University of Sunderland
School of Computer Science
CETM70 Assignment 1 –
Computer Science Principles and Practice
This assignment contributes 35% to your final module mark.
The following learning outcomes will be assessed:
- Demonstrate an appreciation of the role of computing and technology in today’s society
- Discuss how social, ethical and legal issues are relevant to the subject of computer science
You are required to submit your work within the bounds of the University Infringement of Assessment Regulations (see Programme Guide). Plagiarism, paraphrasing and downloading large amounts of information from external sources, will not be tolerated and will be dealt with severely. Although you should make full use of any source material, which would normally be an occasional sentence and/or paragraph (referenced) followed by your own critical analysis/evaluation. You will receive no marks for work that is not your own. Your work may be subject to checks for originality which can include use of an electronic plagiarism detection service.
Where you are asked to submit an individual piece of work, the work must be entirely your own. The safety of your assessments is your responsibility. You must not permit another student access to your work.
Where referencing is required, unless otherwise stated, the Harvard referencing system must be used (see your Programme Guide).
Please ensure that you retain a duplicate of your assignment. We are required to send samples of student work to the external examiners for moderation purposes. It will also safeguard in the unlikely event of your work going astray.
|Submission Date and Time||As advised on Canvas|
|Submission Location||Via Canvas|
Your task is to create a poster illustrating an example of a system and / or problem that has been solved using computer science. You should draw on the example that you have been working on through the activities in weeks 1 – 5. The poster will reflect the discussions, research and evaluations that you have undertaken into a fundamental computing problem.
The poster will provide background to the problem and demonstrate how the computing subject in that problem domain has evolved in order for that problem to be solved. You should illustrate the societal, ethical and legal impacts as a result of the issue / resolution of the issue.
The computing environment is a wide and complex one. For the first assignment you are required to choose a subject / topic from computing and produce a poster (1 page) outlining the issues and how computer science has been used to resolve the issue. The design of your poster is left to you to decide but you should consider visual impact, key messages, data to support, examples and any underpinning research.
Suggested topics to cover in your poster
- Rationale for subject choice – a brief overview of the system and / or problem being addressed
- Target audience – those impacted by the system (the stakeholders)
- Importance of Issue – you should identify the key issues – the problem to be resolved, why it is important, who will benefit from a resolution
- Opportunities to solve the problem with computer science – the approach to solving the problem, any algorithmic thinking that has been considered, examples of algorithms
- Data or metrics to show success – any measurements of success that are pertinent to the system being discussed, for example (you don’t need to cover all of these) money saved, time saved, skills developed, improvement in access to information
- Impact on society – this could also be a measurement of success but trying to think about the impact from a different lens
- Consideration of legal and ethical issues – examples of legislation being considered and any ethical issues or dilemmas
- Professional considerations – any professional aspects that come to light in considering the problem
You must agree the title of your poster with your module tutor before submission.
Your poster should be spell checked and contain references. You must use the Harvard style of referencing, both for citations within the text and your reference list. You should expect to use 3 – 5 references.
It is important that you read thoroughly the information on the cover sheet regarding the university assessment regulations, including those regarding plagiarism and collusion.
Assignment hand-in requirements are specified on the front cover sheet. The approximate time you should spend on this assignment is 15-25 hours. Your assignment must be handed in before the time specified.
Your assessment will be assessed according to the University’s Postgraduate Generic Assessment Criteria, which are provided on the following pages.
The marks breakdown is as follows:
Overview and rationale for looking at the problem – 30%
Opportunities to solve the problem – 40%
Metrics discussed – 15%
Impact on society and legal, social, ethical and professional issues considered – 15%
You are required to submit your assignment as a PDF file through the Turn-it-in submission system in the module space on Canvas.
