The UMSA also known asUniversidad Mayor de San Andrés, was founded in mid-October of the year 1830. It has more than 100 years training professionals in the territory.
The building where the most important centers are located is in the Plaza del Bicentenario. This has 13 floors and 4 of them correspond to classrooms. UMSA has more than 10 faculties within which we can mention, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical and Biochemical Sciences, the Faculty of Pure and Natural Sciences.
This includes the Max Schreier Planetarium, the Atmospheric Physics Laboratory in Chacaltaya and the Astronomical Observatory in Patacamaya. There is also the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Humanities and Educational Sciences, the Faculty of Geological Sciences, as well as the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Dentistry and the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition and Medical Technology.
The methodology used to carry out the degree thesis at UMSA is presented in 4 phases:
Phase 1 (Introduction and Function of the thesis)
The introduction allows to know a little about the topic raised in the degree project. For its part, the function of the thesis, according to the UMSA, encompasses the problem for which the work is carried out.
Phase 2 (Background, research objectives, justification and scope)
The first part, the thesis profile ath th, consists of the antecedents, which are the projects that have been executed and that have a close relationship with the work that is being developed. These not only serve as a source to extract a little information to complete the theoretical framework that will be explained shortly, but also, they give greater "support to the project in general". Following are the research objectives classified into general and specific objectives.
These allow to know clearly and precisely the reason why the degree project is carried out as well as the activities that are carried out during its execution. As for the justification, it shows the importance of the project as a whole, the project execution time, the place where they will be carried out and to whom it is directed.
Phase 3 (Theoretical Framework, Methodological Framework, Practical Framework)
The points presented below are part of 3 different sections. It begins with the theoretical framework or body of the degree work, this has all the theoretical bases used to give "footing" to the project, including from concepts to formulas. For its part, the methodological framework at THE UMSA, allows to publicize the methodological aspects used to carry out the project. This includes the type of research, the design, and the means and instruments used. And the Practical Framework contains the field study analyzes, the results and tests of the hypotheses, and the field study findings.
Phase 4 (Conclusions, Recommendations, Bibliographies and Annexes)
Finally there are the conclusions and recommendations. As its name indicates, they are the points expressed by the student, what is understood, what is suggested to consider solved the problem or prevent it from continuing to affect the masses. The Bibliographies at the UMSA allow knowing all the sources used to create the degree project.
These must contain both the publication date and the research date by the student. It is worth mentioning that the UMSA requires that they must be displayed in chronological or alphabetical order, the latter will depend on the regulations of the institution. And finally there are the annexes, they contain the graphics and tables used to support and better understand the project. They also allow to know part of the results obtained by the author or authors.
Writing Format at UMSA
- The final project must have a standard cover, dedications and the acknowledgment (s).
- The writing of the project must be impersonal, that is, in the third person. This not only allows a better understanding of the work but also provides professionalism.
- The font to use must be Arial, and be written in number 12.
- For its part, the entire text must have a single line spacing of 1.5.
- The right, top and bottom margin should be 3 cm, while the left margin 4 cm, this to allow the binding of the project.
- The cover of the document must have the name of the university, the name of the faculty and the name of the major.
- In the central or middle part, the title of the project, name of the academic tutor, and data of the author or authors must be exposed.
- On the other hand, in the case of tables and graphs, they must have the source from which they have been extracted. In case of being carried out by the student, the source will indicate the data of the same.
- When citing an author, this must be enclosed in parentheses and in turn contain the page of origin, an example would be: "As Carter pointed out (19965 pp. 130-132) ..."
- The annexes must be placed in order as it is expressed in the project, informing that on page "x" it will be very well exposed.
Printing and Approval
As for the image in general in the UMSA, the project, once printed, should not have any errors. The sheets must be all white without erasures or scratches, adding that the language used must not be offensive. The project will be canceled if it contains words that incite hatred or offensive metaphors that also limit its correct interpretation.
Once the project is approved for its subsequent presentation, the deadline must be agreed, since generally this should not exceed a period of 6 months. In case of not presenting during the stipulated time, the student has two options: to show proof of “why he did not manage to expose” or to avoid the paperwork, and to look for another topic and to execute it.
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