Inquiry Based Learning

MODULE HANDBOOK

Inquiry Based Learning

(FY028)

Academic Year

2021-2022

Contents

Foreword

Welcome to this module “Inquiry Based Learning”. Delivery of this module is based on ‘confirmation inquiry’ – a foundational level of inquiry geared for developing students’ understanding of key concepts and themes as well as basic methodologies and approaches to academic work, relevant to the discipline of the individual student.

This course is based on the assessment linked with the opportunity to analyse a problem or question that relates to the students’ subject area, making use of information gathered from various sources using different methods and strategies.

Several different methods will be utilised, including lectures, classroom-based activities, independent learning methods and practical sessions, where applicable. Lectures enable dissemination of knowledge to large numbers of students. They typically provide structure to the topic area in order to facilitate understanding and inspire students to think critically about the project student like to consider. At this level, seminar will also provide a forum in which students can engage with the subject, clarify issues and begin to discuss the subject matter they want to focus on.

Module Specification

About the Module:

This module is one of the two subject modules studied during the Foundation Year. This is a subject driven module which is largely focused on aspects linked with business management and health and social science context.

The module is able to cover the key themes and concepts including basic methodologies/approaches in the relevant academic discipline directly linked with business management and health and social science. The module is largely able to cover the following key content areas within business management and health and social science context including:

Research skills

Information literacy

Reading and interpretation skills

Problem analysis

Planning skills

Time management

Communication skills

Presentation skills

Module Code: FY028

Module Level: Foundation

Credit Rating: 0 credits

Teaching Weeks: 15 weeks

Teaching Hours: 45 hours

Tutorial/workshop: 45 hours

Module Aim:

This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their achievement of the following module learning outcomes:

LO1 Collect, select and use information from a range of sources using different methods, appropriate to the academic discipline and context.

LO2 Investigate the needs, problems and opportunities of a given situation.

LO3 Plan and undertake a project to address a subject-related problem or answer a subject-related question.

LO4 Communicate effectively, with well-structured verbal and written reports, as Demanded in academic and professional domains.

Summative Assessment Regime

Assessment Task

Key Dates

Coursework: Report

CW1 – 2000-word Inquiry Project on a specific subject area.

Weighted 100%

Submit a plan for your project for approval and formative feedback from your supervisor

(Week commencing 07/03/2022).

Provide a progress update on your project

(Week commencing 04/04/2022)

Deliver/submit the project report on:

26/05/2022 before 2pm on Turnitin via

LSST Connect

Core Texts:

Howard, K., Sharp, A. and Peters, S. (2002) The Management of a Student Research Project. 3rd edition. Abingdon: Gower.

Additional Reading:

Dostál, J. (2015). Inquirybased instruction : Concept, essence, importance and contribution. Olomouc: Palacký University

What is Inquiry Based Learning (EBL)? Centre for Excellence in Enquiry-Based Learning. University of Manchester. Retrieved October 2012

Brown, Phillip (March 2003). “The opportunity trap: education and employment in a global economy. European Educational Research Journal. 2 (1): 141–179.

Module Schedule:

Task . Report – A Failed or Failing Retail Business 2000 words. DUE – 26/05/2022

This is an individual piece of work. (Note: this contributes to 100% of your grade)

Instructions: Examine the various reasons behind the failure of a business of your choice. Use TWO model of analysis and secondary research to evaluate the business strengths and weaknesses and to examine the current trends and competition at that time.

To complete this task you will need to include the following in your report:-

Executive Summary

Table of Contents

Introduction – introduce the purpose of the report and briefly what you would discuss and how you carried out your research, maybe some company background information

Areas of failure – Sub headings for each one ie poor management, lack of technology

Current trends and competition at that time

Models of Analysis – to help form your conclusion

Conclusion and Recommendations – what was the key reason of failure -recap on main point. Recommendations – what would you suggest the company could have done better or should do better

References – a variety of sources, academic text, industry journals, company website

Appendix – pictures, chart graphs and make sure it is labelled and you refer to it in your report

You will be graded according to the following criteria:

Information Presented and Research (30 marks)

Models of Analysis x 2 (30 marks)

Written Communication (30 Marks)

References and Appendices (10 marks)

1. Submit a plan for your project for approval and formative feedback from your supervisor (Week commencing 07th March, 2022).

2. Provide a progress update on your project (Week commencing 4th April, 2022)

PLEASE NOTE: It is important to seek permission for your chosen company before starting your report. The various reasons of failure for the chosen business must have occurred before January 2020. Reasons for lockdown and Covid etc. should not be considered or included in your work.

Week 1 – w/c 7th Feb – Lecture and Session

Week 2 – w/c 14th Feb – Lecture and Session

Week 3– w/c 21st Feb – Lecture and Session

Week 4– w/c 28th Feb – Lecture and Session

Week 5 – w/c 7th March – PROJECT PLAN DUE

Week 6– w/c 14th March – Lecture and Session

Week 7– w/c 21st March – Lecture and Session

Week 8– w/c 28th March – Lecture and Session

Week 9– w/c 4th April – PROGRESS UPDATE

EASTER BREAK 8th April to 22nd April

Week 10– w/c 25th April – Lecture and Session

Week 11– w/c 2nd May – Lecture and Session

Week 12– w/c 9th May – Lecture and Session

Week 13– w/c 16th May – Lecture and Session

Week 14– w/c 23th May – ASSIGNMENT DUE WEEK

Week 15– w/c 30th May – Lecture and Session

Module Assessment

Assessment One

Assessment Number

One (1)

Assessment Weighting

100%

Due Date

26/05/2022 – before 2pm on Turnitin via LSST

Connect

Assessment Method

Individually Written Report

Word Limit

2000 (Two Thousand) Words

Teaching Schedule

Inquiry Based Learning

Academic

Week

Number

Date commencing

Module Activity

Comment

1

07/02/22

Teaching

2

14/02/22

Teaching

3

21/02/22

Teaching

4

28/02/22

Teaching

5

07/03/22

Drop-in session

Assessment learning based on CW1 –

Comprehensive formative feedback based on the selected project areas and writing retreat

6

14/03/22

Teaching

7

21/03/22

Teaching

8

28/03/22

Teaching

9

04/04/22

Drop-in session

Assessment learning based on CW1 –

Comprehensive formative feedback based on the selected project areas

and writing retreat

11/04/22

Easter Break

18/04/22

Easter Break

10

25/04/22

Teaching

11

02/05/22

Teaching

12

09/05/22

Teaching

13

16/05/22

Teaching

14

23/05/22

Teaching

Assignment due week

15

30/05/22

Teaching

Cross-Referencing of Module Outcomes to Module Assessment

Please Note:

The specific assignment details and the tasks can be found on LSST Connect site.

Learning Outcome

Assessment (Inquiry Project)

1. Collect, select and use information from a range of sources using different methods, appropriate to the academic discipline and context.

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2. Investigate the needs, problems and opportunities of a given situation.

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3. Plan and undertake a project to address a subject-related problem or answer a subject-related question

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4. Communicate effectively, with well- structured verbal and written reports, as demanded in academic and professional domains.

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