YR 12 COMMUNITY AND FAMILY STUDIES – Setting Out Your IRP It is important that you set your IRP out according to the following format. The word count is approximate only. Title Page You can set out this page however you wish. It must have your Student Number, the date and the IRP title. Include this page as a page number on your contents page. Contents Page This is the index at the front of the page, which identifies headings, sub headings and page numbers. It might look something like the Figure below. Abstract This should be about half to one page in length.
It is best to do this after you have completed your project. It sums up your IRP ‘in a nutshell’. It should provide a brief summary or description of the research, introducing the project and the objectives. It outlines research methodologies used and briefly discusses the findings and conclusions. Acknowledgements This is a very short section to thank the people who have helped you do this project. It could include the names of teachers, friends, parents or organisations that assisted you. Introduction (Approximately 250 words) This provides a brief description of the objectives of the project.
Talk about what you wanted to find out and why. Explain the research question and/or hypothesis. Identify the syllabus areas your IRP relates to. Literature Review (Approximately 400 words) This reviews the information that already exists about the topic. The more relevant the information is to your specific topic, the better. The information that already exists may include chapters in textbooks, magazine articles, newspapers, journals, brochures, videos, television programs and statistics. The discussion of this material should lead to your topic question. You must summarise this information in your own words.
You should ‘reference in text’ properly, by acknowledging the author. Do not plagiarise. Markers can very easily tell if it your words showing an understanding of the literature that you have read. This information should be correctly recorded in the Bibliography. Select only the information that is relevant. Don’t go ‘overboard’ here. Don’t set out each bit of information separately. Rather, blend it all together and make one piece of literature/secondary data flow onto the next. Depending on the type of research you are doing, aim for three or four articles to review. Use a variety of articles from a variety of sources.
For example, do not use all internet articles. Methodology (Approximately 300 words) This section describes the methods you used to collect your primary data and how you went about it. Be very specific and very clear. This section should provide the reader with a complete picture of the research project. Address any ethical considerations here Results and Findings (How ever much it takes! ) This is the heart of the report. It documents what your primary data shows. Presentation and clarity is important. Include graphs, tables, pictures to help make the report look good and to make interpretation easy for the reader.
Set it out logically. Number and clearly label all of the graphs, etc. Give a brief summary of what each graph/table/photograph represents by explaining it in words. If your IRP methodology was a Case Study or Interview which gathered mostly qualitative information, your task here will be a little harder. You need to summarise the main ideas given, perhaps grouping them into identifiable sections. You may introduce quotes or sections of the transcript. It must be easy for the reader to understand. It need to be set out in a logical order. Analysis and Discussion (Approximately 600 words)
This is where you ‘bring it all together’. You interpret and analyse the results explaining why the results came out the way they did, and what this means in regard to the research question/s or hypothesis. Some of your results and findings may support your hypothesis, while other results may not. Clarify your findings here. It is important to make reference to parts of your Literature Review. Remember , this is “discussion” of your IRP, so it should all be in your own words. Summary and Conclusion (Approximately 300 words) What conclusions have you come to at the end of the report?
This is a brief overall summary of the report (a bit like the Abstract) which includes your research question, results and findings and analysis and discussion – then a final conclusion, rounding off the whole report. Recommendations (approximately 100 words) What recommendations would you make to others carrying out similar research. Or, what recommendations would you give to the participants of your research project. Give an account of your positive and negative experiences in completing this research. Bibliography All secondary data you utilised in completing this research project should be listed here.
You must set out the bibliography correctly. It should be thorough. It is best if your bibliography demonstrates secondary data was gathered from a variety of sources. It must be 100% accurate. Appendix Include the information that was relevant and useful, but not critical to the report. The appendices should be numbered and labelled. You might include a copy of the questionnaire, a filled in questionnaire, the interview transcripts, a brochure. map or a table. Remember, the word count suggested is approximate only. Because everyone’s IRP is so different, it is difficult to set a more accurate word count.
You will have to make some decisions on your own regarding how much to include. Don’t be too brief and don’t go overboard. Your IRP must be interesting and informative and enjoyable to read for the marker. Setting it out correctly is a good start! ———————– TABLE OF CONTENTS Abstract1 Acknowledgements2 Introduction3 Literature Review4 Methodology6 Results and Findings a) Questionnaire results8 b) Observation results10 Analysis and Discussion23 Summary and Conclusion26 Recommendations27 Bibliography28 Appendix a) Appendix 1: Questionnaire29 b) Appendix 2: ABS Statistics30