1 KIT714 ICT Research Principles Semester 2, 2018 Assignment 4: Research Plan Type: In-semester (Individual assignment OR Option to work in pairs) Task Length: Approximately 4,000 5,000 words Weighting: 35% of total assessment for this unit. This assignment sheet details the requirements for the research plan document. 11:55pm, 19 Oct 2018. Completed assignments need to be uploaded to MyLO by the due date. Due Date: Submission: Description: This practical exercise will engage students in preparing a research plan document that details their plans for the conduct of their proposed research project. Each student will be required to complete the exercise and prepare a written report that displays their level of research understanding and competence in relation to their proposed research project. Background: One of the primary aims of any research should be to contribute in some way to the existing body of knowledge within the field of investigation. In preparing an approach to a research investigation it is important to thoroughly and critically review current knowledge, identify an area requiring further research and consider the most appropriate methods for collecting and analysing data that will enable research questions to be addressed. The research plan document provides a structure to consider these elements and to address the: What, Why, How, Where, When and Who (if appropriate) of the proposed research. Requirements: Students are required to prepare a research plan document. The research plan document should be approximately 4,000 5,000 words in length, be word processed and use references and citations based on the Harvard system. 2 The recommended structure for the research plan document is as follows: Title (approximately 10-20 words) o The title may be a work-in-progress that is subsequently modified. However, it should convey the key elements of the proposed research. Research Abstract (approximately 100 200 words) o This section introduces the research topic and briefly summarises the rationale and significance of the proposed research and outlines its aims, background, methodology and anticipated research contributions. Research Background and Significance (approximately 1,500 3,000 words) o This section should present a review and critical appraisal of key literature relevant to the proposed research. o The significance of the proposed research should be contextualised within the literature presented. Research Aims: Objectives and Questions (approximately 300 500 words) o This section should clearly articulate the specific aims of the proposed research in a manner that concisely describes what the proposed research intends to accomplish; o The research objectives and research questions should be clearly presented; o If hypotheses are being utilised they should be presented in summary here and subsequently examined in more detail in the research methodology section of the research plan document (see below). Research Methodology (approximately 1,500 2,500 words) o This section should clearly present sub-sections addressing the Research Philosophy, Research Strategy and Research Design for the proposed research; o The Research Design sub-section should explicitly detail the approach, tools and techniques that will be used to collect, collate, analyse, discuss and interpret (where appropriate) research data. o This section should also indicate the status of any ethical issues/constraints relating to the conduct of the research Time-line, Facilities, Budget o This section provides an overview of the proposed research time-line; identifies any facilities/equipment required to successfully conduct the proposed research; and, details of any budget issues/constraints relating to the conduct of the research. References o This section provides a list of bibliographic references and other resources referenced in the research plan document. 3 CRITERIA Outstanding (HD) Very good (DN) Good (CR) Adequate (PP) Poor (NN) Justification of the research undertaken as evidenced by the literature (30%) Outstanding justification of the research undertaken through the literature that supports the need for the research and the approach that has been taken. Well-developed argument for the research undertaken through the literature and the approach that has been taken. An argument for the research undertaken with some supporting literature. An argument for the research undertaken with some supporting literature. Lack of justification for the research. Rigour in Methodology and/or experimental design (35%) Outstanding choice and justification of research methodology/design; high degree of rigour displayed in the application of the methodology / design towards resolving the research question(s). Shows a high level of methodological / technical competence Well justified, appropriate research methodology/design; rigorous application of this methodology / design to the resolution of the research question(s). Shows a sound level of methodological / technical competence Well-developed research methodology/design; justification or application of the research methodology / design may have some weaknesses. Shows appropriate level of methodological / technical competence Adequate research methodology/design; minor problems with the justification or application of the methodology / design. Shows some methodological / technical competence Lack of a viable or substantiated approach to research apparent in the thesis. Lacks methodological / technical competence Depth and interpretation of proposed analysis of data or experiment (15%) Proposed analysis is insightful, using well-chosen methods. Proposed analysis is very well of formed and relevant to the research situation. Good consideration of topic and research question(s); well developed considerations for the proposed analysis/experiment. Adequate consideration of the research question(s); proposed analysis is reasonable, but lacking in real insight. Insufficient or shallow analysis is proposed; lack of significant insight shown in research approach. Findings/Results (10%) Outstanding research plan that displays potential for insight through richness of the presentation of anticipated research findings / significance of results, and would be of interest to the academic community. Significant presentation of anticipated findings that promote insightful and significance that will inform the academic community. Demonstrates a degree of understanding with the proposed presentation of anticipated findings that that shows insight in the field of inquiry. Reasonable degree of understanding that shows some insight in the field of inquiry; proposal lacks significant finding or results or lacks understanding of the significance. Lack of insight gained from the research plan; lack of understanding of knowledge available in the literature or lack of understanding of the results. Communication in Writing (10%) A professionally formatted document using language that was appropriate for the audience. References were accurate and complete and formatted according to the Harvard method A professionally formatted document using language that was appropriate for the audience. References were mostly accurate and complete and formatted according to the Harvard method A document that was appropriately formatted with language that required improvement to better suit the audience. Minor issues with referencing. A document that was appropriately formatted with language that required improvement to better suit the audience. Major issues with referencing. A document that was not formatted appropriately with language that required improvement to better suit the audience. Major issues with referencing.
This practical exercise will engage
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