States own educational aims whilst studying

essay in 3 part

Project description
Part A (25%, approximately 350 words)

?Written in the first person
?Demonstrates knowledge of the academic discipline
?States own educational aims whilst studying
?Understands career opportunities available

Part B (25%, approximately 350 words)

?Written in impersonal style
?Provides a discussion that compares and contrasts the same (or similar) degree programme at LJMU with another UK university e.g. modules, course content, course structure
?Highlights an LJMU academics profile
?Reflects on a departmental visit experience

Part C (50%, approximately 700 words)

?Written in impersonal style
?Identifies a first year module on the LJMU progression degree
?Demonstrates knowledge of a topic related to the module
?Analyses contrasting views or approaches within the topic
?Provides at least 2 websites and 2 books (not e-books) as supporting sources within the discussion

Essay Planning for Project Study

Why is planning useful?

Planning can help you organise and prioritise your information and reading so you focus on what you need to write about and follow the word count.

When can planning start?

You may decide to do some ‘planning’ when you decide which sources and authors to start reading first:

Reading the criteria closely for each section of your project can help you work out the main topics you need to write about – and therefore what information you need to clarify before you start reading in-depth.

To help you understand the different requirements for each section, identify the correct process words from the list given and match them to each part of the essay.

Now complete the initial plan with as much information as possible.

You will develop your plan and add more detail as you undertake your research.

Liverpool John Moores University

International Study Centre

Project Study Handbook
and Guidelines
2015

Tutors: Dr Dominic Williams
Julie Ireland
Paul Ramsay
Corina Doran

Completing your project

1.    Key information

•    All students must undertake a module called Project study on any of the pathway foundation programmes at the International Study Centre. This is a separate module and not part of the ESUS module.

•    A project plan and final 1500 word essay are the assessments for this module.

•    The essay plan must be handed in by 4.00pm on Monday 9 March 2015

•    The completed project must be handed in by 4.00pm on Tuesday 6 May 2015

•    You are advised to start to think carefully about your project and complete preparation as early as possible.

2.    Project supervision

The module will comprise four weeks of classroom teaching followed by one-to-one supervision of your project plan and final project. Your tutor will supervise you as you develop your plan and final project using a personal tutorial based system.

A set of dates leading up to the submission of the project plan and the final project will be set by your tutor for your supervision tutorials. This will be emailed to you and will also be posted on the boards at the Centre.

4.    Managing your supervisory relationship

•    You will liaise with your supervisor to develop your project plan and final project

•    You must attend the appointments arranged by your tutor, which will be scheduled during the timetabled session for the Project Study module.

•    These appointments will be for 10 – 15 minutes so you must plan in advance what you would like to discuss during the supervision tutorial

•    Please consider the following;

Respect the guidance of your supervisor
Respect the tutor’s time and attend the appointments given to you
Tutors are happy to communicate by email to organise your appointments
DO NOT LEAVE THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUR FINAL PROJECT TOO LATE

•    Your supervisor is there to guide you, but not to complete the project for you!

5. Aims of the module

•    To introduce students to the process of planning and writing an academic essay.

•    To familiarise international students with the process of tutor supervision of a subject-specific project.

•    To direct students’ research and referencing skills leading to self-directed study

6. Learning outcomes

A student who successfully completes the module should be able to demonstrate the following skills:

1.    Identify a key area of the discipline they are progressing to for their first degree and plan an academic essay.

2.    Through self-directed study, present a critical awareness of their chosen area.

3.    Use relevant source material to support a coherent discussion, which combines factual content with critical commentary.

4.    Present a discussion in essay format that uses academic practice, to include referencing and a bibliography.

6. Assessment

The project plan is 20% of the module mark.

The finished project is 80% of the module mark.

7.    Presentation of your work

•    You must present your work using a word processor. You can use graphs, images etc., where appropriate.

•    It is important that you reference your work properly. You are expected to use the Harvard system of referencing and supply a bibliography of your references in alphabetical order at the end of your project.

8.    Late/non-submission of work

•    Work may be submitted in advance and it is strongly advised that you work to an earlier deadline to give the opportunity to hand in work on time.

•    Delays in typing or the unavailability or failure of word-processing or printing facilities will NOT constitute acceptable reasons for failure to meet the deadline.

