Assignment number and title One – A Research Proposal for your dissertation (including ethics application)
Assignment type CW-Ess
Weighting of assignment 30%
Size or length of assessment 2000 words
Unit learning outcomes
What am I required to do in this assignment?
You must write a 2000 word (+/-10%) research proposal setting out the research project you plan to undertake which you will then write up in the form of your dissertation (assignment two). Your research proposal needs to help whoever is reading it to understand why your research question is important, and how you will go about identifying/collecting evidence which, once analysed, should enable you to answer your research question. Your research proposal should include:
What do I need to do to pass? (Threshold Expectations from UIF)
Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the parameters of a suitable research question in order to produce a focussed research proposal, identifying set aims and objectives, proposed methodology and relevant ethical considerations.
Evidence the ability to design a research study, which is robust, realistic and relevant to the course of study, in line with the principles of ethical conduct of social research and the requirements of an honours research dissertation.
For those doing primary research: Submit an ethics application identifying all relevant considerations for the safe conduct of the study together with a timeline including supervisory arrangements
For those doing secondary research: Submit an secondary research ethics application alongside a plan for the literature review/research to be undertaken together with a timeline including supervisory arrangements
How do I produce high quality work that merits a good grade?
This section is to be left blank and completed by the students in an in-class Assessment Dialogue.
The assessment brief is discussed during an in-class session with students, explaining the assessment, the rubric and marking criteria.
How does this assignment relate to what we are doing in scheduled sessions?
This unit is all about supporting you to complete your undergraduate dissertation. Your dissertation is where you provide an account of the research project you have undertaken and this assignment requires you to set out the project you intend to complete. Much of the support you will receive with completing your research project and dissertation will be from your dissertation supervisor. There will also be six weeks of content at the beginning of the unit which will be focused on providing you with the support you need to complete your research proposal. This content will also be relevant to the completion of your dissertation and will cover: