|Module Title:||Foundation Project|
|Assignment:||S2. Research Findings Report|
|Contribution to Module Mark:||40% of overall grade|
|Assessment outline (from the Module specification):||Stage 2: Write a report on research findings and provide a tentative answer to research question.|
|Learning outcome assessed:||By successful completion of the module, you will be able to demonstrate: LO2: Skills in collecting, analysing and synthesising relevant data in the execution of their plan; LO3: Effective, professional written communication of their research findings.|
|S2 Assessment Brief|
|An individually written Research Report which focuses on answering the research question you selected in Assessment 1 using the data collected. (1,500 words, including in-text references and excluding graphs, tables, appendices and references) Read the scenario below before undertaking the tasks which follow: |
Task 1: Continuing your research from Assessment 1, write a Research Findings Report. You will need to collect your data. You will need to examine the collected data and identify possible links to earlier descriptions of scholarly literature, report on your findings from this examination and provide an answer to your research question.
Task 2: Introduction (100 words approximately) You will need to write a brief introduction to your Research Findings Report. Data Collection (400 words approximately) (LO2) You will need to conduct primary data collection and record your results using an appropriate methodological. Research Findings (700 words approximately) (LO2 and LO3) You will need to examine and discuss the data you have collected, identifying possible trends and relationships. You will need to identify possible links to earlier descriptions of scholarly literature which you examined in the Literature Synopsis of Assessment 1. You will need to summarise your findings, referring back to your research question and identify the limitations of your data. Discussion and Conclusions (300 words approximately) (LO3) You need to write a clear conclusion which answers your research question based on the scholarly literature examination conducted in Assessment 1 and your findings. Word Count: (1,500 words, including in-text references and excluding graphs, tables, appendices and references). Assignment 1: Needs to be submitted to Turn-it-in, by: Deadline Time: 10:00am Deadline Date: 9th November 2020
Assignment Structure: Research Findings Report Cover Page This should clearly follow the cover page template in your Module Handbook: Your Student ID, Module Name and Code, Assignment Name and Number and the Word Count.
Contents Page This should have clear titles and sub-titles correctly formatted.This should have the titles of all tables/ diagrams used throughout the report.This should present a clear list of any appendices provided.
Introduction (100 words) (LO3) Introduce your Research Findings Report effectively and concisely explaining the topics the report will examine and discuss.
Data Collection (400 words approximately) (LO2) (Matthews and Ross, Chapter C, E) After conducting the primary research data collection based on your methodology from Assessment 1, you will need to record the data.The data records should be clearly titled and in tables.Any issues/ challenges presented during data collection should be discussed in this section.
Research Findings (700 words approximately) (LO2 and LO3) (Matthews and Ross, Chapter D) You will need to examine and discuss the data you have collected You will need to identify possible trends/ relationships in the data. You will need to identify possible links to earlier descriptions of scholarly literature which you examined in the Literature Synopsis of Assessment 1. You will need to summarise your findings, referring back to your research question and identify the limitations of your data.
Discussion and Conclusions (300 words approximately) (LO3) (Matthews and Ross, Chapter D) The conclusion should seek to provide a tentative answer to your research question by considering the scholarly literature examined from Assessment 1 and the Findings from your data collection.
References and Structure Your assignment should be Harvard Referenced and show a range of sources. You must demonstrate at least 8 references, of which 4 must be from academic journals/ articles and 1 must be from an academic textbook.
Your report should be properly referenced. Research Question and Answer Forum Any questions regarding the assessments must be posted to the Research Question and Answer Forum on your Minerva Foundation Project Module page only. Any information posted here by the Module Leader will become a requirement of the assessment. Questions will be answered up to 2 weeks before the submission deadline.
