DESCRIPTION ------- CONTEXTUALISATION ------- INTERPRETATION
Effectively engage in self-directed research (primary and secondary) at an advanced level using appropriate and innovative methods and demonstrating strong organisation skills.
What research are you going to undertake?
How does it relate to previous research
How does it relate to your field of expertise?
Where is the gap in existing research/ knowledge or practice that you are trying to fill?
What methodology/techniques are you going to use?
PROCESS AND KNOWLEDGE
Apply a high level of critical understanding and analysis in specialist area that enables the formulation of informed conclusions and an individual approach
How are you going to analyse your research?
What is your position in relation to other research/ practice in your area?
How are you going to relate theory to practice?
How are you going to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses in relations to the project?
KNOWLEDGE AND ENQUIRY
Identify and define issues and demonstrate use of analytical and evaluative skills throughout the project
How are you going to evaluate options?
What records are you going to keep in order to demonstrate your ability to analyse and refine an idea/concept?
Produce an original body of work executed to a professional standard
What specialist knowledge and skills will you need to complete the project?
Will you need to collaborate/network use outside expertise?
How will you ensure that the standard is appropriate for Masters Level?
Reflect upon your personal development and understand the relevance and context of the project at a vocational or professional/academic level
How will you know that your work is relevant to industry, academia or both?
Who will be interested in your project and why?
What tools will you use to reflect upon your personal and professional development? (Learning journal/blog etc.)
Utilise effective project and time management skills
Produce a project timeline or schedule with key milestones and adhere to it
Attend tutorial and be prepared
Act upon advice
Present your work effectively and within the given deadlines
ANALYSIS, EXPERIMENTATION, ENQUIRY, EVALUATION AND REFLECTION.
The stands of history that relate and support your research question
Applicable to contemporary projects too - demonstrate awareness of how your field and discipline has developed
Summarise your project and findings
Connect your themes together- clearly show how all of the elements of your project link
Refer back to your introduction
Demonstrate how you have met your aims and objectives
Suggest potential for future development
Your awareness of the field you are working in, the links between your research, critical analysis and your ability to explain your intentions to uncover new findings through primary and secondary research
What was/is happening in society and culture? How does this relate to your project area, and help you to understand it in a more nuanced way?
What has already been written about/ theorised in your research area?
How does it relate to your research question?
How are you using these ideas to help develop your outcome?
Brief overview of the project
Key features of outcome USP
Scope of research (introduce your key primary/secondary research and theoretical perspective/ key writers drawn)
Define your key terms
Briefly summarise the structure of your evaluative commentary
Context, historical /cultural/social/theroetical
Theoretical perspective - which theories did you draw on and why? How were they relevant? How did they help contribute to your outcome?
Methodology/ -ie. What did you choose and why? Was it appropriate and effective? Why/Why not? Would you do anything differently in the future
Literature/academic reading - what were the main sources you looked at? Why? How did they relate to and help you further understand your topic? How did they contribute towards your thinking and outcome?
Exhibitions/archives - were you able to visit any (including online)? What did you find? How did they further your understanding and project?
Visual research and empirical experimentation: what did you do and how did this help you learn ?
Competitor/Market/Audience - what did you find out and how did this shape and inform your project?