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Module Name: Information Management
Dr Patrice Seuwou
AS1 Research Report (Component 1)
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Please read this assessment brief in its entirety before starting work on the Assessment Task.
The Assessment Task
Technology has the power to do many things, and changing the world is one of them. For some of us living in the western world, we are privileged to be living in a time where science and technology can assist us, make our lives easier and rethink the ways we go about our daily lives. The technology we are already exposed and accustomed to has paved the way for us to innovate further, and this list of current and future technologies certainly have the potential to change our lives even more. Especially, as the core and enable technologies will be associated with 5G network, the confidential information will move at all layers in future wireless systems. Data privacy concerns are difficult to ignore when the industry is struggling with data breaches and transparency issues. Consequently, the complexity and strength of security attacks have increased in the recent past making the detection or prevention of sabotage a global challenge.
The assignment task is to write a 2,200-word report based on your investigation and exploration of one of the following themes:
Artificial intelligence and the future loss of jobs
The internet of things (IoT) and the security concerns
5G data networks and the transformation of human societies
Cyber security fraud, scams and Identity theft
Self-driving cars and the rise of automation
You must include at least 10 references from secondary sources on your chosen theme and your argument must be supported by statistical evidences. Your references should include at least one book and at least two academic journal articles.
The assignment is worth 60% of the final module grade and is broken down as follows:
Selection of Source Material (your research) 40%
Here we will be looking for quality sources of research, have you used appropriate journal articles or book? Do you demonstrate that you understand where and how to find quality information, particularly when you get find your information sources on the web? You will need to demonstrate that you have undertaken independent research
Analysis of Topic and Use of Stats (using your own words) 40%
Here we are looking to see can you use your research to support your writing, we will be looking to see how you use citations and paraphrasing and how you structure an argument or point by building on the ideas of others. How well do you use statistics to support your point?
Citations and References presented in Harvard Format 10%
Here we are looking to see if you can reference correctly. Do you cite sources in the appropriate style? Are your references in alphabetical order listed by author surname? Do your citations and reference match?
Report Presentation, Grammar and Spelling 10%
A report layout is expected, as is attention to detail, make sure that you run a spell check and read through your work before submitting!
Assessment Guidance (more information about expectations)
The report should be in a page numbered report format and include the following:
Assignment title, module code, full name and student code, as well as submission date.
Table of Contents
Main Content including statistical evidence
References should be cited within the report and listed in full, in alphabetical order, at the end of the report in Harvard Referencing Format. The word count is 2,200 and this does not include the reference list at the end of the report but does include everything else.
On successful completion of this assessment, you will be able to:
Demonstrate awareness and understanding of the production and flow of digital information and statistical data.
Identify relevant information resources and demonstrate the ability to select, analyse and process data into meaningful information.
Identify the key functionalities in Information Systems/Information Technology and understand how these are used to process and present information.
Your grade will depend on the extent to which you meet these learning outcomes in the way relevant for this assessment. Please see the grading rubric on NILE for further details of the criteria against which you will be assessed.
Word Limits (where appropriate)
The word limit for this assignment is 2,200 words (±10%)
Specific support sessions for this assessment will be provided by the module team and notified through NILE. You can also access individual support and guidance for your assessments from Library and Learning Services. Visit the Skills Hub to access this support and to discover the online support also available for assessments and academic skills.
Academic Integrity and Misconduct
Unless this is a group assessment,the work you produce must be your own, with work taken from any other source properly referenced and attributed. For the avoidance of doubt this means that it is an infringement of academic integrity and, therefore, academic misconduct to ask someone else to carry out all or some of the work for you, whether paid or unpaid, or to use the work of another student whether current or previously submitted.
For further guidance on what constitutes plagiarism, contract cheating or collusion, or any other infringement of academic integrity, please read the University’s Academic Integrity and Misconduct Policy. Also useful resources to help with understanding academic integrity are available from UNPAC .
N.B. The penalties for academic misconduct are severe and can include failing the assessment, failing the module and expulsion from the university.
To submit your work, please go to the ‘Submit your work’ area on the NILE site and use the relevant submission point to upload your report. The deadline for this is 11.59pm (UK local time) on the date of submission. Please note that essays and text based reports should be submitted as word documents and not PDFs or Mac files.
Written work submitted to TURNITIN will be subject to anti-plagiarism detection software. Turnitin checks student work for possible textual matches against internet available resources and its own proprietary database. Work
When you upload your work correctly to TURNITIN you will receive a receipt which is your record and proof of submission. If your assessment is not submitted to TURNITIN, rather than a receipt, you will see a green banner at the top of the screen that denotes successful submission.
N.B Work emailed directly to your tutor will not be marked.
Late submission of work
For first sits, if an item of assessment is submitted late and an extension has not been granted, the following will apply:
Within one week of the original deadline – work will be marked and returned with full feedback, and awarded a maximum bare pass grade.
More than one week from original deadline – grade achievable LG (L indicating late).
For resits there are no allowances for work submitted late and it will be treated as a non-submission.
Please see the Assessment and Feedback Policy for full information on the processes related to assessment, grading and feedback, including anonymous grading. You will also find the generic grading criteria for achievement at University Grading Criteria. Also explained there are the meanings of the various G grades at the bottom of the grading scale including LG mentioned above.
The University of Northampton’s general policy with regard to extensions is to be supportive of students who have genuine difficulties, but not against pressures of work that could have reasonably been anticipated.
For full details please refer to the Extensions Policy. Extensions are only available for first sits – they are not available for resits.
For guidance on Mitigating circumstances please go to Mitigating Circumstances where you will find detailed guidance on the policy as well as guidance and the form for making an application.
Please note, however, that an application to defer an assessment on the grounds of mitigating circumstances should normally be made in advance of the submission deadline or examination date.
Feedback and Grades
These can be accessed through clicking on the Feedback and Grades tab on NILE. Feedback will be provided by a rubric with summary comments.
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