Students will be expected to complete a research proposal directly related to their topic of interest as identified in Assessment Task 1. Your task is to use all of the core learning throughout this course and to formulate them into your research proposal.
Purpose: To develop skills in preparing a research proposal that involves thought about all aspects of the project design and implementation.
Description: Using the topic that was chosen in the first assessment task (literature review), students will need to create a proposed research project and complete all the sections of the research proposal as outlined below. The Research Proposal should include the following sections/ information:
Introduction or Background: 1-2 paragraphs that gives a brief description of the context of the study, what is the study about and why?
Aim or Purpose: 2-3 succinct sentences that describes what you would like to change or modify or introduce into your health or healthcare related practice? State your aims and research question/s.
Project Rationale: 1-2 paragraphs that explains why you chose this topic and how it is of interest to your field of work. Why is it important?
Literature review: 2-3 paragraphs that gives a brief summary of the literature (from assessment task 1). Include key references that you anticipate will inform your project. Don’t forget to critically evaluate this work.
Methodology: 3-5 paragraphs that provides information about data and artifacts that you propose to use in the research study. Sections could include the following:
What is your population? Who are the participants? What is the context and/or location of the study?
Briefly describe the approach to data collection that you intend to use.
Identify the artifacts or evidence you propose to collect to support your project aims.
What tools or instruments will you need to develop? (you do not need to develop these just describe them).
How will you analyse the data?
Ethical Considerations: Identify ethical issues that you will need to consider in the conduction of your research project.
Reference list: Following correct formatting and citations throughout the review.
Word limit: 2000 words. Note: Tables, figures and references will not count towards this word count limit.
Marking Criteria: Refer to marking rubric.
Time Allocation: Approximately 40 hours.
Submission: Electronically as a WORD document submitted via the Moodle drop-box.
Feedback/Mark: Marks for the final assessment task will not be released until after the official examination period and end of semester grades have been released.
Marking Guide Assessment Task 2 – Research Proposal
The minimum possible score for this rubric is 0 points and the maximum score is 60 points with a 50% weighting applied to the task. Intermediate scores will be converted respectively and rounded to the nearest available grade. This guide will be available via the Moodle Grade tab.
Presentation displayed no clear structure and sequence. Did not follow the assessment guidelines.
Presentation lacked clear structure sequence and had limited linking dialogue between information. Poorly followed the assessment guidelines.
Moderate structure and/or sequence of presentation.
Presentation displayed a clear structure and sequence – introduction, body, and conclusion, references Linking dialogue included.
Presentation displayed a good structure and sequence –introduction, body, and conclusion, references Linking dialogue provided.
Presentation displayed excellent structure and sequence –introduction, body, and conclusion, references Linking dialogue provided.
Format of presentation was poor with no fluency between, themes or information.
Flow of information was poor with indistinct ideas per paragraph, missing topic sentence and limited connections between paragraphs used.
Many ideas per paragraph, missing topic sentences, abrupt transition and/or missing connections between paragraphs.
Format of presentation flowed at times, one idea or point per paragraph, some transitions, mostly clear topic sentences, some connections made between paragraphs.
Format of presentation flowed most of the time, appropriate themes and mostly relevant information was included.
Format of presentation flowed at all times, with sound themes and relevant information, Clear topic sentences and smooth connections between paragraphs,
Introduction or Background
Present but lacks detail or is too short to introduce the topic.
Minimal explanation of background or introduction to the topic.
Satisfactory background or introduction to the topic, some or no sources of background literature cited throughout.
Introduction and background information provided to a high level.. Provides sufficient information and background sources of literature cited throughout.
Excellent background or introduction to the review and relevant sources cited throughout.
Aim or Purpose
Present but lacks sufficient detail so aim or purpose is not clarified.
Purpose and aim are articulated but lacks sufficient detail.
Adequate with some demonstration of thought when using a PICO approach.
Present with good demonstration of thought when using a PICO approach.
Present with excellent demonstration of thought when using a PICO approach.
Key concepts from the task not addressed. Response to task irrelevant.
