FORMATIVE ASSIGNMENT: Qualitative Research Proposal (1000 words)

FORMATIVE ASSIGNMENT

Qualitative Research Proposal (1000 words)

You have to write a research proposal for a qualitative project on the topic of ‘Motivation at work’. Your proposal needs to rely on one (or several) of the methods that will be discussed during term 2. For this assignment, you do not have to conduct any primary research. Your task is to design a research proposal that would explain how you would conduct the research

Suggested structure:

Introduction (100 words)

Literature review (200 words)

Proposed methodology (research methods, sample size) (200 words)

Conclusion (100 words)

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Your completed assignment must be uploaded to DUO no later than 12:00 MIDDAY on 26 February 2021.

A penalty will be applied for work uploaded after 12:00 midday as detailed in the Programme Handbook. You must leave sufficient time to fully complete the upload process before the deadline and check that you have received a receipt.

Assignments should be typed, using 1.5 spacing and an easy-to-read 12-point font.

The word count should:

  • Include all the text, including title, preface, introduction, in-text citations, quotations, footnotes and any other items not specifically excluded below.
  • Exclude diagrams, tables (including tables/lists of contents and figures), equations, executive summary/abstract, acknowledgements, declaration, bibliography/list of references and appendices. However, it is not appropriate to use diagrams or tables merely as a way of circumventing the word limit. If a student uses a table or figure as a means of presenting his/her own words, then this is included in the word count.

Examiners will stop reading once the word limit has been reached, and work beyond this point will not be assessed. Checks of word counts will be carried out on submitted work, including any assignments or dissertations/business projects that appear to be clearly over-length. Checks may take place manually and/or with the aid of the word count provided via an electronic submission. Where a student has intentionally misrepresented their word count, the School may treat this as an offence under Section IV of the General Regulations of the University. Extreme cases may be viewed as dishonest practice under Section IV, 5 (a) (x) of the General Regulations.

Very occasionally it may be appropriate to present, in an appendix, material which does not properly belong in the main body of the assessment but which some students wish to provide for the sake of completeness. Any appendices will not have a role in the assessment – examiners are under no obligation to read appendices and they do not form part of the word count. Material that students wish to be assessed should always be included in the main body of the text.

Guidance on referencing can be found in the programme handbook and on DUO.

MARKING GUIDELINES

Performance in the summative assessment for this module is judged against the following criteria:

  • Relevance to question(s)
  • Organisation, structure and presentation
  • Depth of understanding
  • Analysis and discussion
  • Use of sources and referencing
  • Overall conclusions

PLAGIARISM AND COLLUSION

Students suspected of plagiarism, either of published work or the work of other students, or of collusion will be dealt with according to School and University guidelines.

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