A. Report Layout
The mini research report must contain the following sections, submitted in the order as listed below-
- Title Page – selection of an informative title
- Abstract- summarization of the significant concepts in the study focusing on key aspects (major results and conclusions)
- Table of Contents.
- Introduction – outline of thethesis, problem, question, etc. (stating the thesis/theory in terms of relationship among variables and examining the problem or investigating the question, or the like) and preview of the structure of the paper.
- Literature Review- demonstration of the ability to find significant sources, familiarity with the existing body of knowledge, analysis of existing research, and learning through a careful reading of existing scholarship.
- Methods (and Methodology)- procedures and processesyou intend to follow in your investigation/study including the research design– study type, research question, hypotheses, variables, and data collection methods (as applicable)..
- Discussion– bring together your ideas from both the methodology and literature review. Why is your methodology being proposed for gathering data to answer the research question? What are the limitations of your methodology? Will there by internal/external validity threats? How may the results of your study possibly lead to further research? And any other points you feel relevant.
- Conclusion –briefly restate the research highlighting the implicationsof your findings
B. Reflective Journal
You are required to produce a Reflective Journal that has been ongoing and progressive in terms of reporting ideas developed and other findings for the purposes of the research work.
For this part of the assignment, write up a Reflective Journal of all work relating to your research topic and research idea as you have progressed through on a weekly basis, based on your weekly work/exercises in Part B of your Tutorial-Workshops from weeks 1-10.
A Reflective Journal is a tool that allows students to reflect on and write about their progress in their learning. They can identify and reflect on success and challenges. Its purpose is:
- To record the development of your ideas and insights through the weekly exercises
- To reflect on your own learning process
- To analyze and discuss key issues covered by class work and/or readings
In other words, a Reflective Journal is a personal record of your progress and your developments in thinking about a subject or a topic. Although it’s a more informal style of writing than other academic assignments, you now need to submit it as regular entries developed over a period of time- from week 1 till week 10. Your reflective journal forms the basis of your research report.
Consider the following when writing a reflective journal:
- Describe events and your experience on weekly basis (weeks 1-10 based on the Tutorial-Workshops Part B) – What did I do/hear/see?
- Interpret and evaluate the events from your perspective – What do I think about it now? How does it relate to other things that I know?
- Explain your experience- reveal your new insights, connections with other learning, your hypotheses, and your conclusions.
- Have I changed how I think about the situation? How have I used these to help organize my writing?
Create individual weekly headings to reflect on and add a brief conclusion on the reflections at the end, all as suggested above.
C. Ethics Application
Include a fully completed ethics application in your submission. Refer to the lecture slides from week 7 for details of how to complete each section and to tutorial 7 for the links to the appropriate documentation