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A-I.

Students Embark on a Highly-structured Closed Inquiry

When students embark on inquiry at Level I they respond to questions/tasks arising explicitly from a closed inquiry. A lecturer or tutor prescribes the starting point of closed inquiries, setting the research question, project aim or overall purpose. Most of the discipline examples in the table below would not typically be conceived of as starting points of inquiry, but are appropriately thought of as such if a staged development of research skills is sought.

Students working at Level I of 'embark on inquiry' require a high degree of structure and guidance, possibly due to a lack of experience in the discipline of concern. They may be unfamiliar with or struggle with basic concepts, approaches or values in that discipline. To observe the staged development of skills particular to 'embarking on inquiry', look at examples from A1 though to A5, by clicking on the navigation tool on the right. To note the facets of inquiry at Level I, click on cells AI through to FI.

EXAMPLE CRITERIA NATURE OF THE TASK DISCIPLINE YEAR LEVEL FULL MARKING CRITERIA
Appropriately identifies key ideas from 1 source. When using 2 or more sources, identifies some peripheral or duplicated ideas as key Entry-level diagnostic of literature research skills Business Ethics Masters by Coursework BEmon diagmc08
Aims distinguishable but not made explicit Research paper Business Ethics Masters by Coursework BEmon resrepmc08
Identifies relevant issues but does not distinguish or respond to key issues Diagnostic legal scenario Busniess Law Masters by Coursework BLmel diagmc08

Appropriately identifies key ideas from 1 source. When using 2 or more sources, identifies some peripheral or duplicate ideas as key

Research paper Business Law Masters by Coursework BLmel assignmc08
Appropriately identifies key ideas from 1 source. When using 2 or more sources, identifies some peripheral or duplicated ideas as key Entry-level diagnostic of literature research skills Electronic Engineering Masters by Coursework PHOTad_diagMast06
Significance of the paper is stated, but not based on leads from, or gaps in, the literature  Research Paper Electronic Engineering Masters by Coursework PHOTad_papermcMast07

Appropriately identifies key ideas from 1 source. When using 2 or more sources, identifies some peripheral or duplicated ideas as key

Entry-level diagnostic of literature research skills Human Biology First Year HBad_diag07
Appropriately identifies key ideas from 1 source. When using 2 or more sources, identifies some peripheral or duplicated ideas as key Literature research skills Human Biology First Year

HBad_lit1mc07

HB Lit rsd task 1 explanation

Uses the general topic provided to initiate a basic search for data/information Sourcing and Referencing Scientific Information Human Biology First Year HB Lit rsd task 3 explanation
HBad_Lit3mc07
Identifies an appropriate purpose/reason for undertaking the activity Laboratory Research Skills Human Biology First Year

HBad_Lab3mc07
HB Lab rsd task 3 explanation

Identifies an appropriate learning objective for the activity Laboratory Research Skills Human Biology First Year

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HB Lab rsd task 7 explanation

Identifies an appropriate learning objective for the activity Laboratory Research Skills Human Biology First Year

HB Lab rsd task 10 marking criteria PDF

HB Lab rsd task 10 explanation PDF

Aims/hypothesis distinguishable but not made explicit Open Inquiry in Population Analysis and report Human Biology

First Year Second Semester

HB population analysis marking criteria
HB population analysis PDF
Completes diagnostic test Health Numeracy diagnostic Nursing First Year NURSad L1mc07
NurNu level 1 full PDF
Identifies peripheral/duplicated core components of topic Wiki and poster assessment Oral Health First Year OH wiki poster08
Appropriately identifies key ideas from 1 source. When using 2 or more sources, identifies some peripheral or duplicated ideas as key Entry-level diagnostic of literature research skills Petroleum Engineering First year PEad diagmc07
Hypothesis distinguishable but not clearly stated or appropriate to the task background Entry-level diagnostic of experimental design Psychology Third year PSYmac diagmc05

 

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