Research Methods Assignment 2

Research Methods Assignment 2 2018
7113ICT Research for IT Professionals
Assignment 2: Research Plan (40%) Due Date: 5pm, Monday 27th May 2019
Assignment Requirements
The Research Plan must show a clear connection between the research question and the associated
focus/objectives, and the method and techniques of data collection and analysis to be used to
achieve those objectives. How well this is done contributes significantly to the coherence of the
work and conveys to the reader that the author of the proposal has the competence to execute the
research project successfully. The body of the report should be at least 3000 words. Please note that
the references, direct quotes and appendices are not included in the word count.
Required Components
• Background to the problem
• Literature review showing the relationship to previous works
• Research question (including the broad research question and the sub-questions)
• Aims and significance of the research
• Research strategy, approach and methodology
• Data gathering and analysis techniques
• Rigor (validity, reliability) and ethics (optional)
• Research schedule/timeline
• References
Assessment Criteria (Don’t use the following titles as section titles in your submission)
A. Clarity of the problem formulation (20%)
• Clarity of the statement of the research problem (including the clarification of the underlying
• Clarity of the research question(s) derived from the problem statement
• Rationale for conducting the study (including significance, relevance to theory and practice,
relationship to previous research, own contribution)
• Review of literature and theoretical frameworks (relationship to previous research)
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.
• 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)
C. General Level of Scholarly Analysis (25%)
• How well the issues covered in the course have been mastered.
• How well the overall plan is developed.
• Evidence of critical reading and evaluation of relevant literature.
• Comprehensive knowledge of issues illustrated by the selection of literature.
• Evidence of explanation and analysis (not description) where appropriate.
D. Communication and Referencing (20%)
• Logical development of argument.
• Clear structure and organisation.
• Fluent writing style.
Research Methods Assignment 2 2018
• Correct spelling, punctuation and grammar.
• At least 3000 words.
• Consistent and correct referencing.
NB: This is an individual assignment and the following will apply:
• An electronic version of the assignment must be submitted by using the web link in the
course web page in [email protected] by the due date. Note that no paper copy is needed
for this assignment.
• Extensions will only be given for medical reasons, supported by a medical certificate.
• Students who have had an extension granted prior to the due date must attach a copy of the
signed extension notice to their assignment together with supporting evidence (doctor’s
certificate etc.) otherwise late penalties will apply.
• Late assignments are subject to penalties in accordance with university policy.
• The penalty for late submission of assessment items is 10% of the total assessment mark for
the item per day. No assignments will be accepted after a one-week period.
• Any late assignments must be submitted electronically to the course web page in
[email protected]
• With respect to cheating and plagiarism, refer to the University’s Academic Misconduct
Policy. Ensure that all materials presented in your assignment are referenced correctly.
• If cheating and plagiarism is discovered the case will be reported to the Dean of the Faculty
for action.