Effects of Sexism in the Workplace

Purpose of the Assessment

The Disciplinary Investigation module focuses on the topic/theme of inequality and/or protected characteristics related to your degree subject area. In weeks 1-5 you will be introduced to these areas, being unpacking your ideas, starting some initial background research and planning how to collect further secondary data/information to then write some analysis, discussion and recommendations/conclusions for your second assignment in the module. In weeks 6-10 you will begin to complete your investigation by completing secondary research, analysing your findings, discussing, and writing recommendations and a conclusion.

This assignment asked you to provide a complete portfolio which will have two parts.

  1. Part 1 – evidence of at least 6 out of 10 weekly activities
  2. Part 2 – written account of your investigation into inequality/protected characteristics in your [subject area [word count: 1500 words]

Learning Outcomes addressed by this assignment:

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the application of subject knowledge and skills to a real-world issue engaging in idea development and completing a programme of research  
  2. Propose viable responses to an identified problem informed by the subject area
  3. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of your own self-management providing evidence of responding to feedback to improve performance
  4. Communicate effectively to an identified audience through a presentation and e-portfolio using the relevant academic standards, language, and structure

Assessment Task

PART 1 – worth 10%

Evidence of weekly activities

Copy and paste at least 6 out of the 10 weekly completed activities

Weekly activity 1Initial idea generation worksheet with time management activity
Weekly activity 2Reading blog uploaded to Padlet on Moodle
Weekly activity 3Listening log uploaded to Padlet on Moodle
Weekly activity 4Writing up your research question
Weekly activity 5Drafting your method
Weekly activity 6Feedback from students and lecturers; Progress poster screenshot
Weekly activity 7Reflection on collecting secondary data
Weekly activity 8How to analyse data in your subject area
Weekly activity 9Recommendation examples
Weekly activity 10Short reflection on learning

PART 2 – worth 60%

Written account of your investigation into inequality/protected characteristics in your [subject area] [word count: 1500 words]

Use the below headings:

  • Introduction and Research Question
  • Literature Review
  • Methodology
  • Findings/Results
  • Analysis/Discussion
  • Recommendations/Conclusions
  • References/Appendices


  • Attend the weekly sessions and engage with the sessions, materials, and your lecturer
  • All session materials will be included on the Disciplinary Investigation Moodle site
  • Complete your weekly activities as this will help consolidate your learning and provide you with relevant information for your investigation

Use these additional resources to support you – 

  • Academic Phrase bank http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/
  • Writing a research report


Below includes some advice and guidance on the written account of your investigation into inequality/protected characteristics in your [subject area]

[word count: 1500 words]

This is a guide only.

Working title  ‘An Investigation into _____ and [subject area]’
Introduction and Research Question   150 wordsIntroduce the written account, a short introduction to what you researched and why.
Comment on some background research/findings.
Leads into the structure of the written account.
Finishes with the research question for your research investigation (research question – try to find a topic that truly interests you, make sure your topic is sufficiently focused (neither to broad nor too narrow) and researchable (i.e., adequately documented in source materials that are readily available to you)
Literature review   500 wordsA mini literature review demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the academic literature on a specific topic placed in context.
This should include a critical evaluation of the material.
Includes citations and use of sources.
Around 3-5 paragraphs
Methodology   200 words  Methodology What you did and how you did it.
A description of the methods used in your investigation.
Include as much detail as possible Justify your reasons for choosing this methodology/ method
Findings/ Results   200 wordsWhat you found  
Analysis/ Discussion   300 wordsRelevance of your results, how it fits with other research in the area
Recommendations / Conclusion   150 words  Recommendations / ConclusionsSummary of results/findings.
What needs to be done as a result of your findings  
References/ Appendix   Not included in the word countReference list or Bibliography.
All references used in your report or referred to for background information
5-8 sources recommended
Any additional material which will add to your report

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