As part of the formal assessment for the programme you are required to submit an Individual Presentation and an Individual Written Report for the Research Skills and Using Information assessment. Please refer to your Student Handbook for full details of the programme assessment scheme and general information on preparing and submitting assignments.

RES0001
Research Skills and Using Information
Assessment
Date for Submission: Please refer to the timetable on ilearn
(The submission portal on ilearn will close at 14:00 UK time on the date of submission)
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Assignment Brief
As part of the formal assessment for the programme you are required to submit an Individual Presentation and an Individual Written Report for the Research Skills and Using Information assessment. Please refer to your Student Handbook for full details of the programme assessment scheme and general information on preparing and submitting assignments.
Learning Outcomes:
After completing the module you should be able to:
1. Describe and present information from given data sets
2. Explain how organisations can use data to improve quality.
3. Collate, structure and present and use information from given data sets
4. Write a report in fluent, accurate English observing the conventions of grammar, punctuation and spelling and referencing.
Maximum Word Count – Part A: 1,000 words Maximum Word Count – Part B: 2,000 words
Please note that exceeding the word count by over 10% will result in a reduction in grade by the same percentage that the word count is exceeded.
You must not include your name in your submission because Arden University operates anonymous marking, which means that markers should NOT be aware of the identity of the student. However, please do not forget to include your STU number.
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Assignment Task Part A: Power Point Presentation – Max: 1000 words (40 marks)
For this assignment, you are required to
• Choose ONE of the topics given below.
• Produce a PowerPoint presentation of your chosen topic (with a maximum of 10 slides), together with speaker notes. Your presentation should include a summary of 3 to 5 literature sources (including a data source) used in researching your topic.
Choose ONE of the following topics:
– The use of social media by higher education (HE) students – which platforms and for what purposes.
– The popularity of electric vehicles in the UK.
– The effect of budget cuts on social services and communities in the UK.
– The impact of immigration on the UK economy.
– Diet and dieting among higher education students in the UK.
(LO1 and LO3)
The suggested structure of the Individual Presentation is as follows:
1) Introduction to the Research Topic (1 slide recommended) – 4 marks
2) Background to the Problem (1 slide recommended) – 4 marks
3) Summary of the literature (3-5 slides recommended) – 20 marks
4) Evaluation of the relevance and reliability of the literature sources (1-2 slides recommended) – 8 marks
5) References/Bibliography (1 slide) – 4 marks
Assignment Task Part B – Individual Written Report – Max: 2000 words (60 marks)
Building upon the chosen topic used in the presentation slides in Part A, you are required to produce a written report (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5).
You are required to write a report which includes a description of the most current literature sources and data relevant to your chosen topic for the United Kingdom. The source of this data must be from material you summarized in your PowerPoint presentation.
The report should include an introduction to the topic, the process used to select the materials, a summary of the materials, an evaluation of the relevance/appropriateness of the literature sources, and reflections on your own learning during the research.
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Suggested structure of the Written Report is as follows:
1. Introduction to the topic (including a background) (approx. 200 words) – 6 marks
2. Description of the literature and data (approx. 400 words) – 12 marks
3. Process used to select the literature and data including a discussion on how to ensure references are reputable and reliable. (approx. 400 words) – 12 marks
4. Summary of the literature and data. Summarise the literature and explain why the data is important to the readers of the report or your sector. (approx. 600 words) – 18 marks
5. Evaluation of the relevance and reliability of the literature sources (approx. 200 words) – 6 marks
6. Reflections on your own learning during the research (approx. 200 words) – 6 marks
7. References
Further Guidance:
Note: Students must use a reliable data source when conducting this research. It is recommended that you use a source such as data.gov.uk.
***Please discuss your chosen topic with your tutor before embarking on collecting your data.
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Formative Feedback
In order to assist with your learning and to give you some early, formative feedback you are encouraged to submit a PLAN / OUTLINE of your presentation or report to your tutor.
This does not need to include full answers but just a couple of sentences explaining what you intend to include in your answer for each section. You may also want to include a few references.
Email the document to the module tutor no later than 2 weeks prior to the submission date in order to ensure that you have enough time to work on the feedback you have been given. At Foundation Year Level, your tutor will be available to give you continuous feedback as deemed fit.
