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CSIT985 Strategic Network Design

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School of Computing and Information Technology

Essay Assessment & Marking Criteria CSIT985 Strategic Network Design Spring Session (Wollongong Campus)

  1. Essay
  2. Type of Assessment: Individual
  3. Word Limit (excluding reference list): 3000 words;
  4. Referencing standard: APA6th

Instructions:

In both academic and grey literature there is evidence of numerous ICT (information and communication technology) initiatives that promise to deliver strategic advantage to companies and, sometimes, even countries. From the following list, choose one initiative as the focus of your analysis and define the ways in which this initiative is strategic.

Choose one initiative from the following list:

  • Communication and Collaboration Tools
    • Social media for customer relationship management CRM
    • Social media for organisation innovation
    • Software as a Service (SAAS) for large corporations
    • Cloud storage for large corporations
    • Cloud storage for developing countries
    • Telecentres for developing countries
    • Open Source software for government in developing countries

Having established the strategic significance of the initiative go on to describe the implications this initiative has for network design.

Why have I set this assessment for you?

This will test your skills in

  • researching information;
  • defining concepts
  • thinking “outside the square”; and
  • following a process that enables you to write a clear response that addresses the essay question.

CSIT985 Essay: Marking Guidelines INDIVIDUAL ESSAY ASSESSMENT COVER SHEET

Student Name & No:
 
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CONTENT 
 
1. Introduction (8)      
2. Development of Ideas (relevant definitions, relationships and new understanding) (8)      
3. Communication of Ideas (paragraph style, structure, spelling, grammar) (8)      
4. Validity (structure, referencing practice, quality of references) (8)      
5. Conclusion (2)      
FORMALITIES 
 
6. Formatting of References (2)0+2+3+4-+5 
7. Formatting of Bibliography (2)0+2+3+4-+5 
8. Presentation (neatness, legibility, title page) (2)0+2+3+4-+5 
9. Length (ISIT-2500) (MICT-3000)  >50%  30%- 50%  (20%)  (15%)0 Within +/-250 wordssubtract
Comments: Essay is worth 10% total marks of the subject Essay is marked out of 100 If appropriate, subtract relevant penalty according to Length.
Mark:Assessed by:
Key to Ratings
5ExcellentNo problemsAccurateVery appropriate
4GoodMinor problemsMainly accurateLargely appropriate
3FairSome problemsFairly accurateReasonably appropriate
2PoorMajor problemsInaccurateInappropriate
1No Marks AwardedNo Marks AwardedNo Marks AwardedNo Marks Awarded

CSIT985 Essay: Marking Guidelines

These notes are intended as a guide for markers when assessing the CSIT985 Individual Essay

CONTENT

  1. Introduction
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  1. Does the introduction orientate the reader to the topic area?

NO                  MARGINAL              YES

  • Does the introduction specify the problem that will be addressed? The purpose of the essay/report needs to be clearly stated in one or two sentences.

NO                  MARGINAL              YES

  • Does the introduction describe how the problem will be addressed? In other words, how will the essay/report answer the problem?

NO                  MARGINAL              YES

  • Does the introduction then have a summary of the key issues that will be investigated?

NO                  MARGINAL              YES

  • Any other comment?

2.       Development of Ideas

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  1. Does the author identify and define a number of key ideas that are directly relevant to the problem defined in 1.b?

NO                  MARGINAL              YES

  • Does the author relate these ideas in a way that indicate that the problem has been correctly interpreted?

NO                  MARGINAL              YES

If the essay indicates incorrect interpretation and answering of question, marking can be concluded at this point. Refer to subject co-ordinator for further advice

  • Does the author use these ideas and discussion to develop a logical approach to the problem identified in 1.b?

NO                  MARGINAL              YES

  • Does the author identify contradictions or gaps in the idea of others?

NO                  MARGINAL              YES

  • Is the author able to synthesise different information types to develop new understanding?

NO                  MARGINAL              YES

  • Other comments?

3.       Communication of Ideas

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  1. Is the problem defined in 1.b addressed throughout the whole essay/report? (In other words, does the author indicate to the reader how the ideas presented are relevant?)

NO                  MARGINAL              YES

  • Are paragraphs structured appropriately?       NO

MARGINAL

YES

Is there one idea to each paragraph?               NO

MARGINAL

YES

Is the supporting evidence easily identified? NO

MARGINAL

YES

  • Does the essay/report have a logical structure that is appropriate to the problem?
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NO                  MARGINAL              YE

  • Grammar
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  • Spelling
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  • Other comments?

4.       Validity

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  1. Is the essay/report of sufficient validity to be considered a trustworthy source for other researchers to use in their research?

NO                  MARGINAL              YES

What are some of the areas that can be improved upon?

  • Does the essay/report have a logical structure that a rational person with little subject knowledge is able to follow? (Does it ring true?)

NO                  MARGINAL              YES

  • Are information sources clearly identified throughout the essay?

NO                  MARGINAL              YES

  • Is it easy to distinguish the work of the essay author (i.e. you) from the work of authors who generated the information sources used in the essay/report?

NO                                                      YES

  • Is there an appropriate number of information sources used (more than 10)?
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NO                  MARGINAL              YE

  • Are these sources of sufficient quality?
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NO                  MARGINAL              YE

YES                                                    No

  • Other comments?

5.       Conclusion

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a. The conclusion is a summary of the problem, objectives and findings. No new evidence should be presented in the conclusion.

FORMALITIES

  • Formatting for Citations
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  1. Accepted form of referencing is Harvard. Assess on the accuracy and consistency of referencing method employed. Page numbers should always be used where appropriate.(Refer to subject resources for Harvard specifications)

NO                                                      YES

7.       Formatting of Bibliography

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  1. Assess on style, consistency and accuracy of Harvard citation method.

NO                                                      YES

8.       Presentation

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  1. Assess on neatness, legibility, title page (names and student numbers)

9.       Length. 3000 words

1 >50%2 30-50%3 20-30%4 10-20%5 +/- 10%

Notes:

Originality reports that indicate a high similarity index will be considered within assessment.

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