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7CC009 Research Methods for Computing

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FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Module Title: Research Methods for Computing

Module Code:      7CC009

Module Leader:  

Semester                  1

Year                            2020/21

ASSESSMENT BRIEF

Due Date                                Task   1 –    TBC

Tasks 2 –     TBC

Task   3 –    TBC

Research Methods for Computing
Research Methods for Computing

Learning outcomes:

LO1: Students will be able to: Select and critically analyse appropriate sources of information and data

LO2: Students will be able to: Demonstrate an awareness of the legal, social, ethical and professional issues involved in the exploitation of computer technology.

LO3: Students will be able to: Develop advanced analytical competence at PG level of study

LO4: Students will be able to: Evidence their own personal knowledge through the development and presentation of a coherent research and experimentation proposal that will address open ended questions associated with new and advancing theory/practice.

The assessment will consist of 3 pieces of work:

• ONE group task/presentation and peer-review assessment (task 1) and

• TWO individual tasks (tasks 2, and 3)

Which, together accounts for 100% of the marks for the module. 

Note: Any assessment work submitted, or fails to be submitted by the deadline, the final grade will be capped to 50%.

Task 1: Group work – 30% of the portfolio grade (LO1, LO3)

Context

In the reading list for this module, samples of 9 journals/articles are listed as topical or further reading.   In this task you are required to work in small groups, and

Some of the following suggested sites include a variety of datasets:

 The Stanford Large Network Dataset Collection: https://snap.stanford.edu/data/index.html

https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Statistics/Pages/stat/default.aspx

Delivery

For this assessment you will be working in a group to prepare a draft research briefing. This should take the form of a PowerPoint presentation with accompanying notes pages where you can put additional details from the team member concerned.

You are required as a group to present your slides to the class in the classroom session on (Date to be confirmed).  ALL group members MUST take part in the presentation and should present an equal number of slides.  A copy of your presentation must be submitted through the Canvas Assessment gateway for this module by midnight of the previous day (7th November 2019).

Group size and group members will be decided by your tutor, but you are free to make suggestions. Typical groups should have three members. You are strongly advised to form teams with members that have chosen a different source or dataset to that of the other team member.  ALL students must take part in preparing the presentation. 

A peer review slide will be completed by each team member reviewing the participation of the other members of the group.  If you do not take part in all group activities and you receive a negative peer feedback your individual grade will be affected. 

At the end of the presentation you should be prepared to answer questions from staff and fellow students.

Students will be given marking grids and will be requested to mark other groups’ presentation and work during the session. The mark and comments that you provide will be part of your assessment; appropriate, relevant and objective comments will result in higher marks. Your comments will be anonymised and considered in the grading of the groups concerned.

Your presentation should include the following slides:

A single sentence that very briefly summarises the topic.

A brief description of the background information relating to the topic and the issues you aim to investigate.

Specific research question that you are going to investigate (common for group)

  • (1 slide per group member)

Each group member needs to find 3 journal/conference articles that are relevant to the topic they are investigating.  In your slide summarise the main points from each article.  Be concise in your summary. Use bullet points, not long sentences.   For example, don’t use a font less than 24.

Detail step by step exactly how the research was or will be conducted.

  • What data to collect  (list sources)
  • How data will be collected (interview, questionnaire, online, datasets etc.)
  • Select and justify method of analysis (Quantitative / Qualitative, software to use etc.)

 
Task 2: Individual work – 40% of the portfolio grade (LO1 & LO4)

You are required to investigate in more detail, the application domain selected for Task 1 and, using the materials gathered so far, develop your project briefing document from the previous task into a fully-fledged research project proposal of 2500 words in length.

The project proposal document should consist of:

Date for submission Assessment Task 2 should be submitted as a Word document through the Canvas Assessment gateway for this module by midnight (Date to be confirmed).

Assignments submitted after the deadline and without an authorised extension of time will be marked down accordingly. 

Hand in all relevant documents or files for marking.  You are advised to back up and keep a copy any work submitted.

Please note that this is an individual assignment. Collusion will be treated as academic misconduct.  To avoid misunderstanding as to what is collusion, please see the information on the Students Union website:

http://www.wolvesunion.org/advice/academic/misconduct/collusion/

It is highly recommended that you watch the 6-minute video (produced by students) at the foot of that page.

Task 3: Individual work 30% of the portfolio grade (LO2)

The Codes of Ethics for the professions evolving from your programme of study is often looked upon in some areas as expressing worthy sentiments about values but lacking the power to protect public interest and impact the lives of its members.

Write a 1500 words reflective essay that discusses the performance and the conduct of yourself and others in respect of the delivery and deliverables of the module.  You should pay particular attention to the theory and practice of professionalism and ethics within the profession generally, and amongst you and your team members specifically.  In the latter case, evaluating ones work in Task1 and 2 from an ethical and professional standpoint in activities such as making subject choices, data gathering, and communication.

You should consider various aspects of the Code of Ethics and Professional Practice guidelines of national and international bodies such as the BCS and contextualise your response.  In the latter case you should highlight actual instances where applied in terms of good and bad practice where appropriate. 

Finally, briefly discuss the possible issues of “Whistleblowing”, Right of Ownership, and “naming and shaming” in the context of your group.  You should identify and discuss the degree of involvement of external bodies considered in any form of enforcement or resolution of such issues.

Your essay you should demonstrate in a practical way, what you have learnt about ethical and professional considerations in post graduate studies, and within the IT profession.

Date for submission Assessment Task 3 should be submitted as a Word document through the Canvas Assessment gateway for this module (Date to be confirmed).

Assignments submitted after the deadline and without an authorised extension of time will be marked down accordingly. 

Hand in all relevant documents or files for marking.  You are advised to back up and keep a copy any work submitted.

Please note that this is an individual assignment. Collusion will be treated as academic misconduct.  To avoid misunderstanding as to what is collusion, please see the information on the Students Union website:

http://www.wolvesunion.org/advice/academic/misconduct/collusion/

It is highly recommended that you watch the 6-minute video (produced by students) at the foot of that page.

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