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1 UNIT HANDBOOK 2018/2019 Unit Title Negotiated Research Unit Number 6G6Z9001 Version Sept v1.0 Credits 60 Level 6 Unit Leader & Contact Details Paul Ashby PAshby@UCENmcr.tmc.ac.uk 0161 674 3173 Programme Award Title BSc (Hons) Business Computing with IT BSc (Hons) Network Administration with Cloud Computing BSc (Hons) Network Security with Penetration Testing BSc (Hons) Software Development Academic Year 2018/2019 Start Date 17th September 2018 End Date 24th May 2019 Hand in Dates Week Commencing 26/11/18 & 03/12/18 Presentations on Projects 11/01/2019 Part 1 Research Project Assignment (LR) 26/04/2019 Part 2 Research Project Dissertation (NR) Week Commencing 06/05/2019 & 13/05/2019 Poster Presentations Failed Assessment If the assessment submissions have failed then a resit attempt may be offered and will be capped unless (EF) Exceptional Factors has been claimed for and accepted by the EF Board prior to exam board. Hand in Date: 26th July 2019 2 Unit Details & Outline Unit Title Negotiated Research Unit Code 6G6Z9001 Unit Occurrence(s) 9 Unit Abbreviation NEGRESEARCH Level of Study Level 6 Credit Value 60 ECTS Value 30 Home Department School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology Home Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering Unit Co-ordinator Paul Ashby Key Words Extended Piece of Research. Independent approach. Critical, analytical and evaluative Unit Description Brief Summary This unit will enable students to further develop general and discipline specific knowledge and skills through extended research activity. After consultation and agreement with the tutors, the students will be required to undertake a Literature Review in the area of their choosing within the context of the programme studied; formulate a research proposal with research question/s and carry out the research as proposed. Indicative Content The unit will encompass an independent approach to academic study, enabling each student to demonstrate their ability to apply critical, analytical and evaluative skills to a selected area of the programme, and to present their findings in accordance with the academic and discipline specific conventions. It situates research and research activity within the context of the relevant discipline. This will be achieved by conducting an appropriate literature review in the area which they wish to research, and the production of a research proposal and the completion of primary or secondary research in the context of the discipline The unit is largely self-directed , however, at all stages there is dedicated, timely and targeted tutor input in order to further facilitate the students informed engagement with the research process including ethical considerations and ongoing practice of reflective and critical thinking . The Unit begins with the tutor-supervised planning process when each student will be allocated a supervisor. Initially students attend a number of taught sessions where they are 3 given general advice and guidance on beginning the process of researching and its ethical implications. Once the initial plans are agreed there will be ongoing, scheduled student -tutor engagement to ensure that the process is supported and progressing to research plan. Students will meet with their individual supervisor on a regular basis to discuss and review the research process in relation to aims, objectives, research strategies, research methods and conventions. The areas of study will include: Developing a critical approach to reading for research Developing styles of writing and communication appropriate to research at Honours degree level Awareness of ethical issues of writing at Honours degree level Understanding the requirements for original contribution to knowledge within Honours degree study, including practical and ethical issues of completion of research Understanding how to develop an academic argument Learning Outcomes Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit students will be able to: 1. Critically apply research skills, techniques and conventions in the context of the selected aspect/s of the discipline and practice 2. Critique relevant literature, and competing theoretical perspectives underpinning the selected practice research area 3. Justify all project decisions through judgements based on academic and practice based contexts 4. Evaluate critically the strengths and limitations of research carried out both by themselves and others 5. Communicate research findings through personal initiative, self directed plans and ongoing reflection of the progress. Assessment Summative Assessment Element Type Weighting Learning outcomes assessed E1 Production of a Critical Literature Review in the chosen area 25% 2 E2 The design and presentation of a research proposal which reflects the outcomes of the Literature Review 25% 1,3,4,5 E3 Production of an extended piece of original negotiated research, reflecting the objectives of the research proposal 50% 1,2,3,4,5 4 Employability & Sustainability Outcomes Outcomes Element of Assessment Employability Apply skills of critical analysis to real world situations within a defined range of contexts. (E) 1,2 and 3 Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism. (E) 2 and 3 Express ideas effectively and communicate information appropriately and accurately using a range of media including ICT. (E) 1,2 and 3 Manage their professional development reflecting on progress and taking appropriate action. (E) 1,2 and 3 Find, evaluate, synthesise and use information from a variety of sources. (E) 1,2 and 3 Articulate an awareness of the social and community contexts within their disciplinary field. (S) 1,2 and 3 Sustainability Articulate an awareness of the social and community contexts within their disciplinary field. (S) 1,2 and 3 Use systems and scenario thinking. 