Research Methods for Professional Practice

ASSIGNMENT SPECIFICATION

 

 

Module title: Research Methods for Professional Practice
Module code: LD7162
Assignment title: Professional Practice and Research Proposal
Module tutor: Dr. Archana Shankar

Ria Ibhrampurkar

Olufemi Obasan

Anupam Mazumdar

Academic year: 2022-23
% Weighting (to overall module): This assignment is worth 100% of the module marks.
Average study time required by student: 50 hours
Dates and Mechanisms for Assessment Submission and Feedback
Date of hand out to students:  
Mechanism to be used to disseminate to students: Instructions and guidance issued via eLP Module Site (Assessment Area).
Date and time of submission by student: 20th Jan 2023 16:00 Hrs

Mechanism for submission of work by student:

Via Turnitin submission upload link for Assignment Submission, which will be provided on the Assessment page of the LD eLP Blackboard module site.

 

The front cover of the submission is to only contain, and clearly identify (in this order, on separate lines): the module code and name; the student number; the word count; the total number of all figures and tables.

Date by which work, feedback and marks will be returned to students:

No later than 20 working days after the submission date.

Mechanism(s) for return of assignment work, feedback and marks to students:

Via Turnitin.

 

 

 

Module Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge & Understanding:

  • Deploy comprehensive knowledge and understanding of appropriate techniques and tools to plan,  research and manage a research project.

 

Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities:

  • Systematically identify and analyse a complex research problem and produce a proposal to solve it, considering professional, ethical, social and  legal issues
  • Appreciate and apply  appropriate techniques, tools and knowledge to support effective project management, research and  advanced scholarship

 

Personal Values Attributes (PVA):  (Global /Cultural Awareness, Ethics, Curiosity)

  • Demonstrate independent research and enquiry skills at an appropriately advanced level in the construction of a research proposal
  • Critically appraise the processes used in the development of a research proposal

 

Module Assessment

The assessment is worth 100% of the marks of the module. It will be submitted and assessed electronically and addresses the Module Learning Outcomes listed above.

 

 

 

 

Assignment Brief

There are  three parts to this Professional Development Assignment. Your overall personal development plan will be based on these three elements: what you have achieved to date; how you have developed your skills, what your future career options might be and what steps you need to put in place to achieve your career plan. This will provide a foundation for your final dissertation topic.

 

Part One: Reflective Continuous Professional Development (CPD) (Maximum of 1000 words)

Complete a reflective piece of work demonstrating previous experience and achievements. Complete a personal assessment of skills, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and include evidence to support findings. Review possible future career options in line with skills, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

 

Develop a Continuous Professional Development plan (CDP) and a Career Plan with specific personal objectives

 

Part Two: Achievement & Learning Logs (Maximum 20 separate activities – no word limit)

Maintain a log of achievements (list up to 20 separate activities). Compare with your Continuous Professional Development plan and reflect on level of synergy and goal alignment.

 

Record all relevant learning activities: to include formal and informal learning environments and activities.

Conduct a personal review & reflection over defined period of relevant learning activities

 

Part Three: Research Proposal (Maximum of 3000 words)

Produce a research proposal for your final dissertation based around an appraisal of future career plans and opportunities within your particular speciality. The proposal should cover:

 

 

Research Proposal Introduction, Rationale and Research Question and Objectives (500 to 650 words)

 

  • Introduction/Rationale – state why the research is important to the project management discipline, what you hope to achieve, and how it will benefit project management practice and your own career aspirations.

 

  • Research Question/Research Objectives – a specific exploratory question that will be addressed throughout the work or a substantive prediction that will be tested during the analysis. Establish initial research objectives which relate to theory and practice and provide a route map of what you intend to do.

 

Introductory Literature Review, Proposed Methodology and Research Plan (1700 to 2000 words)

 

  • Introductory Literature Review – this should demonstrate initial reading around the topic of the investigation from a range of sources and identify and critically evaluate the key topics and theories underpinning the intended investigation. (850 to 1000 words)

 

  • Proposed Methodology – outline of the proposed methodology, e.g. is it to be positivist, interpretivist or mixed/pragmatic? How the data will be gathered (method(s)). Who will be used for data collection if the aim is to gather primary data. (850 to 1000 words)

 

  • Research Plan – Gantt Chart, to fit on one page of A4, which addresses the tasks of planning and conducting the proposed research. Key activities and milestone events must be highlighted.

 

Ethics, Legal, Security and Professional Considerations  (500 to 650 words)

 

A discussion which explores discusses, explores and defines all of the ethical, legal, security and professional issues associated with the research.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment Criteria / Marking Scheme:

Part One: Reflective Continuous Professional Development (CPD) – 20% (Maximum 1000 words)

 

Reflection, Achievements, Career Options

  • Complete a reflective piece of work demonstrating previous  experience and achievements
  • Complete a personal assessment of skills, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Include evidence to support findings
  • Review possible future career options in line with skills, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

 

Personal Development and Career Plan

  • Develop a Continuous Professional Development plan (CDP)
  • Develop a Career Plan with specific personal objectives

 

Part Two: Achievement & Learning Logs – 20% (No word limit)

 

Achievements

  • Maintain a log of achievements (list up to 20 separate activities)
  • Compare with your Continuous Professional Development plan
  • Reflect on level of synergy and goal alignment

 

Review & Reflection/Learning Log

  • Record all relevant learning activities: to include formal and informal learning environments and activities
  • Conduct a personal review & reflection over defined period of relevant learning activities

 

Part Three: Research Proposal – 60% (Maximum 3000 words)

 

Research Proposal Introduction, Rationale and Research Question and Objectives – 20% (500 to 650 words)

 

  • Introduction/Rationale – why the research is important to the project management discipline, what the student hopes to achieve, and how it will benefit project management practice and the student’s own career aspirations.

