Relevance of IMAT5262 Research,Ethics & Professionalism In Computing Assignment
This coursework is of relevance to students who deferred or failed the IMAT5262 Research, Ethics & Professionalism in Computing module and need to resit it or take it for the first time. Students who failed individual components of the original coursework but received an overall mark of better than 50% do not need to resit. Students who deferred the coursework can reach up to 100% of the mark. Students resitting it will be capped at 50%. It is nevertheless advisable to aim for a higher mark to ensure that the module is passed.
2.Task Description of IMAT5262 Research,Ethics & Professionalism In Computing :
In order to cover the topics of the module, the coursework will consist of an extended research proposal. The topic of the proposal is to be suggested by the student. The topic must be within the broad area of the module, i.e. social and ethical consequences of computing and information technology.
Students should then do more detailed research on the topic, undertake a
literature review that shows the relevance of the topic and develop a suitable methodology that would allow them to answer it.
The structure of the proposal should include:
- Background / introduction
- Research question (should be clear, focused, unambiguous, achievable)
- Review of relevant literature, which demonstrates that the research question covers a gap in the literature
- Critical review of applicable research methodologies, which discusses available methodologies with regards to the research question, issues of data collection and analysis. Choice of methodology should be clearly justified
- Detailed project plan
- Relevant references
- (appendices should be used to provide the research instrument or equivalent, e.g. a survey, case study protocol, interview plan, observation plan etc.)
- Consideration of ethical issues should also be included in appendices (use research student form available on the Faculty of Technology HRE website)
The project proposal should be 4000 to 5000 words long, excluding references and appendices. It should use the Harvard style of referencing and it CANNOT use Internet references (this does not rule out academic journal references which are accessible through the DMU resources and library web site). The proposal must be submitted in electronic form to the plagiarism detection system “turnitin” built into Blackboard.
The module readings can be used as a starting point to define the research question and give an overview of methodology:
Oates, Briony (2005): Researching Information Systems and Computing. SAGE
Himma, Ken & Tavani, Herman (eds.) (2008): Handbook of Computer and
Information Ethics. Wiley