM14)
3. Submit the completely signed approval sheet (CCS-TCPFORM14) to the subject teacher for the encoding of the
proponents grades into the system.
ii. REORAL DEFENSE
1. Accomplish all the recommendations of the panel members
within the prescribed time. Use the accomplishment of
recommendations form. (CCS-TCP-FORM12)
2. Submit the revised manuscript to the subject teacher. Use
the receiving notice form (CCS-TCP-FORM15).
3. Re-apply for another oral presentation schedule. Submit the
form to the subject teacher. (CCS-TCP-FORM16)
iii. NOT ACCEPTED
1. Re-enroll and change title / study / thesis / capstone project.

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XII.

Guidelines on Defense Schedule


1. All subject teachers will prepare and request for defense schedule approval to the
Thesis / Capstone Project Committee.
2. A maximum of 10 groups will be scheduled per day.
3. Special defense schedule (defense schedule other than what is posted) can be
requested by proponents to the thesis / capstone project committee upon the
following conditions:
a. A recommendation from the technical adviser and noted by the subject
teacher. (CCS-TCP-FORM17)
b. At least three (3) working days prior the final exam schedule of fourth
year / graduating students.
c. It is on a First Come First Serve basis in scheduling the groups to observe
the maximum number of groups per defense day (Guideline Number 2).
4. No show on scheduled defense means forfeiture of rights in the request of a
defense schedule within the current semester.
5. All defense schedules will be held prior to the final examination schedule
(graduating students) for the current semester.

XIII.

Guidelines on Clearance
The clearance of a student is required in claiming his/her Transcript of Records. For the
clearance to be signed, the student should accomplish the following:
1. Submit to the college research coordinator the following;
a. CD that contains,
i. Codes of the system. (Run from Source)
ii. Installer with all necessary dependencies
iii. Document (Journal type) follow ACM format. See CCS-TCPExhibit B.
iv. CD cover with Title of the study / project, Names of proponents,
Technical Adviser, Academic Year the study was made, Course,
and Installation procedures.
b. Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) or Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) whichever is appropriate.
c. For Hardware development
i. Deed of Donation. (CCS-TCP-FORM20)
ii. Technical Manual of the System
With proper, complete and correct labeling of the system
Use the Thesis/Capstone Clearance form. (CCS-TCP-FORM18)
2. Submit a Hard Bound Copy of your manuscript to
a. Registrars Office
b. Library
On or before the due date posted on the official bulletin board and social media
group. Use the acceptance/receiving form. (CCS-TCP-FORM19)
3. The proponent should have a copy of the forms CCS-TCP-FORM18 and CCSTCP-FORM19 when seeking for the signature of the dean on her/his final
clearance.

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XIV.

General Schedule of Activities for Thesis / Capstone Project

MONTH
JUNE

JULY

THESIS ACTIVITIES

CAPSTONE PROJECT
ACTIVITIES

The Subject Teacher will do Note: Since Capstone will be


the following:
enrolled on the second
semester, the activities will
Orientation
start on July and it is
Discussion
of OPTIONAL to those who
Guidelines
are willing to join and have a
Lecture on how to head start.
write the parts of the
All activities from July to
thesis
October will be handled by
the Chairperson of the
department.

Consultation
of
possible topics/titles

AUGUST

Shortlisting
of
topics/titles by the
subject teacher.
Pre-proposal Hearing

Topic/Title
Screening
by
Thesis/Capstone
Committee.

Orientation
by
department
Discussion
of
Guidelines
Consultation
of
possible topics/titles
Shortlisting
of
topics/titles by the
department chair.
Pre-proposal Hearing

Topic/Title
Screening
by
Thesis/Capstone
Committee.

SEPTEMBER

Proposal Hearing

Proposal Hearing

OCTOBER

Re-Proposal Hearing
if
needed
(Redefense)
Submission of final
proposal
stage
manuscripts
(Chapters 1, 2, 3 and

Re-Proposal Hearing
if
needed
(Redefense)

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NOVEMBER

part of 4)
Progress reporting to For those who passed the
proposal stage:
the subject teacher.
First Loop - System
Submission of final
development should
proposal
stage
be 25% - 45%
manuscripts
completed
(Chapters 1, 2, 3 and
part of 4)
First Loop - System
development should
be 25% - 45%
completed
Others:

DECEMBER

Orientation
Discussion
of
Guidelines
Pre-proposal Hearing

Topic/Title
Screening
by
Thesis/Capstone
Committee.

