Assessment B Description: Research Proposal

Assessment B Description: Research Proposal.
 1.0 Overview.
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:
 

  • A 1500 word (+/- 10%) Microsoft Word document including 500 word findings from the literature review.

 

  • The two research papers as well as evidence that the research paper has meet the set journal requirements.

 

  • Printout of the two selected journals, highlighting and labelling the following details on each paper:

 

  • Author(s) of the research paper
  • Journal and journal rank
  • Research question of the research paper
  • Research philosophy of the research paper
  • Research design of the research paper
  • Research strategy of the research paper
  • Data collection method and sample
  • Key findings & conclusion of the research paper
  • Strengths & weaknesses of the research paper
  • Relevance to own study

 

  • Appropriate references in accordance to Harvard style referencing.

 
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:
 

  • Suggest at least 2 possible solutions and provide the appropriate references. Then select the best solution(s) and explain how will the theory be practically applied to their research (5 marks).
  • Provide justification for selecting said solution by comparing and contrasting the strength and weaknesses of the research method in order to critically evaluate the theory’s suitability in achieving the research aim (5 marks).

2.5 State and justify the research design to be adopted. Students should:
 

  • Suggest at least 2 possible solutions and provide the appropriate references. Then select the best solution(s) and explain how will the theory be practically applied to their research (5 marks).
  • Provide justification for selecting said solution by comparing and contrasting the strength and weaknesses of the research method in order to critically evaluate the theory’s suitability in achieving the research aim (5 marks).

2.6 State and justify the research strategy to be adopted. Students should:
 

  • Suggest at least 2 possible solutions and provide the appropriate references. Then select the best solution(s) and explain how will the theory be practically applied to their research (5 marks).
  • Provide justification for selecting said solution by comparing and contrasting the strength and weaknesses of the research method in order to critically evaluate the theory’s suitability in achieving the research aim (5 marks).

2.7 State and justify the data collection method to be adopted. Students should:
 

  • Suggest at least 2 possible solutions and provide the appropriate references. Then select the best solution(s) and explain how will the theory be practically applied to their research (5 marks).
  • Provide justification for selecting said solution by comparing and contrasting the strength and weaknesses of the research method in order to critically evaluate the theory’s suitability in achieving the research aim (5 marks).
  • In addition students should explain and justify the sample size to be considered for this investigation (5 marks).

3.0 Submission Details.

  • The lecturer will announce the assignment due date for each task during the semester.
  • All assignments must be uploaded to Moodle.
  • All documents must be written using Microsoft Word and must include the student’s name and LBIC student id.
  • Use an appropriate file name such as LBIC ID along with the title of the assignment (for example, ABC123 Assignment B)

 
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.
 

Criteria Weight
Introduction /5
Literature review /15
Research Question /5
Hypothesis /10
Research Philosophy /10
Research Design /10
Research Strategy /10
Data collection method /15
Conclusion /5
Quality of references /5
Writing quality /5
Presentation, structure and cohesion /5
Total /100

 
 
 
 
Unless otherwise stated in Section 2.0, assignments that are marked out of 5 will be graded based on the criteria described below.
 

Score  
 
 
 
Criteria
 
 
 
0  
 
 
 
(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.
 
 
 
1  
(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.
 
 
2  
(C) A fair response. Reasonable understanding and knowledge. No more than acceptable or average. Attempted to critique the article, identifying & citing appropriate sources.
 
3  
(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.
 
4  
 
 
 
(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.
 
 
 
 
5  
 
 
 
(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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