•    Submit your work through Turnitin so that it can be checked for plagiarism. You will also need to submit a hard copy version to Reception

9.    Attendance

•    Your attendance for the classroom sessions AND the personal tutorials is recorded, so please make sure you attend ALL classes and scheduled tutorials. Failure to do so will impact your overall attendance on the foundation programme.

Asessment Guidelines

1.    Project plan

You will be provided with a template to create your project plan (see below). You may adapt this to suit your own specifications. You can write in note form or use bullet points as long as your plan makes clear what it is you propose to write about in your project.

You will have four classroom sessions and at least two supervisory tutorials before submission of your project plan, which is worth 20% of the overall module grade.

2.    Project

The final project will relate to the academic discipline you are aiming to progress to for your undergraduate studies. This is worth 80% of the overall module grade.

It will be presented in three parts:

A.    You are required to provide some insight into why you are entering into study for the academic discipline, what you are hoping to achieve, and your career aspirations.

B.    You will then need to offer a discussion that compares and contrasts the LJMU undergraduate degree you are aiming to progress to with the same (or similar) programme offered by another university within the UK. It is expected that you will use web searches to retrieve this information as well as your experiences at LJMU e.g. an LJMU’s academic’s profile, a visit to the academic department.

C.    Finally, you will choose one of the modules on the first year of your progression programme (on the LJMU course web pages) and research an area related to that module to demonstrate an awareness of debate or difference of opinion within the topic.

For example:

BEng Civil Engineering – there is a module called Structures and Materials.
You may want to discuss how different concretes are used for different purposes and why.

BA Business Management – there is a module called Principles of Marketing.
You may want to discuss how two brands choose different marketing techniques to reflect the nature of their product.

Assessment Criteria – Plan

Part A (25%)

?    Introduce your progressing degree
?    Identify career options from the degree
?    Explain reasons for degree choice
Part B (25%)

?    Locate the same degree (or similar) at another UK institution
?    Provide similarities and differences with the LJMU degree
?    Identify an LJMU academic at LJMU and notes on their profile
?    Provide comments on a visit to the LJMU department

Part C (50%)

?    Name a first year module on your progressing degree
?    Identify a topic relating to that module
?    Debate/difference of opinion/ contrasting views within the topic
?    4 references to be identified and presented using the Harvard referencing system (2 websites and 2 books)

Assessment Criteria – Project

Part A (25%, approximately 350 words)

?    Written in the first person
?    Demonstrates knowledge of the academic discipline
?    States own educational aims whilst studying
?    Understands career opportunities available

Part B (25%, approximately 350 words)

?    Written in impersonal style
?    Provides a discussion that compares and contrasts the same (or similar) degree programme at LJMU with another UK university e.g. modules, course content, course structure
?    Highlights an LJMU academic’s profile
?    Reflects on a departmental visit experience

Part C (50%, approximately 700 words)

?    Written in impersonal style
?    Identifies a first year module on the LJMU progression degree
?    Demonstrates knowledge of a topic related to the module
?    Analyses contrasting views or approaches within the topic
?    Provides at least 2 websites and 2 books (not e-books) as supporting sources within the discussion

Project Study    2015

Week beginning
Activity
12 January    Introduction to module (handbook, structure, guidelines)
Assessment brief
Personal and impersonal style in academic writing – contexts for use
Academic malpractice
Homework – have a look at the modules on the first year of your LJMU degree

19 January    Sourcing information (research skills)
Introduction to primary and secondary sources
Introduction to quantitative and qualitative data
Discussing ideas for topics within your project

26 January    Referencing and Bibliography Skills
What is critical analysis?
Planning tutorials
Private Study Extension Activity-
Using the library – book-finding exercise. Students to present ‘finds’ using the Harvard referencing system in next class

2 February    Class exercise – paragraph writing skills – write 2 paragraphs: 1 in 1st person and one in impersonal style
Class discussion – each student explains their approach to their project
Private Study Extension Activity – using the electronic library task

9 February    Personal tutorials/ supervision

16 February    Personal tutorials/ supervision
23 February    Personal tutorials/ supervision
2 March    Personal tutorials/ supervision
9 March    Submit project plan and drop-in for personal tutorials
16 March    Feedback on essay plans
23 March    Student Holiday
30 March    Student Holiday
6 April    Submit draft project (deadline week)
13 April    Personal tutorials – feedback on drafts
20 April    Personal tutorials – feedback on drafts
27 April    Personal tutorials – feedback on drafts
5 May    Submit final project

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