1,2 and 3 Engage with stakeholder/interdisciplinary perspectives. 1,2 and 3 Description of each element of Assessment To reflect the size of this Unit the assessment strategy will involve ongoing, targeted and timely formative assessment and a final project with three staged separate parts within it. In terms of formative assessment, the students work will be reviewed by tutors during the course of the research by reference to the learning outcomes and assessment criteria. In terms of summative assessment : Element 1 will consist of a Literature review, assessed against the specific learning outcomes and assessment criteria, and be weighted at 25% of the final mark. [Equivalent to 3,000 words] Element 2 will include a 15 minute presentation, with questions, of the Research proposal which will be assessed against the established criteria, and will be weighted at 25% of the final grade. Element 3, the final submission, will be assessed against the production of the research project based on the negotiated research proposal weighted at 50% of the total grade for the Unit. The format of the final submission will be negotiated with the tutor. [Equivalent to 7,000 words] Mandatory Learning & Teaching Requirements N/a Minimum Pass Mark N/a 5 Learning Activities Breakdown of Student Learning Activity Type of Activity % Summative Assessment 25% Directed Study 25% Student-centred Learning 50% Learning Resources Books recommended for purchase by students Cottrell, S. (2011) Critical thinking skills: developing effective analysis and argument. 2nd Ed., Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Walliman, N. (2011) Your research project: designing and planning your work. 3rd ed., London: Sage. Essential Reading/ Resources Gray, D. E. (2013) Doing research in the real world. 3rd ed., London: Sage. Hart, C. (1998) Doing a literature review. London: Sage. Olsen, W. (2011) Data collection. London: Sage. Further Reading/ Resources Subject-specific resources will be identified by the Tutor which relate to the area of work being undertaken Specialist ICTS Resources Not applicable Additional Requirements Not applicable Administration JACS Code HESA Academic Cost Centre 121 Date of Approval 15 June 2015 Date of Most Recent Consideration 15 June 2015 Unit External Examiner TBA Unit Assessment Board CMDT Tier 1 Boards 6 Week-By-Week Delivery Scheme Week No W/C Session Date Activity Topic 1 17/09/2018 Induction Week / Refreshers Week Introduction to programme of study and College procedures and Policies. 2 24/09/2018 Lecture/workshop Introduction to Reflective practice Importance of a Learning Journal Models of reflection 3 01/10/2018 Lecture/workshop Choosing a topic for research Originality Critical analysis Research process Ethical considerations 4 08/10/2018 Lecture/workshop Using Online resources Effective information gathering Approaches to reviewing literature 5 15/10/2018 Lecture/workshop Peer review of Literature review Using feedback properly Project management Setting goals Setting targets Revising your plan Motivation Time management 6 22/10/2018 Reading week 7 29/10/2018 Lecture/workshop Peer review of Literature review Using feedback properly Project management Setting goals Setting targets Revising your plan Motivation Time management 8 05/11/2018 Lecture/workshop Collecting data & Scientific Methodology Ethical research Data protection Identifying variables Selecting analysis methods 9 12/11/2018 Lecture/workshop Data Analysis Quantitative methods 10 19/11/2018 Lecture/workshop Data analysis Qualitative methods 11 26/11/2018 Presentation Week See Moodle for Bookings 12 03/12/2018 Presentation Week See Moodle for Bookings 13 10/12/2018 Lecture/workshop Common Misconceptions/Support Session 7 14 17/12/2018 CPD Training / Christmas 15 24/12/2018 Christmas Holidays 16 31/12/2018 Christmas Holidays 17 07/01/2019 Workshop Literature review support 18 14/01/2019 Workshop Research and Methodology help. 19 21/01/2019 Lecture/workshop Main lecture: Project overview and support IMPORTANT to attend main lecture. 20 28/01/2019 Workshop Individual/group support 21 04/02/2019 Workshop Individual/group support 22 11/02/2019 Lecture/workshop Main lecture: Project overview and support IMPORTANT to attend main lecture. 23 18/02/2019 Reading week 24 25/02/2019 Workshop Individual/group support 25 04/03/2019 Lecture/workshop Main lecture: Project overview and support IMPORTANT to attend main lecture. 26 11/03/2019 Workshop Individual/group support 27 18/03/2019 Workshop Individual/group support 28 25/03/2019 Lecture/workshop Main lecture: Project overview and support IMPORTANT to attend main lecture. 