Students determine their own choice of subject for the assignment. The assessment is
divided into two parts consisting of a research proforma and a detailed synopsis of study
including, appropriately framed proposition with rationale and aims, key theoretical ideas,
authors and their critical perspectives, main and subsidiary lines of argument and structure of
discussion and distribution in sections of the study.
Both the research proforma and the
synopsis must be submitted for assessment and receive a minimum of a pass grade
to achieve a pass for the unit.
Your synopsis must contain illustrations where appropriate and a full bibliography of
references following Harvard referencing conventions; see
Plagiarism Disclaimer Form in the Dissertation area myUCA must also be completed
and attached to the front of your dissertation.
A copy of the synopsis and proforma as one document must also be submitted to
turnitin – see under ‘Assessment’ for this unit on myUCA.
1. The Research Proforma
This is used to record the subject and title of the essay and a research question. The
proforma also records the sources explored and notes the findings of investigations.
The proforma constitutes 25% of the overall grade for this unit.
2. The Synopsis
This deals with the identification of a the critical approaches to be adopted in its
investigation, the bodies of knowledge to be investigated, the critical position of
authors, lines of argument and rationale for the subject and the structure. The
synopsis constitutes 75% of the grade for the unit. This should be in the region of
2000 words. The synopsis constitutes 75% of the grade for the unit.
Submission date for Research Proforma and Synopsis
rd April 2012
Research Proforma & Synopsis Hand-in
10.00am – 12.00 noon
Faculty Admin office, ground floor (next to photocopier)