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Unit 6: Research Project /Research Specification/Proposal

Unit 6: Research Project /Research Specification/Proposal
Understand how to
formulate a research
specification 1.1 formulate and record possible research project outline specifications 1
1.2 identify the factors that contribute to the process of research project selection 1
1.3 undertake a critical review of key references 1
1.4 produce a research project specification 1
1.5 provide an appropriate plan and procedures for
the agreed research specification 1
LO2

Be able to implement
the research project
within agreed
procedures and to
specification 2.1 match resources efficiently to the research
question or hypothesis 2
2.2 undertake the proposed research investigation
in accordance with the agreed specification
and procedures 2
2.3 record and collate relevant data where
appropriate 2
LO3
Be able to evaluate the research outcomes 3.1 use appropriate research evaluation
techniques 3
3.2 interpret and analyse the results in terms of
the original research specification 3
3.3 make recommendations and justify areas for
further consideration 3
LO4
Be able to present the research outcomes 4.1
use an agreed format and appropriate media
to present the outcomes of the research to an
audience 4

Learner declaration
I certify that the work submitted for this assignment is my own and research sources are fully acknowledged.
Student signature: Date:

In addition to the above PASS criteria, this assignment gives you the opportunity to submit evidence in order to achieve the following MERIT and DISTINCTION grades

Grade Descriptor
Indicative characteristic/s
Contextualisation
M1
Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solutions An effective approach to study and research has been applied To achieve M1 you need to show that your approach to the research study was effective and allowed you to explore all aspects of the research topic (Task 3)
M2
Select/design and apply appropriate methods/techniques The selection of a range of methods and techniques/sources of information has been applied and justified.

The design of methods/techniques has been justified

Relevant theories and techniques have been applied

Complex information/data has been synthesised and processed You only need to achieve the Grade Descriptor once in the whole assignment although there are 3 opportunities in this assignment

To achieve M2 in Task 1 you need to select an appropriate methodology that includes a justification for the approach, design, methods of data collection and data analysis for your proposed research.

To achieve M2 in Task 2 you need to show that when applying your research methodology that the choice of methods, techniques and sources of information are justified

To achieve M2 in Task 3 you will need to demonstrate that you have collected and analysed complex data and processed it into information
M3
Present and communicate appropriate findings The appropriate structure and approach has been used
Coherent, logical development of principles/concepts for the intended audience To achieve M3 an appropriate structure and approach must be used to present and communicate the research findings to the selected audience. (Task 4)
D1
Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusions Conclusions have been arrived at through synthesis of ideas and have been justified
The validity of results has been evaluated using defined criteria To achieve D1 you will need to justify the conclusions of your research and consider the validity of your research results. (Task 3)
D2
Take responsibility for managing and organising activities Substantial activities, projects or investigations have been planned, managed and organised.
The importance of interdependence has been recognised and achieved
Activities have been managed To achieve D2 in Task 1 your specification will need to show that the phases of the research proposed have been planned and organised to demonstrate the importance of how each is dependent on the other.
To achieve D2 in Task 2 you need to demonstrate that you have managed all the activities identified in your research specification
D3
Demonstrate convergent/lateral/ creative thinking
Self-evaluation has taken place

To achieve D3 you will need to include an evaluation of the effectiveness of your chosen research methodology in your presentation. (Task 4)

Assignment brief
Unit number and title Unit 6: Research Project
Qualification Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Health and Social Care
Start date 27/01/2016
Deadline/hand-in Task 1 – 25/02/2016
Tasks 2, 3 & 4 – 21/4/2016
Assessor Tony Byrne

Purpose of this assignment

The following tasks have been designed to guide your work and provide you with opportunities to provide evidence that demonstrates your understanding of the Research Process in business. The tasks are designed to ensure you meet the assessment criteria so you need to read carefully. It is important to place your work in the context of business settings. The work you present for assessment must be your own and all sources of information used need to be cited in the text and in a reference list using the Harvard Referencing System

Task 1 (1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 M2 and D2)

Research Specification

You are to select a topic that is of interest to you for your research topic. You are then required to complete a Research Specification detailing the project and including; what you are researching; why you are researching it; how it is of importance; what has already been written /researched about the subject; how you are going to conduct your research including data collection and data analysis. The specification will also include a plan of what you are going to do and when you are going to do it.

A template is provided for you to complete the Research Specification and a guide to the sections included in it. Ensure that the following is addressed:

• formulate and record possible research project outline specifications (AC 1.1)
• identify the factors that contribute to the process of research project selection(AC 1.2)
• undertake a critical review of key references(AC 1.3)
• produce a research project specification(AC 1.4)
• provide an appropriate plan and procedures for the agreed research specification(AC 1.5)

To achieve M2 you need to select an appropriate methodology that includes a justification for the approach, design, methods of data collection and data analysis for your proposed research.

To achieve D2 your specification will need to show that the phases of the research proposed have been planned and organised to demonstrate the importance of how each is dependent on the other.
Research Report

Task 2 involves you carrying out the research as detailed in the plan within your research specification with the collection of data using primary and/or secondary sources.

In Task 3 you will be analysing the data, interpreting the results and making recommendations as proposed in your specification.

You will be required to present the evidence for these two tasks in a Research Report using the format detailed below.
Research Report Format

The report should be structured in a format that allows for the assessment criteria to be clearly identified therefore it is important that you use the following headings.

