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7HW148 Critical Awareness of Research

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7HW148 – Critical Awareness of Research

Assessment of learning Outcomes 1 – 3

Produce a critical literature review based on six primary research studies on a well-focussed topic chosen by you. This should include a methodological critique of each research study included, thematic analysis of the studies’ findings and clear identification of their relevance to current health and social care practice.

4,000 words.Weighting: 100% of total marks.

To be submitted in via Canvasby 14:00hrs onFriday13thJanuary2023

LO1 – Appraise ethical and methodological analysis of research in health and / or social care.

LO2 – Evaluate research in terms of its ontology, epistemology and contribution to an in-depth understanding of health and/or social care issues.

LO3 – Critique the applicability of research studies for a chosen area in health and / or social care and make recommendations for future research.

A critical literature review of 6 primary research studies

Marking Criteria
Introduction The chosen topic is introduced and a rationale for its selection given.

The selection of topic is well focused and not too broad.

5%  
The Search Strategy

6 primary research studies have been found using electronic search skills.

Note – you MUST submit your 6 studies as individual PDF files along with your assignment on Canvas.

A clear outline of the electronic search is given such that another person could repeat the steps in this search.

The outline should include: databases used;the inclusion and exclusion criteria usedin the search (such as key terms and date range); the results of each search conducted; an account of the decision trail leading to the final choice of selected studies.

Literature reviews / editorials / opinion pieces / summaries are not primary research, so mustnot included as part of your 6 studies.

PDF copies of your 6 chosen studies are uploaded to Canvas. 5%  
Data Management

The process of analysing the studies for findings and methodological quality is indicated in the appendices by the inclusion of a grid / grids.

The findings from the research studies have been synthesised & organised into themes. 10%  
The Methodological Approach and Research Methods

The ontological and epistemological context/s of the group of chosen research studies is defined and discussed, including the suitability of the methodological approach/es adopted in these studies to answering the research questions asked or methods used in the studies.

The reviewed research studies are appraised in terms of strength of evidence: In quantitative studies their reliability and validity are critically discussed regarding some of the following: sampling, data collection, data analysis.

In qualitative studies their trustworthiness and rigour are critically discussed regarding some of the following: sampling, data collection, data analysis.

Ethical aspects of the research studies are critically assessed.
20%  
Thematic Analysis

Themes are derived from the findings of the chosen research studies ONLY.  

Study findings are clearly identified and critically discussed. Each theme should be identified with a clear heading describing the content of the theme.
30%  
Application to Health & Social Care

The overall applicability or otherwise of your chosen research studies is critically discussed in relation to a specific field of health and social care and critically assessed regarding theircontribution to depth understanding of health and social care issues.
10%  
Identifying Future Research needs in the topic area / Research Question

Implications for future research are outlined coherently and gaps in current academic knowledge are clearly identified – this must come from at least one of your chosen studies.

A research question for your independent study is stated coherently. The research question is designed to address an identified need for future research.
5%  
Conclusion

A summary of the chosen studies’ findings and their methodological strengths and weaknesses. 5%  
Referencing & Presentation The chosen studies are referenced correctly throughout the assignment and included in the reference list.

Harvard referencing correctly used throughout.
   
A good academic writing style with few typographical or grammatical errors.

The work is logically organised according to the marking criteria.
10%  
Appendices:

Grid(s) used to demonstrate data management. This includes theidentification of the findings & methodological quality of the chosen studies and themes.

A list of the 6 chosen studies is also included in the Appendices.