Study Skills & Project Management

 

 

Study Skills & Project Management

 

MSc Computing / MSc IT Management / MSc Big Data Analytics

55-706553

LEVEL 7

Assessment Brief

Task 1 Study skills and critical writing assignment- 3 pages submitted online                                                                                                            50%

We have provided you with some one-sided arguments (positions) which we would like you to analyse critically.  The issues are ethical, and you may have come across them before.  We know that there is a greater emphasis on ethics at master’s level and you may, in another module, be asked to write a full essay on a subject like the ones below.  For that reason, we are not asking for you to write the complete essay.  We will be assessing you on the criteria below.

The aim of the study skills in this module it is to ensure that you have the following tools to help you develop critical writing skills.

  • This assignment is to check that you have developed a critical thinking model that you can understand and use.
  • We want you to demonstrate that you have good searching and researching skills and can find evidence for and against a given argument.
  • We want you to demonstrate that you can plan and use your evidence to build your argument and critique the argument.
  • We want you to demonstrate that you can write in well-constructed paragraphs that contain topic sentences.
  • And we want you to demonstrate the correct use of citations in the body of the text and the correct formatting of the reference list.

The list of suggested topics covers a range of ethical issues that are pertinent to different areas of computer science.  We would like you to choose one of those positions below to critically analyse.  You will need to develop arguments in support of the position as well as the opposing arguments.

Position 1 – Debate the use of mass surveillance technology by governments

Develop arguments to debate the detailed electronic surveillance of populations. Governments claim that they should be allowed to do this to make the country safe and to target ever dwindling tax revenues on important resources for society. Governments claim that any data that is collected would be safe and that only trusted parties would ever be able to access it. Issues include the difference between mass surveillance and targeted surveillance, different technologies and ethical or legal protection, amongst others.

Position 2 – Debate the use of crypto-currencies

Develop arguments for and against the use of crypto currencies. The considerations here are establishing frictionless financial transactions, anonymity, and the ability to transcend international boundaries along with many other issues. You may wish to consider any spin-off advantages to the underlying technology.

Position 3 – Debate the auction of patient medical records

Develop arguments around the release of medical records. Consider the likely benefits and drawbacks to the public and other stakeholders. Also consider what mechanisms for data protection should be explored or stipulated by the NHS prior to the release of the records.

Position 4 – Debate the use of throttling or blocking by Internet Service Providers with respect to Net Neutrality laws.

Develop arguments for and against the internet being controlled on behalf of internet services providers. They claim that they need to do this to ensure optimum network speeds in the face of ever-increasing video traffic and to ensure a high quality of service for their customers. The ISPs often say they would charge a premium to content providers such as Netflix to eliminate waits/buffering of video and placing a higher priority on such traffic across their networks. Consider revenue for internet service providers and quality of service for customers along with drawbacks for small content providers.

How we will assess

In your appendix – one page

We would like you to include your plan which maps out the arguments and supporting evidence using an appropriate diagram, table, or list.  We want you to provide citations to your references in the APA format within this plan.

  • This assignment is to check that you have developed a critical thinking model that you can understand and use. This will be your map or table with the criteria and stakeholders labelled.
  • We want you to demonstrate that you have good searching and researching skills and can find evidence for and against a given argument. We will assess this based on the citations that you provide after each outline argument in your map/table.
  • We want you to demonstrate that you can plan and use your evidence to build your argument and critique the argument. We will assess this based on the number of outlined arguments in your plan.

We would like you to highlight from your plan a subsection. We will assess this based on the boundary that you draw on your map/table/list.  You may choose to highlight a subsection which covers a single criterion for a number of stakeholders or choose a stakeholder and examine a number of criteria.  Whichever you choose we would expect at least four different aspects to be covered.

In the essay body – one page

We would like you to write the one-page critique which covers the subsection selected above.  This one page will require an appropriate title, introduction, arguments that you are critiquing, and conclusions.  We expect to see well-constructed paragraphs and correct citations following the APA format for referencing.  At master’s level we would expect to see more than one citation to support a point of view.  Make sure that you consult an APA referencing guide to cite correctly.

  • We want you to demonstrate that you can write in well-constructed paragraphs that contain topic sentences.
  • And we want you to demonstrate the correct use of citations in the body of the text and the correct formatting of the reference list.

References – one page

Finally, we need you to attach a correctly formatted reference list/works cited following the APA standard.