|Module Title:||Integrated Management Research Project||Module Code:|
|Assignment Format & Maximum Word count||Annotated bibliography||Assignment Weighting:||20%|
|Coursework Submission:||Coursework feedback & marks–||Normally within 4 weeks of submission|
|Module leader||Dr||First marker||Individual tutor team|
|Internal Moderator||Approved ☐|
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|External Examiner||Approved ☐|
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|Module eligible for an extension on submission date (subject to UPRs)||yes|
|Learning Outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding tested in this assignment:|
|Critically engage with the literature relevant to their selected area of research. Structure their theoretical understandings to enhance their research proposal and then develop this further into a professional integrated research project; .|
|Learning Outcomes: Skills and Attributes tested in this assignment:|
|Create a professional management document, demonstrating their ability to self-manage their research while working professionally with a tutor Appraise and apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout their programme to independently produce a research project in an integrative and original manner;|
|Feedback /Marking criteria for this Assignment|
|Performance will be assessed using HBS Grading Criteria (Rubric) Feedback for improvement will be given in writing via your Canvas module site within 4 weeks of submission Lateness Penalty: For each day or part day up to five days after the published deadline, coursework relating to modules submitted late will have the numeric grade reduced by 10 grade points until or unless the numeric grade reaches the minimum pass mark (UG 40/PG 50). Where the numeric grade awarded for the assessment is less than the minimum pass mark no lateness penalty will be applied. If the coursework is submitted more than 5 days after the published deadline, it will not be marked and a grade of zero will be awarded. Please note: Referred coursework submitted after the published deadline will be awarded a grade of zero (0).” Extensions: Students do not have an automatic right to an extension. If you require an extension, this must be requested in advance of the submission deadline. Please give your reason(s) for needing an extension. Criteria Marks(out of 100) Comments Accurate Referencing and overall appearance 10 You must include your question/research title, State the word count for your written text, ( actual references not included as part of the word count))Use your ID and not your nameReferences strictly comply with CASE Harvard. The assessment is written clearly, to a good standard of English, with correct spelling and grammar and follows the guidelines provided.A recap of your aims and objectives. None of this section should be included in your word count Student guidance for completing this section; Completion of this section is vital so the marker can understand your topic and research objectives. If, through further reading, you wish to refine your topic/research objectives a little, then this is acceptable at this stage and this should form the basis of the information given on your front page. Please remember this assignment is written in a report structure. Use the exemplars available on the canvas site to support your preparation. . Usefulness, relevance, and quality of research sources selected and used 10 This is our judgement based on the link between your bibliography, your question, your aims and your objectives and the overall quality of the articles selected where quality refers to (a) their relevance to the topic and (b) the quality of the underlying academic research being used (peer reviewed- number of citations etc). Remember we all have bias – political, moral, social, economic and you may encounter some of these biases in the articles you read and perhaps select. Do not be afraid to make this clear in your annotations. Student guidance for completing this section. As you work through this section and the next two, the markers are looking for evidence of high quality, useful, current, relevant reading. All sources used must be of good academic quality and be within a reasonably current date range.Your reading must be relevant to topic and current and the quality of your sources must be very good (peer reviewed through high level of citations)Where there is some bias (moral, political, social etc.) then please acknowledge this and explain the level of caution you are treating it with in your overall reading.We are expecting you to link each of the articles, chosen for this assignment, in a way that enables your tutors to understand the direction your research is taking. Only in this way can they offer you useful advise for your future assessments.This clarity also, has a big impact on the grade in the this sectionUnanswered questions, that the next stage of your research might address, are identified. The evident link between the articles collected and written about and how these relate to your question 50 Your annotated bibliography should examine each source identified based on its relationship to your topic; its relevance, and where applicable provides links between references ( see comment above) However, some articles may stand alone but provide important and relevant information and thus deserve to be included here. We evaluate the literature you have identified and determine how well that literature tells a story which is linked to your question. We want a clear story that sells to us the logic of your question and the potential for you to answer your question. Student guidance for completing this section; This is an incredibly high scoring section of the assignment and is therefore one you must address well and fully. As you work through this section and the next two, the markers are looking for evidence of high quality, useful, current, relevant reading. Your annotations must be close to your topic and relate to the objectives you have set for the module. Distant reading will result in substantial loss of marks.All sources used must be of good academic quality and be within a reasonably current date range.Your annotations should flow in a natural order so that there is a logical, coherent flow of discussion which explores your objectives clearly, tying the annotation to the relevant objectiveThe order in which you present your articles should align with the expect order in which you hope your story will develop A summary of the story evidenced in your research 15 While the bibliography provided is presented using the Harvard style it is not presented alphabetically. We now expect you to summarise, in your own words, what this research has revealed about your question – a summary of your findings from the literature identified. Student guidance for completing this section; This section allows you to reach a natural conclusion of what you have found out in your research at this point in time and what it is telling you about your objectives. It will also highlight what information you are missing and have yet to find Offer a clear discussion which should read as an executive summary highlighting key findings on what your research has revealed to this point in time.Highlight briefly gaps in your research (note that this section and the critical reflection are closely linked) Critical Reflection 15 You are now approximately halfway through this journey. Your knowledge base has grown significantly. We ask that you provide some critical analysis and reflection on your choices above