Assessment B Description: Research Proposal.
This is an individual assessment whereby students are expected to demonstrate their understanding of academic theories in the area of research methods that were gained from successfully completing Assessment A. The assignment consists of submitting a research proposal that outlines the various research methods that would be applied in order to carry out the investigation, which closely mirrors the knowledge and skills required in postgraduate study. Assessment B is worth a potential of 100 marks that will use progressive draft submission throughout the semester to monitor development and provide feedback. The report should not contain more than 1500 words (+/- 10%). This coursework has a weighting of 60% towards the final grade. Students are required to achieve an overall grade of 50% in order to pass this module.
2.0 Detailed Description.
For this assignment each student is expected to complete and submit the following task. The lecturer will announce the assignment due date. See Section 4.0 for the marking scheme. For a breakdown of the marks refer to Section 4.0.
2.1 Students are to conduct an initial literature review into their area of interest and are required to find and select two journal research papers based on the same area of interest, which have been taken from the top 10 ranked journals (based on impact factor) or journals that have been rated as 3, 4 or 4* in the ABS (the Associate of Business Schools) guide. The chosen research papers can contain either primary or secondary research but should be useful in developing the research question and therein the research methods to be adopted in the investigation.
Students will be expected to submit:
2.2 Based on the literature review from Section 2.1, formulate the research question and justify the purpose of the research (5 marks).
2.3 Based on the literature review from Section 2.1 and the research question in Section 2.2, formulate 5 Hypothesis labelling the independent and dependant variable (10 marks).
2.4 State and justify the research philosophy to be adopted. Students should:
2.5 State and justify the research design to be adopted. Students should:
2.6 State and justify the research strategy to be adopted. Students should:
2.7 State and justify the data collection method to be adopted. Students should:
3.0 Submission Details.
4.0 Marking Scheme.
Assessment B is worth a potential of 100 marks that will use progressive marking throughout the semester to monitor development and provide feedback. This coursework has a weighting of 60% towards the final grade. Students are required to achieve an overall grade of 50% in order to pass this module.
|Data collection method||/15|
|Quality of references||/5|
|Presentation, structure and cohesion||/5|
Unless otherwise stated in Section 2.0, assignments that are marked out of 5 will be graded based on the criteria described below.
(F) An inadequate response. Failing to reach an expected or required level or standard. Submission is deficient in most respects with insufficient understanding or knowledge. Weak organisation of ideas. The task was not understood and was inappropriately addressed.
(D) A weak response. Demonstrates little skill or ability. Work tends to be descriptive, lacks appropriate references and is deficient in some areas but demonstrates some signs of understanding some of the key issues.
(C) A fair response. Reasonable understanding and knowledge. No more than acceptable or average. Attempted to critique the article, identifying & citing appropriate sources.
(B) A good response. Demonstrates familiarity with relevant sources. Good presentation style with a coherent analysis and clear expression of ideas appropriately referenced possessing the necessary skill & understanding of academic theories & models.
(A) A very good response. Well presented, demonstrating a high level of understanding based on a proficient comprehensive application of relevant concepts. Refers to a range of academic sources using appropriate referencing conventions. Demonstrates skill & originality in interpreting complex ideas that was presented in a coherent and relevant manner.
(A*) An excellent response. Presentation is of very high quality and academic standards. Excellent use of a range of secondary material beyond those introduced or discussed in class, accurately cited, analysed and critically evaluated rather than just described. Demonstrates an authoritative grasp of concept discussed. Provided analysis, evaluation & reflexive conclusions that show originality and insight.
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