Professional Research and Communication

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ITECH 5500 Professional Research and
Communication
Literature Synthesis
Overview
The purpose of this assessment is to enable students to demonstrate a critical awareness of previous research in
an IT context within a chosen topic area through a basic understanding of research theory and techniques.
Overall goals of this assignment are to help you to:
Become more knowledgeable about finding and using varied research sources in your chosen area in IT.
Further develop your critical thinking skills and back up your points with evidence.
Become more adept at synthesizing information and developing informed views.
Discipline yourself to follow a scholarly research format to document in-text sources and a references
page (bibliography).
You must work on this report individually
Timelines and Expectations
Percentage Value of Task: 15% Due: 17.00 Friday Week 4 (see the Course Description or moodle submission
link for the exact date for this semester)
Minimum time expectation: 3-8 hours
Learning Outcomes Assessed
The following course learning outcomes are assessed by completing this assessment:
Knowledge:
K1. Determine the role IT research plays in contributing to organisational innovation, and success.
K2 Identify appropriate research philosophies for IT projects, which match organisational
approaches.
Skills:

S2. Demonstrate expert English language skills in academic and professional contexts.
S3. Evaluate the quality and utility of literature sourced.
S4. Undertake a literature review for an organisational IT research project.

Application of knowledge and skills:

A2. Present written and oral reports to academic and organisational audiences.

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Assessment Details
Background
The report requires a critical analysis of literature relevant to a proposal. The purpose of the task is to help
students identify and analyse relevant literature to assist in determining an appropriate topic for the research
proposal.
Requirements
You are required to submit:
An interim research proposal (50-200 words) to provide context for your choice of literature.
A synthesis matrix (as described in class). This should discuss at least 6 articles, and at least 5 or 6
main ideas discussed in those articles. Choose your articles carefully – these should be relevant to the
core ideas of your chosen topic, and as far as possible published in reputable, peer-reviewed sources.
If you have concerns about the quality of an article, discuss this with your tutor during lab classes.
A list of references named in the synthesis matrix. These should be in APA referencing style.
You have already done quite a bit of work for this research in tutorials: you should have a tentative research
issue, strategies and evidence to persuade your readers about the significance of the problem you’re
researching, as well as the validity of your research issues. You also should consider opposing views or good
counter-arguments that you can address in order to help establish your credibility and enhance the relevance of
your paper.
A. Interim Research Proposal
The submission must contain the following sections, submitted in the order as listed below-
Title – proposal title (10 words maximum)
Proposal – summarization of the significant concepts in the proposed study focusing on
key aspects (200 words max)
B. Synthesis Matrix

Article #1 Article #2 …. Article #6
Main Idea A
Main Idea B
..
Main Idea E-F

C. References
References– include relevant literature sources (a list of full-text references)
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Note: Students are required to follow the ‘General guide to referencing’ and ‘Guide to Writing and
Study Skills’- specially the ‘Layout and Appearance’ and the ‘Report’ sections.
http://federation.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/164121/FedUni-General-Guide-to-Referencing-
2014.pdf
http://federation.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/190044/2014-General-Guide-to-Writing-and-StudySkills.pdf
[For distribution of marks, see the Marking Rubric at the end of this document]
Submission
Submit an electronic copy of the Literature Synthesis Report via the submission link on the course
Moodle page. Please refer to the Course Description for information regarding late assignments,
extensions, special consideration, and plagiarism. A reminder all academic regulations can be
accessed via the university’s website, see: http://federation.edu.au/staff/governance/legal/fedunilegislation
Feedback
Submission will be marked electronically and returned via moodle within 2 weeks.
Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of the expressed thought or work of another person as though it is one’s
own without properly acknowledging that person. You must not allow other students to copy your work
and must take care to safeguard against this happening. More information about the plagiarism policy
and procedure for the university can be found at http://federation.edu.au/students/learning-andstudy/online-help-with/plagiarism.

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Marking Criteria/Rubric
ITECH5500 Research Report- Marking Rubric

Student Id. Student name Marked by
Category Excellent Good Acceptable Poor/Unacceptable Marks
Title 9-10
Very coherent
and succinct title
5-8
Coherent and
succinct title
1-4
Title doesn’t
convey the
proposal
0
No title or
incoherent title
/10
Proposal 16-20
Excellent
problem
identified with a
succinct and
clear proposal
10-15
Good
problem
identified,
clear proposal
outlined
4-9
Problem not
clear,
presentation
poor
0-3
No or minimal
proposal
/20
Literature
Synthesis
matrix
40-50
Sources are
exceptionally well
integrated and
they support
claims argued in
the paper very
effectively.
30-39
Sources are well
integrated and
support the
paper’s claims.
20-29
Sources support
some claims
made in the
paper, but might
not be integrated
well within the
paper’s argument.
0-19
The paper does not
use adequate
research or if it
does, the sources
are not integrated
well.
/50
References 16-20
An appropriate
number of
authoritative
references in
APA style
10-15
Authoritative
references in
APA style with
some
deficiencies
4-9
Few
authoritative
references in
APA style with
many
deficiencies
0-3
Too few
authoritative
references in poor
adherence to APA
/20
Total /100
Scaled total /15
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