Dissertation Chapter 1 Assignment

32931 Technology Research Methods: Assignment 2

Dissertation Chapter 1 Assignment (Assignment 2) Due date:

In Assignment 2 you will complete a draft of the first chapter of your dissertation, that will comprise a statement of your thesis intent, a background to the work you are proposing and the key aim(s) and objective(s) of your work, alongside the methodology that you will use to achieve these.

Guidelines

  • This assignment follows on from the Research Proposal Workshop and aims to provide a synthesis of the work you intend to do through the rest of your studies.
  • The work you produce here should be of sufficient quality to be used as part of your CA 1 review.
  • Without being overly prescriptive, a potential structure for the first chapter might be:
    • Introduction and Background
    • Aims
    • Objectives
    • Methodology
    • Future Impact/Significance

Other structures may be more suitable to your work

  • As a guide your chapter 1 assignment should be ~5000 words in length.
  • In addition, as a cover to your assignment you should include a page that summarises the components discussed in the Workshop: o Topic
    • Keywords
    • Thesis statement 1 o Thesis statement 2 o Aim 1 o Aim 2 etc o Objective 1
      • Success condition 1
      • (Repeat for each objective)
    • Assessments should be submitted through Canvas. Your supervisor is expected to mark your assignment: Canvas will not forward the assignment to your supervisor, so this is your responsibility.

Marking

High Distinction 85-100%   Work of outstanding quality and clarity. A HD assignment will be

(HD)                                              written clearly and concisely and offer a through discussion of aims, objectives and methodology; it will offer a defensible thesis statement and a compelling vision for the work in question. It will set the work firmly in the context of the relevant literature and/or broader work in the area and give a strong consideration for the future impact or importance of the work. It will likely be of good enough quality to appear in the final dissertation without further editing. The writing will be of outstanding quality paying attention to grammar, spelling and document flow.

 

 

Distinction (D) 75-84% Work of superior quality. A D assignment will be written clearly and concisely and offer a high-quality discussion of aims, objectives and methodology; it will offer a defensible thesis statement and a compelling vision for the work in question, although there is likely room to sharpen the ideas. It will set the work in the context of the relevant literature and/or broader work in the area and give good consideration for the future impact or importance of the work. It will likely be almost good enough quality to appear in the final dissertation without further editing. The writing will be high-quality paying attention to grammar, spelling and document flow.
Credit (C) 65-74% Work of good quality.  Such an assignment will be written clearly and concisely and offer a good discussion of aims, objectives and methodology; it will offer a defensible thesis statement and a good vision for the work in question, although there is room to sharpen the ideas, especially in the methodology section. It will set the work in the context of the relevant literature and/or broader work in the area, although lacks a full consideration of the most important aspects and give good consideration for the future impact or importance of the work. It will likely need some editing to appear in the final dissertation. The writing will be of good quality paying attention to grammar, spelling and document flow.
Pass (P) 50-64% Work of satisfactory quality. To pass this assessment the assignment is likely to be lacking in a number of areas associated with the aims, objectives and methodology, and may not offer a clear pathway for the rest of the proposed work. The work will be set in context but there will be omission in some of the key reasoning for the work, and a failure to give compelling reasons for undertaking the study proposed. The impact of the work is poorly discussed. The writing is likely to be of lower quality than needed for a Credit grade, with significant weaknesses in grammar, spelling and overflow document narrative.
Fail <50% Work showing unsatisfactory achievement. A Fail grade is likely if the piece of work does not show evidence setting out clear aims or objectives, or where the methodology is lacking or poorly thought out. An overall thesis statement may be missing. The work is unlikely to be set in context or have a clear idea of future impact or significance. A Fail may also arise from a piece of work that is substandard in terms of the writing or the recommended length, or where the document is poorly structured with little consideration for the purpose of the work. Work will also receive a Fail where the requested cover document is not completed.