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.
- Part 1 – evidence of at least 6 out of 10 weekly activities
- 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:
- Demonstrate the application of subject knowledge and skills to a real-world issue engaging in idea development and completing a programme of research
- Propose viable responses to an identified problem informed by the subject area
- Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of your own self-management providing evidence of responding to feedback to improve performance
- Communicate effectively to an identified audience through a presentation and e-portfolio using the relevant academic standards, language, and structure
PART 1 – worth 10%
Evidence of weekly activities
Copy and paste at least 6 out of the 10 weekly completed activities
|Weekly activity 1||Initial idea generation worksheet with time management activity|
|Weekly activity 2||Reading blog uploaded to Padlet on Moodle|
|Weekly activity 3||Listening log uploaded to Padlet on Moodle|
|Weekly activity 4||Writing up your research question|
|Weekly activity 5||Drafting your method|
|Weekly activity 6||Feedback from students and lecturers; Progress poster screenshot|
|Weekly activity 7||Reflection on collecting secondary data|
|Weekly activity 8||How to analyse data in your subject area|
|Weekly activity 9||Recommendation examples|
|Weekly activity 10||Short 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
- 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 words||Introduce 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 words||A 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 words||What you found|
|Analysis/ Discussion 300 words||Relevance 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 count||Reference 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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