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Demonstrate theoretical knowledge of devising a clear specific and testable research question that can be realistically addressed within the limitations of undergraduate study

Paper details:
The assignment should be stapled in the top-left corner, have all pages numbered and be enclosed in a plastic wallet. The assignment length should not exceed 2500 words, excluding references. Please note that this is the maximum word count, less words may be used as long as all the relevant points are addressed fully. Include a word count on the final page.
Aim This assignment seeks to satisfy the following outcomes and skills detailed on your Unit outlines.
Subject specific skills: – Complete an appropriate literature search associated with your chosen topic of study using primary and secondary sources; – Demonstrate theoretical knowledge of devising a clear specific and testable research question that can be realistically addressed within the limitations of undergraduate study; – Construct an appropriate data collection sheet, or evidence of how data will be stored and organised, in line with your project; – Work collaboratively with a recognized expert in your area of scientific interest; – Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical concerns of research within SES.
Personal and key skills – Take responsibility for own learning – Use appropriate technology and information sources – Present ideas/information competently
Overall You must write a document, which identifies a gap in the research literature to provide a sound academic rationale for conducting a research study in a particular area. A research question and hypothesis must be clearly stated and a full, detailed methodology, appropriately presented, as to how this hypothesis will be tested, should be evident. You must also provide a justification for resources that may be used in your project. Finally, you must complete, in detail, an ethics application form to accompany your proposal.
What do you have to do? – Read extensively the literature in your area of interest. It is expected that well over 25 peer-reviewed resources will be referenced in a Dissertation project. – Meet frequently with the Supervisor of your project, to get guidance and direction for your work; – Write a full and detailed proposal and ethics application that leaves no doubt to the reader, any aspect of your proposed work.
Structure of the assignment The assignment should be structured in such a way to allow easy and clear progression in academic rationale. This will usually start as a broad concept, and gradually be narrowed down to highlight a specific hypothesis and a means of testing this. You should use the following headings in the report to structure this.
1. Introduction Provide a general overview of the research area in question. This should be fairly broad, but gradually narrow down to the more specific area. It should identify the key literature, but will not go into too much critical detail. 2. Literature Review This section will logically follow-on from the Introduction. It will address the key literature in the area and provide a detailed critical analysis of it. From the critical analysis, gaps in the literature should be identified, thus providing a rationale to study a particular area. You should end this section, detailing the key aims of the project (based on prior literature), the research question that will be addressed, and the hypothesis.
[Introduction / Literature Review is worth 40% and should be approximately 1200 words depending on area]
3. Methodology This section will provide a detailed account of how the hypothesis will be tested. It should be written in a similar manner to a peer-reviewed paper, providing enough detail so that the reader will know exactly how the study will be conducted.
[Methodology is worth 40% and should be approximately 1200 words depending on area]
4. Justification of Resources A research project requires a large amount of organisation, can take a lot of time and can cost a lot of money. Therefore, in this section, you must provide, in detail, a full justification of the resources your methodology requires. For example, if you are using 15 subjects, why have you picked that number? If you are using blood lactate analysis, why is this needed? If you have each subject performing 5 repeat tests, why is this necessary?
[Justification of Resources is worth 5% and should be approximately 100 words depending on area]
5. Data collection sheet In this section you should provide evidence of a data collection sheet that you will use to collate your data in raw form. This will include sections to input data for your dependent variables and have evidence for identifying the subject, date, condition/test number etc.
6. References and Appendices References should conform to UoB Harvard style. Appendices should contain any information that you feel supports the assignment. These words do not contribute to the overall word count.
7. Ethics application form In this section you should attach the completed Faculty Ethics Research Group (FREG) ethical approval form (Found in: Unit Information > Essential Forms and Documents (Ethics)). This may include copy and pasted sections from your proposal, but should detail, in full, any ethical considerations for your project, and how you will address them. You should refer to the Departmental Generic Ethics Document (GED) (Found in: Unit Information > Essential Forms and Documents (Ethics)) in this application. This section does not contribute to the word count.
[Data collection sheet, reference format, appendices & ethics are worth 15%]

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