Yes. In the first semester of the course, specific classes (recorded) will be made available in the student area, approaching issues related to the Term Paper.
The indication is made based on the student’s area of interest.
Yes, the stages of the research project and preliminary results are worth grades (0 or 10).
The preliminary results must contain the introduction; material and methods; preliminary results; and references. This stage must be elaborated using the Term Paper template and the file post must be done via MOVE-Term Paper System and within the deadline.
Yes, the presentation must be submitted to the organizing committee via MOVE-Term Paper System in the format of a .ppt or .pptx file in the period established by the course coordination. This stage must be elaborated using the MBA-ESALQ standard template and identified with the student’s full name.
Yes. The coordination of the program will appoint an advisor to assist the student in the Term Paper elaboration.
Yes. It is possible to request an advisor transfer through a written explanation of the reasons for the request. The coordination of the program will evaluate each case to direct the student to an advisor who meets better their profile. Transfer requests should be submitted to the coordination of the program before the submission of the preliminary results of the paper via e-mail.
For the evaluation of the research project and the preliminary results, the file submitted by the student in the MOVE-Term Paper System will be considered and the assignment of the grade will be made by the advisor. If the student submits the above stages within the prescribed period, a grade of 10.0 (ten) will be assigned to the activities, provided that the documents contain the topics and the minimum content defined in the guide Instructions for the Term Paper Elaboration. If the documents do not follow the structure and the minimum content, a grade of 0.0 (zero) will be assigned. The grade of each of the stages is equivalent to the test (P) of a taught class.
The final version of the Term Paper, that is, the version that the examining board will evaluate, must be submitted as a digital file elaborated in Word (.doc or .docx extensions), formatted according to the standards of the MBA USP/ESALQ, duly approved by the advisor and identified with the student’s full name. The post must be done via MOVE-Term Paper System and within the deadline, defined and disclosed with due and necessary antecedence.
Although the student may choose a possible advisor to help in their Term Paper, it is up to the coordination of the program to define the most appropriate advisor for each student, matching the theme of the paper to the research line (field of study) of the accredited advisors.
The elaboration of the Term Paper consists of nine stages. The first stage is related to the Term Paper elaboration classes; The second stage is choosing the field of study of the Term Paper; The third stage is the designation of the advisor, carried out by the PECEGE team; The fourth stage corresponds to the elaboration of the research project; The fifth stage refers to the submission of the preliminary results (title; introduction; material and methods; preliminary results; references); The sixth stage covers the submission of the Term Paper (title; abstract or summary; introduction; material and methods; results and discussion, conclusion or final considerations, references) and scheduling the presentation; The seventh stage corresponds to the submission of the presentation file; The eighth stage is the presentation of the Term Paper and the final tests in the Event held by PECEGE; And the ninth stage is the submission of the revised version of the Term Paper if it is requested, within 30 days after the presentation.
After the designation of the advisor, the student will have a deadline to submit the research project. The project must contain the title of the project; introduction; objective; material and methods; expected results; schedule of activities; and references. This document must be elaborated in the available paper model and must be sent via MOVE-Term Paper System.
The scheduling of the Term Paper presentation will be performed only via MOVE-Term Paper System and will be released only after the submission of the finished Term Paper as a digital file (.doc or .docx extensions), and during the period established by the course coordination. The student must schedule the day and time of the presentation, according to the advisor and rooms availability. After the scheduling is performed, it is not possible to change the date and/or time. We recommend that the Term Paper submission be made as soon as possible if the student has any day or time restriction since the number of rooms is limited per schedule.
In case the examining board requests corrections of the paper, the student will have the deadline of 30 days after the Term Paper presentation to submit the final version of the Term Paper (digital file with the .doc or .docx extension) via MOVE-Term Paper System. The file must be formatted according to the standards of the MBA USP/ESALQ, duly approved by the advisor and identified with the student’s full name. For students who are “in grade recovery” in the presentation, the submission of the revised Term Paper is mandatory, since the revised version of the paper will be re-evaluated to verify whether the student met the requests of the examining board.
No, because the use of any type of text or document without the due quotation of the author is considered plagiarism and/or violation of copyrights, which results in loss of the right of the MBA Certificate.
The insertion of a picture in the paper is not allowed, it is necessary to adapt them in the form of tables.
No, because it is an optional section.
No, since each institution has the option to choose and adopt their standards of writing, quotations and lists of references to be followed. The Term Papers for the MBA USP/ESALQ courses must be mandatorily written following the format of the institution’s standards manual, based on ISO standards. Papers that do not contemplate the format will not be accepted.
The tables must be elaborated according to the institution’s standards for the term paper elaboration, created in electronic worksheets tools or text processors. Tables inserted as figures are not accepted.
When the student chooses to insert the acknowledgments in their paper, the student must thank those who contributed in a relevant way to the elaboration of the paper, but who are not the authors. A maximum of three (3) lines can be used for the elaboration of this topic.
Yes, the paper must contain the topics and sub-topics (elements) described in the Standards for the Term Paper Elaboration.
Yes, the submission of the economic feasibility spreadsheet (.xls or .xlsx) is mandatory only to the students who developed the Term Paper with this theme. To the students that this condition does not apply, there is no need to submit any type of file demonstrating calculations.
