The first step in the EE process is to decide in which Diploma Programme subject you want to complete an in-depth study of a focused topic. This is normally one of your six chosen subjects and your supervisor will be allocated on the basis of this decision.
There are many other things you will need to to figure out early in the process including:
What kind of essay you are going to write?
How formal should your writing be?
What tense and voice (third person or first person) should you use?
Are you collecting primary data yourself or are you analysing primary and secondary sources?
The sources you use will depend on the subject you choose for your essay. For example, a topic in history or politics will likely require you to research and analyse a collection of primary & secondary sources, mostly in print. With a topic in any of the experimental sciences, you may design an experiment based on a hypothesis or question. You will then execute that experiment and analyse the results of the data you collect.
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Throughout the research and writing process, you will be encouraged to reflect on your experiences, both formally and informally.
The instructions on the RPPF are shown below. Your completed RPPF is solely used to assess criterion E. See Assessment for more details.