Type: Assignment - Written Assignment
Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Due Dates: 17:00 (5pm), 26 October 2015
Word Limit: 2000 to 2500
Researching health and social issues is extremely important to our work. Effective research means we can bring about change for our clients at a much wider level than our daily practice often allows. The findings, results, and conclusions can lead to practical recommendations for practitioners, policy-makers, and the community. It can result in genuine changes at an individual, community, organisational and policy level. It therefore provides practitioners with great opportunities to make a wide-ranging difference. However, to conduct research, we need to have a good grasp of research methods and start by writing a proposal. The skills you develop through this process will be directly transferable to practice.
To develop your skills in research, this assessment requires you to write a research proposal on your topic of choice, covering the following points:
Background (incorporating a concise literature review)
Aims of the study
Significance and innovation of the proposed study
Expected outcomes / implications for practice
Research plan: Methodology (including sampling, data collection, and data analysis)
Administration of the research (including resource requirements / budget, timetable)
Note: Although replication studies are a valuable approach to research, a research proposal for an original study is needed for this assignment in order to demonstrate your knowledge of research methods.
Also, while it is acceptable and even expected that your question/topic will develop over the course of the semester you cannot completely change topics between assignments without prior approval of your lecturer.
You will not be required to implement this research proposal. However, you are encouraged to choose a topic that is relevant to your current or future work practice. Masters/Honours students may use this proposal to prepare for their thesis.
Students are strongly encouraged to talk with their student colleagues and the course convenor to develop a research topic into a feasible, relevant study. This is because it is extremely difficult to develop a well-thought, plausible research proposal without discussion with others about it.
Material will be provided in your study guide and on [email protected]
, which will assist you in completing the research proposal.
Criteria & Marking:
Criteria for assessment:
Literature review is integrated into the research proposal well with clear links made between the research topic and practice (8 marks)
Methodology is appropriate to the research aims and demonstrates an understanding of all relevant aspects including sampling, data collection and data analysis methods (16 marks)
Ethical issues are clearly identified and ways of satisfactorily addressing the ethical concerns are described (12 marks)
Research process is realistically considered within organisational and social context (8 marks)
Academic standards of writing and referencing (6 marks)
Papers will be marked individually and electronically and will be returned to students via [email protected]
Feedback will also be provided to the group as a whole on the course site.
The assignment must be submitted through Turn-It-In on [email protected]
This is a text matching system that will alert you and the convenor to possible incidences of plagiarism. Academic integrity is taken seriously and consequences of plagiarising are significant. As such, you are strongly encouraged to submit a draft to Turn-It-In to check, prior to submitting the final copy of your assignment. Tipsheets on using Turn-It-In are available under the Student Help section in [email protected]
Rubric - Assessment 3 - Research proposal
Helping you prepare for Assessment Four
File Assessment 4 Research Proposal Tip Sheet.pdf (87.308 KB)
File Statistics for beginners.pdf (107.445 KB)
Attached is a tipsheet to help you write your research proposal.
Stephen Lewis-Driver has kindly prepared the attached Statistics for Beginners tip sheet to help you get started with statistics. It should answer all your questions, but if you would like more (including maths basics), check out the Maths and Science Basics folder in HERBIE (Health Resources Bank).
The following links will take you to assignment calculators that will help you plan the assessment process to ensure your research proposal is finished on time:
Assignment planning calculator through Massey University
Assignment calculator through Queensland University of Technology
Example Research Proposals
In this folder, you will see examples of a range of different research proposals. As they were developed for different purposes (funding applications, post-grad study applications etc), the format and word length varies.
Submitting your assignment
The following brief resources on Turn-It-In will assist you with completing the assignment and should be referred to:
submitting your assignment
viewing your originality report
viewing your marked assessment
Please contact Library and IT Help if you experience technical problems when submitting.
Draft Research Proposal
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Final Research Proposal
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