AY: 2020/21 CIS7016 – Research Methods for Technology Dissertations. 20 Credits RESIT Module Leader: RUMANA FARUQUE Assessment Brief Assessment Title: Research Proposal WRIT1100% HAND-OUT DATE:30/04/2021 HAND-IN DATE:30/05/2021 Contents Learning Outcomes 3 Assessment Requirements / Tasks (include all guidance notes) 3 Assessment Criteria 4 Submission Details 4 Feedback 4 Marking Criteria 5 Additional Information 6 Referencing Requirements (Harvard) 6 Mitigating Circumstances 6 Unfair Practice 6 Learning Outcomes This assessment is designed to demonstrate a student’s completion of the following Learning Outcomes: Synthesize aims and objectives;Critically evaluate relevant academic literature;Critically review appropriate research or development methodologies;Produce a detailed project plan for a dissertation. Assessment Requirements You must produce a 4000 word research proposal that describes your intended area of dissertation study. Your proposal should have the following five sections: Introduction The introduction should explain the background of the issue you are studying. You should seek to explain the motivation of the project (why the project is important) and outline the definitions and foundations of your chosen subject. Aim (s), Objectives and Research Question(s) In this section you specify the aim of the dissertation and the related objectives. You may also include research questions to further define the aim of your study. (1000 for Introduction and Aims & Objectives, Research Questions) Literature review You should provide a review of the key literature in the field. Your literature review should be approximately 2000 words and should have a critical narrative. The literature review should consider the important issues in your field of study and should examine existing academic evidence relevant to your research aim. Methodology The methodology section should provide a clear research strategy for your study. You should specify your research approach, strategy, timescale and data collection methods. You should also consider the design of any research materials needed e.g. questionnaires, interviews, and observation. Your methodology should be approximately 1000 words in length. Gantt Chart You should provide a detailed Gantt Chart that breaks your dissertation down into component parts with estimated completion times. Assessment Criteria WRIT1: Research Proposal100%Overall Presentation and Layout5%Introduction and Background10%Aims, Objectives and Research Question(s)20%Literature Review30%Methodology25%References &Gantt Chart10% Submission Details Please see Moodle for confirmation of the Assessment submission date. Submission will be by4:00pmon the deadline day. Any assessments submitted after the deadline will not be marked and will be recorded as a Non-Attempt. The assessment must be submitted as a pdf / word document through the Turnitin submission point in Moodle Your assessment should be titled with your Student ID Number, module code and assessment id, e.g. st12345678 CIS7000 WRIT1 Feedback Feedback for the assessment will be provided electronically via Moodle, and will normally be available 4 working weeks after initial submission. The feedback return date will be confirmed on Moodle. Feedback will be provided in the form of a rubric and supported with comments on your strengths and the areas which you improve. All marks are preliminary and are subject to quality assurance processes and confirmation at the Examination Board. Further information on the Academic and Feedback Policy in available in the Academic Handbook (Vol 1, Section 4.0) Marking Criteria 70 – 100% (Distinction)A comprehensive submission. The aims and objectives are focussed, achievable and appropriate for Masters level dissertation. The literature review is focussed appropriately, heavily cited and has a critical narrative. The methodology is systematically explained with appropriate selection and justification of techniques. The Gantt chart breaks the dissertation down into appropriate sub tasks with realistic completion times and identifies parallel tasks.60-69% (Merit)A good quality submission. The aims and objectives are focussed, achievable and appropriate for Masters level dissertation. The literature review is focussed appropriately, cites relevant literature and has some critical comment. The methodology is systematically explained with appropriate selection of techniques. The Gantt chart breaks the dissertation down into appropriate sub tasks with realistic completion times.55-59% PassA reasonable submission. The aims and objectives have some focus, are achievable and appropriate for Masters level dissertation. The literature review is focussed but is mostly descriptive with little critical comment. The methodology is considered with some explanation of choices. The Gantt chart breaks the dissertation down into appropriate sub tasks with realistic completion times.50-54%A passable submission. The aims and objectives have some focus, are achievable and appropriate for Masters level dissertation. The literature review is unfocussed and descriptive, lacking critical comments. The methodology is considered but with little justification of techniques. The Gantt chart breaks the dissertation down into appropriate sub tasks with realistic completion times.
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