Appendix 1 – Research and analysis project assessment criteria
|RESEARCH PROJECT||PASS – GRADE A||PASS – GRADE B||PASS – GRADE C||FAIL – GRADE F|
|Technical and Professional Skills|
|Understanding of accountancy / business models||Highly appropriate choice of theory/concepts.
Very clear relevance and shows evidence of wider reading
|Appropriate choice of theory and concepts.
Significant evidence of understanding.
|Some, but limited choice and use of theory and concepts.
Some evidence of understanding.
|Poor choice of theory / concepts, very limited understanding.
Reliance on narrow range of material.
|Application of accountancy / business models||Insightful and critical application of models to the project topic.||Mostly correct application of theory to the project topic.||Mostly correct application of theory to the project topic.||Poor use of theory / models and confused understanding of application.|
|Evaluation of information, analysis and conclusions||High level of critical thought shown in the analysis and a rigorous approach to the evaluation of information.||Strength shown in some areas of critical review of the information. Good evaluation of information.||Some analysis but a tendency towards description rather than analysis and evaluation||Descriptive and lacking in analysis.
Inaccuracies. Little or no critical evaluation
|Presentation of project findings||Can engage reader in a professional manner and produce a relevant and coherent project report with appropriate structure.||Can communicate effectively in a format appropriate to the report. Clear and concise manner with all relevant information.||Some communication is effective. Can report practical applications in a structured way.||Communication is only partially effective and project is poorly structured.|
|Graduate Skills||Competent||Not Competent|
|Communication||Language mostly fluent.
Grammar and spelling mainly accurate.
|Meaning often unclear.
Grammar and / or spelling contain frequent errors.
|Information gathering and referencing||Clear evidence of a range of relevant information sources.
Clear evidence of correct referencing methodology.
|Very few and / or irrelevant information sources used.
Referencing is mostly absent or unsystematic.
|Information technology||Shows reasonable evidence of having accessed online information sources and having used a spreadsheet and other software in preparing the project report.||Little evidence of use of IT during preparation of project. Little online access, no evidence of spreadsheet.|
|Skills and Learning Statement||Competent||Not Competent|
|Self-reflection||Makes a reasonable attempt to address all four questions.(see below *)
Shows ability to reflect on judgments made / actions taken during project work.
Evidence of recognizing own strengths and weaknesses
|Overly focused on only one or two questions.(see below *)
Emphasis on description of events, little evaluation of self development etc.
Little discussion of own strengths and weaknesses
|A copy of the presentation to the Mentor is included.
Presentation has appropriate structure. Content is clearly linked to project report findings
|A copy of the presentation to the Mentor has not been included.
Presentation is poorly structured and / or content is not relevant to project report findings.
*In the SLS, the student will be asked to reflect on the following four questions.
- Reflect on what you have learnt from the meetings with your project mentor, including the presentation that you gave to your project mentor?
- To what extent do you think you have achieved the RAP research objectives you set?
- How have you demonstrated your interpersonal and communication skills during the project work?
- Reflect on how undertaking the RAP helped you in your accountancy studies and/or current employment role?