ILP Assessment Overview

ILP Assessment Overview

Term 1 (Week 1 - 15) - ILP 1

Term 1 (Week 1 - 15) - ILP 1

At the end of week 8, students must submit a literature review that presents a scholarly account of the literature relevant to their area of study. The review will be assessed by the supervisor; a copy of the review must be submitted to the portfolio system and may be viewed by the ILP committee.

In the week following submission of the literature review, supervisors will receive an email detailing how and where to submit their assessment. The online reporting system will allow for separate grading of the literature review and the student’s progress. Space will be provided for the supervisor to add comments or flag concerns relating to the student’s progress.


Literature Review

The production of the literature review is expected to reflect the culmination of a collaborative process, of review and editing, in which both the student and the supervisor are satisfied that the end product is a scholarly account that accurately reflects the current standing of knowledge in the area of research. At the time of submitting the literature review the supervisor will be required to warrant, not only that the literature review been completed to their satisfaction, but that the student has made timely and appropriate progress in all aspects of their ILP project.

In order to achieve a satisfactory grade in the literature review, the student must demonstrate an active and timely engagement in the preparation, editing and review of the literature review. Students should note that the preparation of a literature review often involves several revisions of their original draft. Therefore, it is important that writing of the review is commenced in a timely manner and feedback from peers is sought – during the ILP this is most likely to be your supervisor and/or co-supervisor. Late submissions will be referred to the ILP committee for further consideration. The literature review should display the following attributes:

  • Appropriate background information provided
  • Covers the main issues in sufficient detail
  • Identifies the areas of controversy and assesses them critically.
  • Has clear and logical flow.
  • Citation style appropriate and consistent.
  • Citation list free of careless errors.

 

Format of Literature Review

  • Provide a title page with the student’s name, student number, and title of project.
  • Required length is between 2000 and 3000 words not including tables, figures or references.
  • References: all non-original ideas must be given due acknowledgement and referenced fully, use first author and date in text (e.g. Bargebottom et al., 2008), provide list of references in alphabetical order
  • In addition to the review of the literature, students will provide the following three sections (these sections are in addition to the 3000 word limit of the review)
  1. An outline of the main questions to be answered
  2. Hypotheses (if appropriate, and/or aims (up to 1 page)
  3. Brief outline of study design and methods (up to 1 page)
  • It should be written in Times New Roman font, 12 pt.
  • All margins are to be 2 cm.

 

Assessment of Literature Review

The following are features upon which a student’s performance should be assessed. Use the attributes listed below each component as a guide for determining each grade. These grades are for feedback purposes only.

50.0 - 64: pass only
65 - 74: credit
75 - 84: distinction
85 - 100: high distinction

 

A. Introduction
i. Appropriate scientific information provided (i.e. relevant to the project's topic).
ii. Covers the main issues in sufficient detail (i.e. sufficient information provided).
iii. Identifies the limitations of the literature to date.
iv. Identifies the areas of controversy and assesses them critically.
v. Has clear and logical flow.
Grade: F / P / CR / D / HD

 

B. Aims, Hypotheses and Methods Statement
i. Aims clearly relate to the areas of controversy outlined in the Introduction.
ii. Hypotheses or a research question stated are clear and valid.
iii. Methods are summarised clearly and concisely.
iv. Methods are appropriate and valid for the stated aims.
Grade: F / P / CR / D / HD

 

C. References
i. Adequately referenced with recent and appropriate studies.
ii. Citation style appropriate and consistent.
iii. Citation list free of careless errors.
Grade: F / P / CR / D / HD

 

D. Overall Grade
Award a mark out of 100 for the Literature Review using the grading criteria above. Please submit it into eMed.
Overall Grade: __________ Marks out of 100

 

Further Comments
Please provide comments regarding the literature review which can be of assistance to the student in her/his writing of the project report.

 


ILP1 Progress Report

Supervisors will be asked to grade the student’s performance during ILP1 by awarding a mark out of 100 (that will contribute 10% of the students overall ILP mark). In addition to awarding a mark, supervisors are asked to make comments and provide feedback.

