My dissertation topic is Â People and organisational issues in projects/ project management ; and my focus can be Performance Appraisal .
MSc Management of Projects (MoP) Group of Programmes 2022/23
PROJECT MANAGEMENT RESEARCH METHODS (ENGM 60050)
PMRM Coursework A: Critical Analysis of Academic Journal Papers (70% Unit)
Submission Deadline: 10am TUESDAY 21st March 2023 (Week 8)
The purpose of â€œPMRM Coursework Aâ€ is to assess your ability to:
ï‚· Conduct a literature search â€“ finding and selecting relevant, appropriate academic sources;
ï‚· Summarise and critically evaluate a selection of academic journal papers and draw appropriate
ï‚· Correctly reference academic sources of information using standard Harvard referencing.
In addition, through background reading to support the preparation of the coursework, students are expected to
develop relevant knowledge of the published academic literature relevant to their allocated dissertation topic
area. This enables you to identify specific research questions to investigate in your own dissertation project
ï‚· Coursework A must be based on your allocated dissertation topic area. You will be informed of your
dissertation topic area early in Semester 2.
ï‚· At the start of your report you define the focus and scope of your mini-literature review and present a
fully-referenced introduction to this specific topic.
ï‚· You then describe your methodology for searching and selecting appropriate academic literature sources
(peer reviewed journal papers).
ï‚· You then summarise and critically analyse a carefully chosen set of three academic journal papers that are
relevant to your dissertation topic, comparing each of these â€œcore papersâ€ with each other and with other
related academic papers.
ï‚· Finally, using your analysis you must draw insights and present appropriate conclusions from critiquing
your selection of three â€œcore papersâ€ and other supporting literature.
In Coursework B, which is submitted later and separately after Coursework A, you will be required to create an
outline proposal for your dissertation project, based on your allocated topic area and background reading.
Summary of Contents and Page Allocation for Coursework
The Coursework is divided into required content sections, each with a set page limit. Please note that marks will
not be awarded for any content on pages exceeding the maximum number of pages stipulated for each section.
You must comply exactly with the presentation and formatting instructions described in this briefing document.
The requirements for each section are outlined below (It is advisable to start each section on a new page):
Page 1 Introduction: Focus, Context and Scope 10 Marks
Page 2 Methodology: Strategy for Literature Search and Selection 10 Marks
Critique of Cor
Marking Criteria â€“ PMRM Semester 2 Coursework A (ENGM60050) REVIEW OF ACADEMIC JOURNAL PAPERS
1 2 3 4 5 6
Missing Poor Fail Fail Pass Merit Distinction
ï‚· Introduction: Focus,
Context and Scope
Most elements missing.
Content incoherent, very
unclear or superficial.
Some key elements are missing.
Superficial description but lacks
sufficient clarity. Many
statements unsupported with
Key elements included, though
would benefit from more detail or
clarity. Description of review focus,
context and scope provide an
adequate overview. Justification
may be missing. Sources
Provides a good level of detail
and clarity. Explanation of review
focus, context and scope provide
a meaningful overview and
shows some justification. Sources
Provides a clear and reasoned
explanation and overview of the study,
justifying chosen focus, explaining the
context and scope and indicating
deeper critical engagement. Sources
Search strategy (10
ï‚· Search Tools
ï‚· Search / Selection
Most elements missing.
Either keywords or
are absent. Content
incoherent, very unclear or
One or two key elements are
missing. Mainly unclear.
Superficial description of search
and selection process but lacks
Basic keywords, search tools and
search strategy all described
superficially, but would benefit
from more detail or clarity.
Justification may be missing.
Explanations of keywords, search
tools and search strategy are all
described clearly and in sufficient
detail, with some justification
Explanations of keywords and tools and
search strategy give clear and reasoned
explanation, indicating deeper critical
Critical Analysis of 3
Papers (60 Marks)
30 â€“ 35 Marks
36 â€“ 41 Marks
42 – 60 Marks
ï‚· Critique and
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