Unit 7 Research Skills

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Assignment front sheet

Qualification
Unit number and title
Pearson BTEC HND Diploma in Computingwith Gaming

Unit 7 Research Skills

Student name
Assessor name

Steve Gent
Date issued
Completion date
Submitted on
22nd October 2015
26th November 2015



                                           

Assignment title
Research Skills Assignment : (1 of 1)


LO

Learning outcome
(LO)
AC
In this assessment you will have the opportunity to present evidence that shows you are able to:
Task no.

Evidence
(Page no)
LO 1
Understand different research methodologies
1.1
Demonstrating and understanding an ability to perform research
1

1.2
justify the use of a research methodology to be used for the research proposal
3

1.3
discuss the importance of both qualitative and quantitative data in research
1

1.4
explain the problems that can arise when undertaking research
1

LO 2
Know how to conduct a literature review
2.1
justify the use of research sources
2

2.2
evaluate the importance of using primary information sources
2

2.3
describe a recognised system for referencing
2

LO 3
Be able to present a research proposal
3.1
present a research proposal to a defined audience utilising appropriate survey techniques

3



3.2
discuss the role of ethics in research

3

LO 4
Be able to contribute to a research seminar
4.1
prepare an extract from the research proposal appropriate to a seminar environment

3



4.2
provide constructive feedback on proposals presented within the seminar environment.

3



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In addition to the above PASS criteria, this assignment gives you the opportunity to submit evidence in order to achieve the following MERIT and DISTINCTION grades

Grade Descriptor

Task Number

Contextualisation
M1Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solutions
1, 2
3

Report / guide makes use of good references and shows an effective approach to study
Proposal shows an effective approach to research has been applied
M2 Select/design and apply appropriate methods/techniques
1, 2
3
3
References show a range of information sources have been used
Selection of research methodology has been appropriately justified
The design of research project is appropriately justified
M3 Present and communicate appropriate findings
1
2
3
Report has an appropriate structure, is informative and well-written
Literature Review guide has an appropriate structure, is informative and well-written
Research proposal is created following an appropriate structure
D1 Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusions
1
2
3
Explanations evidence a critical appreciation of research methods and problems presented
Explanations evidence a critical appreciation of Literature Review and problems presented
Script shows that seminar feedback is used to reflect on own work and modify proposals
D2 Take responsibility for managing and organising activities
1
2
3
Interdependence of research issues is recognised and consequences synthesised and explained
The nature and extent of research topic is well-explained and shows understanding of the complex nature of research
Research proposal shows good organisation and incorporates changes to accommodate ideas to modify proposal from colleagues, showing flexibility and adaptability
D3 Demonstrate convergent/lateral/ creative thinking
1
2

3
3
Significant progress is evidenced in understanding the models and techniques of research
Review guide show comprehensive understanding of research problems and provides workable solutions
Receptiveness to new ideas and concepts in seminars is evident
Innovative and creative thought is applied

Please note that only one characteristic per grade descriptor, M1, M2, M3, D1, D2, D3 is required.


Assignment brief
Unit number and title
Unit 7 Research Skills
Qualification
Pearson BTEC HND Diploma in Computing with Gaming
Start date
22nd October 2015
Deadline/hand-in
26th November 2015
Assessor
Steve Gent

Assignment title
Research Skills Assessment
Purpose of this assignment

The purpose of this unit is to: develop research skills. To equip learners with the knowledge and research skills needed to select a research question, and design a research proposal for a chosen topic of interest.




Task 1- Research Methodologies


Learning
Outcome
Assessment criteria for Pass
The learner can:

LO1
Understand different research methodologies
1.1     assess different research methodologies

1.3 discuss the importance of both qualitative and quantitative data in research

1.4 explain the problems that can arise when undertaking research

Introduction


Research is undertaken in a range of disciplines and is quite prevalent in domains such as medicine, science and academia. Research is paramount in terms of establishing what has been experienced and discovered in the past, relating this to current studies in the field, and providing some sort of hypothesis or prediction for the future.  Research involves the exploration of a range of primary and secondary sources of information.  From these sources, conclusions can be drawn regarding a particular question or theory that may need to be investigated and tested. Submitting a research proposal, may be based upon these original findings, and through the adoption of a research methodology, new discoveries could be unearthed and recorded. There are a number of elements that contribute to research.  These can include the application of a research methodology that will determine how the research is conducted and also whether it will be of a qualitative or quantitative nature. The research question should spearhead the studies and provide a focus on a specific area, idea, concept or development. (Edexcel HN Unit specification)


Scenario
You are newly employed by a long established software house.   A new project is being envisaged which will require expertise to be gained in new, cutting-edge areas of design and use of unfamiliar technology.  You are tasked with researching a novel approach to one aspect of design, examining current academic knowledge on the topic and then assessing the impact upon a wide group of clients. 

 

          Write a management report that will explain the different types and methodologies of research, their techniques, methods, collection characteristics and outcomes

Notes for Task 1

Your script should approach the following topics:

Research types and methodologies: typeseg experimental research, survey research, evaluative research, observational research, developmental research; applied versus fundamental research.
Data collection: methods eg primary and secondary data collection, observatory, experimental.
Research pitfalls: problems eg dependency and access to information sources, time, money, expertise, introduction of bias, the Hawthorne Effect, the Halo Effect
Types of data: qualitative eg ‘information rich and data poor’; quantitative eg statistical analysis techniques, ratios.

