Palavras-chave: Normalização. Projeto de pesquisa. Métodos quantitativos aplicados.
This study aimed to identify the trend in the occurrence of errors related to assignments standardization process, in preparation of the research project, with regard to the rules (NBR) issued by the Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT). The analyzed sample comprised 74 reports prepared by 29 students of the discipline of "Work Course Conclusion 01" College of Accountancy at a public university of Minas Gerais. Additionally, were analyzed in a comparative way, another 29 reports characterized as actual research projects. For data analysis, in a cartesian plane, was defined as the ordinate the amount of observed errors, and the x-axis the three methodological steps were defined whose reports were analyzed and leading the development of the research project. As aid of MS Excel ®, the equations were identified from the linear trend lines with starting point defined by the ordered pair [0,0]. We identified 5 explanatory modeling of trends regarding the amount of errors in the adoption and application of the NBR 6023, 6024, 6027, 10520 and 14724, and also an explanatory model of the general trend, identified based on total errors. Following, estimates were made of the errors of notes, total and by NBR, in preparing the research project, and, in the comparison of these estimates with the notes actually observed, less than 20% variations were identified in all modeling, except NBR 14724, variations was 67% (relative error).