7112ICT Research for IT Professionals

6112ICT Research Methods in IT
7112ICT Research for IT Professionals
Assignment 2 Marking Schema
Required Components:

Background to the problem Research strategy, approach and methodology
Literature review, relationship to previous work Data gathering and analysis techniques
Broad research question Rigour, validity, reliability and ethics
Research sub-questions Research schedule/timeline
Aims and significance of the research Bibliography (References)

A. Clarity of the problem formulation (20%)
• Clarity of the statement of the research problem (including the clarification of the underlying
assumptions) (2)
• Clarity of the research question(s) derived from the problem statement (4)
• Rationale for conducting the study (including significance, relevance to theory and practice,
relationship to previous research, own contribution) (4)
• Review of literature and theoretical frameworks (relationship to previous research) (10)
B. Well-reasoned and balanced choice of research methods (35%)
• Research strategy and design (including data collection and analysis) well justified given the
underlying assumptions. (25)
• Evaluation of the methodology discussed in the relevant field with respect to the problem
domain (e.g. software engineering, information systems, artificial intelligence, computer
science, multimedia) (10)
C. General Level of Scholarly Analysis (25%)
• How well the readings issues in the course have been mastered. (5)
• How well the overall plan is developed. (5)
• Evidence of critical reading and evaluation of relevant literature. (5)
• Comprehensive knowledge of issues illustrated by the selection of literature. (5)
• Evidence of explanation and analysis (not description) where appropriate. (5)
D. Communication and Referencing (20%)
• Logical development of argument. (4)
• Clear structure and organization. (4)
• Fluent writing style. (4)
• Correct spelling, punctuation and grammar. (2)
• Reasonable word length (2)
• Consistent and correct referencing. (4)
Final Mark: