critical commentary with three methods (interview, questionnaire and observation)

Assignment 2

 

Purpose of the assignment:

 

  • To develop practical research skills
  • To develop a critical awareness of some of the issues involved in research
  • To be able to reflect on the significance of these issues in terms of the broader research project
  • To link theses issues to the relevant academic literature

 

Students will be required to submit a written account of the three activities introduced in the lectures and critically assess the suitability of the methods. This must contain hardcopies of the research data produced from these exercises as an appendix.

 

The tasks:

 

  • Design, prepare and undertake an interview, questionnaire and observation exercise on the subject area (Hospitality Management).
  • Successfully complete and make records of the interview, questionnaire and observation exercises inc. full interview transcript, questionnaire analysis and notes from the observation.
  • Prepare a critical commentary as outlined below

 

The critical commentary:

 

An account and discussion of approx. 2500 words plus appendix which critically examines the ways in which you conducted the research, problems faced and lessons learnt. Your work should also consider the impact of the different methods on research findings and the broader research topic under discussion. You must make use of appropriate academic references and use the Harvard referencing system. Plagiarism will not be tolerated.

 

Assessment Criteria

 

Evidence of skill development in all three research methods                                     30%

Critical reflection on the process of applying your three methods                             30%

Awareness of the broader significance of methods in relation to research subject    15%

Use of academic literature                                                                                          15%

Structure, presentation and writing skills.                                                                  10%

 

Submission requirements

Please use the Harvard referencing System. Plagiarism will not be tolerated.

 

This report must be accompanied by the proposed dissertation project title form.

 

 

Please read carefully the following assessment and marking criteria

 

Research Methods   Assignment 2 Assessment Criteria
Marks <39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70+
Evidence of skill development in all three research methods

30%

Attempt not made at all three methods.

No evidence of skill development.

Clear attempt at all three methods. Some evidence of skill development in research methods. Good attempt at all three methods. Clear evidence of skill development in all three research methods. + Well designed research tools. Evidence of a high skill level in the development of all three research methods.
Critical reflection on the process of applying your three methods                                      30%

 

No attempt at critical reflection made. A limited amount of reflection on the process of applying your three methods. The assignment may not show evidence of reflection on all three methods used. Evidence of reflection on the process of applying your three methods. The assignment will show evidence of reflection on all three methods used. + Critical reflection well integrated into the assignment. + Assignment shows evidence of learning from the critical refection upon methods.
Awareness of the broader significance of methods in relation to research subject

 

15%

No awareness demonstrated of the broader significance of research methods to the research subject. Some awareness demonstrated of the broader significance of research methods to the research subject. Good level of awareness demonstrated of the broader significance of research methods to the research subject. Assignment demonstrates a high level of understanding of the relationship and significance of research methods to the field of study Assignment demonstrates a thorough understanding of the relationship and significance of research methods to the field of study.
Use of academic literature                                                                                                                 15%

 

No use of academic literature within the assignment. Academic literature evident within the assignment though its usage is limited to the main recommended texts. + Evidence of wider reading. Extensive use of appropriate academic literature that shows a good understanding of the subject area. + Evidence of a thorough understanding of the academic field of study.
Structure, presentation and writing skills

 

10%

 

English is confused and inappropriate with little evidence of a logical argument.

Many typographical errors.

Demonstrates little attempt to use the Harvard referencing system.

References are inaccurate or unrelated to references in the text.

English is understandable with evidence of a logical argument.

Minor typographical errors.

Demonstrates a sound attempt to use the Harvard referencing system.

 

Good academic standard with evidence of a clearly reasoned argument.

Minor typographical errors.

Mainly correct use of grammar.

Demonstrates good use of the Harvard referencing system.

Generally of an appropriate academic and professional standard with evidence of a well reasoned argument.

No typographical errors.

Correct use of grammar.

Accurately referenced.

Appropriate academic and professional standard with clear evidence of a well-reasoned argument.

No typographical errors.

Correct use of grammar.

Accurately referenced.

Assessment Criteria – Task


 

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