This assessment will involve critiquing a piece of published research. Students have a choice between two published articles, one using a qualitative design and the other a quantitative design. The assessment requires students to critique the various aspects of the research article they have chosen using the criteria for critiquing that are provided in the web modules. In particular, students are required to critique the (i) research questions and hypotheses, (ii) literature review, (iii) research design, (iv) sampling, and (v) data collection method used.
Describe and critically assess the research problems, research questions and hypotheses (if appropriate) including the identification of variables
Identify and critically assess the literature reviewed including the use of primary and secondary sources
State the research design used and critically assess its appropriateness
Identify and critically assess the sampling method including the size of the sample and any inclusion or exclusion criteria
Describe and critically assess the methods of data collection