Economic feasibility papers use indicators such as intern rate of return (IRR), payback (return time) and net present value (NPV) or non-conventional indicators, such as contribution margin, balance point analysis and others. Papers using these indicators must submit the spreadsheet at the moment of the Term Paper submission and in a single file (excel – .xls or .xlsx), all the data and calculations used for the paper elaboration.
The MBA-USP/ESALQ courses last for four (4) semesters, and the final tests and Term Paper presentation are held after the end of the classes on a defined date, disclosed with due and necessary antecedence by the Coordination of the courses, at the Term Paper Event held by PECEGE.
It is not necessary to register for the Event to perform the presentation, the student must schedule their Term Paper presentation via MOVE-Term Paper System by submitting the final version of the paper.
The presentations will be held via the LINKA Platform, which besides being intuitive, it provides students a unique experience so that they can make the most of this experience. On the platform, virtual rooms are available so that each student can make their presentation and in this virtual room, the student and board members can interact via audio, video, share their computer screen, and communicate via chat.
The Term Paper presentation lasts for a maximum of 1 hour, and the student has up to 20 minutes to present their paper to the examining board, who has up to 40 minutes to question the student and/or make suggestions for the improvement of the presented paper, in sequence, they inform the final grade to the student.
No. The coordination of the MBA-USP/ESALQ offers a standard presentation that must be used to elaborate the presentation of the paper.
After the end of the Event, the coordinators of each course will choose the best Term Paper, considering the best ones evaluated by the examining board. The selection of the winner will take into account criteria such as technical quality (clear, objective and coherent writing); content (objectivity and organization, linearity of thought, good literature review); scientific contribution (relevant theme, innovation in the application of concepts and overcoming gaps in knowledge) or contribution to continuing education and social benefit (relevant theme and innovation in the application of concepts); Probable impacts (academic-scientific or social relevance, practical application for problem-solving and improvements, contribution to the scientific community or the society in a broader way). The result will be disclosed on the digital media of MBA USP/ESALQ (Website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, MyClass). The award will be granted in a recognition certificate form and an integral scholarship in one of the Distance Education MBA courses offered by USP/ESALQ, at the discretion of the winner. All the papers with a scheduled Term Paper presentation are enrolled to compete for the prize. The non-accomplishment of the standards for the Term Paper elaboration, established by the MBA USP/ESALQ program, will cause the decommissioning of the paper for the awards.
Due to measures to prevent the dissemination of COVID-19, the University of São Paulo suspended the final tests in in-person format for an indeterminate time, so, the presentation will happen online in a distance education format until new measures and instructions are adopted. In case of change, the students will be informed in due advance so that they can prepare themselves.
In order to complete the course, the student must take the final tests – (i) knowledge test and (ii) interpretation of text/case in the field of the content of the course completed by the student. The tests will be applied individually and will consist of multiple-choice questions. Approval in the final tests is guaranteed if the average of the two tests is equal to or greater than seven (7.0). Given the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the University of São Paulo suspended the final tests in in-person format indefinitely. Therefore, the tests will take place online until new measures and instructions are adopted. The final tests will be carried out via the academic system before the presentation of the Term Paper on a date scheduled by the coordination of the courses. In case of any changes, students will be informed in advance of the schedule.
Yes, because the paper presentation is open to the public. In the LINKA Platform, there will be an area for guests and people interested in watching the presentation. The link that will be used by people who want to watch the presentations is defesas.linka.la
The examining board of the Term Paper is composed of two evaluators with a minimum title of Master, and the advisor is one of the members. If the advisor, for some reason, cannot participate in the presentation, another professional associated with the program will be indicated in the needed time in advance to compose the examining board.
Yes. The student can be failed if plagiarism is detected or if the paper does not meet the basic requirements contained in the institution’s guides for term paper elaboration.
No, because the presentations must be held during the Event.
Yes, it is a requirement of the University of São Paulo to the completion of the course of all MBA-USP/ESALQ students.
To follow the Term Paper presentations, guests do not need to register for the Event, just access the link below to watch the MBA USP/ESALQ Term Paper presentations: defesas.linka.la
Students must present wearing business or business casual attire.
The general average of the Term Paper evaluation will be informed to the students by the members of the examining board immediately after the debate. Three situations are admissible:
Situation 1 – Approved (grade equal to or above 7): the student is approved; at the discretion of the examining board, it can be requested a revised version of the paper including the corrections and suggestions presented by the board.
Situation 2 – Grade recovery (grade under 7.0 and above or equal to 5.0): in this situation, the student must submit a revised version of their Term Paper, within a period stipulated by the coordination of the program, with the changes requested by the board members for a new correction. The material will be reevaluated by the advisor, who will decide whether the paper is fit for approval (grade equal 7.0) or failed (if the corrections requested by the board are not performed). If the revised version is not submitted, the student will be failed instantly (situation 3).
Situation 3 – Failed (grade under 5.0): the student will be considered failed. In this case, the student will be prevented from receiving the MBA Certificate and will lose the right to the title of specialist by the University of São Paulo.