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Managing Business Research 2 Assessment Brief: Individual Research Design Plan Assessment TypeIndividual Research Design PlanWord count2,800 wordsWeighting100 % of the moduleDeadline12 noon, Wednesday 21st April 2021SubmissionElectronic copy through Turnitin on CANVASFeedback5pm Wednesday 12th May 2021 Overview: For this assessment, you are required to write an outline of your research design plan that you will then subsequently base your research project on. Structure and Format: The work should be created in a structured format with the following contents: Title PageTable of ContentsBrief Introduction (max 80 words- this is to be included in word limit)Main section 1: Key Concepts (max. 800 words)Main section 2: Context (max. 350 words)Main section 3: Research Plan (max. 1,400 words)Main section 4: Research Ethics (max. 250 words)ReferencesAppendix 1 (this is not included in word limit) Further Guidance on what to Include in the main sections: Main Section One: Explanation of key concept(s)/theory that the research will focus upon Explain the key academic concepts (theory) that will be examined in the chosen topic, drawing on the academic literature. Explain the concept(s) clearly and cite sources when discussing and explaining these key concepts. If selecting a large theory, there will be a requirement to break down this theory into specific elements to concentrate on, explaining and comparing different authors’ ideas on those key elements. Add your own commentary on the ideas you have sourced, which will demonstrate independent thinking. Main Section Two: Overview of the Context of the Proposed Research In this section, explain the context in which the proposed Project is set. Outline the industry sector or research context on which the research will focus. Explain the reasons for this focus on the particular sector or context i.e. will the research be based on a specific organisation/industry or on specific job roles (e.g. managers or employees)? Justify why. Explain what is happening in that context in terms of the topic. For this, background data on the context from relevant sources will be required – such as secondary sources of information including business and industry reports, government papers, newspaper articles. Identify what will be investigated in this context and why. As part of these discussions, identify TWO specific insights hoped to be gained from undertaking this research Main Section Three: Plan for Undertaking Research In this section, outline the plan for data collection (drawing on either primary data or secondary data). This will include: 3.1. A statement of three research objectives 3.2. identify the proposed research approach and research method Please indicate whether it is primary or secondary data collection that is being proposed and why. Is the research plan collecting qualitative or quantitative (e.g. focus group; interviews; quantitative survey)? Justify why the approach is suitable and the methods being employed. You MUST use research methodology sources to support all choices. 3.3. An outline of your planned data collection While it is expected that each candidate would plan for and undertake primary research, there may be a situation where, for some research, the plan is to undertake secondary data collection and analysis. Select either primary OR secondary data collection: 3.3A what you need to explain for planned PRIMARY data collection. Identify the specific purpose of the data collection and identify what respondent group(s) you will gather data from (sampling technique). Outline which groups/individual respondents you propose to include, and how you will select your respondents (refer to research methodology book to explain your approach to a respondent sample).Identify what research instrument you will use to gather data from respondents- will it be a survey, an interview plan, a focus group plan, an observation plan for ONLINE sites etc. Explain the key content of the research instrument. The survey or interview or focus group needs to meet your research objectives- so make this clear.Show a practical plan of the research instrument to be used: identify the key sections of any interview OR a survey you are proposing to use. Explain what data you are seeking for each section- identify the subjects/topics or themes you will be examining and, where relevant, include some sample questions. You can use, where possible, ideas and questions from previous studies that used interviews or surveys or focus groups and adapt those for your study.The themes you are examining should link to your concepts/theory in Main Section 1 (previous academic studies) and to the focus you will take that you have indicated in Section 2. 3.3B what you need to explain for planned SECONDARY data collection. Explain what sources/documents you will gather (such as key reports, newspaper material, relevant online commentaries, company reports, or company published communication materials) and detail HOW you will analyse these sources/documents. What is the time period of the data you are gathering and why?Please indicate HOW you will select relevant data or evidence from each source for analysis (for instance, if it is an organisation’s annual report- which reports and which sections of report, over what time periods and what is the purpose of gathering these selected data).HOW the data or evidence in each source links to the focus you are taking in your researchWhat insights will this data give to answer your key research questions and how do you plan to analyse the data you select in an organised or systematic way? It is important to show HOW you will compare different kinds of data from sources and identify how you will be evaluating that data.In the same way as any primary data gathering, the areas that you are examining with secondary data/evidence should link in some way to your concepts/theory in Section 1 or to the focus you indicate in Main Section 2. Main Section Four: How you will address the ethical elements of your research Write a short paragraph on how you are addressing the ethical issues in the assignment. Identify TWO ethical issues that are relevant in your project and show how you will make sure to address this in your research approach. For this, you need to be aware of the ethical procedures for research at LJMU. Remember there are ethical issues when gathering and analysing secondary data as well as when collecting and analysing primary data. Referencing You are required to cite relevant sources in each part of the assignment. You should cite sources in the text of the assignment in the correct manner using Harvard style. A full list of references must be included for ALL sources at the end of the assignment (use Harvard referencing format). Any references that you put in the list of references that you have NOT DISCUSSED OR CITED will be considered incomplete and you will get no credit for them. Appendix 1: Time Frame and Planning (not included in word count.) Show how you will manage your research project, giving a clear time frame. Develop a Word table showing the stages/steps that you need to take. Do not forget time for reading and review, for communication with tutors, for locating/selecting respondents and data, for developing/ piloting observation/interview/focus groups or survey plans and plenty of time for data analysis. Allow time for writing up key chapters. Show a time schedule for completion of each stage. Marking Criteria GradeClassificationDescription70% and overDistinctionExcellent, well focused and clear articulation of the key concepts (theory), which links clearly to original, innovative and well-designed research objectives. Excellent links between topic and literature and excellent logical connections between the research objectives and data collection approaches. Convincing justification of the choice of data collection methods within either primary or secondary data focuses. Critical discussions included within all sections of the assessment which demonstrates that the research plan has been carefully considered and thought-out, which is then further evidenced in a realistic and sequential time plan. Clear evidence of independent thought, excellent attention to detail and very good academic writing and referencing throughout.60-69%MeritWell- organised and articulate overview of key concepts (theory) to be examined Clear articulation of the research context with indication of relevant, contemporary sources. Well-defined research objectives. A well-reasoned plan that follows through coherently from objectives to data collection Well-researched approach to the secondary data collection that is planned OR well-structured ideas on key sections of research instrument with some links to previous sources Thorough and logical ideas on proposed data collection (relevant sampling/analysis of sources). Realistic and sequential time planning that shows feasibility to complete project. Thorough referencing in text of assignment and in reference list with appropriate range of sources50-59%PassClear attempt to outline the key concepts (theory) you will take forward. Explanations of the research context offered with supporting sources. A plan for undertaking research that connects to the methods for data collection (such as primary or secondary). Appropriate research design for the objective(s) and some focus evident in the content of the data to be gathered. Evidence of practical ideas for the process of data collection. Time planning that takes account of the main tasks adequately. A good attempt at referencing in correct format and clear commentary in candidate’s own words49% and underFailWhilst a clear attempt at the assessment may have been made, this is not sufficient to pass. Grades obtained in this category reflect a piece of work that is too descriptive and/or limited in content. Little evidence of wider reading and heavily reliant upon non-academic sources. It may also be that the research plan is incomplete in that key work, sections or theories have been neglected or missing applications to the proposed research.0%Non-SubmissionAbsent / no work submitted


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