Assessment 1 - Writing a Research Question

The assessment is given below, or if you prefer you can download the word document here. The marking scheme can be downloaded here.


The aim of the assessment is to conduct a critical appraisal of the literature and to develop a research question.




Your work for assessment should be submitted electronically.  See the study guide for details of how to do this.  Your tutor will communicate the deadlines to you.


Your submission will be marked on the following components:

Critierion Weighting
Relevance and interest to your area of research. 10%
Search strategy: terms used, resources searched. 20%
Critical appraisal of the background information. 40%
Construction of the hypothesis. 10%
Appropriate referencing. 10%
Presentation: layout, spelling, punctuation. 10%
TOTAL 100%

Pass mark

This assessment is worth 40% of the module mark.  Your work will be graded according to the grading criterion available in the module specification.  Your school may translate this into a numerical grade when considering your overall performance.