Task 2 - Literature Review


Learning
Outcome
Assessment criteria for Pass
The learner can:

LO1
Know how to conduct a literature review
2.1 justify the use of research sources

2.2 evaluate the importance of using primary
information sources

2.3 describe a recognised system for referencing

Introduction

“A key aspect of almost all research projects is the completion of a literature review.  Saying it that way makes it seem simple, which is often less the case the further up the education system you go.  Typically, however, a literature review involves or assists the achievement of four things.  First, as the words imply, a literature review is a critical analysis of the existing literature on your proposed research subject.  Second, carrying out a literature review can be a significant help in the process of clarifying and framing research questions as you find out what has been done (and not done) prior to your research.  Third, an often hidden aspect of the literature review is a comparative account of the suitability, advantages and disadvantages of the particular research methodologies that were chosen in the past and are currently being considered in order to research a particular topic.  In many ways, therefore, a literature review is an important ‘ground-clearing’ exercise during a research project.”  - Birley, G. and Moreland, N. A Practical Guide to Academic Research, p80, (1998), Kogan Page, London


Scenario
The software house you are employed by is considering a new application for fell walkers.  The application would enable a group of walkers to use mobile phone devices to keep in touch.  Functions such as notifying the group leader if a member strays further than one kilometre from the main group or enabling ‘lost’ members to be shown a direction to go on a map are being considered.  Several design decisions rely on current state-of-the-art knowledge and it is decided that reviews of current literature must be undertaken before research can begin.

Select a topic from the list below.  Create an appropriate structure for a literature review in your topic area. Your task is to populate the structure with a comprehensive guide to completing the review.  The guide should examine the categories and availability of information sources in your topic area, identifying benefits and drawbacks for chosen examples.  You should include a discussion on accuracy and validity of information.  Finally, you will need to critically review the framework you have chosen and justify your referencing method.

Topics:
Native mobile applications vs. web-based applications
Comparison of GPS vs. mobile cell triangulation
Smart phone vs. Dumb phone
Mobile phone network choice and reliability
Choices for short to medium range communication
Marketing opportunities for closed-group communication systems


Task 3 - Applied Research Skills


Learning
Outcome
Assessment criteria for Pass
The learner can:

LO1
Understand different research methodologies
1.2 justify the use of a research methodology to be used for the research project
LO3
Be able to present a research proposal
3.1 present a research proposal to a defined audience utilising appropriate survey techniques
3.2 discuss the role of ethics in research
LO4
Be able to contribute to a research seminar
4.1 prepare an extract from the research proposal appropriate to a seminar environment.
4.2 provide constructive feedback on proposals presented within the seminar environment.

 

 

Introduction


Invariably, the resulting quality of a research project will be underpinned by the thoroughness of preparation.  The evidence of good preparation will be found in the completion of a high-quality Research Proposal. 

Scenario
The scenario for this task is somewhat different from other assessments.  By its nature, research is an individual project, delving into areas undefined by existing structures and usually derived from personal interest or experience.  Successful research may be commissioned by an employer, academic institution, charity, political pressure group or even through personal initiative.  In most cases, the level of success will depend on the preparation, in much the same way as a large scale IT development depends on critical feasibility analysis.  The preparation phase for a research project involves the creation of a research proposal and the subsequent publication and discussions to refine the proposal.

 

You are required to create a research proposal for an individual research project.  The final proposal should be sufficiently developed to enable an employer or academic institution to evaluate the benefit of proceeding with research project, but you will not be required to actually proceed with the project itself.



Your tasks will be phased:

1 Develop and create a research proposal for a chosen topic.  You will need to identify a suitable research question, choose and justify a methodology appropriate to the area of research and write the proposal in an appropriate format. (7.1.2, 7.3.2) – by Thursday, 12th November 2015

2 Prepare and present an extract from your proposal to your colleagues.  Record and acknowledge feedback from your group (7.3.1, 7.4.1) on Thursday, 12th November 2015 and Thursday, 19th November 2015

3 Contribute to the seminars of others in your group (7.4.2).

4 Review and rewrite your proposal taking comments and feedback into account.  Hand in date Thursday, 26th November 2015

Notes

In completing your assessment you should refer to the assessment criteria shown and to grading opportunities shown on the header sheet.


Achievement Summary


Qualification
Pearson BTEC HND Diploma in Computing with Gaming

Assessor name

Steve Gent

Unit Number and title
Unit 7 : Research Skills

Student name

Criteria Reference
To achieve the criteria the evidence must show that the student is able to:
Achieved ?
(tick)
LO 1
Understand different research methodologies


1.1
assess different research methodologies

1.2
justify the use of a research methodology to be used for the research proposal

1.3
discuss the importance of both qualitative and quantitative data in research

1.4
explain the problems that can arise when undertaking research

LO 2
Know how to conduct a literature review

2.1
justify the use of research sources

2.2
evaluate the importance of using primary information sources

2.3
describe a recognised system for referencing

LO 3
Be able to present a research proposal


3.1
present a research proposal to a defined audience utilising appropriate survey techniques

3.2
discuss the role of ethics in research

LO 4
Be able to contribute to a research seminar.

4.1
prepare an extract from the research proposal appropriate to a seminar environment

4.2
provide constructive feedback on proposals presented within the seminar environment.






Higher Grade achievements (where applicable)


Grade descriptor


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Grade descriptor

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M1: Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solutions



D1: Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusions


M2: Select / design and apply appropriate methods / techniques


D2: Take responsibility for managing and organising activities


M3: Present and communicate appropriate findings


D3: Demonstrate convergent /lateral /  creative thinking



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