Term 2 (Week 16 - 30) - ILP 2

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.

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