LO1: 1 Produce feasible objectives (congruent with Masters level study) and an understanding of the significance of the research context.

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MBA7018 Research Methods Assessment 1 

Assignment Type: Research Proposal (20%)
Assignment Title: Research Proposal (1 of 2)
Assignment Length: 1,000 words excluding references

Learning Outcome:

LO1: 1 Produce feasible objectives (congruent with Masters level study) and an understanding of the significance of the research context.

Disclaimer: Proposal Topic to this assignment is subjected to client`s preference

Assignment Brief:
You are required to produce the first version of your research proposal. In no more than 1,000 (excluding references and appendices) words limit, you should produce an outline of the following:
1. An introduction to your research context.
2. The theoretical background of your research.
3. Research Question/s.
4. Your research main aim and objectives.
5. A bibliography as per Harvard referencing style
6. Appendix including the completed Research Ethics RE1 form, available from:

This assessment will form the basis of the first chapter of your Masters dissertation; the introduction chapter. Consequently, the standard of work must consistently represent a Masters level. 

Minimum Secondary Research Source Requirements:
Level HE7 - It is expected that the Reference List will contain between fifteen to twenty sources. As a MINIMUM the Reference List should include four refereed academic journals and five academic books.

Assessment Submission Guidelines:
▫ Upload assessment 1 document to the allocated Turnitin link.
▫ Entitle your file: MBA7018 followed by your student number.
▫ Include your student ID number and not your name on your coursework draft.
▫ Submit your completed Research Ethics RE1 form at the end of assessment 1 document. Non submission of the Research Ethics RE1 form will result in receiving 0 out of the allocated mark of 5%.
▫ Remember to save your coursework electronic copy.

Assessment Criteria:
The pass mark is 50%


Work of Exceptional Quality
Above 85%

Work of Excellent Quality
above 70%

Work of Very Good Quality

Work of Good Quality

Work of un-satisfactory Quality

Below 40%

Weighting (Sources of assessment criteria)


In all cases appropriate within the limits appropriate to M level.





Introduction to research Context


Exceptionally clear and concise

Very clear and concise

Clear and concise


Research context but would benefit from further clarification

Research context is under developed, unclear or absent

Clear statement of research question


Exceptionally clear and concise

Very clear and concise

Clear and concise


Research question requires further clarification.

Research question is unclear, unfeasible or absent

Communication and

Presentation 20%

Exceptionally clear communication of near/publishable standard.

Clarity of expression excellent, consistently accurate use of grammar and spelling with fluent professional/academic writing /speaking style.

Thoughts and ideas clearly expressed. Grammar and spelling accurate and language fluent.

Language mainly fluent. Grammar and spelling mainly accurate. Communication of thoughts and ideas beginning to be affected

Language not always fluent, grammar and spelling poor/moderate.

Often poor or ambiguous, leading to meaning being barely apparent. Language, grammar and spelling poor.

Research Objectives


Exceptionally clear, explicit, feasible

Very clear, explicit, feasible

 Clear, explicit, feasible

Explicit and feasible

Research objectives that require further clarification.

Research philosophy is not understood/not related to objectives. Other relevant considerations are omitted or superficial.






Exceptionally clear and complete

Very clear and complete.

Submitted, signed, complete.

Very good level of detail included

Submitted, signed, complete.

Sufficient detail included

Submitted and signed but lacking essential details

Not submitted

Or unsigned

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