Assignment Tasks (Lecturers must link assessment criteria to questions as below)
Using the findings from Assignment 3, use charts/graphs or statistical measures to interpret and analyse the data (ACs 3.1, 3.2). Critical reflection has been used to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusions: conclusions have been arrived at though synthesis of ideas and have been justified (D1, AC 3.2)
Then, you should make conclusions and recommendations of your findings (AC 3.3). In making recommendations and justifying areas for further consideration, convergent or lateral or creative thinking have been demonstrated: innovation and creative thought have been applied (D3)
You must follow the agreed format to present the outcome of your Research findings (AC 4.1). In presenting the research outcomes, the appropriate structure and approach has been used in presenting and communicating the research report findings (M3).
Guidance to Students
Your data analysis could include charts, graphs or statistical measures. Here you could use pie charts, line graphs, histograms, bar graphs as means to display data. You can also use tabulate data. You can use one or two of them or a combination to make recommendations and conclusions related to your research topic. When you come to conclusions, you should justify the synthesis of ideas.
You need to also discuss the implications of the results for practice or for future research on the topic. This will require drawing inferences and conclusions from the results. It may involve discussing theoretical and practical consequences of the results. There should also be some focus on whether or not questions/hypotheses were supported.
When interpreting the findings, you should address if the questions/hypotheses were supported or refuted. You could also address here if the results might have occurred because of inadequate experimental procedures, such as threats to internal validity, and indicate how the results might be generalised to certain people, settings and times. Finally, you should indicate the implications of the results for the population studied for future research.
When you make your justifications for your findings, you should provide convincing evidence (could be based on your primary data) that supports your ideas/arguments or provide adequate grounds for decisions and conclusions and answer the main objections likely to be made.
You must cover M3 (see above in the assignment task) of the Merit criteria.
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This assignment will assess the following learning outcomes:
1. DEVELOP KNOWLEDGE OF, ANALYSE AND CRITICALLY ASSESS THE LITERATURE IN A GIVEN BUSINESS – RELATED SUBJECT AREA.
2. IN CONJUNCTION WITH A SUPERVISOR, FORMULATE RESEARCH QUESTIONS OR OBJECTIVES IN THE GIVEN SUBJECT AREA.
3. CONSTRUCT AN ARGUMENT EMPLOYING RELEVANT AND VALID EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF A CONCLUSION THAT DIRECTLY ADDRESSES THE PROBLEM POSED BY THE RESEARCH QUESTIONS OR OBJECTIVES.
4. DEMONSTRATE COMPETENCE IN INDEPENDENT LEARNING.
5. DEMONSTRATE COMPETENCE IN THE COMMUNICATION SKILLS NEEDED TO GENERATE THE REQUIRED FORMAT OF WRITTEN PRESENTATION.
This is an individual assignment and a progress report.
1. You are required to undertake, analyse and critically assess the literature in a given business – related area and formulate research questions or objectives agreed with the student's supervisor in the given subject area and construct an argument employing relevant and valid evidence in support of a conclusion that directly addresses the problem posed by the research questions or objectives.
2. A progress report.
Assessment Criteria/Marking Scheme:
SMART topic with a comprehensive introduction containing a research question or objective in the given subject area.
Level of analysis and critical literature review of resources.
Resources selections – appropriate in respect of the given subject area and contemporary, breadth and depth
Construct an argument employing relevant and valid evidence in support of a conclusion that directly addresses the problem posed by the research questions or objectives.
Presentation – Accurate referencing, structure and language proficiency.
The main purpose of this assessment is to enable the students to extend and deepen their knowledge of an aspect of a business – related subject area appropriate to their award. They will apply a range of secondary research skills covered in the Research Methods subject.
Literature: The term literature is being used here in the academic sense to refer not only to the text books but also to the wide range of other available information sources such as papers in the academic publication, database, and university websites and so on. Although in a few subjects it may be acceptable to draw upon a limited number of non-academic resources, in an analysis of this type, students are expected to refer to academic resources such text books, academic on university web-sites and the like.
The analysis should be written using formal, academic English, and recommended referencing format.
How to write Literature Review?
In writing a critical Literature Review you will need to:
a. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of previous work including omissions or biases and take these into account in your arguments
b. Justify your arguments by referencing previous research
c. Through clear and consistent referencing, enable those reading your critical review to find the original work cited.
In addition, by fully acknowledging the work of others you will avoid charges of plagiarism and associated penalties. Information concerning referencing can be found at www.staffs.ac.uk/uniservices/inforservices/library/learn/skills.php
The critical Literature Review should be a description and critical analysis of what other authors have written. When drafting your review you need to focus on your research question(s) or objective(s). Although there is no single structure that your critical review should take, you may find it helpful to think of the review using a funneling technique:
1. Start at more general level before moving to the specific;
2. Provide a brief overview of key ideas;
3. Summaries in brief, compare and contrast the work of the key writers;
4. Narrow down to highlight the work most relevant to your research; and
5. Provide a detailed account of the findings of this work.
Whichever way you structure your review, you must demonstrate that you have read, fully understood and evaluated the items you have located. The key to writing a critical literature review is therefore to link together the different ideas you find in the literature form with coherent and cohesive argument.
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