Progress reporting to For those who passed the


proposal stage:
the subject teacher.
Second
Loop
Progress reporting to
System development
the subject teacher.
should be 46% - 75%
Second
Loop
completed
System development
should be 46% - 75%
completed
Others:

Proposal Hearing
Re-proposal hearing
if needed.
Submission of final
proposal
stage
manuscripts
(Chapters 1, 2, 3 and

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JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

Progress reporting to
the subject teacher.
Third Loop - System
development should
be 76% - 99%
completed.
Continuous testing
and debugging to get
the 100% working
system.

Progress reporting to
the subject teacher.
Completion of the
Final Manuscript for
Oral presentation
100% Working and
Completed system
Oral Presentation

First week - last


schedule
of
presentation
Second
week
submission
of
requirements
Submission of hard
bound copies of final
manuscript

part of 4)
First Loop - System
development should
be 25% - 45%
completed
Second
Loop
System development
should be 46% - 75%
completed
Progress reporting to
the subject teacher.
Third Loop - System
development should
be 76% - 99%
completed.
Continuous testing
and debugging to get
the 100% working
system.
Progress reporting to
the subject teacher.
Completion of the
Final Manuscript for
Oral presentation
100% Working and
Completed system
Oral Presentation
First week - last
schedule
of
presentation
Second
week
submission
of
requirements
Submission of hard
bound copies of final
manuscript

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XV.

List of Official Thesis/Capstone Project Forms and Templates


CCS-TCPFORM
NUMBER
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

TITLE
Research / Project Team Members Role Form
Technical Adviser Acceptance Form
Pre-proposal Statement Template
Technical Advisers Progress Report Form
Subject Teachers Progress Report Form
Report of Attendance Template
Endorsement Letter Template
Oral Presentation Form
Notice of Invitation Template
Rating Form
Video Presentation Qualification Form
Inclusions of Recommendations Form
Grammarians Certificate Form
Approval Sheet Template
Document Routing Form
Application for an Oral Presentation Form
Recommendation for Special Defense Schedule Form
Thesis / Capstone Clearance Form
Acknowledgement Form
Deed of Donation Template

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XVI.

Thesis / Capstone Project Manuscript Outline

Title Page
Approval Sheet
Dedication (free form)
Acknowledgement
Abstract (Paragraph Style)
Table of Contents (strictly use MS Word Table of Contents feature)
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Notations (appendices)
Chapter I Introduction
o Project Context
o Purpose and Description of the Project
o Objectives of the Project
o Scope and Limitations of the Project
Chapter II Review of Related Literature/System
o Related Literature / Theoretical Background
o Related Studies/System
Chapter III Technical Background
o Technical Requirements
o Conceptual Framework
o How the project will work
Chapter IV Methodology
o Environment (only for org-specific capstone project)
Locale
Population of the Study
Organizational Chart/Profile
o Development Methodology
Requirements Specifications
Operational Feasibility
o Fishbone Diagram (Cause and Effect Analysis of
the Problem)
o Functional Decomposition Diagram
Technical Feasibility
o Compatibility checking (hardware / software and
other technologies)
o Relevance of the technologies
Schedule Feasibility
o Gantt Chart of the system development
Economic Feasibility

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o Cost and Benefit Analysis


o Cost Recovery Scheme
o System Development Methodology (Choose whichever is applicable)
Requirements Modeling
Input
Process
Output
Performance
Control
Modeling Tools
o Data and Process Modeling
Context Diagram
Data Flow Diagram
System Flowchart
Program Flowchart (highlights only)
o Object Modeling
Use Case Diagram
Class Diagram
Sequence Diagram
Activity Diagram
Risk Assessment/Analysis
o Design
Output and User-Interface Design
Forms
Reports
Data Design
Entity Relationship Diagram
Data Dictionary
System Architecture
Network Model
Network Topology
Security
o Development
Software Specification
Hardware Specification
Program Specification
Programming Environment
Front End
Back End
Deployment Diagram
Test Plan
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o Testing
Unit Testing
Integration Testing
Compatibility Testing
Performance Testing
Stress Testing
Load Testing
System Testing
Acceptance Testing
Chapter V Conclusions and Recommendations
o Conclusions (summary of findings with respect to the objectives)
o Recommendations
Implementation Plan (for IS only)
o Project Implementation Checklist
o Implementation Contingency
o Infrastructure/Deployment
BIBLIOGRAPHY (See CCS-TCP-EXHIBIT A)
APPENDICES
o Relevant Source Code
o Evaluation Tool
o Sample Input / Output / Reports
o Users Guide
o Other Relevant Documents
o Working Title Form
o Grammarians Certification
o Curriculum Vitae
GLOSSARY

