|Qualification||Unit number, code and title|
|Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma Business||Unit 8, k/601/0941, Research Project|
|Distribution date||Submission deadline|
|W/C – 19/01/2015||07/04/2015 23:59 pm|
|Assignment title||RP: Research Project|
Research project involves investigating a topic in order to learn more about it. Typically, a research project is conducted to answer to a question. For this research project, it addresses the elements that make up formal research including the proposal, a variety of research methodologies, action planning, carrying out the research itself and presenting the findings. To complete the unit satisfactorily, learners must also understand the theory that underpins formal research. This unit will sharpen learners understanding of the necessary skills and tools required to manage a research project.
|Guide for research project
Learners are expected to write research project of about 4,000 words covering the points listed under each of the learning outcomes. To achieve a pass in this unit, you must successfully address all of the assessment criteria listed (P1- P12). We expect all learners to achieve their potentials and would encourage you to address all pass criteria, merit and distinction descriptors.
This assignment requires learners to confidently use research techniques and methods to address the elements that make up formal research including the proposal, research, methodologies, and action planning, carrying out the research itself and presenting the findings.
This research project depends on the learners’ focus of interest and anticipated outcomes to make a positive contribution to their area of interest. Approval should however be sought from their tutors before learners start their research project.
Whilst formats may vary, the following format is typical of a research report: introduction, background, rationale, literature review, the research question, the research methodology, analysis and results, conclusion, recommendations and limitations, referencing and bibliography, appendices.
|Task 1 (L.O. 1: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5) [P1,P2,P3,P4, P5)
P1. Formulate and record possible research project with outline of specification (AC1.1)
P2. Identify the factors that contribute to the process of research project selection (AC1.2)
P3. Undertake a critical review of key references (AC1.3)
P4. Produce a research project specification (AC1.4)
P5: Provide an appropriate plan and procedures for the agreed specification (AC1.5)
To achieve M1, you will make effective judgment about what constitute the research specification outline (e.g. introduction/background, literature review, methodology, data presentation & analysis and conclusion), and show factors that contribute to the research process selection (e.g. passion for the research etc) [P1 & P2]. Also submit the assignment within deadline.
To achieve M2, you will have to show key references (e.g. consider in-text citation in literature), produce a research specification and appropriate plan and procedures for the agreed specification (e.g. use a table to show plan) [P3 – P5].
|Task 2 (LO2: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3)
P6. Match resources efficiently to the research question or hypothesis (AC2.1)
P7. Undertake the proposed research investigation in accordance with the agreed specification and procedure (AC 2.2)
P8. Record and collate relevant data where appropriate (AC2.3)
To achieve M3, you will have to match resources to research questions or hypothesis (e.g. relevant literature to unearth research questions) [P6]
To achieve D1, you will have to undertake a research investigation considering the agreed specification (e.g. using specification to write a research work) and show the procedure for data collection (use approapriate approach to collect data [P7-P8]
|Task 3 (LO3: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3)
P9. Use appropriate research evaluation techniques (AC3.1)
P10. Interpret and analyse the results in terms of the original research specification (AC3.2)
P11. Make recommendations and justify areas for further consideration (AC3.3)
To achieve D2, you have to demonstrate research evaluation techniques as well as interpret and analyse research results (assess evaluation technique and interpret and analyse data) [P11]
Task 4: (LO4: 4.1)
P12. Use an agreed format and appropriate media to present the outcomes of the research to an audience
To achieve D3 you will have to show evidence of recommendations and justify areas for further consideration. Also show format and agreed media to present outcomes to audience (P12)
|Evidence checklist||Summary of evidence required by student||Evidence presented|
|Task 1||A theoretical work showing how to formulate a research specification|
|Task 2||A theoretical and empirical work to implement the research project within agreed procedures and specification|
|Task 3||A theoretical and empirical work to evaluate the research outcomes|
|Task 4||A theoretical work to present the research outcomes|
In addition to the above PASS criteria, this assignment gives you the opportunity to submit evidence in order to achieve the following MERIT and DISTINCTION grades
|M1 Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solutions||Effective judgements have been made.
An effective approach to study and research has been applied.
|To achieve M1, you will make effective judgment about what constitute the research specification outline and show factors that contribute to the research process selection [P1 & P2] And submit the assignment within deadline
|M2 Select / design and apply appropriate methods / techniques||Appropriate learning methods/techniques have been applied.||To achieve M2, you will have to show key references, produce a research specification and appropriate plan and procedures for the agreed specification [P3 – P5]
|M3 Present and communicate appropriate findings||Communication is appropriate for familiar and unfamiliar audiences and appropriate media have been used.||To achieve M3, you will have to match resources to research questions or hypothesis [P6]
|D1 Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusions||Conclusions have been arrived at through synthesis of ideas and have been justified.