29 01/04/2019 Workshop Individual/group support 30 08/04/2019 Easter Break 31 15/04/2019 Easter Break 32 22/04/2019 Workshop Individual/group support 33 29/04/2019 Workshop Individual/group support 34 06/05/2019 Workshop Individual/group support 35 13/05/2019 Workshop Individual/group support 36 20/05/2019 Workshop Individual/group support 8 Coursework Assignment Element 1 Unit Title Negotiated Research Level 6 Assessment Type Assignment % Weighting 25% Word count 3,000 words Programme/Award Title BSc (Hons) Business Computing with IT BSc (Hons) Network Administration with Cloud Computing BSc (Hons) Network Security with Penetration Testing BSc (Hons) Software Development Assignment Title Part 1: Research Project (Literature Review) Programme Lead/Tutor Paul Ashby Submission Deadline Friday 11th January 2019 by 4pm (16:00) Submission Method/Arrangements Upload via TMC Moodle linking to submit.ac.uk https://moodle.tmc.ac.uk/login/index.php?authldap_skipntlmsso=1 Return Date of Feedback to Students 15 working days after hand in date http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/casqe/regulations/docs/assessment_icp.pdf Assessment Task Overview This task will involve the development of the first section of the main research project focusing on the context, literature review and briefly methodology. Learning Outcomes to be assessed LO2 Critique relevant literature, and competing theoretical perspectives underpinning the selected practice research area Penalties for overlong assessment Amount the submitted work is in excess of the provided guidance Effect on final mark 0% 10% None 11% 30% Mark reduced by 10% >31% Mark capped at 40% Penalties for late submission of assessment Any work submitted after the submission deadline shall be marked as 0%, unless the student has received an approved application for exceptional factors. Non-submission of assessed coursework within the submission deadline shall indicate non-engagement with assessment 9 Failure to submit assessment The submission and receipt of assessed coursework shall comply with University regulations. Late submission of this or any of the other stages of assessment for this unit will incur a penalty according to MMU Academic Regulations. Use link below to MMU website for full academic regulations: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/grad_regulations.php Assignment Task This assignment is the first section of the final project and will focus on the literature review. Outline of purpose and research questions 10% Rationale and research context 10% Methodology and approach for the literature review 10% Identification and interpretation of current and relevant research 20% Demonstration of understanding of the research 20% Conclusion of the key literature points 10% Methodology for the primary research 10% MMU Harvard Referencing 5% Spelling, Paragraphs, Grammar 5% Grade Descriptors Grade Descriptors can be found on the MMU website at: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/casqe/regulations/docs/assessment_procedures.pdf The same information is also available on the Moodle page in the document University Standard Descriptors. There is also a reference list of descriptive terms. This may be clearer and easier to understand and is available at the bottom of the MMU page. It is also provided on Moodle in the document Level Descriptions Assessment Criteria The MMU assessment criteria can be found here: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/casqe/regulations/docs/assessment_procedures.pdf http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/assessment/index.php LO2 will be met by the evidence of research skills and the variety of literature found and there relevance to the topic chosen. A merit will be awarded for a clear overview of the main topic which outlines a range of topics within it. A distinction will be awarded for the finding and critically evaluating the literature. 10 Coursework Assignment Element 2 Unit Title Negotiated Research Level 6 Assessment Type Presentation % Weighting 25% Word count 15 minutes Programme/Award Title BSc (Hons) Business Computing with IT BSc (Hons) Network Administration with Cloud Computing BSc (Hons) Network Security with Penetration Testing BSc (Hons) Software Development Assignment Title Proposal Presentation Programme Lead Paul Ashby Submission Deadline W/C 26th November 2018 Presentation (Bookable through Moodle) W/C 03rd December 2018 Presentation (Bookable through Moodle) Presentations must be booked with your tutor via Google docs Submission Method/Arrangements Presentation that will be recorded visually Visual aids must be submitted after your presentation via Moodle Return Date of Feedback to Students Three weeks after hand in date http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/casqe/regulations/docs/assessment_icp.pdf Assessment Task Overview This task is the proposal for the negotiated research that learners will undertake in element 3. This needs to be approved regarding topic and research ethics at this stage in order to perform the research. Learning Outcomes to be assessed LO1 Critically apply research skills, techniques and conventions in the context of the selected aspect/s of the discipline and practice LO3 Justify all project decisions through judgements based on academic and practice based contexts LO4 Evaluate critically the strengths and