ELEE1166 Literature & Specifications Report | My Assignment Tutor

Individual Research ProjectELEE1166Literature & Specifications ReportDr Anna Romanova2Outline:• Key Dates• Purpose & Questions• Structure• Sections in Details• Academic Support• Literature Search• Referencing & Plagiarism3Specification & Literature Survey:• Assessment Type: Coursework• Title: Literature Survey• Weighting: 15%• Date Due: 01/06/2021• Aims:To review the existing literature relevant to the project and write functional specification.• Outcomes:Upload a themed analysis of the literature and functional spec.• Description:At least 20 references of which 15 must be Journal papers and no more than 2 web pages.10 pages (main body) or app. 2500 words.• Marking Scheme:Report 100% (Rubric in Moodle)4Ethics Form:• Soft copies of forms should be sent to [email protected] by 5pmon Wednesday 14th April 2021 at the latest.• Please ensure your full application is combinedinto ONE WORD document, using the new template for 2020/21, asthis will be returned to you.• Both forms (and additional guidance regarding their completion) canbe found on the Faculty Ethics Moodle page.• For queries regarding the forms/process, please contact yourSupervisor first. JIC, department representatives are: Wim Melis andRadi Dontcheva for Engineering.5Purpose:• Overview ofcompleted works• Evaluation ofarguments• Demonstration ofthe weaknesses(gaps)• Supporting yourstudy importanceWhat has been done?How does it help?What could be improved?What is the blind spot?What is required?Where will it fit?6Questions:• What’s been done in this topic area to date?• What are the significant discoveries, key concepts, arguments, and/or theories that scholars have put forward?• Which are the important works?• On which particular areas of the topic has previous research concentrated?• Have there been developments over time?• What methodologies have been used?• Are there any gaps in the research?• Are there areas that have not been looked at closely yet, but which should be?• Are there new ways of looking at the topic?• Are there improved methodologies for researching this subject?• What future directions should research in this subject take?• How will your research build on or depart from current and previous research on the topic?• What contribution will your research make to the field?7Structure:• Title Page• Content• Background• Literature Review• Project Scope• Methodology• Gantt Chart• References.. How long?• 1p• 1p• 1p• 5p• 1p• 1-2p• 1p• 1-2p.. 12-15 pages8(1) Title page:• University of Greenwich• Literature Survey• Project Title• Student Name• Programme• Date• Supervisor Name9(2) Content:• Sections (refer to slide 7)• Sub-Sections (split your topic’s into smaller parts)..include page numbers10(3) Background:• Description of the ‘global’ problem andwhy your is important (200 words).• Project Aim (1 sentence).• Project Objectives (3-5 points).11(4) Literature review:• Provide generic overview of the area of your research followed by moredetailed focal review of the ‘target’ question.• Split by: Themes, Timeline, Research Questions, Objectives, etc.Is: a critical evaluation of knowledge relevance.Is NOT: a summary.Is NOT: an annotated bibliography.• Summary that demonstrated the Gap in Knowledge.12Cont.. Organisation:• Chronological: knowledge development over time• Thematic: reoccurring themes or sub-themes• Methodological: assessment of approaches• Qualitative vs quantitative research• Empirical vs theoretical scholarship• Divide the research by sociological, historical, or cultural sources• Theoretical: discussion of theories, models, concepts13Cont.. Summary & Gap in Knowledge:• Clearly definewhat knowledge has been gathered?what is the ‘gap’ in knowledge?how your work will improve / solve the problem?14151617(5) Project Scope:• What is included?!• Should clearly state the focal point of yourwork, i.e. description of project and end‘product’ (direct links to the aim and theresearch / knowledge gap).• Expand objectives to define theunderlying deliverables and requirements.18(6) Methodology• How it is done?!• Justified method of HOW objectives are achieved:• Primary, Secondary• Experimental, Theoretical• Qualitative, Quantitative• What resources will be utilized?• Software, Hardware, Experimental Equipment, Contacts, Companies, Surveys, Materials, etc.• What are the associated risks?• Risk Assessment Document19(6.1) Risk Assessment – RA• What affects project timeline?..• Lab / Experiments• Data collection• Interview / Surveys• Other dependencies20RA (1)21RA (2)22(7) Gantt Chart• What is done?• When?• What is the link?• What is delivered?232425Academic Support Team:• Report Writing Skills• Book online or email: http://libcal.gre.ac.uk/appointments/26Literature Search:• “Drill Hall Library” https://librarysearch.gre.ac.uk• Types of materials:Books from all campuses.Electronic books (e-books).Journal articles.[Some] newspaper articles.Databases and tools e.g.General enquiries: [email protected],https://libguides.medway.ac.uk/computingandengineering 27cont.. Specifying search (1):• Think of keywords to describe your topic or question• Don’t type a whole question or sentence into LibrarySearch• Avoid being too vague or too specific!• Substitute different words or expressions used to describe your keywords, particularly technicalterminology• E.g. CSR can also be “corporate social responsibility”, heart attack can also be “cardiac arrest”, athlete can also besportsman/sportsmen/sportswoman etc.• Think about different spellings/different meanings• Search for phrases using quotation marks and only find results with those words together• E.g. “chemical weathering”, “plant ecology”, “muscle strain”• Categorically refine by journal title/database/year published• E.g. articles published since 201528cont.. Specifying search (2):• Use ‘Publication finder’ to search for a specific e-book or journal title• Search more than once, and document what you’ve done• Add/remove keywords one at a time, try different combinations, use more concrete or abstract concepts• Take note of searches that didn’t work, so that you don’t search them again!• Find a great article? Borrow some of its keywords and/or references• Or get a feel for the literature and then use frequently occurring terms• Read the abstract first• Don’t waste time reading an article that looked good but doesn’t deliver• Take note of the reference!• It will save you time later on29cont.. Databases:• Use subject specific databases• You can use more than one, butsearch them one at a time• How to access them:Log in to the portal/My learning/Online databasesand academic journals(A-Z list of all databases)• Off-campus access available• May include full text, but notalways• Guides/tutorials available30(8) Referencing & Plagiarism:• Harvard System or Numbering System (!)• Similarity threshold 20% (referenced & cited works)• Use EndNote to keep track: https://www.gre.ac.uk/it-and-library/az/it-for-teaching-and-learning/reference/endnote• For further help:https://libguides.gre.ac.uk/referencing313233


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