Limited identification of key concepts. Response to task mostly irrelevant.
Satisfactory explanation. Some key concepts
from the tasks identified
but in a limited capacity.
Response to task contains some irrelevancies
Most of the key concepts and issues are identified, but not all.
Appropriate response to task.
All of the key concepts and issues are identified.
Appropriate response to task.
Supports the rationale for the study with a foundation in existing literature and evidence.
No evidence of research. Irrelevant theories and concepts are used.
Limited evidence of research. Limited number of sources, sources are mostly old or out of date. Theories and concepts do not clearly address task.
Adequate evidence of research. Satisfactory number of sources, a mix of out of date and contemporary sources. Some theories and concepts are irrelevant.
Evidence of wide research. Large number of sources and sources are mostly contemporary. Relevant theories and concepts obtained from sources.
Evidence of extensive research. A broad range of sources. Contemporary sources used throughout. Highly relevant theories and concepts obtained from sources.
Use the foundation of the literature review to inform the approach to data collection and evaluation for your study. Description of the data or evidence to be collected.
No clear methods of data collection or other relevant study interventions included.
Description of methods lacking detail. Methods proposed not appropriate.
Satisfactory description of method, however lacking some finer detail. Some methods appropriate.
Clear description of methods. Methods appropriate.
Excellent description of methods. Methods well suited.
Description of the population, context and location
No clear methods of population, study context or location of study.
Description of methods lacking detail. Population, context of location of proposed study not appropriate.
Satisfactory description of method, however lacking some finer detail. Some appropriate population, context and/or location proposed for the study.
Clear description of the study population, context and location for the study.
Excellent description of the proposed project population, context and location.
Description of the data analysis processes or procedures to be used.
No clear description of the data analysis processes or procedures for the project.
Description of the data analysis process and procedures to be used is not appropriate.
Satisfactory description of the data analysis processes and procedures to be used lacking finer detail. Processes and procedures are appropriate to the research study.
Clear description of the data analysis processed and procedures for the study.
Excellent description of the proposed data analysis processes and procedures appropriate for the proposed study.
Presents a detailed evaluation of the potential ethical considerations associated with their study
No ethical considerations discussed.
No clear discussion of ethical considerations and/ or are mentioned briefly but not discussed in any detail.
Discussion of ethical considerations largely irrelevant to the task. No consideration of how to avoid or resolve ethical issues.
Adequate discussion of potential ethical considerations. Plan to resolve or avoid ethical issues that may arise lacks detail.
Detailed discussion of
potential ethical considerations. Reasonable plan to resolve or avoid ethical issues that may arise.
Thorough and detailed discussion of potential ethical considerations. Detailed plan to resolve or avoid ethical issues that may arise.
Inconsistent levels of articulation or expression, numerous spelling and grammatical errors and lack of sentence/paragraph structure makes paper difficult to read/understand.
Poor level of articulation and expression, with sentence or paragraph structure unclear, and/or extensive spelling or grammatical errors.
Minimal level of articulation and expression, with some sentence or paragraph structure unclear, and/or a considerable number of spelling or grammatical errors.
Moderate level of articulation and expression, with some sentence or paragraph structure unclear, and/or a number of spelling or grammatical errors.
Substantial level of articulation and expression, with clear and concise sentence and paragraph structure, and minimal spelling or grammatical errors.
High level of articulation and expression, with clear and concise sentence and paragraph structure, and no spelling or grammatical errors. Used complex and varied sentence structure; appropriate tone and style
APA Style and Credibility
No references cited.
Incorrect APA referencing style for in-text citations quotes and/or references.
Numerous errors noted in APA referencing of in-text citations, quotes or references. Some references are NOT reputable, current, extensive or relevant.
A couple of errors noted in APA referencing of in-text citations, quotes or references. A number of references are reputable, current, extensive and relevant.
In-text citations and quotes and referencing are in APA style of a sound quality. Most references are reputable, current, extensive and relevant.
All in-text citations, quotes and references are in APA style of a very high quality. All references are reputable, current, extensive and relevant.