CETM70 Computer Science Principles and Practice – Assignment 1 Marking Sheet
Name Student Registration Number
Total Mark %
|Grade||Relevance||Knowledge||Analysis||Argument and Structure||Critical Evaluation||Presentation||Relevance to Literature|
|Pass Pass||86 – 100%||The work examined is exemplary and provides clear evidence of a complete grasp of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. There is also unequivocal evidence showing that all the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are fully satisfied. At this level it is expected that the work will be exemplary in all the categories cited above. It will demonstrate a particularly compelling evaluation, originality, and elegance of argument, interpretation or discourse.|
|76 – 85%||The work examined is excellent and demonstrates comprehensive knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. There is also excellent evidence showing that all the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that level are fully satisfied. At this level it is expected that the work will be excellent in the majority of the categories cited above or by demonstrating particularly compelling evaluation and elegance of argument, interpretation or discourse and some evidence of originality|
|70 – 75%||The work examined is of a high standard and there is evidence of comprehensive knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. There is clearly articulated evidence demonstrating that all the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that level are satisfied At this level it is expected that the standard of the work will be high in the majority of the categories cited above or by demonstrating particularly compelling evaluation and elegance of argument, interpretation or discourse|
|60 – 69%||Directly relevant to the requirements of the assessment||A substantial knowledge of relevant material, showing a clear grasp of themes, questions and issues therein||Comprehensive analysis – clear and orderly presentation||Well supported, focussed argument which is clear and logically structured.||Contains distinctive or independent thinking; and begins to formulate an independent position in relation to theory and/or practice.||Well written, with standard spelling and grammar, in a readable style with acceptable format||Critical appraisal of up-to-date and/or appropriate literature. Recognition of different perspectives. Very good use of a wide range of sophisticated source material.|
|50 – 59%||Some attempt to address the requirements of the assessment: may drift away from this in less focused passages||Adequate knowledge of a fair range of relevant material, with intermittent evidence of an appreciation of its significance||Significant analytical treatment which has a clear purpose||Generally coherent and logically structured, using an appropriate mode of argument and/or theoretical mode(s)||May contain some distinctive or independent thinking; may begin to formulate an independent position in relation to theory and/or practice.||Competently written, with only minor lapses from standard grammar, with acceptable format||Uses a good variety of literature which includes recent texts and/or appropriate literature, including a substantive amount beyond library texts. Competent use of source material.|
|40 – 49%||Some correlation with the requirements of the assessment but there are instances of irrelevance||Basic understanding of the subject but addressing a limited range of material||Some analytical treatment, but may be prone to description, or to narrative, which lacks clear analytical purpose||Some attempt to construct a coherent argument, but may suffer loss of focus and consistency, with issues at stake stated only vaguely, or theoretical mode(s) couched in simplistic terms||Sound work which expresses a coherent position only in broad terms and in uncritical conformity to one or more standard views of the topic||A simple basic style but with significant deficiencies in expression or format that may pose obstacles for the reader||Evidence of use of appropriate literature which goes beyond that referred to by the tutor. Frequently only uses a single source to support a point.|
|Fail||35 – 39%||Relevance to the requirements of the assessment may be very intermittent, and may be reduced to its vaguest and least challenging terms||A limited understanding of a narrow range of material||Largely descriptive or narrative, with little evidence of analysis||A basic argument is evident, but mainly supported by assertion and there may be a lack of clarity and coherence||Some evidence of a view starting to be formed but mainly derivative.||Numerous deficiencies in expression and presentation; the writer may achieve clarity (if at all) only by using a simplistic or repetitious style||Barely adequate use of literature. Over reliance on material provided by the tutor.|
|30 – 34%||The work examined provides insufficient evidence of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. The evidence provided shows that some of the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are satisfied. The work will be weak in some of the indicators.|
|15 – 29%||The work examined is unacceptable and provides little evidence of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. The evidence shows that few of the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are satisfied. The work will be weak in several of the indicators.|
|0 – 14/%||The work examined is unacceptable and provides almost no evidence of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. The evidence fails to show that any of the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are satisfied. The work will be weak in the majority or all of the indicators.|
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