limitations of research carried out both by themselves and others LO5 Communicate research findings through personal initiative, self directed plans and ongoing reflection of the progress. Penalties for overlong assessment Amount the submitted work is in excess of the provided guidance Effect on final mark 0% 10% None 11% 30% Mark reduced by 10% >31% Mark capped at 40% Penalties for late submission of assessment Any work submitted after the submission deadline shall be marked as 0%, unless the student has received an approved application for exceptional factors. Non-submission of assessed coursework within the submission deadline shall indicate non-engagement with assessment 11 Failure to submit assessment The submission and receipt of assessed coursework shall comply with University regulations. Late submission of this or any of the other stages of assessment for this unit will incur a penalty according to MMU Academic Regulations. Use link below to MMU website for full academic regulations: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/grad_regulations.php Assignment Task This assignment is an opportunity for the learners to present to their tutor their ideas for their proposal for the negotiated research. (100 marks) There will be a partial mark for your presentation skills (15%) the rest of your marks will be made up from the following: Your research question (10%) Evidence of reflective practice (10%) A justification of question based on academic and practice based context (10%) A brief overview of key literature (10%) A proposed methodology; including strengths and weaknesses (15%) Any ethical concerns of your research. (10%) Identify any analysis techniques that may be useful to your investigation (10%) A brief bibliography of similar work in this field. (10%) Grade Descriptors Grade Descriptors can be found on the MMU website at: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/casqe/regulations/docs/assessment_procedures.pdf The same information is also available on the Moodle page in the document University Standard Descriptors. There is also a reference list of descriptive terms. This may be clearer and easier to understand and is available at the bottom of the MMU page. It is also provided on Moodle in the document Level Descriptions 12 Assessment Criteria The MMU assessment criteria can be found here: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/casqe/regulations/docs/assessment_procedures.pdf http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/assessment/index.php LO1 will be met by providing adequate research relating to the topic selected using correct terminology. To achieve Merit it will be clear a wide range of research has taken place and key terminology is described. To achieve Distinction learners must be critical in identifying research that oppose and support each other where possible. Key terminology should be described and explained. LO3 will be met by providing an adequate justification of the decision made for the project. It will have limited support from academic and practice based sources. To achieve Merit a more thought and reflection will be used to justify decisions. Also clear support from academic and practice based sources are used to support decisions. To achieve Distinction critical reflection will have been used to justify clearly every decision made. Also support is used correctly and used within critical arguments from academic and practice based sources are used to support decisions. LO4 will be met by an adequate evaluation of the research looking at every aspect of the project. To achieve Merit learners will critically evaluate their strengths and limitations. To achieve Distinction learners will critically evaluate and critically reflect on the outcomes of the project. LO5 will be met by demonstrating and evidencing research findings and on-going reflection. Merit will be achieved by completing the previous but will include a critical level of reflection throughout. Distinction will be met by learners incorporating the findings and reflection throughout their project and applying critical evaluation and reflection to future works. 13 Coursework Assignment Element 3 Unit Title Negotiated Research Level 6 Assessment Type Research Project % Weighting 50% Word count 7,000 words Programme/Award Title BSc (Hons) Business Computing with IT BSc (Hons) Network Administration with Cloud Computing BSc (Hons) Network Security with Penetration Testing BSc (Hons) Software Development Assignment Title Part 2: Research Project (Dissertation) Tutors Paul Ashby Submission Deadline Friday 26th April 2019 by 4pm (16:00) Poster Presentation W/C 07/05/2019 Bookable through Moodle Poster Presentation W/C 14/05/2019 Bookable through Moodle Submission Method/ Arrangements Moodle Submission area for submission Poster Presentation will be arranged by your tutor. Return Date of Feedback to Students Three weeks after hand in date. http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/casqe/regulations/docs/assessment_icp.pdf Assessment Task Overview Following part 1 of the project, part 2 will focus on the research methods, findings, discussion and conclusion regarding a relevant topic of the learners choosing. Learning Outcomes to be assessed LO1 Critically apply research skills, techniques