You are required to submit a Group
Presentation and an Individual Written Report for the Research Skills assessment. Please
refer to your Student Handbook for full details of the programme assessment scheme and
general information on preparing and submitting assignments.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing the module you should be able to:
1) Apply note-taking techniques to record specific key information from given material.
2) Conduct primary research demonstrating effective team working skills.
3) Collect, synthesise and structure primary data.
4) Analyse data including identification of positive and negative correlations.
5) Write a report in fluent, accurate English observing the conventions of grammar,
punctuation and spelling and referencing.
6) Evaluate and reflect on own performance.

Conduct primary research for the summative (final)
assessment in this module. The research area you agree on as a group, will be the area you
will conduct your research on and the area you will be using to write up your research report
for the final (summative) assessment.
The presentation should introduce your chosen research topic and explain the methodology
that will be used when conducting the research. The presentation will be an outline of your
research plan and will allow the tutor to give you feedback on your final research activities.
Suggested structure of the Group Presentation is as follows:
1) Introduction to the Research Topic (1 slide recommended)
2) Primary Research (1-2 slides recommended)
3) Secondary Research (1-2 slides recommended)
4) Collection and Analysis of Primary Data (1-2 slides recommended)
5) Ethical Considerations (1 slide recommended)
6) Reflective Observations on Team Working (1-2 slides recommended)
7) References/Bibliography
8) Appendices
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Further Instructions:
The group will produce one presentation together but they all need to submit this same
presentation separately.
The Group Presentation work will be assessed in class by your module tutor and each
student must present part of the presentation.
Each group must not be more than 3 students. Members of the group must be approved
by the tutor prior to the presentation taking place.
Each student will receive equal marks for the Group Presentation task.
Maximum time allowed for each Group Presentation: 15 minutes
Failure to turn up for / participate in the group presentation will not be accepted and
will be marked as a 0% fail.
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Student Guidelines
Development of academic skills:
You MUST underpin your analysis and evaluation of the key issues with appropriate and
wide ranging academic research and ensure this is referenced using the AU Harvard system.
The My Study Skills Area contains the following useful resources:
Guide to AU Harvard Referencing
Guide to AU Harvard Citation
You must use the AU Harvard Referencing method in your assignment.
Word Count:
Students are required to indicate the exact word count on the title page of the assessment.
The word count excludes the title page, executive summary, reference list and
appendices. Where assessment questions have been reprinted from the assessment brief
these will also be excluded from the word count. ALL other printed words ARE included in
the word count. Printed words include those contained within charts and tables. See
‘Word Count Policy’ on the homepage of this module for more information.
Submission Guidance:
Assignments submitted late will not be accepted and will be marked as a 0% fail.
Your assessment should be submitted as a single Word (MS Word) or PDF file. For more
information please see the “Guide to Submitting an Assignment” document available on the
module page on iLearn.
You must ensure that the submitted assignment is all your own work and that all sources
used are correctly attributed. Penalties apply to assignments which show evidence of
academic unfair practice. (See the Student Handbook which is on the homepage of your
module and also in the Induction Area).
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Assessment Criteria (Learning objectives covered – all)
Level 0 prepares students to function effectively at Level 4. Criteria for assessment at Level 0 reflect the preparatory nature of these modules. Students are expected to demonstrate the acquisition of generic learning skills appropriate for self-managed learning in an HE context. Students are expected to demonstrate that they have acquired the underpinning discipline-specific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to undertake a programme of higher education Grade Mark Bands Generic Assessment Criteria First (1)
Outstanding performance which demonstrates an outstanding knowledge base, supported with wider reading and the ability to begin to analyse the subject area. The work draws widely on relevant theory and shows awareness of any relevant ethical considerations. The work shows an excellent level of competence and confidence in managing appropriate sources and materials, initiative and excellent academic writing skills and professional skills (where appropriate). The work is accurately and consistently referenced throughout.
Excellent performance which demonstrates an excellent knowledge base the ability to begin to analyse the subject. The work draws on relevant theory whilst showing some awareness of any relevant ethical considerations.
The work shows a high level of competence in managing sources and materials, initiative and very good academic writing skills and professional skills (where appropriate). The work is consistently referenced throughout. Upper second (2:1)
Very good performance which demonstrates a sound understanding of the content and some ability to analyse the issues with reference to theory. The work shows a good level of competence in managing sources and materials and some initiative. Academic writing skills are good and expression remains accurate overall. Good professional skills (where appropriate). The work is referenced throughout. Lower second (2:2)
A satisfactory to good performance which shows a decent understanding of the content and makes some reference to theory. The work shows a sound level of competence in managing basic sources and materials. Academic writing skills are satisfactory and expression remains accurate overall although the piece may lack structure. Satisfactory professional skills (where appropriate). There is some attempt to reference the work. Third (3)
A basic level of understanding in which there are some gaps in knowledge of the subject, its underpinning theory and ethical considerations. The work shows a basic use of sources and materials. Academic writing skills are limited and there are some errors in expression and the work may lack structure overall. There are some difficulties in developing professional skills (where appropriate). Marginal Fail
A limited level of knowledge in which there are clear omissions in understanding the subject, its underpinning theory and ethical considerations. The work shows a limited use of sources and materials. Academic writing skills are weak and there are errors in expression and the work may lack structure overall. There are difficulties in developing professional skills (where appropriate).
29% and below
A poor performance in which there are substantial gaps in knowledge and understanding. The work shows little evidence in the use of appropriate sources and materials. Academic writing skills are very weak and there are numerous errors in expression. The work lacks structure overall. Professional skills (where appropriate) are not developed The work is imitative.