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TITLE PAGE
1inch margin

Single space

LEARNING STYLES OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS SOPHOMORE


STUDENTS IN THE DIVISION OF TARLAC
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double space

A Capstone Project Presented to

The Faculty of the College of Computer Studies


Tarlac State University
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Tarlac City
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In Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirement for the Degree
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
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by
JOHANNA KAREN C. CASTILLO
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March 2000

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CCS-TCP-EXHIBIT A : Writing a Bibliography in APA Format


Source: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fairprojects/project_apa_format_examples.shtml
Below are standard formats and examples for basic bibliographic information
recommended by the American Psychological Association (APA). For more information
on the APA format, see http://www.apastyle.org.
Basics
Your list of works cited should begin at the end of the paper on a new page with the
centered title, References. Alphabetize the entries in your list by the author's last name,
using the letter-by-letter system (ignore spaces and other punctuation.) Only the initials
of the first and middle names are given. If the author's name is unknown, alphabetize by
the title, ignoring any A, An, or The.
For dates, spell out the names of months in the text of your paper, but abbreviate them in
the list of works cited, except for May, June, and July. Use either the day-month-year
style (22 July 1999) or the month-day-year style (July 22, 1999) and be consistent. With
the month-day-year style, be sure to add a comma after the year unless another
punctuation mark goes there.
Underlining or Italics?
When reports were written on typewriters, the names of publications were underlined
because most typewriters had no way to print italics. If you write a bibliography by hand,
you should still underline the names of publications. But, if you use a computer, then
publication names should be in italics as they are below. Always check with your
instructor regarding their preference of using italics or underlining. Our examples use
italics.
Hanging Indentation
All APA citations should use hanging indents, that is, the first line of an entry should be
flush left, and the second and subsequent lines should be indented 1/2".
Capitalization, Abbreviation, and Punctuation
The APA guidelines specify using sentence-style capitalization for the titles of books or
articles, so you should capitalize only the first word of a title and subtitle. The exceptions
to this rule would be periodical titles and proper names in a title which should still be
capitalized. The periodical title is run in title case, and is followed by the volume number
which, with the title, is also italicized.
If there is more than one author, use an ampersand (&) before the name of the last author.
If there are more than six authors, list only the first one and use et al. for the rest.
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Place the date of publication in parentheses immediately after the name of the author.
Place a period after the closing parenthesis. Do not italicize, underline, or put quotes
around the titles of shorter works within longer works.
Format Examples
Books
Format:
Author's last name, first initial. (Publication date). Book title. Additional information.
City of publication: Publishing company.
Examples:
Allen, T. (1974). Vanishing wildlife of North America. Washington, D.C.: National
Geographic Society.
Boorstin, D. (1992). The creators: A history of the heroes of the imagination. New York:
Random House.
Nicol, A. M., & Pexman, P. M. (1999). Presenting your findings: A practical guide for
creating tables. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Searles, B., & Last, M. (1979). A reader's guide to science fiction. New York: Facts on
File, Inc.
Toomer, J. (1988). Cane. Ed. Darwin T. Turner. New York: Norton.
Encyclopedia & Dictionary
Format:
Author's last name, first initial. (Date). Title of Article. Title of Encyclopedia (Volume,
pages). City of publication: Publishing company.
Examples:
Bergmann, P. G. (1993). Relativity. In The new encyclopedia britannica (Vol. 26, pp.
501-508). Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica.
Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary (10th ed.). (1993). Springfield, MA: MerriamWebster.
Pettingill, O. S., Jr. (1980). Falcon and Falconry. World book encyclopedia. (pp. 150155). Chicago: World Book.
Tobias, R. (1991). Thurber, James. Encyclopedia americana. (p. 600). New York:
Scholastic Library Publishing.
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Magazine & Newspaper Articles


