In general we will be looking for:
•An original, intelligent and knowledgeable approach to the topic.
•The application of appropriate skills and effort.
•Identification of an interesting problem and clear definition and contextualization of it.
•Adoption of an appropriate theoretical approach, adequate methodology, and suitable application of them in a competent and effective manner. Recognition of their limitations and strengths.
•Understanding, analysis and synthesis of your research findings to arrive at defensible conclusions derived from them.
•An authoritative account of the project presented in clear and cogent terms.
When marking projects lecturers will focus on the following:
1.Is there a basic structure and coherence to the work as a whole?
2.Are the underlying issues identified and are specific problems and questions formulated clearly?
3.Has the research been located within a broader framework of enquiry, and have the appropriate sources been drawn upon?
4.Has the material presented been properly synthesized and evaluated?
THE RESEARCH METHOD
1.How well has the problem been formulated and an appropriate methodology selected?
2.How well have the appropriate existing research literature and other sources been used?
3.Have the sources and evidence used been critically evaluated?
4.How well has empirical testing of evidence (as appropriate to the project) been carried out?
1.Logical chapter structure indicating major themes and arguments of dissertation?
2.Overall clarity of exposition, and accuracy of expression?
3.Appropriate referencing and bibliography?
4.Appropriate use of graphs and tables within the body of the dissertation?
5.Appropriate appendices to indicate, for example, the nature of questionnaires used, summaries of research results, interview material.
These are only indicative points to guide you on the kinds of issues, which are important in assessment procedures.
As far as possible your own argument, assessment, understanding and conclusions should shape both the main body and structure of the dissertation.