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Solent University Coursework Assessment Brief Assessment Details Unit Title:Research ProjectUnit Code:MAA112Unit Leader:Dr Olufemi IsiaqLevel:7Assessment Title:DissertationAssessment Number:AE1Assessment Type:ReportRestrictions on Time/Word Count:12,000 Words (+5,000 words for Pilot project chapters) Total: 17,000 wordsConsequence of not meeting time/word count limit:There is no penalty for submitting below the page/word count or file size limit, but students should be aware that there is a risk they may not maximise their potential mark.Assignments should be presented appropriately in line with the restrictions stated above; if an assignment exceeds the time/word count this will be taken in account in the marks given using the assessment criteria shown.Individual/Group:IndividualAssessment Weighting:75%Issue Date:30 October 2020Hand in date:19 February 2021 by 4pmFeedback provided within:19 February 2021Mode of Submission:Online via TurnitinNumber of copies to be submitted:2 bound copies + onlineAnonymous MarkingThis assessment: Will not be marked anonymously Assessment Task The MSc project is the culmination of the master’s experience and draws on both the technical skills learned through the taught components of the course, and the research skills developed through the research methods and pilot project units. The student will develop these skills through a piece of applied research in which the student identifies and produces a solution to a research question. The student will start by identifying a project area and gaining approval from a supervisor. A supervisor must have agreed on the project topic before the student commences work on the project. The student will then develop a research question and analyse the existing literature to derive appropriate research hypotheses. They will then select and apply appropriate research methodologies and methods, gather and analyse data to solve the research question and come to a validated and justified conclusion. This will be written up and submitted in the form of a thesis. Please refer to the Research project Handbook on SOL for further details. Project Final Report This process has been started in the Pilot Project unit, in which the student has undertaken background research and gathered pilot data to test method and develop a hypothesis or further refine the research question. For the Research Project unit, this pilot study is continued in such a manner as to complete a viable dataset, making use of a range of research techniques in the collection and analysis of sufficient data to be able to answer the research question posed. A number of additional chapters will be written to add to the work produced in the Pilot Project module. This may include the use of qualitative or qualitative research, a systematic literature review and/or development of new technology or software. The chapters from the pilot project and the new chapters from the research project then combine to form the overall dissertation. The project is expected to have a significant element of innovation and challenge, developing new or enhanced data, applying or developing methods or tools to solve complex problems and/or adding to the overall knowledge base for the subject area. The project may include the development of new technology, but this must be part of the process of contributing to the development of knowledge such as new datasets or providing a solution to a problem. The development of technology in its own right is not the primary focus of this project. Integrating the Pilot Project The literature review and pilot study from the Pilot Project unit form part of the overall MSc project, and so should be included with the thesis, but do not form part of the word count for this brief. The student should include these chapters in such a way as to form a coherent overall thesis following the guidelines for structure in the project handbook, by writing short bridging sections to link these to the rest of the thesis. The word limit for the pilot project comes to 5,000. This means that the total target word count for the thesis including the pilot project elements is 17,000. Reports should not exceed this by more than 10% or risk being penalised. DELIVERABLE You should submit an electronic copy of the report online through Turnitin. This is a core requirement and Non-submission of the electronic copy could result in the student automatically failing the assignment. There is no requirement this year to submit a printed copy. The electronic report should be submitted in Adobe PDF format only, with machine readable text (i.e. not saved as an image). Word count is excluding figures and references. ASSESSMENT NOTES The Project Co-ordinator for each programme shall oversee the consistency of assessment carried out by the project supervisors. All dissertations will be blind second marked, and the marks will be agreed based on a standard protocol. • If the two grades are one grademark apart (e.g. B2 and B1), the higher of the two marks shall be awarded. (in this example, B1 would be awarded) • If the two marks are more than one grademark apart, but less than 3 grademarks apart (e.g. B3 and B1), the grademark between these should be awarded (in this example, B2 would be awarded) • If the two marks are more than 3 grademarks apart, the two markers will meet to discuss and agree a grade. If a grade cannot be agreed upon, a 3rd marker will be appointed, and the aggregate grade will be used. Research Project Learning Outcomes. On successful completion of the unit, students should be able to: Knowledge and Understanding K1: Deploy systematic and in-depth understanding of existing knowledge and practice within a specialised subject area or field. K2: Engage effectively with ideas, practices and methods at the forefront of the subject or profession and explore the boundaries of existing knowledge or current practice and potential developments. Cognitive Skills C1: Independently and critically synthesise, analyse and evaluate complex information, ideas, data or propositions that may be incomplete or contradictory and that include aspects of new knowledge or cutting-edge practice. C2: Demonstrate initiative in designing approaches and methodologies to address complex problems, both abstract and practical, and show some originality in the solutions or conclusions reached and their justification. Practical