Initial Plan of EPQ

Events

On holiday in Cornwall

28th July 2016 - 14th August 2016

Where I will do a lot of the work

Back to school

5 September 2016

Managing/ planning the project

Planning the Project

9th July 2016 - 16th July 2016

Produce ideas for my project

9th July 2016 - 10th July 2016

What are your deliverables for this plan of action?
-Create a freemind document coming up with possible ideas for my project/artefact
-narrow my project down to three ideas for a topic title

Why do you plan on doing this/ what are your aims?
-This will enable me to get much closer to deciding what my project will be. This get me one step closer to starting researching my project.

Are there any problems you anticipate facing? If so, what will you do to overcome this?
I may find that it is difficult to come up with any ideas. In order to alleviate this I will first consider what my hobbies/interests at school are and what I want my career/further education to be in order to reach a logical conclusion of what I may be willing to do and what would be helpful for me.

Decide my project title and format

10th July 2016

What are the deliverables for this deadline?
-Decide if I am doing an artefact or dissertation
-Decide my initial topic title. I will do this by narrowing down from 3 top ideas which I made previously to this

Write what my aims/objectives are for my Project

12 July 2016 - 14 July 2016

What are your deliverables for this plan of action?
Create a document which outlines what I hope to achieve with this project.
This will include:
-the skills/attributes I want to learn/develop
-how I want it to help me with my future career
-how I want it to help me with my further education after KEGS

Why do you plan on doing this/ what are your aims?

Are there any problems you anticipate facing? If so, what will you do to overcome this?
I may find that my project is not meeting these aims. If this is not the case then I can review my topic title/format. This is why I have put this aims/objectives section after the formulating of ideas for my project rather than before.

Create my Initial Plan of action for my EPQ

16th July 2016

(This plan that I am doing right now)

What are your deliverables for this plan of action?
A detalied plan on preceden outlining what I expect to have to do, with deadlines, in order to realise my project.
This will be for each stage of the project: planning, researching, writing, evaluating.

Why do you plan on doing this/ what are your aims?
This will give me a more clear understanding of what I need to do in order for my project to be successful. It will also allow me to keep to the deadlines which I have been set and am setting myself for the completion of different stages of my EPQ.

Are there any problems you anticipate facing? If so, what will you do to overcome this?
There is some uncertainty surrounding my EPQ. I may not know whether I will be incredibly busy at certain times and there may be things which I will need to do which I have missed. This is inevitable with any early plan and is a reason to review the plan later, in order to adjust with the situation which I will do.

Using Resources

Research

17th July 2016 - 7th August 2016

Find possible sources

17th July 2016 - 21st July 2016

Using google search, talking to a librarian if necessary

What are your deliverables for this plan of action?
Create a table of many sources, evaluating their potential utility to me.

Why do you plan on doing this/ what are your aims?
This will allow me to know what I will be reading and taking notes on for my dissertation.

Are there any problems you anticipate facing? If so, what will you do to overcome this?
I may have problems finding enough sources. In order to counteract this I can do many things such as looking at the references of a book that I know will be helpful to me in order to find more similar texts that are likely to be relevant to my topic.

Read and take notes on my sources

21 July 2016 - 7 August 2016

Decide initially which sources I will be using

21st July 2016

What are your deliverables for this plan of action?
Create a list of titles which I intend to use

Why do you plan on doing this/ what are your aims?
In doing this I will eliminate the potential sources which I came up with which I evaluated and found to be not helpful to my dissertaiton research. As a result I will avoid wasting my time with irrelevant sources and know which sources I will need to read/take notes from in the time that I have allotted.

Are there any problems you anticipate facing? If so, what will you do to overcome this?
I may not know whether sources will be helpful to me or not before actually looking at them. To overcome this I will have to go to a library so that I can look at the books in order to decide whether they will be useful, or I can look online at reviews of the books which say whether the books is useful/what it covers. Furthermore, Amazon has a "look inside" function which will allow me to look at the contents and introductions of books and decide whether I will find the source useful.

Conduct research into peoples' views on my topic

8th August 2016 - 10 August 2016

What are your deliverables for this plan of action?
-Create a survey
-Post on Facebook this survey (unless I choose another method for finding participants)
-analyse the results of this survey => infer what peoples' views are from the questions

Why do you plan on doing this/ what are your aims?
This will allow me to find out whether people believe that the issue which I am discussing is important, which will validate my project as important. It will also allow me to understand what most peoples' views are on this subject in order to allow me to decide which arguments I should conisder/ignore in my dissertation.

