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HC3131 Business Research Project


Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines
TrimesterT3 2021
Unit CodeHC3131
Unit TitleBusiness Research Project
Assessment Type1, Topic Approval
Assessment TitleTopic Approval
Purpose of the assessment (with ULO Mapping)Clearly identify your chosen topic, having carried out some basic review of available secondary data to secure your interest (at least 3 academic articles, plus a business report, and a relevant current news item). Indicate the Research Problem, as you see it so far, and at least ONE research question at this stage (additional questions may be defined as you progress with this unit). 10%. Matches outcomes 1,2,3
Weight10% of the total assessments
Total Marks10
Word limitNot more than 1200wordsfor the Topic Approval
Due DateFriday of Week 4
Submission GuidelinesAll work must be submitted on Blackboard by 12 midnight of the due date,together with a completed Assignment Cover Page. [If no cover page your mark will be reduced -20%].The assignment must be in MS Word format, 1.5 spacing, 12-pt Arialfont and 2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings, paragraphing, and page numbers.  Reference sources must be correctly cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list, allinthe revised Harvard referencing style.  

Assignment 1 Specifications


This unit aims to give you an opportunity to combine many disciplines you have been studying into the production of a high-quality research project.

Assignment 1 – the Topic Approval – is to ensure you have given sufficient thought to the topic you are choosing to base your research project on.

Your tutor will LEAD and FACILITATE you through the process, week by week. The learning will be progressive, so for best results you will need to be readingthe weekly lectures as well as maintaining regular contact with your tutor during the interactive tutorials and drop-in sessions.

Submit a draft topic for approval in week 3 by mail.

Assignment Structure should be as the following:

  1. Say why this topic interests you.
  2. Discuss yourinitial search for relevant literature and show that it has provided you with a good contextual understanding
  3. Define the Research Problemthat you intend to address (as you see it, so far)
  4. Propose at least ONE research question that you will be seeking to answer through your research project(additional questions may be defined as you progress with this unit)
  5. Develop a detailed table of contents and your initial reference list.

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