and Professional P1: Display expertise and autonomy in conducting advanced and specialised practical, technical, creative, work-based or research tasks to a professional or equivalent level. P2: Exercise judgement to make decisions in highly complex and unpredictable situations, arguing or substantiating decisions convincingly. Transferable and Key Skills T1: Work autonomously and self-critically, reflectively evaluating own performance and that of others through awareness of professional requirements and expectations. T2: Engage confidently and competently in academic and professional communication with others, including communicating the results of research or professional practice innovations to peers. SOUTHAMPTON SOLENT UNIVERSITY RESEARCH PROJECT: Assessment Criteria Grades: N, S, F3,F2,F1Grades: D3,D2,D1Grades: C3,C2,C1Grades: B3,B2,B1Grades: A4,A3,A2,A1Methodology and Method Weighting 1/3Inappropriate or poorly expressed research methodology and method.Evidence that appropriate methodology and methods have been applied in a planned fashion to resolve specified research question. Expressed in an appropriate academic writing styleResearch methodology and method clearly stated and derived from literature with some analysis and justification of the approach used.Detailed analysis of the literature to develop appropriate methodology and method based on clearly defined criteria, supported and justified by a wide range of sources.Comprehensive analysis of research question and supporting literature clearly leads to a detailed methodology and method, with an excellent level of justification and support for the proposed approach.Results, Analysis and Conclusion Weighting 1/3Poor quality or limited results, Poorly or inappropriately analysed data.Simple tools used to generate basic results, with simple analysis, writing in an appropriate academic style.Range of tools used to analyse a good quality dataset, conclusions supported by and linked to some theoryHigh quality dataset, Detailed analysis with high level of supporting theory arriving at logical conclusions with analysis of the validity of the conclusion.Comprehensive, high quality dataset. Excellent analysis of data, highly theorized with a detailed and excellent quality conclusion taking into account all parameters of the study.Professionalism and Communication Weighting 1/3Poorly quality communication and presentation of information, lack of appropriate referencing. Little or no clear evidence of supporting literature.Basic communication and presentation of information, writing in an appropriate academic style which meets university requirements.Good quality of academic writing and presentation, clearly articulating key elements of the report and supporting with appropriate images and referencing style. Uses a range of good quality appropriately cited sources.A high quality of academic writing clearly presents the data, articulating and illustrating key concepts well and making use of a wide range of high quality, appropriately cited sources.Professional quality of communication and presentation of information, at a publishable level of academic writing. Comprehensive use of high-quality literature supports all aspects of the project Learning Outcomes This assessment will enable students to demonstrate in full or in part the learning outcomes identified in the Module descriptors. Late Submissions Students are reminded that: If this assessment is submitted late i.e. within 5 working days of the submission deadline, the mark will be capped at 40% if a pass mark is achieved;If this assessment is submitted later than 5 working days after the submission deadline, the work will be regarded as a non-submission and will be awarded a zero;If this assessment is being submitted as a referred piece of work then it must be submitted by the deadline date; any Refer assessment submitted late will be regarded as a non-submission and will be awarded a zero. Click to access 2o-assessment-principles-regulations-temporary-amendments-for-covid-19-contingency-plans.pdf Extenuating Circumstances The University’s Extenuating Circumstances procedure is in place if there are genuine circumstances that may prevent a student submitting an assessment. If students are not ‘fit to study’, they can either request an extension to the submission deadline of 5 working days or they can request to submit the assessment at the next opportunity (Defer). In both instances students must submit an EC application with relevant evidence. If accepted by the EC Panel there will be no academic penalty for late submission or non-submission dependent on what is requested. Students are reminded that EC covers only short term issues (20 working days) and that if they experience longer term matters that impact on learning then they must contact the Student Hub for advice. Please find a link to the EC policy below: Click to access 2p-extenuating-circumstances.pdf Academic Misconduct Any submission must be students’ own work and, where facts or ideas have been used from other sources, these sources must be appropriately referenced. The University’s Academic Handbook includes the definitions of all practices that will be deemed to constitute academic misconduct. Students should check this link before submitting their work. Procedures relating to student academic misconduct are given below: Click to access 4l-student-academic-misconduct-procedure.pdf Ethics Policy The work being carried out by students must be in compliance with the Ethics Policy. Where there is an ethical issue, as specified within the Ethics Policy, then students will need an ethics release or an ethical approval prior to the start of the project. The Ethics Policy is contained within Section 2S of the Academic Handbook: Click to access 2s-solent-university-ethics-policy.pdf Grade marking The University uses a letter grade scale for the marking of assessments. Unless students have been specifically informed otherwise their marked assignment will be awarded a letter grade. More detailed information on grade marking and the grade scale can be found on the portal and in the Student Handbook. https://students.solent.ac.uk/official-documents/quality-management/academic-handbook/2o-annex-3-assessment-regulations-grade-marking-scale.docx Guidance for online submission through Solent Online Learning (SOL) http://learn.solent.ac.uk/onlinesubmission

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