Sample Solution

Sample solution

Dante Alighieri played a critical role in the literature world through his poem Divine Comedy that was written in the 14th century. The poem contains Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Inferno is a description of the nine circles of torment that are found on the earth. It depicts the realms of the people that have gone against the spiritual values and who, instead, have chosen bestial appetite, violence, or fraud and malice. The nine circles of hell are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed and wrath. Others are heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dante’s Inferno in the perspective of its portrayal of God’s image and the justification of hell. 

In this epic poem, God is portrayed as a super being guilty of multiple weaknesses including being egotistic, unjust, and hypocritical. Dante, in this poem, depicts God as being more human than divine by challenging God’s omnipotence. Additionally, the manner in which Dante describes Hell is in full contradiction to the morals of God as written in the Bible. When god arranges Hell to flatter Himself, He commits egotism, a sin that is common among human beings (Cheney, 2016). The weakness is depicted in Limbo and on the Gate of Hell where, for instance, God sends those who do not worship Him to Hell. This implies that failure to worship Him is a sin.

God is also depicted as lacking justice in His actions thus removing the godly image. The injustice is portrayed by the manner in which the sodomites and opportunists are treated. The opportunists are subjected to banner chasing in their lives after death followed by being stung by insects and maggots. They are known to having done neither good nor bad during their lifetimes and, therefore, justice could have demanded that they be granted a neutral punishment having lived a neutral life. The sodomites are also punished unfairly by God when Brunetto Lattini is condemned to hell despite being a good leader (Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). While he commited sodomy, God chooses to ignore all the other good deeds that Brunetto did.

Finally, God is also portrayed as being hypocritical in His actions, a sin that further diminishes His godliness and makes Him more human. A case in point is when God condemns the sin of egotism and goes ahead to commit it repeatedly. Proverbs 29:23 states that “arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” When Slattery condemns Dante’s human state as being weak, doubtful, and limited, he is proving God’s hypocrisy because He is also human (Verdicchio, 2015). The actions of God in Hell as portrayed by Dante are inconsistent with the Biblical literature. Both Dante and God are prone to making mistakes, something common among human beings thus making God more human.

To wrap it up, Dante portrays God is more human since He commits the same sins that humans commit: egotism, hypocrisy, and injustice. Hell is justified as being a destination for victims of the mistakes committed by God. The Hell is presented as being a totally different place as compared to what is written about it in the Bible. As a result, reading through the text gives an image of God who is prone to the very mistakes common to humans thus ripping Him off His lofty status of divine and, instead, making Him a mere human. Whether or not Dante did it intentionally is subject to debate but one thing is clear in the poem: the misconstrued notion of God is revealed to future generations.



Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). Dante’s inferno: Seven deadly sins in scientific publishing and how to avoid them. Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed, 267.

Cheney, L. D. G. (2016). Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno: A Comparative Study of Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Stradano, and Federico Zuccaro. Cultural and Religious Studies4(8), 487.

Verdicchio, M. (2015). Irony and Desire in Dante’s” Inferno” 27. Italica, 285-297.