What you’ll need to do?
1. Design and do Survey/Questionnaire (max. 15 questions, 10 participants)
[You can fabricate data; pretend you’ve done survey with International students at university campus, by sending to their e-mails.
Also, pretend you have their consent too, just make it academically correct, and look real]; [OR alternatively, you can send me link to the questionnaire, so I can forward it to some real students].
2. Write a project report on your findings (analysis of data, as in requirements below);
Project report title:
‘Wellbeing of the International Students’
Guidelines and Report
The research aims to focus on the questions related to the wellbeing of the international students and the factors that affect their wellbeing.
This Wellbeing Project assignment is intended to give you experience of working as researchers using a conception of human wellbeing. It should be a project that is of particular interest and importance to you. You should seek to produce a project report that adds to our understanding of the topic that you choose.
This research project requires you to identify a suitable question (Mine is: ‘Wellbeing of the International Students’) and then seek to answer that through the analysis of data. Data can take a number of forms: it might be numbers (quantitative data) (Mine is: through Surveying of International students at University) or it might be words (qualitative data); it might be numbers of words that you generate yourself (primary data) or it might be numbers or words that someone else has generated (secondary data).
The feedback that you receive on the first essay should be taken into account in refining your write-up of the final project report. [I have attached my first essay too]
Here is feedback…
[FEEDBACK ON FIRST ESSAY: This is a good essay. It is written very clearly and you have organised your discussion well. You find a good range of source material and explain the studies well. The essay could have gone further in its analysis. You report the findings and differences between the study countries but you do not try to provide an overarching analysis to evaluate the different reports. For example, why is the issue of being ‘bi-cultural’ only mentioned for the New Zealand study? Is the problem of switching between cultures not the same in other countries? and if so have these other studies just failed to explore the issue from that cultural perspective. Your discussion is thought provoking but you do not pick up and follow through on some possible broader themes: the role of meanings, the social infrastructure, workload issues. The conclusion reflects this failure to deepen that analysis and it is weak – it does not add much to the analysis that precedes. You don’t really try to further explain why there are some differences (i.e. the case of Norway) – is it the methodology that was used or is there something distinctive about Norwegian society and study that produce the relatively distinct outcomes. Nevertheless, this is a very good effort and you show that you are beginning to get a good grasp of the issues. Well done.]
Project Report requirements:
Referencing style: Harvard; Number of references: roughly 10 (or, can be more).
Words count: 2000 words in total;
Tables and the Bibliography do NOT count towards the word limit;
The Project Report should consist of the following sections (2000 words):
1. The Question: what question is the project seeking to answer? (circa 300 words)
This should contain a clear statement of the question. It should also explain why this is an interesting and important question. It should not be a complex question – keep it simple.
2. Methodology: what approach will be taken in an effort to provide a sensible answer to the question? (circa 600 words)
The section should describe what approach you took in an effort to answer your question. It should describe what data was used to enable an analysis that allows you to answer the question. It should explain what type of data this is – qualitative or quantitative. If it is secondary data you should explain where this came from and how it was generated. If it is primary data you should explain how you generated this data. This should include a description of the method (s) used, sample sizes and any ethical considerations.
3. Presentation of the Data: what did you find out? (circa 600 words)
This section should present the data that you are using for your analysis and discuss what the data is telling us. All data should be presented clearly and according to the conventions that currently apply for the presentation of that type of data
4. Conclusion: what is the answer to your question? (circa 500 words)
This concluding section should provide a clear answer to your question and should briefly summarise why the data justifies this answer.
For examples of ‘Project Report’ looks like use the web, e.g. journal articles etc.
These are two examples of guidance on writing a report:
http://libweb.surrey.ac.uk/library/skills/writing Skills Leicester/page_76.htm