Supervisors may comment on such topics as the student participation in the collegial activities of the Research Group/Department/School (if appropriate), attendance, and the ability to meet deadlines. Space will be provided for the supervisor to add comments, or flag concerns relating to the student’s progress; these comments will be released to students. Both students and supervisors are encouraged to discuss all concerns as they arise. Where concerns arise that cannot be resolved between the student and supervisor, or where either party wishes additional advice, both parties are encouraged to contact the ILP coordinator as-soon-as-possible.

In all cases the initial approach is confidential and need go no further. However, where the ILP coordinator feels further action is warranted the ILP coordinator may approach the supervisor, student or seek guidance from the ILP committee and/or UNSW bodies. All concerns will be dealt with in accordance with the UNSW policy on grievance resolution procedure for undergraduate and postgraduate (coursework) students.

Grading Criteria for the ILP1 Progress Report

Supervisors should award marks within the following bands, when a student’s performance is best characterised by the following descriptors.

Fail (< 50%):
The student has:

  • not engaged with the project or applied themselves for the required time period of the ILP
  • not met deadlines in a timely manner,
  • shown little or no understanding of the project

Pass (50-65%):
The student has:

  • demonstrated a relatively superficial or limited understanding of the core aspects of the topic,
  • usually met deadlines,
  • engaged with the project in an adequate but superficial manner,
  • displayed some ability to communicate aspects of the study,
  • one or two aspects may not be well done but the overall result is still satisfactory.

Credit (65-74%):
In addition to meeting the criteria for a pass grade, the student has:

  • applied themselves diligently to the project and was successful in completing the tasks set,
  • shown evidence of critical analysis,
  • met all deadlines in a timely manner,
  • communicated clearly and effectively.

Distinction (75- 84%):

  • The student has performed well in all areas of the project. This level of performance involves all of the characteristics of a credit performance but also:
  • a degree of originality, creativity, or depth of thought and understanding,
  • can answer questions regarding the project intelligently and with insight.

High Distinction (85-100%):
The student performance has matched that required for a distinction AND has shown exceptional initiative and an in-depth and sophisticated understanding of the project.

Term 2 (Week 16 - 30) - ILP 2

Term 2 (Week 16 - 30) - ILP 2

At the end of week 30, students must submit a written report of the studies undertaken during their ILP. Supervisors and external examiners will receive an email that includes an attachment of the final report along with the details on how and where to submit their assessment.


Student Final Report

The production of the final report is expected to reflect the culmination of a collaborative process, of review and editing, in which both the student and the supervisor are satisfied that the end product accurately reflects the outcomes of the project.

The final report should be a single document that contains all text and figures. Where possible the document should be submitted as a pdf file. It will be in the form of a research paper (maximum 5000 words, excluding abstract, references, figure legends and tables). It must contain an abstract (maximum 250 words).

The remainder of the report must be presented in the format of an appropriate journal in the field. For example, a report from a qualitative study might include an introduction, methods, findings, and conclusions, whereas a report from a laboratory-based quantitative project might include a brief introduction, aims and hypotheses, materials and methods, results and discussion sections. The length and format of all sections should be based on those in representative published papers, while staying within the 5000 word limit.

The introduction (or introductory sections) should define the problem being examined and place it in the context of published work in the area without being a complete review of the literature. All students should identify the limitations of the literature and areas of controversy and give clear and valid aims (and/or hypotheses).

The methods should be appropriate for the stated aims and clearly described and fully referenced.

The results or findings should reflect a significant body of work that has been analysed using appropriate statistical tests or qualitative approaches and that is presented in a clear and logical manner.

Figures, tables, illustrations, or quotes etc must be used to support points raised in the body of the report. Figures or tables must be visually instructive; axes should be clearly labelled and accompanied by a legend.

The discussion should be relevant to the introduction, methods, and results or findings sections, logical in presentation and scientific content, show critical/creative analysis, place the findings of the study in the context of past studies and/or relevant theories and have suggestions for future studies.

The references cited should be presented accurately, and in a style consistent with journals in the relevant field.


ILP2 Supervisor Report

By the end of ILP supervisors will submit a report commenting on the student’s overall performance, and award a mark out of 100 using the grading criteria.

Supervisors should award marks within the following bands, when a student’s performance is best characterised by the following descriptors.

Fail (< 50%):
The student has:

  • not engaged with the project or applied themselves for the required time period of the ILP (i.e. equivalent of 24 weeks full-time research),
  • not met deadlines in a timely manner,
  • performed or analysed the research poorly,
  • shown little or no understanding of the project and is unable to effectively communicate the results, or answer questions concerning the research. 

