LD7091-Research Methods for Professional Practice –Assignment-2019 -20 COURSEWORK ASSESSMENT SPECIFICATION Module Title: Research Methods for Professional Practice Module Number: LD7091 Module Tutor Rose Fong Name(s): rose.fong @northumbria.ac.uk Academic Year: 2019 /20 % Weighting (to 20% Career Plan overall module): 20% Research Learning Log 60% Project Proposal Coursework Title: Professional Practise and Research Project Proposal Average Study Time Required by Student: Dates and Mechanisms for Assessment Submission and Feedback Date of Handout to Students: Week 1 Mechanism for Handout to Students: eLP and printout Date and Time of Submission by Student: TBC Mechanism for Submission of Work by Student: Electronic submission via Blackboard Date by which Work, Feedback and Marks will be returned to Students: Within 20 working days from the date of submission. Mechanism for return of assignment work, feedback and marks to students: Formal feedback will take place following completion of all reviews and internal moderation of results. Page 1 of 9

LD7091-Research Methods for Professional Practice –Assignment- 2019 -20 Further Information Learning Outcomes tested in this assessment (from the Module Descriptor): Knowledge & Understanding: 1. Deploy comprehensive knowledge and understanding of appropriate techniques and tools to plan, research and manage a project Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities: 2. Systematically identify and analyse a complex research problem and produce a project proposal to solve it, considering professional, ethical, social and legal issues 3. Appreciate and apply appropriate techniques, tools and knowledge to support effective project management, research and advanced scholarship Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA): 4. Demonstrate independent research and enquiry skills at an appropriately advanced level in the construction of a research project proposal 5. Critically appraise the processes used in the development of a research project proposal Assessment Criteria/MarkScheme: See attachment to specification Nature of the submission required: An electronic copy of your work must be submitted to Turnitin using the links in the module folder on the ELP (Blackboard) by TBC A meeting with your supervisor to review the proposalmust take place during the semester in which you will receive informal feedback and comments. Instructions to students: This is an individual piece of work and you must not work with others to construct your report. During the semester there are numerous opportunities to seek and get advice and support on your work, from tutors and peers but you must ensure you do not do work for others or copy work from others. Referencing Style: You will use Northumbria university approved Harvard Style of referencing. You will get guidance on this from your academic skills tutor as well as using SkillsPlus on Northumbria eLP. Expected size of the submission: Be succinct –Word count is a maximum 1000 words for the career plan; 20 separate entries on the research development log and a maximum of 3000 words for the project proposal excluding appendices, title page, contents list, abstract, references and appendices Page 2 of 9

LD7091-Research Methods for Professional Practice –Assignment- 2019 -20 Assignment Brief: Professional Practise – Personal Development Plan Introduction There are three parts to this Professional Development assignment. Part one: Reflective CPD (continuous professional development) Complete a detailed reflective career plan; to include past achievements, current experience and an outline future career plan. Maximum 1000 words 20% of total Part two: Achievement/ Learning log Maintain a real time log of achievements and assess against your outline plan. Up to 20 separate entries 20% of total Part three: Project proposal Produce a proposal for your final project/dissertation based around an option appraisal of future plans based on developments within your particular speciality. Maximum of 3000 words 60% of total Your overall personal development plan will be based on these three elements: what you have achieved to date; how you have developed your skills and what your future career options might be and what steps do you need to put in place to achieve your career plan. This is the foundation for your final project. Project Research Details i) Scope, Objectives and Risk Review developments in your particular field and select one on which to base your future career plans Outline and justify the scope of the proposal Define in detail the objectives of the overall project (use SMART objectives) Complete the three elements of this assignment Complete a risk appraisal Produce a log for using tool such as Pebble Pad log to record your achievements in relation to the project. ii) Sources and use of Knowledge Research and apply appropriate knowledge Evaluate legitimacy of all sources Relate knowledge to appropriate work-based examples Justify all recommendations made iii) Ethics, Legal, Social, Security and Professional Issues Write out a section that discusses, explores and defines all of the ethical, legal, social and professional issues associated with your project, including how you will consider security issues. If you think an area of this section is not applicable to your project, you should justify why this is the case. Page 3 of 9

LD7091-Research Methods for Professional Practice –Assignment- 2019 -20 iv) References: these should be primarily used to support your background section and include the latest relevant research in your chosen topic area. All references in the reference list must also appear within the body of the report. There is no ideal number of references recommended but a guide might be no less than 10 –15 sources should be used. v) Ethics Form: An online ethics form should be completed in consultation with your module tutor (s) and supervisor. Presentation Guidelines The front sheet must include: Module: Research Methods for Professional Practice Module Tutor Name : Assignment title: Professional Practise and Research Project Proposal Student name + university identifier (always underline the surname/family name by which you are recorded in the university systems) Programme or course of study: The name of your potential supervisor: Word Count: Notes on presentation & submission: The research report must be written and presented to an appropriate academic standard for a postgraduate programme of study. The proposal will be assessed in terms of style, meaning, and the accuracy of spelling, grammar, punctuation and syntax. Correct and thorough referencing of your sources of information is required. You should follow a consistent referencing system and provide a full reference list and brief references in the text of your answer. ‘Cite them Right’ advises direct quotations should be indicated by quotation marks or indentation and referenced. Failure to acknowledge your sources or to indicate when you are quoting constitutes plagiarism. You are encouraged to work with each other to discuss the challenges encountered, but you must not work with each other to construct your answers. Action will be taken in accordance with the University regulations if plagiarism or collusion is suspected. This may result in a loss of marks for the assignment or module. Further advice on these issues, can be found on: Northumbria University (2016) Skills Plus help guides, Online.  Available at: http://nuweb2.northumbria.ac.uk/library/skillsplus/index.html . (Accessed 05.09.18) Pears, R. & Shields, G. (2013) Cite Them Right: the essential referencing guide, 9 th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Online. Available at: http://www.citethemrightonline.com/ (accessed 05.09.18) Page 4 of 9

