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FDN002 Foundation Project


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Weighting – 100% of the marks for this module, Foundation Project (FND002)


This is an individual assignment of 2,400 words. (+ or – 10%)


One assignment with Task 1 as Research Project (2000 words) and Reflection essay (400 words) Students are required to submit their assignments through Turnitin on Canvas for marking.

Only assignments submitted through Canvas will be marked.






You must submit ONE‐Word document for the entire assignment


Task 1: Research Project (2000 words)


Identify a topic area, related to your degree programme, and produce a research project. The research must cover key areas of a good research project and further apply critical thinking and writing skills. The project must include the following structure however your allocated word count may differ:



  • INTRODUCTION (400 words) which must include:


  • Background‐ This should tell the reader why the research is important and what problem the research is trying to

•          Aim

  • Objectives of the project
  • Research questions


  • LITERATURE REVIEW (650 words),
  • DATA ANALYSIS (350 words)
  • CONCLUSION (100 words)



Task 2a: Reflection essay (300 words)

You are required to write 300‐word essay as reflection of knowledge and skills gained on this module. This should cover the following:



  • What you think the module is about
  • What you have learnt from the module
  • What went well during this module
  • The challenges you had with the module
  • What could have been done differently


Task 2b: Timescale and resources (100 words)

Provide project timescale (use a Gantt chart) and resources needed for this project.

Table 1: Applied Penalties for Exceeding the word count.



Word limit Penalty Actual Word Count
Exceeds limit by up to 10%


(see below) 2420

No penalty – tolerance band  
Exceeds limit by 10.1‐20% ‐5% 2421 – 2640
Exceeds limit by 20.1‐30% ‐10 % 2641 ‐ 2860
Exceeds limit by 30.1‐40% ‐15 % 2861 ‐ 3020
Exceeds limit by 40.1‐50% ‐20 % 3021 ‐ 3300
Exceeds limit by more than 50% Mark of zero 3301+




The learning outcomes for this module assessed by this piece of work are: Knowledge

  • Comprehend processes to access and assess information relevant to a student’s programme of study;
  • Show an awareness of the ethical considerations relevant to the degree programme of




  • Employ basic project management skills to ensure successful completion of a project relevant to a student’s degree programme of study;
  • Research information and/or data relevant to the degree programme of study;
  • Deliver a presentation related to relevant to the degree programme of


Assessment Criteria


Your seminar tutor on the basis of the following generic criteria will assess the paper:

Assessment Regulations


For further information regarding Assessment Regulations, extenuating circumstances or extensions and academic integrity, please refer to your Programme

Handbook on the University of Sunderland in London information page on Canvas.

Reading List


Please access your reading list from the library website. To access it, please go to https://moduleresources.sunderland.ac.uk/ and search for your module.