Assignment Marking Rubric Maximum 2,000 words Times News Roman font 12 12

Assignment Marking Rubric
Maximum 2,000 words
Times News Roman font 12
12 citations
Criterion 1
Identification of the research studies, aims, and objectives, research questions and rationales.
Weighting 10%
For Paper 3A:
[1a.1] Write short Statement about the paper [1 mark]
[1a.2] Research Aim [1 mark]
[1a.3] Research Objectives [1 mark]
[1a.4] Research Questions [1 mark]
[1a.5] Rationale [1 mark]
For Paper 3B:
[1b.1] Write short Statement about the paper [1 mark]
[1b.2] Research Aim [1 mark]
[1b.3] Research Objectives [1 mark]
[1b.4] Research Questions [1 mark]
[1b.5] Rationale [1 mark]
Criterion 2:
Identification and discussion of the research philosophy underpinning the rationale for the research design in each study, with reference to research methods literature. Use of relevant extracts.
Weighting 20%
For Paper 3A:
[2a.1] State Philosophy [2 marks]
[2a,2] State a characteristic of Ontology [2 marks]
[2a.3] Evidence of Ontological Characteristic [2 marks]
[2a.4] A characteristic of Epistemology or Axiology [2 marks]
[2a.5] Evidence of Epistemology or Axiology [2 marks]
For Paper 3B:
[2b.1] State Philosophy [2 marks]
[2b.2] State a characteristic of Ontology [2 marks]
[2b.3] Evidence of Ontological Characteristic [2 marks]
[2b.4] A characteristic of Epistemology or Axiology [2 marks]
[2b.5] Evidence of Epistemology or Axiology [2 marks]
Criterion 3:
Discussion of the research design / strategy used in each study using the research methods literature.
Weighting 20%
For Paper 3A:
[3a.1] Identify Research design/ Strategy [2 marks]
[3a.2] Four Pros of Research Design / Strategy [4 marks]
[3a.3] Four Cons of Research Design / Strategy [4 marks]
For Paper 3B:
[3b.1] Identify Research design/ Strategy [2 marks]
[3b.2] Four Pros of Research Design / Strategy [4 marks]
[3b.3] Four Cons of Research Design / Strategy [4 marks]
Criterion 4:
Discussion of the design and use of data collection tools with reference to research methods literature.
Weighting 20%
For Paper 3A,
[4a.1] Address Sample Size [1 mark].
[4a.2] Address Ethical aspect [1mark].
[4a.3] Address the reliability aspect [1 mark].
[4a.4] Address the validity aspect [1 mark].
[4a.5] Address the “best practice” aspect [3 marks].
[4a.6] Address the “fit-for-purpose” aspect [3 marks].
For Paper 3B,
[4b.1] Address Sample Size [1 mark].
[4b.2] Address Ethical aspect [1mark].
[4b.3] Address the reliability aspect [1 mark].
[4b.4] Address the validity aspect [1 mark].
[4b.5] Address the “best practice” aspect [3 marks].
[4b.6] Address the “fit-for-purpose” aspect [3 marks].
Criterion 5:
Concluding discussion of the advantages and/or disadvantages of adopting a qualitative or a quantitative research design in developing knowledge within the specific field where the two studies addressed.
Weighting 20%
For Paper 3A:
[5a.1] 5 Valid Advantages for Quantitative Analysis [5 marks]
[5a.2] 5 Valid Disadvantages for Qualitative Analysis [5 marks]
For Paper 3B:
[5a.1] 5 Valid Advantages for Qualitative Analysis [5 marks]
[5a.2] 5 Valid Disadvantages for Quantitative Analysis [5 marks]
Criterion 6:
Presentation appropriate to Master’s standard including use of Harvard referencing
[8.1] Structure to suit the demands of the assignment [3 marks]
[8.2] Grammar [3 marks]
[8.3] Harvard Reference [4 marks]
Assignment Comparative Methodological Critique
The comparative methodological critique (required word length 2,000 words) should be an extended review essay, that focuses on two research studies reported in the academic literature – one on qualitative methods, the other applying a quantitative research design. Students are required to research and present a comparative critique of tackling research questions from each of these strategic perspectives: qualitative and quantitative.
Critique: ‘A detailed analysis and assessment of something, especially a literary, philosophical, or political theory.’ OED
The critique needs to be more than just a summary of the methods used. It should include an evaluation of the two studies, i.e. it should reveal what you think of the work you are reviewing. This means you have to provide justification for any opinions expressed, e.g. evidence from the studies that supports the argument you make. The review essay should include citations or references to related works. You may consult previous reviews of the works to be reviewed, which should be cited, but beware of plagiarism. A good way to use previous reviews constructively is to use them to highlight points you make in your own essay.
Writing a serious review essay is a substantial piece of work. You should read both studies well ahead of writing the review. In order to prepare for writing the review, you need to reflect on the discussions concerning epistemology and research design covered in the Management Learning and Research lectures/seminars and read, focusing on two key sources of information:
the pair of studies you have chosen to review
a selection of research methods texts and articles that cover the steps that would represent good practice in doing research on a topic such as the one informing the two studies.
The object is to compare paired studies from the list below, one that has been informed by a qualitative research design and one that has been informed by quantitative research design concentrating on the methodological factors.
From reading the two studies it should soon be clear what kind of research question(s) is (are) being addressed and why, and this initial understanding should then act as a guide to the readings from the research methods literature to concentrate on identifying the good practice standards against which the chosen texts are to be reviewed.
The assignment should consider the underlying epistemological assumptions and choices the authors have made in developing the research design within the two studies. It is these aspects – epistemological and methodological – that should be the main focus for the assignment. In this exercise it is the methodological issues rather than the content of the research findings that are important. You are not going to be assessed on how well you describe and interpret the research findings and conclusions. You will be assessed on how well you have identified and commented critically on the methodology underlying the two studies you are reviewing.
The assessment criteria require you to include all of the following topics within your comparative review:
1. A short statement saying what the research was about and why the author(s) said they undertook it for each study. Does the author for example identify:
the aims and objectives of each study; the particular research questions.
the rationale for each study
2. Comment on the epistemological position (e.g. positivist, interpretivist, pragmatist etc.) the authors appear to have adopted to guide the research design in each study.
Identify and discuss the research philosophy & ontology underpinning the rationale for the research design in each study
Comment on the extent to which you believe the author(s) seem to have been influenced by these considerations. Use relevant extracts from the two studies to illustrate the points you are making.
3. Identify the research design / strategy used in each study and using the research methods literature, consider the pros and cons of the particular research design/ strategy being reported on in each study.
4. For each study consider data collection tools and data analysis: again using the research methods literature, comment on the way in which the researcher(s) in the two studies have
collected and analysed their data.
What are the positive and negative points of the qualitative and quantitative study in this regard?
To what extent do the two studies follow ‘standard’ good practice.
To what extent was the research design in each case ‘fit for purpose, ’does it address the author’s (or authors’) stated aims and objectives?
If the author(s) have not been transparent about data collection and analysis techniques used then suggest what would be appropriate techniques to use in those circumstances.
5. Based on your review of these two studies, be prepared to conclude with a discussion of the advantages and/or disadvantages of adopting a qualitative or a quantitative research design in developing knowledge within the specific field these two studies address.