HI5030 Systems Analysis and Design
Research Paper Individual Assessment Assessment Weight: 40% (3 deliverables)
Due: Sessions 5, 8, 13
This assessment item relates to the unit learning outcomes as in the unit descriptor. This assessment is designed to improve student research and writing skills and to give students experience in researching the literature on a specific topic relevant to the Unit of Study subject matter. Students will be expected to complete a literature review to discuss a contemporary aspect of Systems Analysis or Systems Design which an IS professional may experience. Students will critically analyze current academic papers then present their work in a detailed literature review and analysis.
This assessment will be completed individually. All students must have a different topic. Students can choose to write about similar aspects of Analysis and Design, but the approach and the thrust of each paper must be different. To ensure this uniqueness, each student must decide on a topic and email their topic and title to their tutor within the first 3 weeks. The topic can be on any aspect related to Analysis and Design, including but not limited to systems requirements, methodologies, process, process modeling, automation, systems design, testing, integration, human-computer interfaces, technology aspects with system design, systems planning etc… The title should be very specific, something you can write a literature review on, and not be too general. For instance, you cannot say “my title will be Testing”. It needs to be on some specific aspect of testing related to Systems Analysis and Design. You will need to put some thought into topic and title selection.
Your tutor will respond with an approval or with a message that you will either need to choose a different topic or title, be more specific or to change the thrust of your paper. You tutor may decide to do this for you, but as part of the assessment you should be able to do this yourself. Once it has been approved you should begin by working towards the first deliverable.
This assessment is worth 40% of the unit grade and is a major assessment. Students are advised to begin working on this assessment as soon as you have your topic approved
There are three (3) deliverables for this assessment
|Outline Submission||5%||Week 5|
|Draft Submission||10%||Week 8|
|Final Submission||20%||Week 13|
Note: It is important to realize, that you must have prior approval for a topic before you can submit. If you submit something for assessment without approval for the specific topic, it will not be graded. Once you have a topic approved, you cannot change it without consent from your subject lecturer.
The day and time of the due week that the assessment must be submitted will be announced by your subject coordinator.
Below is a description of the different deliverables and the requirements
The outline deliverable is due in week 5 and is the outline of the paper you intend to write.
The outline will consist of: the title, your name and a list of the section headings that will be included in your Literature Review. You should include at least 5 section headings which are relevant to the topic you have been allocated, (this list should not include either ‘Introduction’ or ‘Conclusion’, though these can be included apart from the 5 others). You need to include at least five preliminary references and indicate in which section they will be included. The references must be relevant to the topic assigned.
Thus once allocated your topic, you need consider how you will structure the literature review so you can devise a list or headings. You must have access the full-text article of any reference you use. You cannot use a reference where you only have access to the abstract and title, or a small section of the paper.
The draft submission is due in week 8 and continues on from the outline submission above with the same topic your group was allocated.
For the draft submission you are to write an Introduction, consisting of at least 2 paragraphs, and you are to write one major paragraph for each of the five sections that you identified in the outline submission.
Your introduction and other paragraphs should cite references from your reference list, and your reference list for this submission should include your previous references and at least another 5 references which are relevant to the topic allocated. So your reference list should contain at least 10 references at this stage. All references must be in Harvard format including the in-text citations. For each reference you must include a link to the full text of the reference. This link must be working and cannot be to just an abstract and title, or only a section of the paper you are referencing. This
must be a direct link, we will not follow multiple links trying to find the paper.
If for some reason you decide to change one of the headings from the outline submission, you need to write why this has changed, and are to follow the rules above by providing one major paragraph for the new section. The section needs to be relevant to the topic and of course your associated references need to be relevant.
The final submission of your paper is due in week 13 and continues on from the outline and draft submission above with the same topic.
The final submission should be no less than 2500 words and include the work you have already done in the draft submission (including any changes based on feedback). You need to extend the work already performed in the draft
The final version of your paper is the polished version, the approach should follow the same plan as your draft, but obviously some change may have occurred from the draft. You should not use a lot of small sections and bullet points in the final version. Your literature review should be presenting the state of current knowledge in the specific area of your topic and title, and as such, should have a narrative that flows from one paragraph to another. You cannot achieve this with bullet points and small disjoint sections. All references included with your paper must be cited within the paper and be appropriate to the context of the citation.
