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  Module Handbook
   Academic Year

                        METHODS OF ENQUIRY

The module is being run by using action learning. This can be defined as
a process in which a group of people come together regularly to help each
other learn from their own experiences with the help of a facilitator. Each
of the participants is from a different situation, is involved in different
activities and faces individual problems.

The process of action learning involves action followed by reflection on
that action which then informs future action. This is intended to improve
practice - in this case it is the practise of preparing a paper for


GROUP A will meet week beginning 24th September, 8th October, 29th October, 12th
November, 26th November

Wendy Alam
Ruth Carsberg
Janet Critchley
Saud Hadi
Mark Hindley
Alice Ladbroke
Tiffany Mason
Simon Rennison
Lisa Rutter
Nita Tassontes
Amy Wong

GROUP B will meet week beginning 1st October, 15th October, 5th November, 19th
November, 3rd December.

Annie Brown
Raymond Chan
Stuart Duncan
Stephanie Hardman
Changing Hu
Marika Latham
Gavin Ollerenshaw
Shirley Roberts
Elizabeth Shaw
Amy Williams

The week beginning 10th December will be a drop-in session for any student who
wishes to speak with me prior to the vacation.

                        METHODS OF ENQUIRY

ASSESSMENT: Due in Monday 7th January

You are required to produce an original research paper of 5000 words for
a named academic journal of your choice. The journal you select will
influence both the topic area and the style of presentation.

The paper can use secondary sources or describe the findings of empirical
research which you have carried out. However, if you select the latter
ethical approval must be gained before data collection can take place.
Before you begin you need to look thoroughly at several journals – get to
know the sorts of topics on which they publish and the style of the articles.
   - medically /clinically oriented, only quantitative, only qualitative,
      multidisciplinary, socially/psychologically oriented, acupuncture
      teaching or use of acupuncture for specific disease patterns .

Every academic journal offers a statement of its aims and scope – and
you need to ask if your topic area falls within the framework for the
Next study the guidelines for authors. The paper needs a clear focus and
you need to ask the following questions of your work.

   1. Is it original? Does it contribute to knowledge in this area and if so,
   2. Does the study meet its objectives?
   3. Was systematic bias avoided or minimised? If so, how?
   4. Was the study large enough to make the results credible?
   5. Is it written in an accessible style that is free from jargon?


If you are unable to hand in work on time/attend examinations or other
assessments due to personal mitigating circumstances YOU MUST:

    Complete a PMC form
    Attach relevant documentary evidence (e.g. Medical Certificate) PMC
     forms with no evidence are rarely accepted

     Late Penaltiy Rules:
     0-7 days late 10 marks deducted, 7-14 days late (including the 14th
     day) 20 marks deducted. Anything after 14 days becomes a non-
     submission and will be awarded a zero mark.

A PMC form for “late submission up to 14 days” can only be submitted
TOGETHER WITH your late work.

Your tutor/employer no longer signs the form. It will be signed when
received at the relevant Directorate Office.

All PMCs are considered by the School PMC panel. If your PMC is
accepted, the Board of Examiners will:

    For lateness, up to and including14 days: Remove late penalties from
     the piece of work in question

    For non submission, over 14 days: Offer you the chance to submit/sit
     the piece of work/exam in question as if for the first time (i.e. for an
     uncapped mark)

    For Absence: Offer you the chance to sit the exam in question as if
     for the first time (i.e. for an uncapped mark).

    For Standard of Performance: Offer you the chance to do the
     assessment again.

       Full details of the University‟s PMC rules are available via the website:
                              and in student handbooks.

    The University have made these new rules to ensure that all students are
                          treated equally and fairly.
                           Academic Session 2007/2008

              Copying the work of others is
Plagiarism is viewed as a serious form of misconduct. Last year
more than 100 students had cases of plagiarism proved against
      For some this meant a poorer degree classification,
            others were expelled from the University
Please make sure you understand that plagiarism means copying
the words of others. This includes writing from:

       •   Books, journals and reports
       •   Websites and other electronic media
       •   Newspapers and magazines
       •   Other students past or present

                   THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE

It‟s generally best to use your own words. If you do use the words
of others, keep quotations brief and give exact sources by full and
accurate referencing. You should not simply „cut‟ and „paste‟
material from any other source into your submitted work.

Full details of the University Rules on Plagiarism and other
forms of academic misconduct are in your School Handbook and
on the following website:

It is essential that you reference work correctly. For more
information on referencing visit an on-line course at:

   It‟s up to you to make sure you understand what „plagiarism‟
    The University has strict rules on plagiarism to ensure
                          fairness to all.

              You will find this handbook on Blackboard

        Please ensure you use your University email account. We will
                        contact you regularly by email

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