Student Guidelines
Development of academic skills:
You MUST underpin your analysis and evaluation of the key issues with appropriate and wide ranging academic research and ensure this is referenced using the AU Harvard system. The My Study Skills Area contains the following useful resources:
Guide to AU Harvard Referencing http://moodle.bl.rdi.co.uk/guides/HarvardRef/AU_Harvard_Quick_Ref_Guide.pdf
Guide to AU Harvard Citation http://moodle.bl.rdi.co.uk/guides/HarvardRef/AU_Guide_to_Harvard_Citation.pdf
You must use the AU Harvard Referencing method in your assignment. Word Count:
Students are required to indicate the exact word count on the title page of the assessment.
The word count excludes the title page, executive summary, reference list and appendices. Where assessment questions have been reprinted from the assessment brief these will also be excluded from the word count. ALL other printed words ARE included in the word count. Printed words include those contained within charts and tables. See ‘Word Count Policy’ on the homepage of this module for more information.
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Submission Guidance:
Assignments submitted late will not be accepted and will be marked as a 0% fail.
Your assessment should be submitted as One document. You are to PDF your slides and then paste them into a word document.
How to save PowerPoint as PDF with notes included: 1. Open your PowerPoint presentation. 2. Click ‘File’ > ‘Print’. 3. Via the ‘Layout’ section, click the dropdown. 4. Choose ‘Notes’ instead of ‘Slides’. 5. Choose ‘Save as PDF’ and click ‘Save’. How To Insert a PDF Into Word—From Microsoft Word: 1. Open the Word document you want to insert a PDF into. 2. Click Insert > Object… > From File… 3. Choose the PDF file from the pop-up window and press Insert. 4. Your PDF should now be on the page. There are various ways of carrying out Microsoft functions…this is just an example…If you need help, please ask your Lecturer in the first instance…
For more information please see the “Guide to Submitting an Assignment” document available on the module page on iLearn.
You must ensure that the submitted assignment is all your own work and that all sources used are correctly attributed. Penalties apply to assignments which show evidence of academic unfair practice. (See the Student Handbook which is on the homepage of your module and also in the Induction Area).
Assessment Criteria (Learning objectives covered – all)
Level 0 prepares students to function effectively at Level 4. Criteria for assessment at Level 0 reflect the preparatory nature of these modules. Students are expected to demonstrate the acquisition of generic learning skills appropriate for self-managed learning in an HE context. Students are expected to demonstrate that they have acquired the underpinning discipline-specific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to undertake a programme of higher education Grade Mark Bands Generic Assessment Criteria First (1)
80%+
Outstanding performance which demonstrates an outstanding knowledge base, supported with wider reading and the ability to begin to analyse the subject area. The work draws widely on relevant theory and shows awareness of any relevant ethical considerations.
The work shows an excellent level of competence and confidence in managing appropriate sources and materials, initiative and excellent academic writing skills and professional skills (where appropriate). The work is accurately and consistently referenced throughout.
70-79%
Excellent performance which demonstrates an excellent knowledge base the ability to begin to analyse the subject. The work draws on relevant theory whilst showing some awareness of any relevant ethical considerations.
The work shows a high level of competence in managing sources and materials, initiative and very good academic writing skills and professional skills (where appropriate). The work is consistently referenced throughout. Upper second (2:1)
60-69%
Very good performance which demonstrates a sound understanding of the content and some ability to analyse the issues with reference to theory. The work shows a good level of competence in managing sources and materials and some initiative. Academic writing skills are good and expression remains accurate overall. Good professional skills (where appropriate). The work is referenced throughout. Lower second (2:2)
50-59%
A satisfactory to good performance which shows a decent understanding of the content and makes some reference to theory. The work shows a sound level of competence in managing basic sources and materials. Academic writing skills are satisfactory and expression remains accurate overall although the piece may lack structure. Satisfactory professional skills (where appropriate). There is some attempt to reference the work. Third (3)
40-49%
A basic level of understanding in which there are some gaps in knowledge of the subject, its underpinning theory and ethical considerations. The work shows a basic use of sources and materials. Academic writing skills are limited and there are some errors in expression and the work may lack structure overall. There are some difficulties in developing professional skills (where appropriate). Marginal Fail
30-39%
A limited level of knowledge in which there are clear omissions in understanding the subject, its underpinning theory and ethical considerations. The work shows a limited use of sources and materials. Academic writing skills are weak and there are errors in expression and the work may lack structure overall. There are difficulties in developing professional skills (where appropriate).
29% and below
A poor performance in which there are substantial gaps in knowledge and understanding. The work shows little evidence in the use of appropriate sources and materials. Academic writing skills are very weak and there are numerous errors in expression. The work lacks structure overall. Professional skills (where appropriate) are not developed The work is imitative.
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