Student Assignment Guidance – Research Skills and Using Information
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes Guidance Part 1 (40% of the module) Part 1 (40 marks) – PowerPoint Slides and Speaker Notes Part 2 (60% of the module) Part 2 (60 marks) – Report This is a 2-part assessment, submitted together in one Word document. Apply note-taking techniques to record specific key information from given material Describe and present information from given data sets. Collate, structure and present and use information from given data sets. Write a report in fluent, accurate English observing the conventions of grammar, punctuation and spelling and referencing. For this assessment, you will need to conduct a literature search on ONE of the topics below (presented as a report) and then produce a PowerPoint presentation of your search findings. There is no primary data/research required in this assessment. The topics are as follows: – 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. • For your chosen topic, make sure you get a clear understanding of the different perspectives or meanings of key terms like, prevalence, platforms, electric vehicles,
popularity, social services, communities, impact (positive/negative?) • In evaluating the credibility of your literature sources, think about where you found the source, relevance, intended audience, accuracy/authority and the purpose of the research in the source. • Any data you use must come from credible sources such as www.data.gov.uk, www.ons.gov.uk or other official sources. 1. Your Presentation Using PowerPoint, you should provide a brief introduction the topic you have chosen, which would include the background and current issues. Your presentation should include a summary of 3 to 5 materials, one of which must include a data source relevant to the topic, and an evaluation of the sources used. The structure of the presentation and marks breakdown 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 credibility, relevance/appropriateness of the literature sources (1-2 slides recommended) – 8 marks 5. References/Bibliography (1 slide) – 4 marks (Total Presentation Marks – 40)
A maximum of 10 slides, to include speaker notes; below is a guide on how to break that down. You are expected to have about 1000 words in all with about 400-600 of those in your speaker notes. Suggested Slides Details: 1. Introduction to your research topic (1 slide) a. Briefly introduce your work, setting ‘aims’ and ‘objectives’. b. Say what your literature review is going to do – what do you hope to discover? 2. Background to the problem (1 slide) a. Give the key points of the background/argument to your topic. 3. Review literature (3 to 5 slides) a. Give a summary of your chosen literature and your data source(s), about 1 slide each. b. Demonstrate you understand what the data is telling you about trends and patterns. c. Show you understand the key issues, methodology, and conclusions for all of your literature sources. 4. Evaluation of Sources (1 slide) a. In evaluating the credibility of your literature sources, think about where you found the source, relevance, intended audience, accuracy/authority and purpose of the research contained in your sources. 5. References/Bibliography (1 slide) a. Using the AU Harvard style (See Arden Referencing Guide) Please note for the presentation.
It is up to you how you present the slides, e.g. with colourful text, pictures, etc, but you are not being assessed on your creative skills. Your slides can be limited to a few key words, with your speaker notes expanding on them. You are being assessed on your ability to follow instructions, present your material in a logical way, to identify and highlight key points of your topic, as well as your grammar/spelling/referencing. Your Report In this report, with a maximum of 2000 words, you will need to expand on the work you did for the presentation by adding more content, detail and explanation. Below is a guide on how to break this down. Include the titles below as sub-headings in your report. The structure of the report and marks breakdown is as follows: 1. Introduction to the topic, including a background/argument. (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 (approx. 400 words) – 12 marks 4. Summary of the literature and data (approx. 600 words) – 18 marks 5. Evaluation of the relevance/appropriateness 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 (Total Report Marks – 60)
Some Details to Consider 1. Introduction to the research topic, including a background (200 words) a. Introduce your work clearly setting out the aims and objectives of your literature review i.e. what areas you are exploring and hat you hope to discover. b. Ensure your objectives are SMART. c. Give a background to the topic or issue to help put your research into some context. 2. Description of Literature and Data (400 words) a. Describe the literature you sourced – what the content is about. b. For the literature description, you can use a variety of note-taking techniques, including the commonly-used narrative form. c. For your data source(s), describe the type/kind of data. 3. Methodology – process used to select the literature and data (400 words) a. Describe the method you used to identify (and, where appropriate, narrow down) the literature used in your review. E.g. What steps did you take to arrive at your chosen literature and data sources? Which search engines, search terms, exclusion/inclusion criteria did you use How did you select your research question(s)? 4. Summary of Literature and Data (600 words) a. Summarise the literature you sourced and add any conclusions you can draw, where possible. b. Include citations. c. Discuss any data used. What is the data telling you?
5. Evaluation of the relevance/appropriateness of the literature sources (200 words) a. In evaluating the credibility of your literature sources, think about where you searched for the literature, whether it is peer reviewed, where or by who it is published, relevance, intended audience, accuracy/authority and the original purpose of the research in the sources. 6. Reflections on your own learning during research (200 words) a. Thinking back to reflect on your experience in carrying out this literature review, say what worked, what did not, and what would you do differently next time. b. State what you have learnt from this experience. 7. References/Bibliography a. References should be used throughout, including in text citations and a reference list and bibliography at the end of your work. Refer to the AU Harvard Referencing guide. b. References (and headings) are not included in a word count 8. Appendices a. Copy your PowerPoint slides and accompanying speaker notes into a Word document and include as an appendix. Please Note for the report This literature review is to enable you to demonstrate your understanding of the research process and to use note-taking to aid you in identifying key information. Paraphrasing and summarizing will be important in doing this part of the assessment
The presentation is seen as a planning/overview document for your report so there will inevitably some overlap; however, copying chunks of work from one to the other is not appropriate and will be reflected in your marks. Use paraphrasing or rephrasing, where possible, or expand on the phrases used in your presentation when using the same information in your report.
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