|Submission Deadline||Marks and Feedback|
|Before 10am on:||20 working days after deadline (L4, 5 and 7)
15 working days after deadline (L6)
10 working days after deadline (block delivery)
|Unit title & code||Preparation for the Specialist Project|
|Assignment number and title||Assessment 1|
|Weighting of assessment||25%|
|Size or length of assessment||1,000|
|Unit learning outcomes||Demonstrate the following knowledge and understanding Demonstrate detailed understanding of the relevant knowledge base which is subjected to critical appraisal. 2. Demonstrate the following skills and abilities Demonstrate an ability to select and apply appropriate research methodologies to collect data. This data will be analysed critically and in detail, to address specific research questions effectively|
|What am I required to do in this assignment?|
You will be required to undertake a critical evaluation of an academic and a practitioner source and present your work in report format using a Word document. Ensure that you balance your analysis equally between both sources and consider the overall quality of the sources; would you consider these to be reliable sources and why/why not? You must include an Introduction and Conclusion and consider the following points for each article:
What is the article about? Who has written the article? Who is the intended audience for the article? What sources were used and how do you rate these? How do you rate the arguments? are they believable? why/why not? What is the conclusion of the article? What was the key learning points for you from this article? Consider these in relation to implications for the topic (e.g. social, political, environmental, legal, theoretical, managerial, practical or other) Ensure that you use Harvard referencing in citations and the reference list.
Report format: (title page, table of contents and reference section do not count towards the word count)
Title page Table of contents Introduction Body (your analysis of the sources) Conclusion (key learning identified from your analysis) References
|What do I need to do to pass? (Threshold Expectations from UIF)|
Critically analyse and evaluate academic and/or practitioner sources of information to produce valid conclusions.
|How do I produce high quality work that merits a good grade?|
|We will be filling this section in together in class on make sure you have downloaded/printed out the Assignment Brief and bring it to the session with you.|
|How does assignment relate to what we are doing in scheduled sessions?|
The main objective of this assessment is to learn through critique and reflection through understanding, summarizing, and analyzing academic research in order to reach valid conclusions.
|How will my assignment be marked?|
Your assignment will be marked according to the threshold expectations and the criteria on the following page.
You can use them to evaluate your own work and consider your grade before you submit.
|3rd Class – 40-49%||Lower 2nd – 50-59%||Upper 2nd – 60-69%||1st Class – 70%+|
|Demonstrating a clear understanding of the subject (25%)||Satisfactory… Content / level of knowledge of the topic. Addresses part of the task. Some errors / omissions in content/ theory. Inconsistent application of some correct theory/principles/concepts||Good… CRITIQUE & REFLECTION. Breadth, depth & integration of literature/examples into work is appropriate to the context and attempts to be consistent.||Very good… CRITIQUE & REFLECTION. Breadth, depth & integration of literature/examples into work is above average.||Excellent… CRITIQUE & REFLECTION. Breadth, depth & integration of literature/examples into work is impressive.|
|Application and integration of Literature (30%)||Satisfactory… CRITIQUE & REFLECTION. Breadth, depth & integration of literature/examples into work is appropriate, but not consistently applied.||Good… Level of discussion/analysis/ critical evaluation &/or reflection but more ideas/points could be addressed /developed further.||Very good… Level of discussion/analysis/ critical evaluation &/or reflection & a few ideas/points could benefit from further development &/or evaluation/comparison.||Excellent… Level of discussion/analysis/ critical evaluation &/or reflection clearly developing points in the appropriate way with thorough consideration of all possibilities.
The best work will be highly developed and focused and attempts a holistic treatment of the task/problem.
|Discussion /Analysis /Critical evaluation &/or Reflection (30%)||Satisfactory… Basic evidence of discussion/analysis/ critical evaluation &/or reflection but some points superficially made so need further development. Limited critical evaluation (mainly descriptive)||Good… CRITIQUE & REFLECTION. Breadth, depth & integration of literature/examples into work is appropriate to the context and attempts to be consistent.||Very good… CRITIQUE & REFLECTION. Breadth, depth & integration of literature/examples into work is above average.||Excellent… CRITIQUE & REFLECTION. Breadth, depth & integration of literature/examples into work is impressive.|
|Presentation Style and Structure (15%)||Satisfactory… Basic structure. Not always written clearly & has grammatical & / or spelling errors.||Good… Clear structure. Writing is mainly clear but some spelling &/ or grammatical errors.||Very good… structure, paragraphing, Fluent academic writing style. Very few grammatical errors & spelling mistakes.||Excellent … structure. Articulate & fluent academic writing style. Only a minor error.|
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