Course:LFS350/Final Project Report
- 15% of Final Mark
- There is a 1500 word limit for the final paper, not including tables, figures, critical reflections, appendices or references.
- The final report is a public document to be returned to your community partner(s) and available for next year's community of learners through the course website. Be tactful and respectful with your language in all parts of your report. Ensure your writing is clear and accessible to a wide audience.
- You are encouraged to include images in the report (make sure they are of good quality, i.e. > 1MB)
- Use APA style for in-text citations and reference section
- Here is an example of the style of writing to which your group should aspire.
1. Critically analyze connections between food, health, and the environment within food security discourse.
- Evaluate the contributions of different food-related academic disciplines to addressing food security issues
- Integrate disciplinary and systems approaches to understanding food security issues
2. Propose, implement and evaluate a community-based food systems project with an interdisciplinary team.
- Articulate community values and objectives within broader food system theories
- Apply the principles of Asset-Based Community Development and Food Justice to address a community food security issue
- Propose and implement a course of action to address a community food security issue
- Evaluate project outcomes to demonstrate effectiveness of collective actions
3. Interact professionally with project team members and community stakeholders
- Develop and disseminate knowledge that is useful to key stakeholders through oral and written communication
- Reflect on and assess personal experiences gained through participating in a collaborative community-based project.
- Remember, you have already composed much of this report in your project proposal and the content is the same as your infographic and presentation. Integrate feedback you have been receiving throughout the term to make your final report as strong as possible.
By the end of the introduction, the reader should know exactly what your group is trying to achieve in this report.
- Background and context, with respect to your community partner or setting and other research in the field.
- Significance - why does your project matter?
- Project objective(s) - what were they and what do you expect to accomplish?
- Data collection approach
- Ethical considerations
- Results should flow from your project objective(s) and subsequent methods.
- Consider both process and content. What did you discover through your different efforts at data collection (e.g. through interviews, surveys, observations, etc)?
- Use graphs, tables and diagrams to organize and display results (they do not contribute to word count)
- Raw data can be included in the appendix, if relevant (must be referred to in the body of the report).
Use course readings and related peer-reviewed articles from your introduction to help frame your discussion, highlighting the significance of your findings within the broader context of food system issues discussed throughout this course.
- Discuss the meaning and interpretation of your findings.
- What connections can be made amidst the results?
- In light of your results, are there limitations of your methods? What would you do differently to modify or improve your design?
- Briefly, what has your project shown?
- How has it added to what is known about the topic?
- Are there any unanswered questions?
- Where should we go from here?
- Complete one statement from each member (use Student 1, Student 2, etc. instead of your names), and each statement should be roughly 250 words in length (does not contribute to overall word count).
* One of the objectives of LFS 350 is to allow students to explore the concept of Food Justice while engaging in community-based projects. Thinking back to the beginning of the course, has your understanding of issues of food justice changed? If yes, how and why? If not, why not?