Assignment 2 Brief: Qualitative Report

 

Learning Outcome Threshold Assessment Criteria
1  
Demonstrate a working knowledge and critical understanding of various methods of research into human behaviour and data analysis and their relationship to different types of research question.
 
Critically evaluate empirical studies on the basis of their ethical implications, scientific rigour and validity.
 
Reach a considered conclusion about the choice of research design and the use of particular methods of data analysis when evaluating how well a study addresses its research hypotheses or questions and related ethical issues.
 
 
2 Competently and appropriately select, use and report on the outcome of relevant research methods and be in a position to undertake the Honours Project.
 
Identify the criteria for the use of a number of research methods, and conduct the analysis of data and write the report with minimal guidance
 

 

Outcomes being developed and assessed
Evaluation Organisation Communication

 

TYPE & WEIGHTING Qualitative Report (30%)
WORD LENGTH 2500 (+/- 10%) words. The word length includes the whole report (without references)
TITLE Students to construct their own title relevant to the topic covered in the study.
OVERVIEW In this assignment you are asked to conduct a qualitative analysis and write up a research report. This will be based on the data analysis techniques taught in lectures and you will be given further guidance in class on the technique to be used. Qualitative data will be provided to you in class.
 
GENERAL CRITERIA Reports need to have the following structure and content in order to meet the outcomes being assessed (i.e. Evaluation, Organisation and Communication). Please also refer to the marking criteria below.
 
Abstract
The abstract should be a concise summary, which includes only the essential information from all subsections of the report, i.e. explains what you did, why you did it, what you expected to find, what you found, what it means in approximately 150 words.
 
Introduction
(1) Background and rationale: The introduction should begin with a broad overview of the area and drill down into the specific areas to be researched in the study.  You should provide a sound account of the theoretical framework of the study. Major studies in the area should be reviewed, understood and critically evaluated. These are not restricted to qualitative studies. It might be that an area has been primarily investigated from a quantitative perspective which might reveal a gap where qualitative studies could be useful to add to current knowledge. It should outline the issues and/or position you are arguing for.  It should build up a clear rationale for the research.
 
All information in your report should be relevant to the topic of the report.  There should be references and examples that clearly illustrate a theory, or approach to understanding the topic under investigation. Support your points with appropriate references from books and journal articles using the APA referencing style both in text and in the reference list at the end of the report.
 
(2) Research questions: The introduction should develop like a funnel: you should start by referring to the general area of investigation which your study belongs to and then you should progressively narrow down to your specific aims and research questions. You should state clearly, correctly and fully your appropriate research questions and the specific aim of the research.
 
Method
The method should be divided into the following sub-sections:
·         Participants: Who are your sample: gender, age, occupation, ethnic background (if known)? How many? How did you access your participants?
·         Data collection: What does the data corpus consist of? What format do the data take?
·         Analytic approach and procedures: You must provide a detailed description of the analysis technique used and your epistemological approach as well as an overview of the analytic process, e.g. your coding process including examples of codes created, how you arrived at themes or higher order categories, references to memos created (memos can be included as an appendix), a listing of the themes produced.
·         Ethics
·         Reflexivity
 
Findings
In this section, you should present the themes that form part of your analysis as a narrative account. You must use appropriate extracts to illustrate the analytical points that you are making – these extracts are included in the word count. When making analytical points (i.e. when you are interpreting your data) you can reference previous research in the area. This is somewhat different to writing a quantitative report where references to other literature is exclusively reserved for the discussion section. However, in-depth discussion of how your research relates to others in the field should be reserved for the discussion section.
 
Discussion
This section should begin with a very brief summary of your findings. You should then link your research to previous research in the field. Discuss the implications of the findings for research in the area (e.g. do the findings support or contradict previous research? In what way? What theoretical or real-world implications do your findings have?) Discuss the limitations of your study: Provide a list of potential problems with your methodology or data analysis (e.g. are there any threats to the internal/external validity of your study?) Make suggestions about how this work could be extended in the future, how you could address the limitations of your present study and expand on the present findings. Draw a unified conclusion.
 