Abstract
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Literature Review
Chapter 3. Methodology
Chapter 4. Results and Analysis
Chapter 5. Discussion
Chapter 6. Conclusion
Bibliography & Appendices
Task 2 (2.1 2.2 2.3 and M2, D2)

Collection of data

In this task you will be implementing your plan and carrying out the study with supervision provided by your lecturer. It is advisable that you keep a diary, where you can record what happened and when, in addition to the data collection that is taking place. This will be invaluable when you come to write up the project. Do not trust your memory – write it down as it occurred. Ensure that the following is addressed:

• match resources efficiently to the research question or hypothesis(AC2.1)
• undertake the proposed research investigation in accordance with the agreed specification and procedures(AC 2.2)
• record and collate relevant data where appropriate(AC 2.3)

To achieve M2 you need to show that when applying your research methodology that the choice of methods, techniques and sources of information are justified
To achieve D2 you need to demonstrate that you have managed all the activities identified in your research specification
Task 3 (3.1 3.2 3.3 and M1, M2, D1)

Analysis of Data

When you have completed your data collection you will need to analyse the results as detailed in your specification/proposal. The analysis will depend on the type of data you have collected. Then you need to finish off the write up with the results/findings and any recommendations. A list of headings will be provided to help you structure the write up.

Ensure that the following is addressed:

• use appropriate research evaluation techniques(AC 3.1)
• interpret and analyse the results in terms of the original research specification(AC 3.2)
• make recommendations and justify areas for further consideration(AC 3.3)

To achieve M1 you need to show that your approach to the research study was effective and allowed you to explore all aspects of the research topic
To achieve M2 you will need to demonstrate that you have collected and analysed complex data and processed it into information
To achieve D1 you will need to justify the conclusions of your research and consider the validity of your research results
Task 4 (4.1 and M3, D3)

Presentation of Findings

This will be where you will present your findings to an audience that will include your fellow students, lecturers and anybody who was included in your research that you wish to invite.

• use an agreed format and appropriate media to present the outcomes of the research to an audience. (AC 4.1)

To achieve M3 an appropriate structure and approach must be used to present and communicate the research findings to the selected audience.

To achieve D3 you will need to include an evaluation of the effectiveness of your chosen research methodology in your presentation
Assignment Title
Assessment Method Criteria Covered Final Submission Dates
Task 1: Research Specification/Research Proposal 1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
M2
D2 15/11/2015
Task 2: Research Report – Collection of Data 2.1
2.2
2.3
M2
D2
18/1/2016
Task 3: Research Report – Analysis of Data 3.1
3.2
3.3
M1
M2
D1 18/1/2016
Task 4: Presentation
4.1
M3
D3 18/1/2016

Submission Guidelines:
Your submission should be in the formats stated in the Tasks namely a Research Specification/Research Proposal, Research, Report Presentation

Formatting:
• Preferred writing styles Calibri, Arial or Times New Roman
• Line spacing 1.5, Font Size 12
• Consistency in Heading Scheme, bullets and numbering
• Consistency in top, bottom and left, right margins
• Alphabetical Harvard referencing and bibliography

Research Report Format

The report should be structured in a format that allows for the assessment criteria to be clearly identified therefore it is important that you use the following headings.

Abstract
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Literature Review
Chapter 3. Methodology
Chapter 4. Results and Analysis
Chapter 5. Discussion
Chapter 6. Conclusion
Bibliography & Appendices

*For Late Submission policy, please refer to your student course handbook available on Live campus
Plagiarism Rules and Regulations
• No plagiarism is accepted in assignments and students are advised to do the referencing correctly according to the Harvard Referencing System.
• Students are advised to submit assignments with a similarity in below 10%. Any student submitting an assignment with a percentage of more than 20% will fail and get an official academic warning.
• Reduce your plagiarism by not sharing assignments and doing in text citations of sources used, using the Harvard referencing method
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The final report will only be generated after the final deadline which would mean that once the submission link closes and once every student submitted assignments at EThames for the specific unit, only then the final report will be generated. This means that if you have shared your assignment with anybody and they have submitted part of it or the full assignment the initial report your friend got would’ve indicated the similarity, but your report would’ve remained unchanged. This is because the report is refreshed every time that you upload your assignment and then finally after the deadline. After the deadline their plagiarism will be high as well as your own.
What can you do to avoid getting a high Turnitin score?
• Do not copy pieces of work from any book or website. It needs to be rewritten in your own words and proper in text citation should be done according to the Harvard referencing method
• Do not share your assignment with any friend, not even to assist them
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Copying or close paraphrasing with occasional acknowledgement of the source may also be deemed to be plagiarism if the absence of quotation marks implies that the phraseology is the student’s own.
Plagiarised work may belong to another student or be from a published source such as a book, report, journal or material available on the internet.
Assignment title Task 1 – Research Specification/Proposal

Research Project Specification/ Proposal
Please complete your research specification/project proposal in the following format with the section headings as listed. All sections must be completed in order to satisfy the assessment criteria.
1. Aims and objectives

a. What is the aim of your research?
b. What are the objectives of your research?

c. Rationale/justification for selection of this topic

2. Hypothesis or research question

3. Methodology
4. Ethical considerations
5. Review of key references in the literature


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