Criteria Mark Introduction Introduce your research findings report appropriately. 5% Data Collection Demonstration of appropriate data collection techniques. Clear and appropriate recording of collected data. 20% Research Findings Present your findings based on the data collected and analysed. 50% Discussion and Conclusion Clear discussion on your findings and any conclusion drawn. 20% Presentation Structure and Styles Well-presented, clear and consistent academic writing; including spelling, grammar and punctuation. Appropriate and relevant academic referencing using Harvard Referencing. 5%
Appendix 2: Guide to Foundation Project Report Marking Criteria
|Fail 0-39 Poor Quality||D. 40-49 Satisfactory Quality||C. 50-59 Sound Quality||B. 60-69 Good Quality||A. 70-84 Excellent Quality||A. 85-100 Outstanding Quality|
|Introduction (LO3) Key areas to consider: Final research aim, objectives and questions.Explanation of the research.Contribution to theory/ practice.||5%||The research question is unclear. The introduction fails to explain the research aim, objectives and questions of the Research Findings Report. Little to no explanation for the choice of Research Title.||A general introduction to the research question. An attempt has been made to explain the research aim, objectives and questions, however this lacks feasibility. A weak explanation for the choice of Research Title is provided in a descriptive manner.||A well-constructed introduction. A relevant research aim, objectives and questions showing potential for improvement. Some explanation for the choice of Research Title is provided for the research question.||A thorough introduction which provides the research aim, objectives and questions in moderate detail. The relevance of the report is explained with some contribution to the Research Title discussed. Good consideration of a rationale structure indicated for the work.||Excellent introduction, with a detailed explanation for the choice of Research Title. A clear rationale for the research aim, objectives and questions. Excellent presentation of a rationale structure of the work.||As before plus a Research Title showing potential to make a novel contribution to theory and/or practice.|
|Data Collection (LO2) Key areas to consider: Appropriate, accurate and evidenced recording of collected data.Appropriateness of the data collection techniques applied and presentation of the data.Identify trends/ relationships from the collected data.Issues/ challenges in the data collection.||20%||You have failed to collect data. You have not provided appropriate records of data collection.||You have demonstrated the ability to collect some data and evidence for this has been provided. You have recorded the data collected poorly. Little to no attempt has been made to identify trends/ relationships from the data. Little to no attempt has been made to identify issues/ challenges in the data collection process.||You have collected the research data in full. You have made a reasonable attempt at appropriately recording the data. Some attempt has been made to identify the trends/ relationships from the data. Some issues/ challenges have been identified in the data collection process.||You have collected the research data in full and recorded this using the appropriate tabula and graphical representations. You have recorded the data with consideration to the trends/ relationships identified by your research question. You clearly identify the issues/ challenges in the data collection process.||Excellent evidence of data collection and recording. The data is recorded in detail with an appropriate graphical and tabula structure which follows the core topics/ trends of research question. A detailed presentation of the trends/ relationships in the data and issues/ challenges in the data collection process.||The data has been collected in fully and presented in a clear and concise format. The data outcomes have been mapped and recorded in line with the research objectives and questions.|
|Research Findings (LO2 and LO3) Key areas to consider: Analysis of the collected data.Examination of the identified trends/ relationships from the collected data.Limitations of the data collection and data collected.Connection to scholarly literature, research objectives and questions.||50%||Your findings are presented in a vague manner with little to no analysis of the collected data. You do not consider the limitations of the data. Little to no connection is made to the scholarly literature, research objectives and questions.||An attempt has been made to appropriately assess the collected data. A few trends/ relationships have been examined, however this is descriptive. An attempt has been made at connecting the data to the scholarly literature. You make an attempt at discussing the limitations of either your data or data collection, however this is descriptive and room for improvement.||A good attempt has been made to assess the collected data. You make a reasonable attempt to identify several limitations of your data and data collection process. An attempt has been made to connect the data collected to the scholarly literature, research objectives and questions.||A thorough analysis of the collected data and the data collection process, by looking at their limitations. The trends/relationships from the data have been discussed in detail and with some linkages to the scholarly literature, research objectives and questions.||An excellent analysis of the collected data and data collection process, demonstrating your key findings. The limitations are discussed in detail and with the consideration of the selected methodological approach. Detailed connections have been made between the scholarly literature, research objectives and questions and the trends/ relationships in the data.||As before plus Your findings are presented in a professional manner. The analysis of your data is of a very high standard. You have used the key findings to assess the similarities and differences in the scholarly literature.|
|Discussion and Conclusion (LO2 and LO3) Key areas to consider: A tentative answer to the research question.Summary, comparison and evaluation of primary and secondary data.||20%||You provide little to no evidence of your ability to collate information from a variety of sources. You fail to provide a tentative answer to the research question.||You have attempted to collate information from the findings and the literature to provide a descriptive and limited summary. An attempt has been made to provide a tentative answer to the research question.||You demonstrate your ability to compare and assess information from the literature and the research findings. You provide an adequate tentative answer to the research question.||You show how your data integrates with the issues raised in the literature and provide a good assessments of different sources. There is an in-depth investigation of the application of your findings which supports your tentative answer to the research question.||You demonstrate your ability to analyse and integrate the key findings from a variety of sources. You provide an in-depth assessment of the different sources utilised in the research. Your investigation supports a thoroughly considered answer to the research question.||As before plus there is originality and flair in your research. Your ability to critically integrate your findings with the literature is outstanding.|
|Presentation Structure and Styles Key areas to consider: Appropriate use of academic writing, language, grammar, spelling and punctuation.Harvard Referencing for both in-text comments and the Referencing Section.||5%||No references or no reference list/ The presentation of your research is poor in terms of grammar, spelling and format.||References are used, but in a very poor manner (i.e., only reference list or only in text referencing is used). The style and format of your research project is satisfactory. Major mistakes in the use of grammar, spelling and punctuation. A poor attempt at academic language.||Basic references, with some mistakes in the application of the Harvard Referencing style. Your research is presented in an appropriate manner, however minor mistakes in the use of grammar, spelling and punctuation. Appropriate use of academic language used throughout the report.||Good reference list, however with minor mistakes in the application of the Harvard Referencing style. The presentation of your research report is good in terms of grammar, spelling and format.||A broad and appropriate list of references, presented with only minimal inconsistencies in the Harvard Referencing. The presentation of your research is of a very high standard. Excellent use of grammar, spelling and format.||An excellent range of updated, and relevant references listed with a professional and consistent application of referencing styles. The presentation of your research – style, grammar, and spelling is flawless.|