 

  • Research Question/Objectives – a specific exploratory question that will be addressed throughout the work or a substantive prediction that will be tested during the analysis. Establish initial research objectives which relate to theory and practice and provide a route map of what the student intends to do. Introductory.

 

Introductory Literature Review, Proposed Methodology and Research Plan – 20% (1700 to 200 words)

 

  • Introductory Literature Review – this should demonstrate initial reading around the topic of the investigation from a range of sources and identify and critically evaluate the key theories underpinning the intended investigation. (850 to 1000 words)

 

  • Proposed Methodology – outline of the proposed methodology, e.g. is it to be positivist, interpretivist or mixed/pragmatic? How the data will be gathered (method(s)). Who will be used for data collection if the aim is to gather primary data. (850 to 1000 words)

 

  • Research Plan – Gantt Chart, to fit on one page of A4, which addresses the tasks of planning and conducting the proposed research. It should present a clear sense of direction for the proposed research and support the student in organizing, planning, and monitoring their progress. Key activities and milestone events must be highlighted.

 

Ethics, Legal, Security and Professional Considerations – 10% (500 to 650 words)

 

  • A discussion which explores discusses, explores and defines all of the ethical, legal, security and professional issues associated with the research. (500 to 650 words)

 

Quality of Presentation – 10%

 

The work should set out its arguments in a clear and concise manner with specific care to ensure readability, good sentence structure, avoidance of jargon and explanation of acronyms, etc. Consideration should be give to the appropriate structure, with the formation of thematic paragraphs to create a logically flowing report. It will be beneficial to support the text with appropriate figures and tables. This also requires a suitable and proportionate Reference List.

 

 

Referencing Style:

For this task, full academic referencing from any sources used is to be provided in the references section at the end of the assignment using the Harvard referencing style, where correct and working hyperlinks to the original source should also be created to allow the tutor to check these sources. In-text referencing should also be undertaken using the Harvard referencing style.

The referencing technique for the Harvard Referencing style must follow the appropriate guidance contained within either the “Cite them Right” publication (Pears and Shields, 2008), or from http://www.citethemrightonline.com/.

Both of these resources provide consistent help and information about correct referencing technique and standards. In other words, everything should be traceable to the sources used.

Further assistance with academic reading, writing and referencing is available via Northumbria Universities Skills Plus web page. https://library.northumbria.ac.uk/skillsplus/

 

Expected Size of the Submission:

The work should be formatted using ‘Arial’ font, of font size ‘11’, with 1.5 line spacing and shall be a maximum of 4,000 words which excludes the references/ bibliography section.

Figures (diagrams, illustrations, photographs etc.) and tables are welcome to support the text, but must be fully incorporated into the submission, integrated and following the text that fully explains why they are exhibited.

The work must form a structured and coherent whole and include a basic front sheet for the submission that identifies the student number (not name), the total number of words used (excluding references section), and the number of figures/tables used.

‘Footnotes’/’Endnotes’ will be permitted, as they can offer sufficient value, providing, their use is minimal, sufficiently concise, and appropriate –  they offer only ‘clarifying’ information, or add ‘adjacent’ value to the sentences already written. In other words, they are not to be used to ‘hide’ words that would otherwise normally be expected to be contained within the main body of the text, and their use will be considered in accordance with the University policy regarding word limits.

 

The table below sets out the Universities policy regarding word limits:

Under the word limit No Penalty: In not making use of the full word count, students may have self-penalised their work. If students have been able to achieve the requirements of the assessment using fewer words than allocated, they will not be penalised.
Up to 10% over the word limit No Penalty: Situation flagged by tutor in feedback but over-run is tolerated and no deduction is made from the final mark.
More than 10% over the word limit The marker will stop reading when they judge that the word count exceeds the recommended word count by more than 10% i.e. for a 4000 word essay, the marker will read only the first 4400 words and will indicate on the text where they stop reading.

The content following this point will not be read and a mark will be awarded only for the content up to this point.

 

 

 

Academic Policies:

Academic Policies Home Page:

https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/university-services/academic-registry/quality-and-teaching-excellence/assessment/guidance-for-students/

 

Academic Regulations for Taught Awards:

You must adhere to the university regulations on academic conduct. Formal inquiry proceedings will be instigated if there is any suspicion of plagiarism or any other form of misconduct in your work. Refer to the University’s Assessment Regulations for Taught Awards if you are unclear as to the meaning of these terms.

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Word Limits Policy:

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Anonymous Marking Policy:

University policy requires that work be marked anonymously. In order to facilitate this, we request that only your student number is included on work submitted for summative assessment.

 

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Academic Misconduct Policy

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Avoiding Academic Misconduct – Student Guidance

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Late Submission Policy:

The University requires all students to submit assessed coursework by the deadline stated in the assessment brief.  Where coursework is submitted without approval after the published hand-in deadline, penalties will be applied as defined in the University Policy on the Late Submission of Work.

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Personal Extenuating Circumstances (PEC) Policy

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