Realistic improvements have been proposed against defined characteristics for success.
|To achieve D1, you will have to undertake a research investigation considering the agreed specification and show the procedure for data collection [P7-P8]|
|D2 Take responsibility for managing and organising activities||Activities have been managed appropriately||To achieve D2, you will have to demonstrate research evaluation techniques as well as interpret and analyse research results (P11)|
|D3 Demonstrate convergent /lateral / creative thinking||Effective thinking has taken place in unfamiliar contexts||To achieve D3, you will have to show evidence of recommendations and justify areas for further consideration. Also show format and agreed media to present outcomes to audience (P12)|
- This assignment must be completed by all the candidates undertaking Edexcel HNC/HND Diploma in Business.
- We expect you to complete the assignment with a minimum of 4000 words excluding
- Referencing should be provided in Harvard Style Referencing (both in-text and bibliography).
- Header with the student’s ID number and full name as well as footer with the page number should be present throughout the assignment.
- Comprehensive reading list can be found in the Unit Handbook (UHB).
- The assignment should be completed in Font Type: Times New Roman, Size 12 and 1.5 spacing between lines.
Appendix A: Plagiarism and Collusion:
Any act of plagiarism and collusion will be seriously dealt with according to the regulations. In this context the definition and scope of plagiarism are presented below:
“Using the work of others without acknowledging source of information or inspiration. Although you may paraphrase, the result is still plagiarism” (Cortell, 2003). Please ensure you apply in-text referencing within your assignment to support all information extracted from any published work.
Collusion is when two or more people combine to produce a piece of work for an assessment that is passed off as the work of one alone. For example, one student has copied the work of another, or where a joint effort has taken place in producing what should have been an individual effort.
Appendix B: Harvard Referencing System (HRS):
Any information that is not of your own needs to be referenced. Plagiarising from someone else’s work can be unintentional if you are unaware of the rules of acknowledging and referencing direct quotations.
The Harvard system requires you to acknowledge certain information which are mainly the surname and the year of publication within the text, for example:
According to Bell (1999) – as you write up your assignment you will use a citation to indicate in your text the source of information provided.
The authors and publication information cited within the main body of your work must be listed in the reference list (This will be at the end of your assignment) for example:
Greenberg, G. (2010) ‘Customer Relationship Management – at the speed of light’. (4th Edition). The McGraw-Hill Companies.
Detailed guidance on the Harvard Referencing System (HRS) will be made available on Moodle (VLE)
Failure to submit on time will lead to penalisation (Capping of grades). Reasonable consideration will be given, in the case of failure to submit the assignments by the deadline period (exemption will be given to those being granted extenuating circumstances provided they submit the relevant documents to support claim)
Your Research Project checklist:
- Title page – title of the project, student’s name, student’s number and date.
- Contents page – each section itemised with page numbers.
- Declaration by student – confirming the assignment is an original piece of work by yourself (student signature).
- Introduction – brief outline of the project theme, reasons for selecting it, and the general background.
- The main body of the prject report, which should include:
- Facts, findings, discussions and analysis with suitable sections and headings
- Methods of investigation used for reaserch
- References to literature cited in the body of the report
- Conclusions – inferences and deductions from the facts and findings, and recommendations (any new facts or findings is not to be added within the conclusion, this should summarise your theories and findings already stated in your Reserach Project)
- Reference list – list all in-text references in full (refer to appendix B for example)
- Bibliography – text/sources consulted but not cited
- Appendices – where required
A research topic will NOT be accepted if:
- It is entirely ‘theoretical’ or ‘academic’ in nature and scope.
- It is historical i.e. simply recounts past events without drawing lessons for future practice.
- It has no grounding in the reality of organisations or a ‘live’ authentic problem.
- It presents no opportunity for learning i.e. conclusions to be drawn, lessons to be learned and solutions to be devised and advocated.
- It only addresses one aspect of the syllabus for the relevant unit. Note: projects that contain any of the above five features are unlikely to receive a pass grade.
Appendix C: Learning Outcome for Research Project
|Assessment Criteria||In this assessment you will have the opportunity to present evidence that shows you are able to:||Task no.||
Understand how to formulate a research specification
|1.1||Formulate and record possible research project outline specifications||1|
|1.2||Identify the factors that contribute to the process of research project selection||1|
|1.3||Undertake a critical review of key references||1|
|1.4||Produce a research project specification||1|
|1.5||Provide an appropriate plan and procedures for the agreed specification|
Be able to implement the research project within agreed procedures and to specification
|2.1||Match resources efficiently to the research question or hypothesis||2|
|2.2||Undertake the proposed research investigation in accordance with the agreed specification and procedures||2|
|2.3||Record and collate relevant data where appropriate
|Be able to evaluate the research outcomes
Be able to present the research outcomes
|3.1||Use appropriate research evaluation techniques||3|
|3.2||Interpret and analyse the results in terms of the original research specification||3|
|3.3||Make recommendations and justify areas for further consideration||3|
Use an agreed format and appropriate media to present the outcomes of the research to an audience