2012 Students’ perceptions of academic online journal and increased work quality

James Orr and Angela Maye-Banbury

This study is researching what students in the Architecture and Planning department feel about having their dissertation project as part of an online academic journal. The motivation for this research is to see if students will produce a better quality dissertation if it is published in a peer review journal. Also, we would want to see if publishing their dissertation in the journal would support their engagement in the Applied Research Methods module and the dissertation as a whole. Finally, we want to see if the students feel the academic journal will provide benefits to future students who will do the same masters. Participants will be students from Sheffield Hallam University doing a masters degree in the Architecture and Planning field. A questionnaire will be generated to see what views the students have. Focus groups will then be run to provide a more detailed understanding to what the students think about the idea. From the data collected we hope to show that students will show an interest in the idea and they will want to put more effort into their work. Also, we hope to show that the students will see the benefits for them and future students.

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