Are there any problems you anticipate facing? If so, what will you do to overcome this?
I may find that peoples' views on my subject are unclear/difficult to interpret.
However, if this were to be the case the burden would rest on me since I can give them multiple choice questions. I must take care to ensure that my questions are as clear as possible for participants

Complete elearning for Research etc.

11th August 2016 - 14 August 2016

What are your deliverables for this plan of action?
I have a checklist on onenote of deliverables for this part of my EPQ. This will effectively be completion of all of the elearning modules on kegsnet.

Why do you plan on doing this/ what are your aims?
This will allow me to complete the rest of my research and EPQ effectively without plagiarising etc. by having knowledge which I may not have previously had.

Are there any problems you anticipate facing? If so, what will you do to overcome this?
I think that it is unlikely that I will have any problems since all I must do is go to a website and learn/take notes on some information which I am likely to have the general gist of already

Developing and Realising the Project

Create a Plan for my Dissertation

18 August 2016 - 22 August 2016

Questions to ask myself:
What arguments will be included? What will the Paragraphs be? What will my line of Argument be?

Ask why to the answers to all of the above questions

What are your deliverables for this plan of action?
A full plan including all the points/arguments that I will cover and the paragraphs and structure through which I will cover them.

Why do you plan on doing this/ what are your aims?
This will allow me to have a clear understanding of how I will write my essay so that the first draft is clear and concise. Also, when I review my first draft I will be able to ensure that I am getting the point that I want to get across clearly.

Are there any problems you anticipate facing? If so, what will you do to overcome this?
I may find that I don't know what to talk about. If this is the case it wil be because I have not completed enough research and thought about the debates enough. Therefore, I will have to adjust my actions and conduct more research relevant to my question

Write my Dissertation (first draft)

24 August 2016 - 28 August 2016

Reviewing/ Evaluating

Evaluate my initial planning and project development

16th July 2016

What are your deliverables for this plan of action?
Create a document with reasons for and against the belief that my planning for this project has been effective and sufficient

Why do you plan on doing this/ what are your aims?
This wil enable me to ensure that I have planned what I am doing effectively so that I am not just rushing into my project with uncertainty.

Are there any problems you anticipate facing? If so, what will you do to overcome this?
I may find that I am not happy with my planning. To combat this I will need to extend my planning period and complete further, better planning

Evaluate whether I have sufficient sources and the sources themselves

21 July 2016

And am happy with the resources I have found for my project

What are your deliverables for this plan of action?
-Create a document evaluating the usefulness of each source
-Take a decision of whether I will need to find more/better sources

Why do you plan on doing this/ what are your aims?
This will ensure that I am researching with useful sources and ensuring that I have enough sources for my dissertation to be comprehensive

Are there any problems you anticipate facing? If so, what will you do to overcome this?
No

Evaluate my sources and their usefulness

7 August 2016

This will be similar evaluation to the previous evluation

Review my Survey and the answers

10th August 2016

What are your deliverables for this plan of action?
-review the effectiveness of my questions
-review the effectiveness of the site that I used for this survey and the way that I found participants
Why do you plan on doing this/ what are your aims?
To check that my survey was effective and usable, and also to consider what I would do differently with my survey next time

Are there any problems you anticipate facing? If so, what will you do to overcome this?
No

Review my Research and Resources

16 August 2016

Ask "has it been successful?" What went badly, what went poorly?

What are your deliverables for this plan of action?
-Create a document evaluating my research process. More specifically, it should be on my process of reading sources and taking notes since I will have already evaluated twice the resources themselves.

Why do you plan on doing this/ what are your aims?
This will ensure that I have given myself enough time to actually read and take notes on my sources in order to ensure that I am not writing an essay which i am not prepared for

Are there any problems you anticipate facing? If so, what will you do to overcome this?
I may not know if I am happy with my notes.
Normally if I am unsure of whether I have done enough research that is a sign that I simply need to do more, so I will reread my notes and read any segments that I may have skipped over from my research if this does happen.

Evaluate my Plan

23 August 2016

To see if there is anything I am not confident on, anything I should change. What I am happy about being in it. What i think should be removed

Review my dissertation on my own

29 August 2016 - 1 September 2016

Review my dissertation with the Head of Philosophy

5 September 2016 - 9 September 2016