CITATIONS AND References
These must be comprehensive (you should include a range of primary and secondary sources) and adhere to APA conventions. You should include citations for all information. Each citation should have a corresponding reference in the reference section. The reference section should not have references that were not cited in the text.
 
Appendix
You must include: (1)2-3 pages of one coded transcript, (2) memos, and (3) a table of themes with constituent codes.
 
PRESENTATION 
Your report should be written in grammatical English allowing a clear flow of argument the reader can readily understand.
 
ADVICE The aim of this assignment is to apply what you have learned in lectures and tutorials in your research methods units so far. In your report you need to provide all the important details of the project you have conducted – each student is responsible for writing their own individual report.
 
FEEDBACK You will receive feedback based on the University’s 2Q system. That is, there will be comments about the extent to which you met the criteria for the report and what you could do to improve. Thus the feedback provided can help you improve your knowledge and skills in this area which can be applied to similar tasks in the future.
 
SUPPORT Staff have office hours to provide students with support and clarification of feedback.  If you have queries about the assignments please make use of them.  Staff may also be contacted by email to arrange an appointment at a mutually convenient time to discuss any issues relating to assignments.
 
Finally you may wish to avail of the Study Hub services to assist you with any specific skills you wish to develop further (including academic writing, referencing, finding information, or managing your learning). Information on these services can be found here:
 
SUBMISSION Submission is in electronic format only. You do NOT need to submit a hard copy. Only the electronic version will be marked.
SUBMISSION DATE
FFEDBACK RETURN DATE 20 working days
ESTIMATED GRADE DATE 20 working days
MITIGATION

 
 
 
 

GENERAL CRITERIA Below 35 35-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70+
ABSTRACT
The abstract should be a concise summary, which includes only the essential information from all subsections of the report, i.e. explains what you did, why you did it, what you expected to find, what you found, what it means.
 
 
There is no abstract.
 
Several important aspects of the study are missing or very poorly expressed. You need to say what you did, why you did it, what you expected to find, what you found, what it means.
 
The abstract provides a vague or unclear summary. You need to say much more clearly what you did, why you did it, what you expected to find, what you found, what it means.
 
 
You give a reasonable summary of the study but some parts could be better expressed.
 
You give a good summary of the study. You could work on making it more polished.
 
An excellent abstract – it covers all the important aspects clearly and succinctly.
INTRODUCTION (BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE)
You should provide a sound account of the theoretical framework of the study. Major studies in the area should be reviewed, understood and critically evaluated. You should state an appropriate rationale for your study.
 
 
 
No background and rationale for the study are provided or information has no value.
 
 
There is no real presentation of background or explanation of rationale.
 
 
Some study background and/or rationale is presented but the link between the two is very weak.
 
 
Relevant studies are mentioned, rationale is explained, and a link between the two emerges, but it needs to be made more explicit.
 
 
Relevant studies are referred to critically, rationale is explained well, and the link between the two is clear although some minor gaps are present.
 
 
Relevant studies are referred to critically, rationale is explained very well, and the link between previous and current study is very clearly presented.
INTRODUCTION (RESEARCH QUESTIONS)
You should state clearly, correctly and fully your appropriate research questions and the specific aim of the research.
 
No research questions mentioned, or information has no value.
 
A very basic attempt to formulate a research question.
 
A research question emerges, but it is largely unclear and/or unsupported by previous literature.
 
The stated research questions make sense but need to be clearer and/or more strongly supported by previous literature.
 
The stated research questions are quite clear, appropriate, and supported by previous literature but some minor logical gaps exist.
 
The stated research questions are very appropriate, exceptionally clear, and well supported by previous literature.
METHOD
Relevant details provided on participants and data corpus. You must provide a detailed description of the analysis technique used and your epistemological approach as well as an overview of the analytic process, e.g. your coding process including examples of codes created, and a listing of the themes produced. Reflexivity issues appropriately addressed.
 
 
No answer or the information included is of no or almost no value.
 
