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Research Proposal Marking Grid Student number: 1503 1461
|Mark||Critical evaluation of main literature||Case for methodology
Clarity of problem definition and scope
|Limitations and planning
|Excellent preliminary review of up-to-date relevant literature. Considerable understanding of relevant theory and/or concepts. Argument linked to academic debate. Leads to focussed research questions.||Excellent grasp of research design. The proposed study uses appropriate sampling methods, data collection methods and data analysis procedures. Clear evaluation measures are taken to avoid errors or bias.||Problem clearly explained and scope well defined. Meaningful connection of academic and practitioner literature to aims and objectives, using appropriate sampling, data collection and analysis methods. Concludes with strong ideas for interpretation of intended purpose||Strong attempt to consider any limitations of the study, with appropriate ideas to address these. Well planned timetable and allows for contingencies. If undertaking primary research, signed ethics form used extensively.||Excellent writing style and referencing, citing sources correctly and with excellent spelling and grammar. Within word limit. Good use of diagrams and tables to illustrate points.|
|Good review of up-to-date and relevant literature. Well-interpreted and well organised and contributing clearly to research aim and methods.
||Good grasp of research design. Proposed study uses good sampling, showing choice of data collection and data analysis methods. Fair evaluation of options.
||Problem clearly explained and scope well defined. Well-structured proposal, which shows good connections between sections but may lack coherence in places. Concludes with suitable ideas for interpretation of intended purpose.||Good attempt to consider any limitations of the study, with good ideas to address these. Well-planned timetable. If undertaking primary research, ethical implications of aspects of proposed study and minimise potential harm. Signed ethics form included.||Good academic writing style and referencing. But with some minor errors. Well-structured text, tables/figures. Within word limit.
|Fair attempt to evaluate relevant literature. Some understanding of relevant theory or concepts, but will miss more subtle points and recent developments. Leads to research questions.||Understanding of research design. Proposed study uses good sampling, but is descriptive in discussion of data choices and has slim discussion of how data will be analysed. Meaning lacks detail and some aspects threaten validity of findings.||Attempt at clarifying problem and scope. Proposal may lack clear structure in areas and the justification for choice of objectives or methods in some sections may be unclear.||Some attempt to consider the limitations of the study. Satisfactory timetable. If undertaking primary research, ethical implications of the proposed study described. Signed Ethics form included||Some attempt at appropriate writing style and referencing, though some errors or omissions. Occasionally fail to give sources. Adequate presentation of text, and tables/ figures. Within word limit.|
|Review focuses on only a few authors and is descriptive and superficial. Recent developments and some key areas missing. Less clear links to final research aim.||Some understanding of research design. Proposed study uses basic methods but lacks detail. Inadequate evaluation options.||Some attempt at clarifying problem and scope. Basic structure with basic research methods but lacks clear justification for these.
||Little attempt to address limitations of the study. Satisfactory timetable. If undertaking primary research, signed Ethics form used basically||Writing style poor as is referencing. Text, tables or figures poorly structured. Minor infringement of word limit.|
|Unfocused, disorganized and/or not relevant. No links to research questions.
||Little understanding of research design
||Unclear.||No attempt to address limitations. Unrealistic timetable. If undertaking primary data, NO ethics form.||Inappropriate writing style, presentation, poor referencing.