Professional Enquiry

Professional Enquiry

Assessment 1

Assessment task:

This assessment will be made up of a short written submission which will be peer assessed. Questions to be addressed:


1       Is my area of research worthy of investigation?
2       Have I got good research topic?
3       Have I done critical litreture review
4       Can I explain the different research paradigms and philosophies?
5       What approach do I use  (Case study, Descriptive, etc)? Have I considered ethical and legal issues in relation to gathering data for my research?
6       How will I justify my data collection methods and sampling (observations, interviews, etc)?
7       Do I use quantative or qualitative data (or both)?
8       Could I explain the difference between independent and dependent variables if asked to do so?
9       What are the access issues I should be considering? Am I clear on how I will analyse my data?
10  Have I planned the research work (e.g GANT chart, SPSS, Nvivo) so it will be successful. Have I mitigated the risks?



The sessions from weeks 1 -10 will provide opportunities to present and share thoughts on each of these areas.

Your work should be presented in report format and your answers should be short and succinct.


Weighting: 60%


Date/time/method of submission: Week 10 in the seminar for peer review then through Turnitin – Date TBC


Word count or equivalent: 1200 words


Assessment criteria:

Clarity of thought;

Topic suitability for investigation;

Use of literature;

Appropriateness of methods for investigating the selected topic


Marking scheme:

See appendices 1



Timing and methods of feedback (eg written, oral, group, individual, other):

Formative feedback will be provided on a weekly basis. Summative marking will take place in week 10 and will be conducted in the seminar session as a peer review activity. All work with comments will be submitted into the Turnitin area for tutor and external moderation.

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