Minimal information on aspects of methodology, leaving serious gaps about how the study was conducted.
 
Some information on the methodology of the study is provided, but most questions about how the study was conducted remain unclear.
 
Important information on the methodology used is provided, but more clarity and detail are required on important aspects of the method.
 
Information is clear and accurate explaining well important aspects of appropriate methods used. More clarity and detail are needed on specific methodological aspects.
 
Information is clear, accurate, and appropriate leaving no gaps about how the study was conducted.
ETHICS
You must detail all ethical issues relevant to the research conducted following the BPS ethical code of conduct.
 
There is no reference to ethical issues.
 
Treatment of ethical issues lacks substance.
 
Very limited reference to and treatment of ethical issues.
 
Important ethical issues are discussed but that discussion has limited depth.
 
An in-depth treatment of important ethical issues although some secondary issues remain rather unaddressed.
 
An in-depth treatment of a wide range of
ethical issues relevant to the research conducted.
FINDINGS
You should present the themes that form part of your analysis as a narrative account. You must use appropriate extracts to illustrate the analytical points that you are making. When making analytical points you should reference previous research in the area.
 
 
No evidence that analysis has been conducted.
 
Some unsystematic elementary information on data analysis/findings is presented but nothing more.
 
Some data analysis strategy is outlined and findings presented but provided information and/or appropriateness of analytic strategy are limited.
 
Methods of data analysis generally appropriate for addressing research questions although more information is needed to fill in gaps in analytic rationale. Analysis is generally shallow.
 
The methods of data analysis address research questions well and findings are clearly presented. Some relatively minor gaps in the analytic rationale and clarity of findings exist.
 
Strategy of data analysis addresses research questions comprehensively. Analytic rationale and findings are very clearly presented.
DISCUSSION
You must provide a brief summary of your findings. Discuss the implications of the findings for research in the area. Discuss the limitations of your study. Make suggestions about how this work could be extended in the future, how you could address the limitations of your present study and expand on the present findings.
 
 
No discussion section, or information has no value.
 
Some unsystematic elementary attempt to discuss the findings but nothing more.
 
Some findings are mentioned and a basic attempt is made to explain them and/or link them with the relevant literature.
 
Main findings are summarised and linked with previous studies but interpretation of findings Is not very sophisticated and study limitations are not fully considered.
 
Findings are well summarized, competently linked with previous literature, and interpreted at some considerable depth. Study limitations are well considered. However, some minor gaps appear in how current findings are linked with major concepts and previous studies in the field.
 
 
Findings are very well summarized and very thoroughly interpreted drawing competently on current knowledge in the field and fully considering the limitations of the present study.
CITATIONS AND REFERENCES
These must be comprehensive and adhere to APA conventions. You should include citations for all information.  Each citation should have a corresponding reference in the reference section. The Reference section should not have references that were not cited in the text.
 
 
Very poor referencing or Citations and References have been almost entirely omitted indicating possible academic concern or plagiarism.
 
Some citations and referencing included but the student has either a lot of information with no citations or has not used APA formatting correctly.
 
Referencing errors throughout which cannot be classified as minor.
 
Referencing generally accurate with some errors.
 
Referencing accurate generally with some minor errors.
 
Excellent referencing throughout; Displays excellent use of APA formatting.
PRESENTATION
Your report should be written in grammatical English allowing a clear flow of argument the reader can readily understand.
 
The English is very hard to follow making the report often very difficult to understand. Please seek help from the Professional and Academic Development Team to help improve.
 
Spelling, grammar and/or paragraphing are poor.  Please seek help from the Professional and Academic Development Team to help improve.
 
Some improvement needed on aspects of English expression. Make sure you check spellings, punctuation, grammar and argument structure (e.g. paragraphing). You could seek help from the Professional and Academic Development Team to help improve.
 
English expression is generally fine but there are some errors or clumsy expressions here and there. Could be improved by better proof-reading and editing.
 
English expression is generally good with only a few glitches.
 
English expression is excellent.

 
 

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