as a final paragraph. Consider, for instance, if you have actually done enough to get you to the end of this assessment and if not, what action you might want to undertake to be better informed for your next step. Remember to use your annotated sources to point in the direction you expect to go Student guidance for completing this section; Your final paragraph in the previous section has explored your summary and gaps in your research. Use this section to critically review your progress to date and what actions you need to undertake to fulfil your objectives Update and include your GANTT chart from your last assignment, making any changes necessary, but including more specific information that is missing and needs gathering for you to complete your research project.Ensure your discussion below the GANTT chart offers sufficient detail so the marker understands what you intend to do moving forward. Explore (through timed tasks) how you will source the information you need. Will this take extra data analysis time? Reflect on choices made to date and explore whether things have worked out as expected. What could you do differently moving forward? How will you bring yourself back on track to complete?Remember you are working to our timeline for the delivery of your next assignment – so your GANTT chart here and in your previous assignment must fit in the full list of assignment dates|
|Detailed Brief for Individual Assessment|
|Assignment Title: Annotated Bibliography An annotated bibliography can have many different meanings, but basically it is a list of references (citations) of articles, books and other contributing items or documents that inform your research. Each cited articles is followed by a brief 150-200 word descriptive and evaluative paragraph. This paragraph is the annotation. The purpose of this exercise is for you to demonstrate your ability to locate a good selection of relevant resources and to describe them concisely, using your words, but in addition to succinctly analyse their contribution to your research. For this assignment we require you to provide a comprehensive list of the sources which have, and will, inform your research project. Each source should be fully referenced using Harvard. The core of your work will be brief “annotations” for each reference which describe the content of your source and summarise its main argument. We expect your work to demonstrate, at this point in time, your knowledge of the subject area, from a variety of perspectives, which inform your research question. Please ensure as you prepare this assignment that your annotations follow a logical sequence, where they either; Naturally link together as you write your annotations (so subsequent annotations build on your discussion/findings and/or; They naturally tie back to your set objectives and you clearly make this link within the annotation. This assignment gives you the opportunity to explain the links between the different sources you are using. This is not simply a collection of research articles – it is a collection that : will give us a clear indication of your level of knowledge of the subject area of your researchDemonstrates that you have acquired good research skillsDemonstrates your ability to create an argument and to be able to critically evaluate that argument and its role in your research projectIndicates the relevance of your sources and why they are relevant and RELIABLE and thus suitable for this research question. This is your opportunity to explain and link more fully the literature you choose for your proposal and perhaps explain why some literature used in your proposal was not appropriate. In the process we expect you to add, many, new and relevant research sources which you consider inform your research project and point to your next steps (i.e. those elements of your research question which has not been answered by the sources covered here and which need some additional research from your secondary data) Some of your research may demonstrate biases in existing research which you want/need to avoid. This is now the framework from which your data collection and data analysis will flow. It will form, and inform, your next assignment and your final presentation and should indicate to your tutors, the direction you plan to follow with your data. Finish with a paragraph setting out your overall conclusions based on what your learned from the articles provided and specifically, how these have informed your future direction ( data collection and data relevance) NOTES FOR GUIDANCE; Be wary of plagiarism and recognise what this is. Be sure to use your own words. Do not copy and paste information directly from a sourceExplain how each source selected is relevant to your research and how it develops your thinkingMake sure you choose reliable sources, this is the first check for relevance – so check for author’s credentials, Check the nature of the publication from which your source is taken – another check for relevanceCheck the date of source, remembering that you are researching now and much previous research may be out of date. However, some very old sources may still have relevance to differentiate between old and irrelevant.Finally, we evaluate overall relevance based on how appropriate each source informs your research. Finish with a paragraph setting out your overall conclusions based on what your learned from the articles provided And specifically, how these have informed your future direction ( data collection and data relevance)|
|Academic Integrity, Plagiarism and Essay Mills|
|You are NOT allowed to copy any information into your assignment without using quotation marks and a reference – this is ‘plagiarism’ (a type of academic misconduct). You are NOT allowed to copy from other students (or allow other students to copy from you) – this is ‘collusion’. You are NOT allowed to copy from your own assignments on other modules – this is ‘self-plagiarism’. You must NEVER buy assignments from websites (essay mills) – this is called ‘contract cheating’ and it is now illegal in the UK. If you commit academic misconduct, your mark will be reduced, and you will face disciplinary action for repeat offences.|
|Student Support and Guidance|
|For further help on module content and assignment details, contact your Module Leader in his or her drop-in / office hours or by email. Use the Learning Outcomes and HBS Grading Criteria (Rubric) to help inform you of the expectations of the assessment. Use CASE (Centre for Academic Skills Enhancement) website resources: http://go.herts.ac.uk/CASE . Attend CASE workshops and drop-ins to develop academic skills to meet HBS expectations (see timetable on CASE website homepage or drop-in to CASE in L064, in the LRC).Visit the Academic English for Business Programme Site for tips on developing your academic English and contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.For help with Turnitin, look for the “Check your work (Turnitin Originality Report)” practice assignment in the Assignment section of all of your modules. For help with understanding plagiarism and how to make changes to your assignment, contact email@example.com.Use the Online Library to access quality business information resources:Library Search will help you find books, journal articles and more.Use the Subject Toolkit for Business to access to industry standard databases. Use Library SkillUP for guidance for searching and referencing. Get help: use SkilIUP module chat, visit the Study Success Hub, or book an 1:1 with a librarian.|
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