Assignment Brief Module code and title: LC571 Qualitative Research Methods for Social Scientists Assignment no. and type: CW1 Assessment weighting: 100% Target feedback date: 4weeks after submission date. Assignment task Task – Produce a 2,500 word report (+/- 10%, including in-text references) based on the interview transcript provided. Your assessment should be titled: Research Report: Thematic analysis of qualitative data For the purposes of the assessment, you should assume that the research project has been agreed by the University’s Ethics Committee You are expected to: Discuss epistemological issues in relation to this researchDiscuss relevant ethical issuesIdentify themes emerging from the participants’ responses in the transcriptDiscuss these themes, drawing on an appropriate range of relevant social science academic, research and policy material to enable you to develop your analysisInterpret the respondents’ answers using the aboveInclude quotations from the transcripts where appropriateDraw conclusions based on the data analysis Your research report should follow this structure – Title Introduction Epistemology and ethics Findings Discussion Conclusion References Learning outcomes This assignment has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your achievement of the following module learning outcomes: Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of qualitative social research.Critically evaluate and assess epistemological positions, research design and ethical issues in relation to social scientific research.Analyse qualitative data and link the results to wider social scientific literature 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. (2016) Cite them right: the essential reference guide. 10th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Copies are available via the university library. 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). This assignment will be marked according to the following criteria: Appropriate format and logical structureCritical understanding of relevant epistemological and ethical issuesCritical understanding of the issue under investigation including application of appropriate theoretical and policy analysisQuality of thematic data analysisBreadth and quality of sources usedUse of English including spelling, punctuation, grammar and an appropriate academic writing styleCorrect use in-text and end-text of the Harvard referencing methodClearly articulated conclusions based on the interpretation of the data. Submission details 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 Submission date and time This assignment should be submitted before 14:00 UK time on submission date. Work that is submitted up to 10 working days beyond the submission date will be accepted as 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. Feedback and marks for this assignment will be available 4 weeks later.
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