What do you need to do for this assessment?
Previously you have produced a research project proposal and completed a literature review relating to the topic you have chosen for the research project.
In this current assignment you have to:
- conduct your proposed research project, after which you will
- produce a Written Report and
- prepare a Research Presentation about the findings in your research project.
You will write your report and prepare your presentation for an academic audience, so a formal, academic style should be maintained throughout.
The aim of this task is to give you practical experience in conducting research, collecting and analysing data, and reporting research findings.
Your tutor will also provide written and verbal feedback and guidance on draft versions of your report throughout the term before the submission deadline. 1:1 discussions with your tutor can be very useful to enhance your final submission.
Before you submit this assessment, you will have an opportunity to receive feedback from your peers (other students in the class). Your tutor will arrange a time for you to share and discuss your progress with your classmates. You do not have to act on their feedback, but you may find it useful to enhance your final submission.
This is an individual assessment so you should complete it by yourself.
Before you submit this assessment, you will have an opportunity to receive feedback from your peers (other students in the class). You will also be expected to give feedback to your peers on their presentations. Your tutor will arrange a time for you to share and discuss your progress with your classmates. Please make sure you consider your peer feedback carefully as you may find that suggestions made by your fellow students will help you make your final submission more effective. Please also be considerate and careful when you are providing feedback to your peers – try to be constructive, not just critical.
The presentation will take place online, and your teacher will send you a link to an online call (on either Zoom or Teams) three days prior to the assessment. Please make sure you check your email and if you have not received the link, please inform your teacher immediately. The invitation will include information about the specific time when you must join the call. Please make sure you have checked the microphone and video camera on the device you will use to take the assessment prior to the assessment. We recommend you use a laptop, not a phone or a tablet for this assessment. As far as possible please make sure you have a reliable internet connection for the duration of this assessment.
On the day of the assessment, at a time specified in the invitation to the call, your teacher will open the call, and after all students have joined in, the assessment will begin. Please note that the presentation will be recorded. The recording will only be used for marking purposes and quality assurance reviews.
In the event that a live presentation is not possible or is heavily impaired, an Exception Extenuating Circumstances (EEC) form should be submitted, and your project tutor should be informed. An audio or screencast recording of your presentation may be accepted in this circumstance.
Structure of the Written Report: (4000 words ± 20%)
The Written Report should include the following sections:
Project Title: Give your project a working title (10-20 words).
Abstract: In less than 200 words, summarise the key contents of your completed research project (not included in word count).
Section 1: Introduction (~500 words):
In this section you should provide some contextual information about your chosen topic and explain why this topic is worth studying. This should be a developed from your original research proposal based on feedback and your own reflection. This section should contain the aims and objectives of this research project and a description of the key questions (maximum three) that it aims to answer.
Section 2: Literature Review (~1500 words)
In this section, you will act on previous feedback to improve and possibly extend your previous literature review. You should critically review the available academic literature on your chosen topic. You should compare and contrast existing research findings in order to identify gaps which your research aims to fill, and critically evaluate the quality of existing literature on your chosen topic.
Section 3: Methodology (~500 – 600 words)
This section should describe and justify your overall methodology. This can be developed from your research proposal but must describe and justify what has been done. In addition, you are required to discuss a range of methodological issues, such as:
- If you choose primary research methodology you should consider:
• The research perspective and strategy (Did you apply a quantitative or qualitative approach? Why?);
• Your data collection methods (Did you use questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, etc? Why?);
• Your sample size and sampling technique.
• Your research approach for data analysis.
• A reflection on the limitations of your methods
- If you choose secondary research methodology, you should consider:
• Why secondary research is suitable for answering your research questions;
• The general strengths and weaknesses of using secondary data;
• The datasets you intend to use and the strengths and weaknesses of these;
• How and why you have selected this data.
• Your research approach for data analysis
In this section you should also consider the ethical issues which are relevant for your project and also provide concrete solutions of how these will be solved.
Section 4: Research Findings (~500-600 words)
This section should present and describe your key research findings and include, as appropriate, graphics to support and aid the reader.
Section 5: Discussion (~600 – 800 words)
This section should analyse your key research findings and link these to the existing body of literature on your chosen topic. You should also consider how the research data you have collected helped you answer your research questions.
Note: it is possible to combine sections 4 and 5 into one section approx. 1200-1500 words
Section 6: Conclusion/Recommendations (~500 words)
This section should summarise the key findings for your project and reflect on how these could be useful in your chosen field and also recommend how this topic can be further in the future.
Section 7: Reference List (excluded from the word count)
In this section you should include a list of all sources you have referred to in the report, in accordance with the APA or Harvard referencing conventions.
Section 8: Appendices (excluded from the word count)
This section may include a copy of a reflective diary about your research process and also other documents such as a copy of your research instrument(s), a copy of your informed consent (if applicable), etc.
Note: Word lengths indicated are recommendations. Exact word lengths of sections can vary across projects to best meet the project objectives.
Structure of the Research Presentation / Poster: (max.1000 words)
Your presentation should last between 10 to 15 minutes, including questions from the audience. You should organise your presentation to include the following information:
Your poster should include the following sections:
Section 1: Introduction & Background
This section should introduce your project aims and research questions, as well as some key background information to support and justify your project area.
Section 2: Research Method
This section should briefly summarise your research approach to indicate how you tried to answer your research questions.
Section 3: Findings & Discussion
This section should be the main focus of the presentation, and should include:
- Visual presentation of your main findings (using appropriate graphs, charts, or other visuals)
- Commentary on your findings with reference to your research question(s), hypotheses and the relevant literature.
- Your interpretation of the findings and the conclusions you draw from them.
Section 4: Conclusion & Reflection
This section should provide a conclusion to your research and make any recommendations for future research. This section should also include reflection on the limitations of your research study and research design, identifying what you would do differently if you were to do your project again.
Additional sub-sections can be added that are relevant to the project.
Type of service: Academic paper writing
Type of assignment: Research paper
Number of Sources: 15
Academic level: Master’s
Paper format: Harvard
Line Spacing: Double
Language Style: UK English