Format:
Author's last name, first initial. (Publication date). Article title. Periodical title, volume
number(issue number if available), inclusive pages.
Note: Do not enclose the title in quotation marks. Put a period after the title. If a
periodical includes a volume number, italicize it and then give the page range (in regular
type) without "pp." If the periodical does not use volume numbers, as in newspapers,
use p. or pp. for page numbers.
Note: Unlike other periodicals, p. or pp. precedes page numbers for a newspaper
reference in APA style.
Examples:
Harlow, H. F. (1983). Fundamentals for preparing psychology journal articles. Journal of
Comparative and Physiological Psychology, 55, 893-896.
Henry, W. A., III. (1990, April 9). Making the grade in today's schools. Time, 135, 28-31.
Kalette, D. (1986, July 21). California town counts town to big quake. USA Today, 9, p.
A1.
Kanfer, S. (1986, July 21). Heard any good books lately? Time, 113, 71-72.
Trillin, C. (1993, February 15). Culture shopping. New Yorker, pp. 48-51.
Website or Webpage
Format:
Online periodical:
Author's name. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number,
Retrieved month day, year, from full URL
Online document:
Author's name. (Date of publication). Title of work. Retrieved month day, year, from full
URL
Note: When citing Internet sources, refer to the specific website document. If a document
is undated, use "n.d." (for no date) immediately after the document title. Break a lengthy
URL that goes to another line after a slash or before a period. Continually check your
references to online documents. There is no period following a URL.
Note: If you cannot find some of this information, cite what is available.

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Examples:
Devitt, T. (2001, August 2). Lightning injures four at music festival. The Why? Files.
Retrieved January 23, 2002, from http://whyfiles.org/137lightning/index.html
Dove, R. (1998). Lady freedom among us. The Electronic Text Center. Retrieved June
19, 1998, from Alderman Library, University of Virginia website:
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/subjects/afam.html
Note: If a document is contained within a large and complex website (such as that for a
university or a government agency), identify the host organization and the relevant
program or department before giving the URL for the document itself. Precede the URL
with a colon.
Fredrickson, B. L. (2000, March 7). Cultivating positive emotions to optimize health and
well-being. Prevention & Treatment, 3, Article 0001a. Retrieved November 20, 2000,
from http://journals.apa.org/prevention/volume3/pre0030001a.html
GVU's 8th WWW user survey. (n.d.). Retrieved August 8, 2000, from
http://www.cc.gatech.edu/gvu/usersurveys/survey1997-10/
Health Canada. (2002, February). The safety of genetically modified food crops.
Retrieved March 22, 2005, from http://www.hcsc.gc.ca/english/protection/biologics_genetics/gen_mod_foods/genmodebk.html
Hilts, P. J. (1999, February 16). In forecasting their emotions, most people flunk out. New
York Times. Retrieved November 21, 2000, from http://www.nytimes.com

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CCS-TCP-EXHIBIT B : ACM Format

ACM Word Template for SIG Site


1st Author
2nd Author
3rd Author
1st
author's
affiliation2nd
author's
affiliation3rd
author's
affiliation
1st
line
of
address1st
line
of
address1st
line
of
address
2nd
line
of
address2nd
line
of
address2nd
line
of
address
Telephone number, incl.Telephone number, incl.Telephone number, incl.
country code
country code
country code
1st author's email address
2nd E-mail
3rd E-mail

ABSTRACT

In this paper, we describe the formatting


guidelines for ACM SIG Proceedings.

Categories and Subject Descriptors


D.3.3
[Programming
Languages]:
Language Contructs and Features
abstract data types, polymorphism,
control structures. This is just an example,
please use the correct category and
subject descriptors for your submission.
The ACM Computing Classification
Scheme: http://www.acm.org/class/1998/
General Terms
Your general terms must be any of the
following
16
designated
terms:
Algorithms, Management, Measurement,
Documentation, Performance, Design,
Economics, Reliability, Experimentation,
Security, Human Factors, Standardization,
Languages, Theory, Legal Aspects, and
Verification.
Keywords
Keywords are your own designated
keywords.
INTRODUCTION

The proceedings are the records of the


conference. ACM hopes to give these
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The heading for sub subsections should be in


Times New Roman 11-point italic with initial
letters capitalized.

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