Selection of Topic
Considerable care should be taken in selecting the topic which:
i) should illustrate the candidate's detailed involvement in a practical aspect of malting, and;
ii) can be properly and logically discussed in 5,000 – 7,500 words.
Before starting your project, make sure you have a clear idea of the overall scope of the subject you intend to cover.
Topics are of two types:
i) Laboratory based investigations with observations, results, discussions and clearly presented conclusions;
ii) In-plant investigations dealing with various aspects of malting plant and processing procedures with which the candidate has had close practical involvement.
Note that while administrative aspects of malting and malting management could play a contributing role in the project, they should not assume a dominant role.
Submission of Synopsis
The title and a 100-150 word abstract/synopsis of the Project must be submitted with your completed registration application form by 16th December 2016 to the MAGB for approval. You will be informed by Monday 16th January 2017 whether your project has been accepted. If you wish to submit the synopsis earlier you will get a response earlier which may help you achieve your deadline, particularly if you have been asked to make any amendments or additions before submitting your completed project. The written project itself must be presented by Friday 24th March 2017.
Structure of the Report
Whatever the study it must be logically planned:
- Introduce the planned investigation and clearly outline the scope of the project;
- Review briefly current work or knowledge;
- Describe the experiments and your personal involvement in planning and executing the project work;
- Record the results;
- Discuss the results and give a clear list and description of all relevant conclusions;
- References to publications or external reports must be made;
- The report should contain, in its opening pages, an abstract/summary of length 300-500 words only, outlining the project's aims, and main conclusions;
- The completed report should display on the title page the total word count;
Planning the Work
- It is appreciated that time is limited so planning is vital.
- Experimental trials should be done in duplicate if possible.
- Give some thought to precision of experimental technique and accuracy of results, and explain the statistical significance of your finding.
- Be careful with words like precision and significance; they have real meaning in investigational work.
- Plant scale trials require even more careful planning to obtain satisfactory results.
- If a review type study is planned do not simply present the established views from the literature - show how you have been practically involved in testing some practices of malting.
- Show that you have an understanding of the financial implications of your work giving orders of cost where appropriate and relevant. Precise financial details may be confidential to your Company and are not necessary.
Presenting the Work
- The project should not show the candidates name or company identification. The author should simply be shown under the unique coded reference that will be issued by the MAGB for each candidate’s project.
- The report should be presented, preferably using double spacing. Check the document thoroughly to ensure there are no spelling errors.
- Provide a clear index at the beginning. Give the sections bold headings so the work can be followed easily. Number each page consecutively.
- Where appropriate use tables and figures (charts, graphs and photographs, scanned images etc) to present results. All tables and figures should be correctly numbered and clearly labelled. Ensure that all such figures etc are relevant and referred to in the text.
- Remember that the emphasis should be on the practical aspects of malting and how the aims and hopefully the outcomes from the project might add value.
- Make sure the report is grammatically sound and that all expressions, equations etc. you use are correct and can be justified.
- Ensure all abbreviations are clearly explained in the text.
Ensure that DUPLICATE copies of the report arrive at the MAGB Office no later than Friday 24th March 2017.
The Case Study
Date: During the week beginning 19th June 2017
Duration: 3 hours
A written exam on a single topic, the subject matter to be decided by the Examiners. The format of the answer is to be written but the precise layout of the answer can be determined by the candidate to demonstrate their ability to make a good business case that would be suitable for presentation to their Company board of directors.
The case study is intended to show the depth of knowledge and understanding of malting processes and all the allied legislative and management considerations that are required in a modern malting business. Candidates will need a detailed understanding of a broad range of areas to obtain a pass in this section. Concentrating on only a few of the important areas will not be sufficient for this qualification. The presentation should, in addition to the range of subjects required for the Malting Diploma, include awareness of timescale, costs, legislative compliance, quality, potential payback and potential improvements. The implications of the failure to act, react or implement changes should also be properly considered where appropriate.
The Oral Examination
Date: During the week beginning 19th June 2017
Duration: Approximately one hour
- You will be asked about your selected topic and project report. You will be permitted to refer to your project report for confirmation. Make sure you have not included anything you cannot explain or justify.
- You will be asked questions about any aspect of the Syllabus and your own work experience. In particular, it will be an opportunity for you to demonstrate to the Examiners your knowledge in your non-specialist areas.
- The interview will be recorded, for review purposes.
- Details of your answers to the case study question may also be referred to and you may be required to expand upon various aspects of the questions set if it is felt appropriate by the EB.
- Do make sure you know your own working practices and regimes inside out.
- Collect your thoughts for a moment before answering the question.
- Do not waffle, answer the question directly.
- If you do not understand the question make this clear to the Examiner, who will repeat and re-phrase it.