You are required to write a 7,000 word Independent Project (there is a 10% leeway so you can write between 6,300 words and 7,700 words), using one of the following methods:
• Substantive literature review
• Desktop research – secondary analysis project that addresses a proposition you wish to analyse in-depth
• Content Analysis of policy documents, print media, social media, TV and/or film
• A Discourse Analysis
Your project must include the following sections:
You must use a minimum of 20 academic sources (i.e. peer-reviewed journal articles and academic books) in order to pass.
Your work must be Word processed, double spaced, Arial 11 Font. You must number the pages and you must also include a word count. Please do not use Internet Explorer to upload your work – occasionally it uploads a blank document if you do not close the file properly before uploading it.
Ensure that you include your in-text references. In all cases, in-text citations must match up with what appears in your reference list. Every in-text citation should correspond to a reference on the list at the end (and vice versa).
You must write in your own words. You are reminded that plagiarism of any type will be penalised and result in a fail.
|What do I need to do to pass? (Threshold Expectations from UIF)|
|In order to pass the assessment, you will need to:
· Produce a 7,000 word Research Project that is focused, logically structured, convincingly conclusive, referenced according to the format and standard of the Harvard system and that applies critical knowledge of relevant theoretical frameworks with evidence of critical appraisal and synthesis.
· Produce a comprehensive literature section/paper of the chosen area which displays a critical grasp of the findings and theoretical frameworks of that literature.
· Selecting appropriate methods, providing a rationale for their selection, applying these methods, presenting the data obtained in an appropriate format, evaluating the limitations of the chosen methods, addressing and resolving ethical issues and drawing conclusions from the data.
|How do I produce high quality work that merits a good grade?|
|How does this assignment relate to what we are doing in scheduled sessions?|
You are expected to work independently for the assessments on this unit and seek advice from your supervisor regarding the direction of your research.
However, the lectures and seminars on the unit will provide you guidance about the key tasks you are expected to address for your independent project, namely, formulating a research question, choosing the right method, applying a theory, literature searches, critical review and analysis, developing themes, writing the discussion section and the conclusions and recommendations.
|How will my assignment be marked?|
Your assignment will be marked according to the threshold expectations and the criteria on the following page.
You can use them to evaluate your own work and consider your grade before you submit.
|3rd Class – 40-49%||Lower 2nd – 50-59%||Upper 2nd – 60-69%||1st Class – 70%+|
|1. Research question and theory||The student identified a research question but the question is poorly constructed, difficult to understand or not suitable for an undergraduate research project.
Chosen theory not appropriate and/or work demonstrates limited understanding of the link between the theory and the project.
|The student identified a research question and provides some rationale for the proposed research but the question is descriptive, too broad or needs to be refined. An appropriate theory has been chosen. Work demonstrates some understanding of the link between the theory and the project.||The student formulated a clear, focused, feasible research question and provides some rationale for the proposed research.
An appropriate theory has been chosen. Work demonstrates some good understanding of the link between theory and the research project.
|The student formulated a clear, focused, feasible research question and provides a strong rationale for the proposed research.
An appropriate theory has been chosen. Work demonstrates excellent understanding of the link between theory and the research project.
|2. Methodology||One of the four methods allowed is chosen but work demonstrates little understanding of what the method entails. There is a lack of discussion of, or inaccurate information on, two or more of the following: the search strategy, methods of analysis and/or the ethics.||The student chose an appropriate research method among the four methods allowed and provides some explanation of the chosen method. However, there is little discussion of, or inaccurate information on, one of the following: search strategy, the methods of analysis and/or the ethics.||The student chose an appropriate research method among the four methods allowed and clearly explains the search strategy but there is not enough discussion of the methods of analysis and/or the ethics.||The student chose an appropriate research method among the four methods allowed, demonstrates excellent understanding of what the method entails, and clearly explains the search strategy, methods of analysis and the ethics.|
|3. Findings and discussion||Themes are not identified or themes are not directly related to the research question. Some basic understanding of the topic demonstrated.
The work is descriptive and there is little sign of critical analysis. There is little attempt to link the findings to theory, policy and/or wider literature.
|The work presents key themes using appropriate research evidence but the discussion of the findings is largely descriptive and/or the findings are not logically presented.
There is some discussion of the implications of the findings in relation to theory, policy, practice and/or wider literature.
|The work presents key themes using appropriate research evidence. There is some good understanding of the research topic.
Critical analysis has been clearly attempted but evidence of critical analysis is not always visible in writing.
The student made a clear effort to link the key findings to theory, policy, practice and/or wider literature.
|The student identified key themes that clearly answer the question and presented them in a logical manner using research evidence.
There is in-depth discussion of the implications of the findings in relation to theory, policy, practice and/or wider literature. The work contains clear evidence of critical analysis.
|4. Grammar, spelling and expression||Expression is often unclear and meanings may not be satisfactorily communicated. There are regular errors of grammar, spelling and punctuation that should have been addressed by this stage.||The student’s writing is generally comprehensible. There are some grammatical and spelling errors and poor choice of words and phrasing.||The work is largely written in clear and effective English, however there may be poor choices of words and phrasing and some uncorrected errors.||The work is both highly literate and articulate; the student communicates her/his ideas effectively. Sentences are clear, accurate and expressive. There are very few grammatical or spelling errors.|
|5. Referencing and the use of literature||15 or more relevant academic sources are used. There are a number of referencing mistakes, although a clear attempt has been made to reference the sources according to the Harvard style.||17 or more relevant academic sources and other credible sources are used (in total, over 20 sources are used). There are some referencing mistakes but the sources are referenced according to the Harvard style both in the reference list and the text of the work.||20 or more relevant academic sources are used. The student made a good attempt to reference the sources according to the Harvard style but there are occasional referencing mistakes.||20 or more relevant academic sources are used and the sources are referenced according to the Harvard style both in the reference list and the text of the work.|
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