and conventions in the context of the selected aspect/s of the discipline and practice LO2 Critique relevant literature, and competing theoretical perspectives underpinning the selected practice research area LO3 Justify all project decisions through judgements based on academic and practice based contexts LO4 Evaluate critically the strengths and limitations of research carried out both by themselves and others LO5 Communicate research findings through personal initiative, self directed plans and ongoing reflection of the progress. Penalties for overlong assessment Amount the submitted work is in excess of the provided guidance Effect on final mark 0% 10% None 11% 30% Mark reduced by 10% >31% Mark capped at 40% Penalties for late submission of assessment Any work submitted after the submission deadline shall be marked as 0%, unless the student has received an approved application for exceptional factors. Non submission of assessed coursework within the submission deadline shall indicate non-engagement with assessment 14 Failure to submit assessment The submission and receipt of assessed coursework shall comply with University regulations. Late submission of this or any of the other stages of assessment for this unit will incur a penalty according to MMU Academic Regulations. Use link below to MMU website for full academic regulations: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/grad_regulations.php Assignment Task This assignment is designed for students to independently perform research. Abstract 5% Overview of the project including part 1 content Methodology 15% Critical review of approaches used including an overview of alternative methods available Sampling/sample Reliability & validity Design of research Findings from Research 20% Presentation & explanation of findings in a logical manner Relevance of tables, figures & graphs Synthesis of qualitative data (if applicable) Discussion of Findings 20% Relation to research problem Relation to literature Conclusion & Recommendations 15% Conclusions follow logically from data presented Clear links with Aim & Objectives Recommendations convincing & practical Critical review of completed work References and Bibliography 5% School format adhered to Completeness Presentation/Readability 5% Grammatical & Spelling accuracy Coherence of finished product Appendix (no marks awarded) Ethics form Part 1: Research Project Poster Presentation 15% Showcase of the full project Visually explaining the project Orally discussing the project to supervisors/tutor 15 Grade Descriptors Grade Descriptors can be found on the MMU website at: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/casqe/regulations/docs/assessment_procedures.pdf The same information is also available on the Moodle page in the document University Standard Descriptors. There is also a reference list of descriptive terms. This may be clearer and easier to understand and is available at the bottom of the MMU page. It is also provided on Moodle in the document Level Descriptions Assessment Criteria The MMU assessment criteria can be found here: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/casqe/regulations/docs/assessment_procedures.pdf http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/assessment/index.php LO1 will be met by providing adequate research relating to the topic selected using correct terminology. To achieve Merit it will be clear a wide range of research has taken place and key terminology is described. To achieve Distinction learners must be critical in identifying research that oppose and support each other where possible. Key terminology should be described and explained. LO2 will be met by the evidence of research skills and the variety of literature found and there relevance to the topic chosen. A merit will be awarded for a clear overview of the main topic which outlines a range of topics within it. A distinction will be awarded for the finding and critically evaluating the literature. LO3 will be met by providing an adequate justification of the decision made for the project. It will have limited support from academic and practice based sources. To achieve Merit a more thought and reflection will be used to justify decisions. Also clear support from academic and practice based sources are used to support decisions. To achieve Distinction critical reflection will have been used to justify clearly every decision made. Also support is used correctly and used within critical arguments from academic and practice based sources are used to support decisions. LO4 will be met by an adequate evaluation of the research looking at every aspect of the project. To achieve Merit learners will critically evaluate their strengths and limitations. To achieve Distinction learners will critically evaluate and critically reflect on the outcomes of the project. LO5 will be met by demonstrating and evidencing research findings and on-going reflection. Merit will be achieved by completing the previous but will include a critical level of reflection throughout. Distinction will be met by learners incorporating the findings and reflection throughout their project and applying critical evaluation and reflection to future works. 16 Version number Change New Version

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