City University Incubation Center

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City University Incubation center, will encouraged to develop skills that will enable you to carry out self-directed project based activity. All undergraduate students will use these skills to carry out an independent, but supervised, piece of research which further promote entrepreneurship in the region. This self-directed piece of work is seen as the pinnacle of your academic achievement, and gives you the opportunity to consolidate the skills you have acquired throughout your program of study. It will also have an effect on your own employability, giving you experiences and skills that are valued by employers. The CUBIC allows you to further your interest in a particular topic by developing your own research question in discussion with a supervisor, and then designing and reporting on your own research and its outcomes. It gives you the opportunity to manage your own project, and make a contribution to the research in an area of your choice. Your project may take many forms, e.g. a website, a community-based project, an empirical study involving data collection, a dissertation or an artefact, but will be referred to in this document as the Final Year Project (FYP). Below you will find details describing the main characteristics of an FYP, followed by more specific information about supervision and assessment.

1.1 General characteristics of the City University Incubation center:

The CUBIC is a significant part of every department and this is generally reflected in the number of credits it represents; this is indicated within the prospectus provided by university. You will receive research methods training to prepare you for your FYP; this will be appropriate for the different type(s) of project provided by department. As part of this, you will be made aware of any ethical or health and safety implications of undertaking your project. Check with your supervisor as they will be able to provide you with advice on ensuring the necessary provisions are in place. You may be required to apply to a relevant Ethics Committee to undertake research involving data collection; this too will provide valuable skills for the future. The Department of Civil Engineering will provide advice on how to select the type of project you will undertake, and on choosing a topic. You will be provided with a transparent and fair process for selecting your project, which may include selecting from a pre-determined list or generating your own ideas and developing those into a project in discussion with a supervisor, typically a member of the academic staff team teaching on your area of interest. The FYPs will be conducted as a group. However, in such cases, each student would have an independent contribution to make, perhaps focusing on their own research question, particular aspects of the method or elements of data analysis. Each student will generate their own part in report, dissertation or other output that demonstrates achievement of the FYP’s learning outcomes.
Steps in CUBIC

1.2 Idea Screening and refinement

a) Compile students’ name list, project titles and their supervisors.
b) Arrange the schedule and classes including organizing FYP talk.
c) Collect and record all the proposals at the beginning of the semester and the FYP report at the end of the semester and distribute to the respective supervisors.
d) Collect all the evaluation forms at the end of the semester and compile all the marks.
e) Set the deadline for proposal and every chapter (as guideline) and FYP report/ presentation.
f) Distribute the schedule to all the students and lecturers / supervisors.
g) Coordinate the running and progress of FYP for the entire semester.
h) Compile the database of student, supervisors, project topics and status of the project
i) Schedule and plan the general milestones for FYP to monitor the progress of student
j) Assign examiners to the project according to certain criteria set
k) Prepare marking scheme for FYP
l) Coordinate and standardize the mark of FYP
m) Schedule the project presentation

1.3 Technical assistance on concept development

1.4 Progressive Evaluation

1.5. Access to high speed internet

1.6. Alumni linkage

1.7. Assistant in market analysis

1.8. Capacity building

Incubators should work with teams with the mindset of a founder, but not as the founder, which is why startups should not look for incubators to get operationally involved

1.9. Linkage to market

Linkage to market include how to deal with people, building a team, making your first sale (and repeated sales), and dealing with customers. Providing assistance early on enables the startup to become more organized and in return an organization. 

1.10. ORIC

1.11. Market/ Commercialization