REPORT TOPIC: ‘Gender and work in STEM’ Report Brief

REPORT TOPIC: ‘Gender and work in STEM’ Report Brief

  The Westhill Local Government wants to encourage more young people to start careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), but they are concerned that fewer women may be applying for STEM jobs than men. You are to write a report that explores the role that gender has on employment in STEM and recommend policies that the Westhill Local Government could enact to encourage more women to work in STEM.

 

REPORT STRUCTURE

Your report must consist of an introduction, literature review, conclusion and a reference list. The report should be formatted into the following sections:

 

1.      Introduction

 

1.1       Background

1.2       Purpose of the report

 

2.      Literature Review

 

In your literature review, propose and evaluate potential main themes in the literature that are relevant to the purpose of the report. Make connections between the three articles. It should have the following paragraphs:

 

Body Paragraph 1: Potential theme 1

Body Paragraph 2: Potential theme 2

 

  1. Recommendations

 

Reference List

 

The bibliography must be in Harvard style and in-text references to the three articles should follow the guidelines on the UOW library website for Harvard style in-text referencing.

REPORT READING LIST:

 

You will choose three of the following articles to include in your Research Report:

 

Article 1: ‘Finnish Ninth Graders’ Gender Appropriateness of Occupations’. Authors: Ikonen et al.

 

Article 2: ‘Why female science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors do not identify with physics: They do not think others see them that way’. Authors: Kalender et al.

 

Article 3: Underrepresentation of Women in the Senior Levels of Brazilian Science’. Authors: Valentova et al.

 

Article 4: ‘Anatomy of an Enduring Gender Gap: The Evolution of Women’s Participation in Computer Science’. Authors: Sax et al.

 

 

STAGES, DUE DATES AND SUBMISSION

 

Your assessment is divided into four stages.

 

1. Introduction Proforma

 

The proforma will help you to plan the introduction of your report. Because it is a plan, you can use note format rather than full sentences. You will use this proforma to help you write your introduction for the Draft Report. You will receive feedback on your proforma before the Draft Report is due so that you make improvements before submitting your draft report.

 

Due Date: Week 2 Tuesday 11.55 pm

Weighting: 5% of ETS2 ARW

Requirements: Download the proforma from Moodle and complete the questions in the form provided using Microsoft Word. Submission: Using the drop box provided on Moodle

 

2. Literature Review Proforma

 

The proforma will help you to plan the first paragraph of the literature review of your report. Because it is a plan, you can use note format rather than full sentences. You will use this proforma to help you write your introduction for the Draft Report. You will receive feedback on your proforma before the Draft Report is due so that you make improvements before submitting your draft report.

 

Due Date: Week 3 Tuesday 11.55 pm

Weighting: 5% of ETS2 ARW

Requirements: Download the proforma from Moodle and complete the questions in the form provided using Microsoft Word. Submission: Using the drop box provided on Moodle

3. Draft Report

 

Use your proformas and the feedback from your teachers to write the Introduction and first literature review paragraph of your report. You will receive feedback on your Draft Report before the Final Report is due. It is important that you correct any errors before submitting the full report.

 

Due Date: Week 4 Tuesday 11.59 pm

Weighting: 20% of ETS2 ARW

Length: 400 words

Requirements: Based on the proformas, write the introduction and the first literature review paragraph using Microsoft Word and following the required formatting.

Submission: Using Turnitin (see the explanation below)

 

4. Final Report

 

Complete the full report (introduction, literature review, recommendations, and reference list). It is important that use feedback on your draft report to make improvements and correct any errors before submitting the full report.

 

Due Date: Week 5 Wednesday 5.00 pm

Weighting: 35% of ETS2 ARW

Length: 1000 words

Requirements: Complete the full report (introduction, literature review, recommendations, and reference list) using Microsoft Word and following the required formatting.

Submission: Using Turnitin (see the explanation below)

Late submissions will be penalised 10% of the total mark for each day late.

 

TURNITIN

 

Your draft report and final report assessments should be submitted through Turnitin on Moodle. Turnitin is a software program which compares your work with the submissions of other students, as well as a database of thousands of articles, student assignments and online sources.

 

Submissions that return a similarity of above 20% due to poor paraphrasing will be penalised. Paraphrasing and correct referencing are important. Submissions that show a similarity of 15% or above with another student’s work will be investigated for collusion. It is important that you have produced your own work. Submissions that do not have a high similarity rate through Turnitin but that are found to contain significant plagiarism or collusion will be similarly penalised.

 

If a high similarity is detected on Turnitin, it is possible to edit your work and resubmit through Turnitin, as long as the resubmission is before the due time. The last version you submit will be the version that is graded by your teacher.