LD7091-Research Methods for Professional Practice –Assignment- 2019 -20 You could use university online library search facilities using the following link : - http://librarysearch.northumbria.ac.uk/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?vid= northumbria . (accessed 05.09.18) In general: Your proposal written to a professional standard using MS Word and show appropriate and consistent use of type, fonts and line spacing (for thisassignment use Arial 12 and single spacing) and page layouts. Give each page a footer that includes your name, the module code, and a page number. Academic Integrity Statement: You must adhere to the university regulations on academic conduct. Formal inquiry proceedings will be instigated if there is any suspicion of plagiarism or any other form of misconduct in your work. Refer to the University’s Assessment Regulations for Northumbria Awards if you are unclear as to the meaning of these terms. The latest copy is available on the University website. https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/-/media/corporate-website/new-sitecore- gallery/services/academic-registry/documents/qte/assessment/guidance-for- students/academic-misconduct-policy.pdf Penalties for Exceeding Word Limits: The following penalties will be applied after any reductions in mark due to late submission have been made, Penalties will be applied as defined in the University Policy on Word Limits Policy. https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/-/media/corporate-website/new- sitecore-gallery/services/academic-registry/documents/qte/assessment/guidance- for-students/word-limits- policy.pdf?la=en&hash=D06E866BA9C788D7B1FD8EE3E7E3F34026CE9673 (accessed on 31 august 2018) The actual word count is to be declared on the front of the assessment submission. Page 5 of 9

LD7091-Research Methods for Professional Practice –Assignment- 2019 -20 Late Submission Policy: For coursework submitted up to 1 working day (24 hours) after the published hand-in deadline without approval, 10% of the total marks available for the assessment (i.e.100%) shall be deducted from the assessment mark. Penalties will be applied as defined in the University Policy on the Late submission work. https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/static/5007/arpdf/lateappr For clarity: a late piece of work that would have scored 65%, 55% or 45% had  it  been  handed  in  on  time  will  be  awarded  55%,  45%  or  35% respectively as 10% of the total available marks will have been deducted. Failure to submit: The University requires all students to submit assessed coursework by the deadline stated in the assessment brief. Where coursework is submitted without approval after the published hand-in deadline, penalties will be applied as defined in the University Policy on the Late Submission of Work. https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/static/5007/arpdf/lateappr Page 6 of 9

LD7091-Research Methods for Professional Practice –Assignment- 2019 -20 Feedback and Marking Form: Part one: Continuous Professional Development/Career Plan (CPD) 20% Student: Identifier: Actual Background, Motivation, Relevance, Sources of Knowledge Complete a reflective piece of work demonstrating previous experiences Complete a personal assessment of strengths and weaknesses 35 Include evidence to support findings Review possible future options in line with opportunities and threats Provide academic support for plans Scope, Objectives and Risk Develop a personal development plan with specific personal objectives 30 Include a personal timeline Justify plan and assess level of potential risk Ethics, Legal, Social, Security and Professional Consideration A discussion which explores all of the issues that have to be 25 considered covering each item in the above section title. Presentation Academic style, spelling, grammar, punctuation and syntax Standard of referencing style 10 Total 100 Feedback: (extend as needed) Marked by: Page 7 of 9

LD7091-Research Methods for Professional Practice –Assignment- 2019 -20 Feedback and Marking Criteria Part two: Achievement/Learning log –20% Student: Identifier: Actual Background, Motivation, Relevance, Sources of Knowledge Maintain a log of achievements (list up to 20 separate activities) 35 Compare with PDP Reflect on level of synergy and goal alignment Scope, Objectives and Risk Personal review over defined period of relevant activities Record all relevant activities: to include formal and informal 30 learning environments and activities Undertake a review of potential risks associated with future plans Ethics, Legal, Social, Security and Professional Consideration A discussion which explores all of the issues that have to be 25 considered covering each item in the above section title. Presentation Academic style, spelling, grammar, punctuation and syntax Standard of referencing style 10 Total 100 Feedback:(extend as needed) Marked by: Page 8 of 9

LD7091-Research Methods for Professional Practice –Assignment- 2019 -20 Project Proposal -Feedback and Marks: Part three –(60%) Student: Identifier: Actual Background, Motivation, Relevance, Sources of Knowledge Computing context and previous research areas of interest and possible impact A diagram outlining the relevant body of knowledge the student and to computing 35 What you intend to do, i.e. a brief summary of what activities will be undertaken in the project order to achieve the aim and each objective. Identification of relevant authors and journals, Selection and justification of one relevant journal for possible publication of your work. Scope, Objectives and Risk The aim summarises what the project should achieve overall. The SMART objectives, with outline of deliverables and measurement criteria for quality 30 The project plans (Gantt and Monitoring and Control Table) and task lists should link back to the objectives and highlight, deliverables, resources, skills, time, millstones, methods to be used, costs of time and resources. Risk management log using template provided Ethics, Legal, Social, Security and Professional Consideration A discussion which explores all of the issues that have to be considered 25 covering each item in the above section title. Presentation Academic style, spelling, grammar, punctuation and syntax Standard of referencing style 10 Low (signed and agreed) Confirmation of ethics forms authorisation or comment on Medium (signed and agreed) High (Pending approval) the section for further comments. ) Other comments: Total 100 Feedback: (extend as needed) Marked by: Page 9 of 9