Assignment 1 & 2
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Assignment 1 forms the construct upon which the Research Report of Assignment 2. Each assignment will be primarily assessed on the student�s proficiency in describing and explaining the skills required for each of the relevant stages of the scientific research process. Each assignment contributes in part to a total understanding of the scientific research process, from initial definition of the research problem, generation of research questions and hypotheses, to verification of the research hypotheses and validation of the research results for final conclusion(s) and completion of the selected research topic. Typically such a scientific research process can have long duration (e.g. several months or years). Consequently, the overall objective of these 2 assignments is simply for the student to give a comprehensive, well structured, and methodical approach, with adequate supporting literature references, on HOW the particular selected research topic needs to be researched, with specific reference to the research problem, research questions, research hypotheses, research methodology and validation, including theoretical and empirical examples throughout all the stages of the scientific research process. The student is NOT expected to conduct actual research in the selected topic.
Students may select ANY research topic for completion of their assignments. However, in accordance with the required adherence to specific ethical considerations in conducting certain research, the student is required to submit a one-page summary Research IDEA that only includes the proposed Research Topic as a title, and a short synopsis of WHAT is intended to be researched. Submittal of the summary Research Proposal should be in weeks 3 or 4 lecture time. The course convenor will assess each Research idea from the perspective of whether the student will be able to adequately complete the 2 assignments in the allotted time frame.
Although group discussion of the scientific research process is encouraged for students to fully understand the required rigour of completing the assignments on their selected research topic, students must complete each assignment on their own to allow for individual assessment. Before starting this assignment read the Assessment Marking Criteria on the following page. Each assignment must be presented in typical report format. Read the following Assignment 1 Task and respond in the format of a typical formal report.
Students must present supporting material from at LEAST four (4) relevant references which include academic journal articles (minimum requirement). Your assignment must present your own work and will be checked for duplication of other authored material.
Assignment 1 Task
Assignment 1 relates to the Research Proposal stage of the scientific research process and includes course learning material introduced in Weeks 1 through to 6, covering topics such
Research project design.
Research topic and problem.
The appropriate logical reasoning approach
Research questions and hypotheses to be tested.
Write a formal report describing in detail Why and HOW your particular selected research topic needs to be researched, including appropriate theoretical and empirical examples
explaining your approach to identifying the research problem, conducting a literature review and assessment, adopting the appropriate logical reasoning approach, generating
specific research questions, formulating research hypotheses (if applicable. Do not give details of your research methodology in this Assignment Task, but only an outline of
what is intended.