I would expect at east 12 references in the final submission, and as well as providing the links to the full-text articles, you are required to use an adapted Harvard referencing scheme for the in-text citations. This adapted Harvard citation requires you to provide the page and paragraph number in the reference that the content you are referencing can be found. For example, the reference may be listed as
P Hawking, B McCarthy, A Stein (2004), Second Wave ERP Education, Journal of Infor- mation Systems Education, Fall, http://jise.org/Volume15/n3/JISEv15n3p327.pdf
The in-text citations would then be
The company decided to implement an enterprise wide data warehouse business intelligence strategies (Hawking et al, 2004, p3(4)).
In the above example with p3(4), the p3 refers to the page number within the reference, and the (4) refers to the paragraph number within that page where the content can be found. These referencing markers will be checked for accuracy and authenticity as part of the assessment grading process.
For the final submission, In Summary:
- All references must use the Harvard adapted referencing style as described
- The length of the paper is to be 2500 words (excluding the references, contents etc.)
- The final submission is to build on what was already completed in the draft submission
- The font of the body text should be 12pt Times New Roman font, 1.5 line spaced
- Section Heading should be in Arial Bold 12 point font
- At NO time should you use Wikipedia as a reference
Non Adherence to Referencing Guidelines
Where students do not follow the above referencing guidelines:
- Students who submit assignments which do not comply with the guidelines will be heavily penalized and a maximum of a passing grade only may be applied.
- Students who provide false referencing information (including the page and paragraph markers) will be referred to the Academic Integrity Unit.
Your document should be a single MS Word or OpenOffice document containing your report. Do Not use PDF as a submission format,
All submissions will be submitted through the safeAssign facility in Blackboard. Submission boxes linked to SafeAssign will be set up in the Units Blackboard Shell. Assignments not submitted through these submission links will not be considered.
Submissions must be made by the due date and time (which will be in the session detailed above) and determined by your Unit coordinator. Submissions made after the due date and time will be penalized per day late (including weekend days) according to Holmes Institute policies.
The SafeAssign similarity score will be used in determining the level, if any, of plagiarism. SafeAssign will check conference web-sites, Journal articles, the Web and your own class members submissions for plagiarism. You can see your SafeAssign similarity score (or match) when you submit your assignment to the appropriate drop-box. If this is a concern you will have a chance to change your assignment and resubmit. However, re-submission is only allowed prior to the submission due date and time. After the due date and time have elapsed your assignment will be graded as late. Submitted assignments that indicate a high level of plagiarism will be penalized according to the Holmes Academic Misconduct policy, there will be no exceptions. Thus, plan early and submit early to take advantage of the re-submission feature. You can make multiple submissions, but please remember we grade only the last submission, and the date and time you submitted will be taken from that submission.
Holmes Institute is committed to ensuring and upholding Academic Integrity, as Academic Integrity is integral to maintaining academic quality and the reputation of Holmes’ graduates. Accordingly, all assessment tasks need to comply with academic integrity guidelines. Table 1 identifies the six categories of Academic Integrity breaches. If you have any questions about Academic Integrity issues related to your assessment tasks, please consult your lecturer or tutor for relevant referencing guidelines and support resources. Many of these resources can also be found through the Study Sills link on Blackboard.
Academic Integrity breaches are a serious offence punishable by penalties that may range from deduction of marks, failure of the assessment task or unit involved, suspension of course enrolment, or cancellation of course enrolment.
Table 1: Six categories of Academic Integrity breaches
|Plagiarism||Reproducing the work of someone else without attribution. When a student submits their own work on multiple occasions this is known as self-plagiarism.|
|Collusion||Working with one or more other individuals to complete an assignment, in a way that is not authorised.|
|Copying||Reproducing and submitting the work of another student, with or without their knowledge. If a student fails to take reasonable precautions to prevent their own original work from being copied, this may also be considered an offence.|
|Impersonation||Falsely presenting oneself, or engaging someone else to present as oneself, in an in-person examination.|
|Contract cheating||Contracting a third party to complete an assessment task, generally in exchange for money or other manner of payment.|
|Data fabrication and falsification||Manipulating or inventing data with the intent of supporting false conclusions, including manipulating images.|