University College BirminghamDissertation Assessment Record: Level 6 (UndergraduateDegree)Individual MarkClick here to enter text.FINAL MODULE MARKClick here to enter text.(The mark has been subject to internal verification. This mark is provisional until ratified by the ExaminationBoard)(Please do not fill in. Dissertation Manager use only)Please do not write in the dissertationDissertation CodeClick here to enter text.(e.g. CAM 01)MarkerNameClick here to enter text.DatePlease indicate if this dissertation is a resit submission○Please indicate if this dissertation may be used/extended into a○publication/conference paperMarking notesTo assist you in grading the dissertation, below are a set of gradedescriptors that describe what constitute a 2:1, 2:2 etc. As there are manypermutations in design and execution, the nature of dissertations is suchthat we cannot give an exact description of what constitutes a first or a 2:2etc., and then apply this to all students’ work. Further, there are obviously‘degrees’ of 2:2s, for example, within a range of 10 marks. Thus, thesegrade descriptors should be seen as general features of work at thatparticular level. 1
GRADE DESCRIPTORS FOR 086General features of work at 80+A framework that shows a creative linkage of existing data, ideas and theory –sometimes from complex material - will result in an effective literature review and asynthesis of previous research. There is extended use of references, primarily fromkey texts and academic journals, used to illustrate and support discussion andanalysis. Methodology will demonstrate the ability to offer a critical debate on theform and function of research methods and thereby provide a justified approachunderpinned by appropriate reading. In primary research designs, a critical discussionof the sampling approach will be convincing and show systematic and logicalprocedures for data collection. There is logic to the structure and flow – stemming from a clear aim and objectives -that enables the expression of ideas, approaches and findings to be communicatedclearly, with academic argument and analysis complemented by evaluation of thework of others. No unsupported generalisations and judgments will be evident andexamples offered in the work will often be complex and show evidence of wide andwell-selected academic reading.Findings are critically compared and contrasted based on existing theories/literature,giving the research a depth of analysis and evaluation. There will be convincing andlogical conclusions that are a natural consequence of the main body and deliveredconcisely. A critical evaluation of what the research has and has not achieved willshow the place of the work in a wider context. The document will show a fluent use oflanguage, a confident style and be presented in a professional manner.Overall, the document shows wide and well-selected reading that incorporates keyacademic texts, a convincing understanding of research design and the ability toconstruct and offer persuasive arguments based upon reading, analysis andevaluation. Aims and objectives are fully met.General features of work at 70-79The treatment of the literature shows a synthesis and critical evaluation of the work ofothers. There is extended use of references, and although a few may be from the‘standard’ textbooks and general sources, there is evidence of key texts and journalsbeing used to illustrate and support the work. In the methodology, a justification ofthe method(s) chosen is given through a critical discussion on the choice ofapproaches available. Discussion of sampling approaches will be present, and inprimary research designs, show systematic procedures for data collection.There is logic to the structure and a good flow to the work with a clear aim andobjectives. Effective depth of argument will show analysis and evaluation leading toconvincing conclusions. The work will have very few unsupported generalisations andjudgments. Although some examples offered may be basic, there will be evidence ofwider reading, especially from academic journal sources. Findings are compared and contrasted with existing theories/literature to give theresearch a framework for analysis and evaluation. Conclusions and appropriaterecommendations are a natural consequence of the main body. An evaluation of whatthe research has and has not achieved will show the ability to realise the place of thework in the wider context. The document will show a confident use of languagepresented in a professional manner.Overall, the document shows wide reading that includes key texts, a goodunderstanding of the research design and process, and shows that the author canconstruct own arguments based upon reading, analysis and evaluation. Aims andobjectives are met.2
General features of work at 60-69The treatment of the literature does show the ability to evaluate the work of others.There are suitable references, and although sometimes these may be from the‘standard’ textbooks and general sources, there is evidence of key texts and journalsbeing used. A justification of the method(s) chosen is given, and there is evidence ofclear discussion on the choice of research design. Discussion of sampling approacheswill be present, and in primary research designs, show an attempt at systematicprocedures for data collection.There is logic to the structure, stemming from clear aim and objectives, and sufficientlevel of argument, showing attempts at analysis and evaluation: these should reflectthe aim and objectives and lead to few generalisations and unsupported judgments.Although some examples offered may be basic and may draw on Level 5 content andstandard textbook examples, there is evidence of wider reading. Theories and models are referred to, giving the research a framework for discussionand analysis. Conclusions rarely bring in material not dealt with in the main body andrecommendations are feasible. An evaluation of what the research has achieved willbe present. The presentation of the document will show a good use of language withproof-read contents presented in a cogent manner. Overall, the document shows reading that includes key texts and journals,understanding of research design, and shows that the author can offer observationsand arguments based upon findings. Aim and majority of objectives are mostly met.General features of work at 50-59The treatment of the literature may often discuss the work of others without offering acritical analysis. There will be some evidence of appropriate reading but it may befocused too narrowly. The methodology will be structured clearly but may be basic,with choices of method not always rationalised.Discussion of sampling approacheswill be present but evidence of any systematic procedures may be absent. Although there will be logic to the structure, the aim and all objectives may not bebest worded; there may be insufficient depth of argument applied, with a tendency todescribe rather than analyse or evaluate findings and/or the work of others: this maylead to some inappropriate generalisations and judgments. Examples for elaborationoffered may be apt but rather simplistic.Theories are referred to but may not always be well applied to findings or to give theresearch a framework for discussion and analysis. Conclusions may be broad, but willstrive to avoid using material not always dealt with in the main body;recommendations may not always realistic and feasible but these will emerge fromthe text. An evaluation of what the research has achieved may be brief. Thepresentation of the document may show acceptable use of language, although theauthor may not have accurately proof-read the contents and used software to presentthe document in an appropriate manner.Overall, the document shows basic reading, is suitably organised, displays someunderstanding of research design, and shows that the author can offer discussionsbased upon findings. Aim and some objectives mostly met.General features of work at 40-493
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