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Wood Technology Timber Processing I FTP 1002
Assignment: Wood products report
Programme: Wood Technology
Assigned by: Barry Muller
Date given: 25 November 2020
Due Date: 14 December 2020, 9:00 am
Selection instructions
• Write a seminar report on any forest products your choice.
• Submit copies in Turnitin via Moodle platform.
o No email assignments allowed.
o You can only submit your assignment. You can submit as many times as you like before the assignment closes.
o No extension whatsoever. Be it network failure, power outage, hardware or software failure or oversleeping and forgetting. You must anyway submit BEFORE the due date to test similarities.
o The system cannot allow any late submissions. Should you have submitted a ‘draft’ that will be marked.
o Turnitin will highlight similarities. You will be able to see were you need to repair your content and resubmit until you are happy with your submission.
o It takes a few hours for Turnitin to look for similarities, allow for 24 hrs. o Submit in PDF file format
• The report must be at least five written pages.
• References:
o You must have at least two textbook/journal references o No class notes references. o You can have as many other references as you please. o Make sure your referencing method and style are correct.
o Your report will be given back for redo should your referencing be substandard, so be sure to get it right.
o There is a very good document from the writing centre regarding this, use it.
• Make sure that you use the correct template (seminar) from the academic development centre.
• The report must cover the following topics about the products:
o Introduction, product history and development.
o Description of the product (figure are very useful here) o The application purpose (use) of the product (figures work well in this part). o Manufacturing process (flow diagrams work well for this part).
o Comparison listing advantages and disadvantages of the product comparing to other products that has the same use. Example: Give reasons why you would propose wooden floors, but also listing the challenges of wooden floors when comparing to concrete tile floors.
o Local and international market (Is this product manufactures in RSA? If not why and where in the world is it being manufactured? If manufactured in RSA where and who, at what volumes?)
Choose two of the following topics, no student with same topic.
Non-wood or engineered products wood Solid wood products
1. Cork 1. Cooperage
2. Rubber 2. Mining timber
3. Essential oils 3. Pallets and bins
4. Glues and resins 4. Poles
5. Charcoal 5. Fire wood
6. Paper 6. Railway sleepers
7. Cellulose pulp 7. Tool handles
8. Nano cellulose 8. Shingles and shakes
9. Musical instruments 9. Chopsticks
10. Furniture 10. Cable reels
11. Particleboard 11. Flooring
12. Matches
12. Structural timber
13. Medium density fibreboard
14. Musical instruments
15. OSB
16. Pencils
• Your report will be marked using the assessment rubric attached to this document.
• Make sure you understand these criteria and align your report to this assessment.
• This report will count 25% towards your class mark.

NMMU George Campus
Assessment rubric for assignments/seminar and scientific reports/experiential training reports
Assignment title
Student name Student Number
SECTION 1: Technical requirements mark student
1a Structure
Advice includes: typed and stapled; official cover page (no logo or figure); table of contents; list of figures, tables and annexures (if relevant); sections - introduction, body, conclusion; reference list; and plagiarism declaration. 5
1b Format
Advice includes: font size – 12 (tables 10); font style – Arial, New Times Roman; line spacing – 1.5; margins – 2.4; headings and heading numbers; and page numbers. 5
1c Language and spelling
Advice includes: evidence of editing; sentences well-constructed; use of tenses correct; and use of linking words to create discussion. 5
Use of figures and tables
Advice includes: relevant to topic; quality excellent and no distortion; size consistent; referred to in the text; numbered correctly; label formatted correctly; centred on page; and reflected in list of figures/tables. 5
1e Referencing
Advice includes: quality selection of sources – from journals, books, e-journals and e-books ; Harvard style consistently used; reference list – alphabetical, indented second line, all used in the report; in-text referencing (citations) - source is given for every statement; used in a variety of ways; accurate use; and all included in the reference list. 10
Further investigation recommended into possible plagiarism YES NO
SECTION 1: Technical requirements 40
SECTION 2: Content requirements mark student
Advice includes: introduces report rather than topic; states purpose and aim of report (present tense); gives brief background to topic (starts with broad background - bigger picture, goes on to more specific background, includes in-text references in background); defines necessary terminology (in-text references); gives breakdown of report (future tense); and no tables or figures included. 4
2b Body
Advice includes: clarity of purpose; logical sequence of discussion, information from research clearly and concisely presented; information from sources interpreted and applied; theory converted to the purpose of the report; important information highlighted; content accurate and relevant to topic; evidence of critical thinking in discussion; new ideas put forward; and figures, tables, annexures and in-text references used effectively to support the discussion. 40
2c Conclusion
Advice includes: mirrors introduction, states purpose and aim of report (past tense); gives shortened breakdown of report (past tense); summarises report – concludes on findings made under each main heading of table of contents; inferences made - insightful and relevant. 8
SECTION 2: Content requirements 52
SECTION 3: General assessment mark student
• Evidence of being of value to students and lecturer • Evidence of effort • Evidence of team effort where relevant
• Evidence of sufficient research
• Adherence to criteria of assessment rubric 8
SECTION 3: General assessment 8
SECTION 1: Technical requirements 40
SECTION 2: Content requirements 52
SECTION 3: General assessment 8
PENALTIES: Late. 2 marks for each day
PENALTIES: Plagiarism, as per policy
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