Pass (50-65%):
The student has:

  • demonstrated a relatively superficial or limited understanding of the core aspects of the topic,
  • usually met deadlines,
  • engaged with the project in an adequate but superficial manner,
  • displayed some ability to communicate aspects of the study,
  • one or two aspects may not be well done but the overall result is still satisfactory.

Credit (65-74%):
In addition to meeting the criteria for a pass grade, the student has:

  • applied themselves diligently to the project and was successful in completing the tasks set,
  • shown evidence of critical analysis,
  • met all deadlines in a timely manner,
  • communicated clearly and effectively.

Distinction (75- 84%):
The student has performed well in all areas of the project. This level of performance involves all of the characteristics of a credit performance but also:

  • a degree of originality, creativity, or depth of thought and understanding,
  • the student demonstrates abstract thinking, or the ability to take an idea or an application into a new context, understand the demands of that context and make modifications,
  • can answer questions regarding the project intelligently and with insight.

High Distinction (85-100%):
The student performance has matched that required for a distinction AND

  • the research is substantial and represents an original contribution to the field,
  • has shown initiative and an in-depth and sophisticated understanding of the project,
  • has shown characteristics of a maturing independent researcher, suggesting new avenues of research or redefining the questions being asked,
  • has taken a lead role in attempts to publish the results (if appropriate).

ILP2 Examiner Report

An external reviewer will assess and fully grade this report, awarding a mark out of 100. This process of review will be at arm’s length from the supervisor and the student. When examining the final report the following attributes should be examined in accordance with the grading criteria for the final report.

Fail (< 50%):
This grade is used when the student has not submitted completed work for assessment, failed to comply with a prescribed remedial process, misunderstood the point of the project or failed to address key issues. The literature review may rely on retelling other sources with inadequate analysis or development of an argument. Important research may be poorly performed and the results presented in a superficial manner that shows little attention to detail and are inadequately analysed. Overall the written report displays little coherence with the conclusions being poorly substantiated by the research conducted or the literature cited.

Pass (50-65%):
The report is satisfactory. The student has demonstrated a relatively superficial or limited understanding of the core aspects of the topic. The project report may contain reasonable components, but be minimally integrated or fail to synthesise the report into a convincing coherent statement or argument. Written work displays little evidence that the student is capable of transforming the literature into personal understanding or that the student is able to communicate that understanding. Elements of the project are treated superficially.

Credit (65-74%):
The project report comes together to make a broadly coherent whole. The report addresses the topic selected, makes a sound argument, draws on appropriate evidence, and shows some selectivity and judgment in deciding what is important and what is not. The project report demonstrates an understanding of the literature relevant to this topic. Communication is clear and effective.

Distinction (75- 84%):
This level of performance involves all of the characteristics of a credit performance but also a level of originality, creativity, or depth of thought and understanding. The work might involve a high level of abstract thinking, or the ability to take an idea or an application into a new context, understand the demands of that context and make modifications. Demonstrates understanding of the relevant literature with a clear synthesis of ideas and well constructed final report.

High Distinction (85-100%):
This level of performance involves all of the characteristics of a distinction performance where all aspects of the report are well done and the scope of the work described is both substantial and represents an original contribution to the field of research.  This project report is of sufficient standard to have a high probability of being published in a peer reviewed journal.


Course Assessment

The components that contribute to the assessment of the ILP are:

·         Undertaking research required for the approved ILP research project

·         Initial report:

o    Literature Review (2,000 - 3,000 words)

o    Limitations of project/critical appraisal (1,000 – 1,500 words)

·         Presentations:

o    Poster presentation

o    3MT presentation

·         ILP teaching sessions

·         ILP mentoring sessions

·         Final report

 

Attendance and contribution to research (Supervisor Assessment):

                ILP1 Performance

                ILP2 Performance (overall)

 

A full guide with details of requirements is provided at the beginning of the ILP year.

Key Contacts

ILP & Honours Convenor and Coordinator
Dr Barbara-Ann Adelstein
T +61 (2) 9382 8890
E b.adelstein@unsw.edu.au

ILP & Honours Administrator
Ms Khanh Vo
T +61 (2) 9385 1317
E ILP@unsw.edu.au

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