For this element of assessment, students are expected to conduct an academic research project which addresses an issue/research problem within your workplace.
The report should be written in an academic style of a Postgraduate Major Project, drawing on the learning taken from your Research Methods in Business module. However, your contribution to knowledge should focus on practical implications, rather than theoretical or methodological implications.
The 10,000-word report should be a reflection of the research the student has conducted within the organisation they are working for.
It needs to demonstrate the ability to identify a problem or issue that requires further research. It should also demonstrate an understanding of the process of research and problem solving.
Within the report, students should reflect on how well the theories used apply to the organisation. Leading to conclusions to how the problem/issue might be addressed by the organisation.
The report needs to be written in an academic style, using appropriate academic literature to support the analysis. For example, academic journal articles, industry reports, and practitioner publications.
011 Marking Criteria:
Criteria 1: Problem identification (30%)
Did the student identify and explore a current issue or research problem in their placement?
Is there a clear purpose and rationale for the study?
Is there a clear set of aims and objectives / research questions?
Criteria 2: Theoretical Analysis (30%)
Did the student analyse this issue / research problem using theories from your Master’s degree course?
Did the student make reference to substantial wider reading, from appropriate academic sources (including journal articles and practitioner-based materials)?
Was the range of literature used suitable and adequate, relating to the identified problem?
Criteria 3: Reflection (20%)
Did the student reflect on how well this theory applies to their current work context (industry/market)?
Criteria 4: Conclusions (10%)
Did the student draw appropriate conclusions (practical implications) based upon their learning and practical experience, noting how the problem might be addressed by the organisation?
Criteria 5: Presentation (10%)
Did the student present their work professionally, with a cohesive narrative?
Did the student implement the Harvard style of referencing correctly throughout?