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Weighting: 60%
Requirements: Discussion paper on key issues in preparing a research proposal (3000 words)



Purpose of Assignment Two: That within the word limit, (1) you engage with the concepts and literature regarding  social research , (2) you demonstrate your understanding of the concepts through your discussion of the concepts and use of examples that are taken from your first assignment (3) you develop problem-solving skills and competencies.


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Assignment requirements and weighting of tasks:

Topic
Using your literature review and research question you developed in Assignment One, imagine that you have been asked to develop this question as an actual research project. This assignment requires you to discuss how you would plan to do the research that you set out as a research question at the end of your literature review. The eight questions below set out the thinking that all researchers have to do, when preparing a research proposal, (planning to do their research). What would you need to do if you wanted to show that you can do a worthwhile research project?
Structure and Presentation
Please answer all the questions set out below. You may use headings and subheadings to respond to the questions, or even simply set out the assignment with the question number, restating the questions and sub-questions and your answers to each question. An essay format is not required because you are not developing an overall argument or thesis. You are being asked to problem solve.
To minimise word length, you may use dot points or similar formats within the report to summarise issues and then expand on them in showing how they are important in research, which is the main purpose of the assignment. You must use references throughout and append a bibliography/reference list to the assignment. If you refer to examples or ideas from your literature review, cite those references also.
Marking for assignment two: sub-questions (iii) and (viii) are worth 20% each, the other six sub-questions are worth 10% each.

ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS:
i. What is the purpose of a literature review? How does a literature review help in selecting a research question? In what other ways can a literature review help? (10 marks)
ii. How do you justify the selection of a research question? (10 marks)
iii. The ways in which we look at the world, are known in the literature as  paradigms . These influence how we perceive problems and their solutions, and what we choose to research and how we research. Briefly summarise positivist, feminist and one other paradigm (choosing one from post modern, interpretive or critical). List the main differences between each. How do these differences influence approaches to social research? (20 marks)
iv. How are quantitative and qualitative methods different? When would you use either or both? How would you justify the selection of methodologies in relation to the literature, research question and the paradigm (perspective)? (10 marks)
v. List three different sources of data (where would you get data/information from?). Give examples of quantitative and qualitative methods, and use examples to show how you would use them in relation to different data sources. (10 marks)
vi. What is the difference between probability and non probability sampling? When would you use each approach? (Hint: Think about  paradigms and the research question.) Give two examples of each of probability and non probability samples. (10 marks)
vii. List some different quantitative and qualitative approaches to data analysis. Discuss briefly how different analytical approaches help you to answer your research question. How may they be justified within different approaches (paradigm and methodology)? (10 marks)
viii. Discuss how ethical and political considerations are essential in social research. Use examples to illustrate your points. (20 marks)
Minimum Criteria for Assignment Two: when you have completed your assignment, before you submit it, please check you have covered all of these criteria:
Use of examples that relate to your chosen topic (literature review). Doing this will contribute to a higher mark.
Use of references that relate to the research topic (refer to your literature review) and to research methods (recommended research texts and study materials). You must use references  failure to do so could contribute to a low mark or even a fail.
Citation of sources throughout the assignment and list of references at the end. You must cite sources throughout the assignment  failure to do so could contribute to a low mark or even a fail.
Assessment Criteria
Work assessed at the respective levels typically shows some or all of the features outlined in each case.

Pass Credit Distinction High Distinction
Fulfilment of overall task intent Broadly completed but some parts are superficially treated, misunderstood or nearly overlooked. All parts dealt with satisfactorily
Some isolated examples of excellence. Some parts done excellently. Material presented is strongly linked to task; comprehension of task is high. All parts done very well. Exceeds or refines the basic task requirements.
Use of information (including evidence and examples) Generally accurate and appropriate; some incomplete, unsupported or inconsistent information. Requires greater effort at substantiation and wider research. Well researched with good use of material. Most information is appropriate, consistent and supportive of the conclusions drawn. Sources of information acknowledged. Conclusions are fully supported by appropriate and well organised data. May be some minor omissions. Sources fully referenced. Evidence of critical or thoughtful sorting and selection. Comprehensive and accurate. Conclusions fully supported by the evidence.
Application of theories and/or concepts dealt with in the topic or unit Generally very limited application; some misunderstanding or quite superficial treatment. Relevant concepts, etc. applied in a generally appropriate and thoughtful way. No major misunderstandings; logical connections between ideas; no serious omissions. Critical or evaluative thinking about how concepts/theories are applied; little inaccuracy or misunderstanding. Creative or reflective processing of theories; understanding of how and why they are used; critical and evaluative thinking.
Structure and organisation Well enough structured to make sense; could be better organised and more tightly focussed upon the topic. Instances of irrelevance or confusion. Sequence and structure are logical and easy to follow. Introductory and concluding sections used effectively. Ideas are sequenced in a logically satisfying way; connections between different themes or sections are well made. Structure and sequence are used effectively to help integrate ideas or support logical argument. Soundly structured throughout.
Language use Clear enough to be understood; some confused or unclear expression. Spelling, punctuation & grammar generally satisfactory but likely to need attention. Language is generally sound and clear throughout. Language use demonstrates precision and expressiveness as well as clarity. Powerful, confident and precise use of language; mastery of style and tone.



References:(I have include some that I used in Assigmt. One)
Banja, J.D.(2006) Case Management and the Standards of Practice. CM Ethics. Centre for Ethics at Emory University 2006
Boulle, L. (2005). Mediation: Principles Process Practice. 2nd Edition. Queensland, Australia. LexisNexis Butterworths.
Case Management Society of America. Definition of Case Management”. Cole, Pacific Grove, California (4th. Edition)
Payne, M. (1999)