MD4058 Research And Study Skills Module

MD4058 Research And Study Skills Module

MD4058 Research and Study Skills Module

Assignment 1  Comparison (1000 words) Follow the steps 1 to 5 below: 
1) Access the 2 journal articles listed below using the UCLAN library, Haug, J. C., Berns Wright, L., & Allen Huckabee, W. (2019). Undergraduate business students’ perceptions about engagement. Journal of Education for Business 94(2), pp. 81-91. 

Hong, Y. & Gardner, L. (2019). Undergraduates’ perception and engagement in Facebook learning groups. British Journal of Educational Technology. 50 (4), pp1831-1845. 
Hong, Y. & Gardner, L. (2019) Undergraduates’ perception and  engagement in Facebook Learning groups. British Journal of Educational Technology. 50 (4), pp.1831-1845

2)Read the 2 journal articles above, then choose 1 article only
3)Read through the reference list given at the end of your chosen article and select another journal article from that list. 
4)You should now have 2 journal articles to complete the assignment task. 
5)Write a Comparison Essay on your 2 chosen articles
In preparation for writing your Assignment 1: Comparison Essay please consider the following: 
Write an essay that contains an introduction, a main body, a conclusion & a full reference list. 
In the main body of your essay, present an argument to say how the two articles are similar and / or different in terms of, for example:                 1.main themes
3.reference list/bibliography (i.e., how the sources are used within the research articles).
Only cite and reference the two articles which are being compared – no other references are required in this essay. Ensure the in text citations are have a full reference at the end of the essay
No sub-headings are required in this essay

Assignment 2 (Reflection)   (1000 words) 
Write a Reflection Essay on what you have learnt whilst studying the Study Skills module e.g. Harvard referencing, reading strategies, notetaking etc. You may also include things that you have learnt whilst completing your first Study Skills assignment i.e. writing a Comparison essay, e.g. reading an academic article, planning a compare and contrast essay etc

In preparation for writing your Assignment 2: Reflection Essay please consider the following.
Identify what you have learnt from the Study Skills module as a whole and whilst writing Assignment 1:Comparison Essay. In addition to these observations you should consider and write about the implications the skills that you have learnt have for you as a student and also as a future professional. 
Ensure you include 4-5 learning experiences in this essay.
Provide evidence of further reading in this essay and therefore must include between 6 to 10 academic references. 
Ensure that you use in text citations that are then given full references at the end of your work
Write in the first person using I or me.  
The essay should NOT have sub-headings.
Important Points to Remember when Writing your Assignments; 
1.Clarity of argument presented in assignment 1; comparison of journal articles
2.Level of sophistication of observations and self-reflection in assignment 2
3.Inclusion of appropriate academic sources to support / evidence through citations for both assignments. Remember assignment 1 only needs to include the references of the two journal articles which you are comparing. Assignment 2 requires 6 to 10 academic references evidencing the ideas you have included as part of your reflection.
4.Harvard referencing: Adherence to Lancashire School of Business & Enterprise Referencing Guidance

How to Present your Assignments 
1.Each assignment must contain 1000 words +/- 10%
2.You should include a list of your sources, at the end of each of your assignments. These should include ALL references that you have included in your work. Please see Lancashire School of Business & Enterprise Referencing Guidance . N.B. Here is the link to detailed instructions on how
to cite journal articles.
3.In text citations should be made for both quotes, summaries and paraphrasing.  Page numbers should be given for quotes and for paraphrasing where the paraphrase is specific enough that page/s can be identified.
4.Assignment 1 should be written in the 3rd person i.e. he/she/it
5.Assignment 2 should be written in the 1st person i.e. me/I
Required Style for Submission
1.Your assignment should be a Word document
2.Standard Margins: 2.54 cm top and bottom and 2.54 left and right
3.Line Spacing: Double line spacing with 6pts after.  
4.Font:  Arial, 12
5.Page Numbers:  shown in footer
6.References: Single line spacing with 6pts after.  Straight list, not bulleted or numbered.
Please include a word count: the number of words you have written (excluding the list of references) at the end of your work, but before the ‘references’ section.

Further Support & Guidance
Please refer to your lecture and seminar materials on BlackBoard and work through the dedicated Homework & Self Directed Learning Activities, and also by attending any extra workshops on offer during the term.

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