Research methods

Produce a 1500 word research proposal including methodology design and justification of research approach.

Your research proposal must include the following elements:

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Title – derives from the aim of your research and contains key concepts

Rationale – explain why you have chosen this topic and briefly summarise the existing literature on the topic

Aim of your research-In one sentence explain what you intend to find out. (ideally you will have one aim only)

Objectives of your research –Objectives should have a strong logical connection with the aim and they should point to the data you need.

Methodology

Approach-explain what approach to research you intend to use and why (making reference to research methods manuals)

Design -explain what design you intend to use and why (making reference to research methods manuals)

Methods-explain what method(s) of research you intend to use and why. (making reference to research methods manuals)

Participants-explain who your participants will be the sampling method (sample size and the size of the population). For qualitative research explain what criteria you will be using to select your participants.

Validity and reliability-explain what measures you will be taking to enhance the validity and reliability of your research. (If a qualitative approach is employed you need to explain what measures you will be taking to ensure the credibility and trustworthiness of your research including a short explanation on reflexivity.

Data analysis-explain briefly how you intend to analyse your data.

References-List using Harvard standard the sources used to support your proposal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This assignment has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your achievement of the following module learning outcomes:
LO 1 Engage in identifying a relevant topic appropriate to the student’s area of study from which a suitable research project can be developed.
LO2 Demonstrate an understanding of how to conduct a literature review including searching for, and critically engaging with, the ideas of contributing authors to the particular topic.
LO 3 Critically evaluate and design a range of research methods and appropriate research techniques for the collection and analysis of data using quantitative, qualitative or joint methods in order to address the research aim, question and objectives
LO5 Demonstrate transferable skills including time management, project management, listening, negotiation, written communication skills, independent learning and advanced research skills
 
Task requirements
·         Please read this carefully and comply fully:

·         Follow the course guidelines regarding submitting work, as below (e.g. electronic or paper copies).

·         Pages should be numbered.

·         All work to be submitted as Arial 12 font with 1.5 line spacing.

·         All writing should be in the third person passive.

·         Written work must be word-processed

·         The module title and code number must be clearly marked on the front cover.

·         Work you submit for assessment must be properly referenced – a guide to the Harvard system of referencing can be found on the Bucks website at bucks.ac.uk/referencing.

·         You may seek clarification from the module tutor at any time.

·         There is no excuse for failing to submit your work in accordance with the guidance, work that does not meet the necessary standards in that respect will be marked accordingly.

·         No collaboration is allowed.

 
Referencing and research requirements
Please reference your work according to the Harvard style as defined in Cite Them Right Online (http://www.citethemrightonline.com). This information is also available in book form: Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2019) Cite them right: the essential reference guide. 11th edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Copies are available via the University library. A “Guide to referencing” is also available on BlackBoard.

 

 

 
How your work will be assessed
Your work will be assessed on the extent to which it demonstrates your achievement of the stated learning outcomes for this assignment (see above) and against other key criteria as defined by your programme team.

 

See marking criteria grid provided below for how each element/task of the assessment will be marked and the corresponding weighting of marks for each element/task required.  BM631 CW1 70% weighting 2020-2021

Criteria   70%+ 60-69% 50-59% 40-49% Fail
Generic: Communication

5% weighting

  Clear precise assignment with excellent structure. Coherent and comprehensive argument. Mostly clear precise assignment with good structure. Fairly coherent and well argued. Well-structured and relatively clear argument Insufficient structuring with some flaws in argument. Poor structure and argument
Context and Rationale for Research

 

10 % weighting

  Excellent definition of research problem.  Demonstrates excellent understanding of the topic, objectivity and reference to theory.  Provides appropriate level of additional contextual research material. Very good definition of the research problem.  Demonstrates clear understanding of the topic, objectivity and reference to theory. Provides some additional contextual research material.  Good definition of the research problem.  Basic level of understanding of the topic, some reference to theory.  Provides small amount of additional contextual research material. Acceptable definition of the research problem. Demonstrates only superficial understanding, theory limited or absent. Provides limited additional contextual research material. Poor definition of contextual research problem.  Very limited understanding of topic.  Provides no additional contextual research material.
Literature Sources

10% weighting

  Demonstrates clear and accurate selection and analysis of the literature sources required from a wide range of appropriate scholarly and professional sources. Demonstrates a very good selection and analysis of literature sources required from a very good range of scholarly and professional sources. Demonstrates a good selection and analysis of the literature sources required from a good range of scholarly and possibly some professional sources. Demonstrates acceptable level of appropriate literature sources. Demonstrates inadequate level of sources & analysis.
Research Aim and Objectives

 

25% weighting

  Demonstrates excellent level of creativity towards design of aim statement that has clear links to the rationale and problem statement.  Research questions demonstrate high level of synthesis and creativity in structuring the scope of the research. Demonstrates good level of creativity toward design of aim statement that has clear links to the rationale and problem statement.  Research questions demonstrate very good level of synthesis and creativity in structuring the scope of the research. Demonstrates adequate level of creativity towards design of aim statement that has some links to the rationale and problem statement.  Research questions demonstrate some level of synthesis and creativity ins structuring the scope of the research. Demonstrates weak levels of creativity towards design of aim statement that has some links to the rationale and problem statement.  Research questions demonstrate acceptable level of synthesis and creativity in structuring the scope of the research. Demonstrates inadequate levels of creativity towards am statement with no links to the rationale and problem statement.
Methodology

45% weighting

  Fully evaluates primary research design and  implications, using appropriate examples and  theory Evaluates primary research design and implications using appropriate examples and theory Adequately evaluates primary research design and implications, using appropriate examples and theory Evaluates primary research design and implications using poor or inappropriate methods. Displays only weak evaluation, not reflective or based on theory.

 

Assignment Parameters and Referencing

5% weighting

  Precisely meets guidelines on word count. Excellent presentation and referencing. Precisely meets guidelines on word count. Good presentation and referencing. Precisely meets guidelines on word count. Presentation, and referencing generally acceptable. Precisely meets guidelines on word count. Guidelines on presentation, and referencing generally disregarded Guidelines on word count, presentation, and referencing fully disregarded
Total 100%          
 

 

 

Submission details
·         This assignment should be submitted electronically. Please use the relevant Turnitin submission point in the Submit your work area in your Blackboard module shell.

·         Please ensure that your work has been saved in an appropriate file format. Turnitin will only accept the following file types: Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs, or plain text. Your file must also contain at least 20 words of text, consist of fewer than 400 pages and be less than 40MB in size.

·         You can submit your work as many times as you like before the submission date. If you do submit your work more than once, your earlier submission will be replaced by the most recent version.

·         Once you have submitted your work, you will receive a digital receipt as proof of submission, which will be sent to your forwarded e-mail address (provided you have set this up). Please keep this receipt for future reference, along with the original electronic copy of your assignment

 

·         You are reminded of the University’s regulations on academic misconduct, which can be viewed on the University website: https://bucks.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0024/9546/Academic-Misconduct-Policy.pdf. In submitting your assignment, you are acknowledging that you have read and understood these regulations

·         Please also note that work that is submitted up to 10 working days beyond the submission date will be considered a late submission. Late submissions will be marked and the actual mark recorded, but will be capped at the pass mark (typically 40%), provided that the work is of a passing standard. Work submitted after this period will not be marked and will be treated as a non-submission.

 

 

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