Assessment One Specification
Assessment Title Research Skills Assignment One
Unit Title Research Skills
Unit Code BSS010-2 Number of Credits 15
Unit Leader Dr Jasmine Tehrani
Assessment Weighting (%) 50%
Issue Date Week 13
Submission Deadline Friday 28th of April before 10:00
Procedure for submission Electronic copy via BREO TurnItIn
Expected Return Date Week 21
Assessment 1 requires you to produce a literature review of no more than 2,000 words, which researches a specific issue in depth. You will need to use appropriate literature paying particular attention to correct Harvard referencing and a logical development of conclusions which are based on your thorough evaluation of the material you have gathered.
The proposed work is as follows:
?You will be allocated a specific issue which is precise and invites you to research a broad range of literature.
?You will have to conduct significant literature searches so that you can identify and use suitable academic theory and findings from which to synthesize your review.
?You should address the following issues in your review:
oDefinition and explanation of the terms you use
oDemonstrate your understanding of the issue you have been set by reference to literature
oPropose potential solutions to the issues raised drawing on the literature with closely argued reasoning
Guidelines and Additional Information
?Preparation for this individual requires significant effort in researching the UoB Electronic Library. We will have a lecture from the librarians and this will provide essential information. You may form your own study group to discuss the topic. However, each student is required to submit an individual report, comprising their own understanding, review, critical analysis and recommendations regarding the issue that you will be given
?Your report will be well presented and logically organized.
?Good clear presentation using an appropriate structure demonstrating effort to communicate effectively will result in higher grades.
?Use of the Harvard referencing style for citing references – see https://lrweb.beds.ac.uk/guides/a-guide-to-referencing/referencing is mandatory. This not only applies to the bibliography but also to in-text references. This is a major attribute of the Learning Outcome of this unit.
Friday 28th of April before 10:00 am. The report must be submitted electronically via BREO
Unit Learning Outcomes assessed: Demonstrate a knowledge of alternative research methods based on a detailed understanding of relevant literature which will enable you to define research questions, and to assess the theoretical implications and limitations of chosen research methods
Word Limit 2,000 words
Format Word document
Resources/Support Available Briefing Seminar
Lecture material, case study, recommended texts, library resources
Assessment Criteria Please refer to the Assessment Criteria on page 3
Peer / Self Assessment Required NO
Details of how feedback will be provided On BREO
Research Skills Assessment 1 Criteria
Criterion Description 1 – 34 (F – F-) 35 – 39 (E) 40 – 49 (D- – D+) 53 – 59 (C- – C+) 63 – 69 (B- – B+) 70 – 100 (A- – A+)
Literature used and referencing In the report students should demonstrate their wider reading of the topic. Student should not rely only on the main text book or web pages. Relevant journal articles should be considered. Poor or failing pieces of work may rely on one textbook and/or some ‘google’ articles. Appropriate, accurate and consistent style of referencing should also be taken into account under this heading. Very little or no use of published work. Poorly referenced if at all. Some attempt to use external literatures. Poor referencing. Heavy reliance on very limited sources. Little evidence of any attempt to collect a broader range of information and literature. Poor referencing. An adequate use of available sources. Correct referencing for the most part. A good range of literature used. The answer demonstrates appreciation of their appropriateness. Full and accurate referencing. An excellent work will have wider reading about the topic. Relevant literatures are used to support the in-depth review and reflection of the topic as well as case study analysis. Full and accurate referencing.
Critical Analysis and Evaluation The report should be developed progressively demonstrating students’ understanding of theories and critical issues relevant to the topic. The report should demonstrate students’ ability to appreciate and apply various theories and issues in their discussion and evaluation There is no understanding of the relevant theories and principles. A referral principle review and reflection will show poor understanding of the topic with constant misunderstandings. Referral answers will not consider the issues posed in the assessment brief in a coherent or detailed way. A poor review and reflection will show limited understanding of the relevant theories and principles. A very narrow view and a limited range of issues addressed Average principle review and reflection will show students’ general understanding of the relevant theories and principles. Shows consideration of some of the issues in a reasonably coherent way Good principle review and reflection will demonstrate students’ appreciation of the relevant theories and principles and their application. Demonstrates a breadth of understanding of the issues posed in the assessment brief. Excellent principle review and reflection should demonstrate deeper thinking of relevant theories and principles and their applications. Demonstrates a comprehensive consideration of the issues, and apply relevant theories to address the underlying issues.
Conclusions and recommen-dations This section relates to the ability of the student to provide a persuasive conclusion and set of recommendations based on the issues raised, arguments and points made in the report. Are the arguments persuasive? Are the conclusions supported by the body of the report? Little or no argument and very poor conclusions. Poorly argued and with conclusions that just do not follow from the evidence presented. Poorly argued with rather unconvincing conclusions. The reader may well doubt that the conclusions are valid. The work will be reasonably argued but the conclusions will not be entirely convincing from the evidence presented. The reader will have some doubt as to their validity. The work will be soundly argued and the conclusions will be largely convincing but some doubt could remain in the reader’s mind as to their validity. The work will be well argued and the conclusions will follow naturally from the evidence presented. No doubt will be left in the reader’s mind as to their validity. A conclusion that contradicts perceived wisdom and is well justified will be particularly welcomed.
Presentation and completeness The report should be complete which include all the elements according to the requirements. A good report is expected to be organized logically and neatly. Use of language and grammar should not hinder the understanding of readers. The report is incomplete. Main elements are missing. Poorly organized report, without a clear structure, many required elements are missing. Report has been put together without a clear logic. Some required elements may be missing. The readers have difficulty understanding content of the report. All the required elements are included, but some elements may not have sufficient detail. The content of the report is clearly presented. No major difficulties understanding the content of the report The report is well organized with a clear logic. All the elements as needed are included, but a clear flow between the sections may be missing. The report has a logical flow and clear logic between sections. The report is comprehensive with all the required elements included. Readers can appreciate the content very easily.
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