If there is anything that you do not understand about this assignment brief once you have read it fully, or you have any concerns about it, please contact the Module Leader immediately. Their name and contact details are at the top of this brief.
This assignment is an opportunity for you to develop your academic voice through the creation of a research project proposal and a piece of reflective writing on the development process.
The main purpose of this assignment is for you to create a project plan for a major research project. You may want to consider a topic that could be used for your 7020MAPA Research and Practice Portfolio, but this is not required.
|Your submission will also include a brief reflective essay that critically reflects on your process.
1. Research project plan;
2. A 500 word critical reflection of the development of your researcher identity in relation to your defined topic.
Research Proposal Required Elements and Approximate Word Counts:
(proposal should be 2000 – 2500 words in total, not including the Works Cited, Schedule, or
• Title of project
• Thesis statement
• Abstract (200 – 300)
• Research context/background (500 – 700)
• Research questions (100)
• Methodologies (400 – 500)
• Ethical considerations (100)
• Importance/significance of research (200 – 300)
• 3 month schedule of work
• Dissemination options (100 – 200)
• Works Cited in the proposal (APA format)
• Bibliography of relevant sources (APA format)
Critical Reflection Piece:
• 500 words critically reflecting on the process of creating a major research proposal and situating your researcher identity in relation to your topic
• Consider how your subjectivity might impact your project’s potential outcome
|Module Learning Outcomes||
Assessed in this assignment?
|LO1:||Consider the embodied and sensory concerns of the researcher (e.g. sensory, kinaesthetic, affective) and the wider socio-political and global world in which contemporary methods sit||Yes|
|LO2||Know how to use practical tools ethically and understand their place in a wider context that ask the researcher to make decisions about representation (of self and other), and respond accordingly||Yes|
|LO3||Work at different cognitive levels that show an understanding of the practical, ethical, and abstract/theoretical thought, and negotiate these in line with your developing researcher identity||Yes|
|LO4||Demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge industry and how this is informed by digital contexts||Yes|
|LO5||Understand the principles and practices of professional uses of digital methods to disseminate ideas||Yes|
You will find full details of how these Learning Outcomes will be assessed by this assignment in the marking rubric at the end of this brief. You should read this as it explains how submitted work achieves certain grades. It will be useful in preparing your assignment as well as in understanding your feedback.
Marking Process and Feedback
All work will be graded by Melissa Avdeeff and subject to a moderation process. You will be assessed based on the standard to which you complete the learning objectives of the module, in tandem with the Coventry University graduate grading scale descriptions.
The ethical issues associated with this assignment brief will be covered during the module teaching and are overseen by the module staff team. The work that you will carry out on this module does not require you to obtain individual ethical clearance for your individual project. However, during discussion with your module tutor, if it is felt that individual ethical authorization is needed, you will be advised of the process and the deadline for obtaining it.
If ethical authorization is not obtained by the deadline, you will not be able to proceed with the project. If you do so without clearance, the project will not be accepted for submission, will not be marked and you may face disciplinary penalties.
For full details of the University’s policy on ethics, please click here. The CU Ethics portal can be found here.
There are standard University Assessment criteria that you can use to assist with understanding the mark you receive for this assignment.
The criteria that are specific to this assignment are as follows:
|Consider the embodied and sensory concerns of the researcher (e.g. sensory, kinaesthetic, affective) and the wider sociopolitical and global world in which contemporary methods sit
|• You critically reflect on your researcher identity, the wider socio-political positioning of your identity, and the potential impact of your subjectivities in the research process|
|Know how to use practical tools ethically and understand their place in a wider context that ask the researcher to make decisions about representation (of self and other), and
|• You consider the ethical implications of your research project, and articulate how you would conduct your work in a way that recognizes the wider contexts and structures that the work exists within
|Work at different cognitive levels that show an understanding of the practical, ethical, and abstract/theoretical thought, and negotiate these in line with your developing researcher identity
|• Content demonstrates an understanding of the module materials that goes beyond description. You make connections between texts, outside materials, and your own perspective throughout the proposal, and critical reflection.
|Demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge industry and how this is informed by digital contexts
|• Your work engages with the politics of knowledge production within
|Understand the principles and practices of professional uses of digital methods to disseminate ideas
|• Your critical reflection and project proposal are well-written and connect your experiences to research
• You identify an appropriate publicfacing option for sharing the potential outcome of your research project