ESAMI Uganda Business School TRAPCA Foundation Courses Certification

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ESAMI Uganda Business School TRAPCA Foundation Courses Certification

Participants who successfully attend at least 80 per cent of the lectures (at least 26 lecture blocks), and passes the two written examinations, the Analytical Paper and the Trade Data Retrieval and Analysis evaluation by obtaining at least 50% of the marks in each case, will be awarded a Post-Graduate Certificate in International Trade and Development.

Other participants will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance in International Trade and Development provided that they have attended at least 80% of the lectures (26 lecture blocks) and have attempted the two written examinations, as well as the evaluations of the trade data retrieval and analysis and the analytical paper but have obtained a mark below 50% in any of those examinations or evaluations.

A transcript detailing the grade performance for each participant will be issued in addition to the certificate. The grades are presented in (European Credit Transfer System) ECTS format.

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Analytical Paper Writing Guidelines

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  1. The length of the paper should be 1500 – 2000 words, excluding the references, no more and no less. In Microsoft Word you can select “Tools” in the menu and then “Word count” to get the required information. The restriction on the number of words does not allow for “wordiness” – highly effective writing is required and the author should be able to defend the relevance of every single sentence.
  2. Use Times New Roman, size 12, with a 1.5 line spacing and appropriate spacing between paragraphs.
  3. The topic of the paper must be agreed with the lecturer by the end of the first week of the course. The typical paper will contain an analysis of how a trade related trend or policy change does or may affect a particular sector in a particular country or region. In order to get the most out of your efforts with the paper, and in order to avoid misunderstandings about expected contents, consultation with the lecturer is very important.
  4. Ensure that there is a logical flow of the text in your paper. The most essential elements on which to build your paper should be the introduction, the body and the conclusion.
  5. Use relevant statistics as inputs in your analysis and as support or evidence for claims that you make. The World Integrated Trade Solution (WITS), introduced during the second week of the course, could be a useful tool for getting relevant data. No matter where you get the data, always point out the source.
  6. Use as many references as you wish. Make it absolutely clear from where you have quoted or obtained your facts, arguments, definitions etc. The use of someone else’s words should always be indicated by quotation marks and a reference to the source in direct connection with the sentence(s) quoted. The use of facts and ideas from others that are not in the form of direct quotes should also be clearly indicated, as with quotes but without the quotation marks. Violations of these rules, such as mere cutting and pasting from internet sources, constitute plagiarism. trapca considers it a serious offence and will be vigilant in controlling for and penalizing cases of plagiarism. For referencing styles, consult the instructions provided during the session “Effective Paper Writing and Presentation Skills”).

Grading: The process of paper writing, including the production of early drafts and the presentation to the rest of the class, will constitute 20% of the overall course grade. 20% of the overall course grade will also be determined by the quality of the final paper, as determined by an evaluation of its structure, originality, coherence, use of references, and adherence to format guidelines.