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ASSESSMENT 1 BRIEF Subject Code and Title REM502 Research MethodologiesAssessment 1: Annotated Bibliography Report IndividualAnnotated Bibliography Report: 1500 words (+/- 10%) Sunday 11:55 pm (AEST) Module 4 (Week 4) 30%100 marks Assessment Individual/Group Length Learning Outcomes The Subject Learning Outcomes demonstrated by successful completion of the task below include: a) Build appropriate research design suitable to the context c) Select and critically analyse published resources Submission Weighting Total Marks Task Summary This assessment is designed to enhance your skills in creating and formulating appropriate research design. To do this, you need to set clearly defined boundaries around what is being researched. Setting the boundaries of a research project is an essential step in Software Engineering research. Therefore, you need to develop a focused approach to the research, starting with existing literature. Developing abstract, initial research questions, and aims and objectives help focus your literature search. Focusing the research direction helps the researcher in choosing the literature needed for the annotated bibliography. This assessment is to write an Annotated Bibliography Report, which will lead towards defining your Research Proposal (Assessment 3). This assessment is the beginning step of the literature search and will help you to conduct a literature review. The Annotated Bibliography Report is an individual assessment and covers 30% of your overall grade. Your report should be of 1500 words (+/- 10%) include the following key elements: A titleA brief abstract (200-250 words)Research questionsAims and ObjectivesAnnotated bibliography (1000+ words) It is important to include the University ethos “Here for Good” into your ideas for your proposed research. Please refer to the Task Instructions for details on how to complete this task. REM502_Assessment_1_Brief_Annotated Bibliography _Due Module 4 Page 1 of 7 Context Research is an iterative process. The abstract, research question(s), and aims and objectives may well change depending on what you discover in your literature search, what methodologies you choose and what specific methods you propose. Feedback from your Learning Facilitator will also help you refine these elements. This assessment, an Annotated Bibliography Report is formative in nature and is the starting point working towards your final Research Proposal (Assessment 3). Each assessment in this subject is designed to build competency in research methodologies and are not stand-alone assessments. The Annotated Bibliography Report is designed to focus your research direction and to start you on your research journey. This assessment prepares students in Software Engineering research methods and develops skills in defining the research direction and scope, secondary research, analysis, and forms the basis for the next stage of the research process. The Annotated Bibliography should be considered as a first draft of the abstract, research question(s), and aims and objectives. The Annotated Bibliography is designed to help you search relevant research papers, peer-reviewed books and conference proceedings to inform your research. Refer to the library website to search for your references. https://library.torrens.edu.au/homeOn the left-hand side, go to the “All databases” link and once there, use the Popular Databases on the right-hand side. These links give you access to peer-reviewed papers that you may use in addition to the main search area.Alternatively, go to the special Software Engineering resource page on the library website: https://library.torrens.edu.au/design/softwareengineeringAvoid online blogs and non-peer reviewed sources. Edited books are a good source of information because they have undergone an editorial process, peer-reviewed books are superior. Task Instructions Write an Annotated Bibliography Report. Your report should include the following key elements: • TitleThe title of a research project is usually a single concise sentence that accurately reflects the proposed research. • AbstractAn abstract is a 200-250 summary of the research project. Abstracts do not generally contain references. Abstracts are often rewritten – at this stage; it should guide and focus on the direction of the research. Consider this abstract a first draft; it will and should change depending on where the research leads. Abstracts sit at the very beginning of the Research Proposal and sit just below the title. • Research Question(s)The Research question(s) should be included in this submission: What is the key question(s) that the research is going to answer? For a small research project, one or two research questions should suffice. REM502_Assessment_1_Brief_Annotated Bibliography _Due Module 4 Page 2 of 7 • Aims and Objectives o Aims: What is the overall goal of the research: what is the aim? What are you trying to find out or establish? The aims will be related to the research question(s). Usually, only one or two sentences. o Objectives: Covers the steps that will be taken to get to the final result. The objectives are an explanation of how the research question will be answered. Objectives are a general overview of the research approach. Usually, only two to four sentences. The research question(s) and aims and objectives will later form part of the introduction of your final Research Proposal (Assessment 3). These may change depending on what is found in the literature search, and as the methodology is established. • Annotated Bibliography (1000+ words) –  An annotated bibliography, which reflects the academic papers, books and other peer- reviewed literature could be arranged chronologically or alphabetically according to author name. –  The APA referencing style should be used.–  Include a short paragraph summarising each research document that you have reviewed. DO NOT JUST CUT AND PASTE THE ABSTRACT. The paragraph for each piece of research is your summary of the findings in relation to your research question and aims. In other words, each entry in the annotated bibliography should take the structure: Reference in APA StyleOne paragraph summary Here is an example: Waite, L. J., Goldschneider, F. K., & Witsberger, C. (1986). Nonfamily living and the erosion of traditional family orientations among young adults. American Sociological Review, 51, 541-554. The authors, researchers at the Rand Corporation and Brown University, use data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women and Young Men to test their hypothesis that nonfamily living by young adults alters their attitudes, values, plans, and expectations, moving them away from their belief in traditional sex roles. They find their hypothesis strongly supported in young females, while the effects were fewer in studies of young males. Increasing the time away from parents before marrying increased individualism, self-sufficiency, and changes in attitudes about families. In contrast, an earlier study by Williams cited below shows no significant gender differences in sex role attitudes as a result of nonfamily living. An Annotated Bibliography could be organised alphabetically, in order of author surname.e.g. Adams, J. will be before Cooper, S. Alternatively you could organise it chronologically, according to year of publication. A tool that may help you organize secondary research is Mendeley. It is a searchable database that assists in referencing. It also stores your research material online.https://www.mendeley.com REM502_Assessment_1_Brief_Annotated Bibliography _Due Module 4 Page 3 of 7 • ReferencingIt is essential that you use appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research. Please see more information on referencing here http://library.laureate.net.au/research_skills/referencing • Submission InstructionsAssessment 1 is to be submitted in Module 4 (Week 4). This will be uploaded to Blackboard as a written Word document or PDF. The task will be submitted via the Assessment link in the main navigation menu in REM502 Research Methodologies. The Learning Facilitator will provide feedback via the Grade Centre in the Blackboard Learning Management System. Feedback can be viewed in My Grades. • Academic Integrity DeclarationI declare that except where I have referenced, the work I am submitting for this assessment task is my own work. I have read and am aware of Torrens University Australia Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure viewable online at http://www.torrens.edu.au/policies-and-formsI am aware that I need to keep a copy of all submitted material and their drafts, and I will do so accordingly. REM502_Assessment_1_Brief_Annotated Bibliography _Due Module 4 Page 4 of 7 Assessment Rubric Fail Assessment Attributes Grade Description (Yet to achieve minimum standard) 0-49% Evidence of unsatisfactory achievement of one or more of the learning objectives of the course, insufficient understanding of the course content and/or unsatisfactory level of skill development. Limited understanding of required concepts and knowledge Key components of the assignment are not addressed. Pass (Functional) 50-64% Evidence of satisfactory achievement of course learning objectives, the development of relevant skills to a competent level, and adequate interpretation and critical analysis skills. Knowledge or understanding of the field or discipline. Resembles a recall or summary of key ideas. Often conflates/confuses assertion of personal opinion with information substantiated by evidence from the research/course materials. Credit (Proficient) 65-74% Evidence of a good level of understanding, knowledge and skill development in relation to the content of the course or work of a superior quality on the majority of the learning objectives of the course. Demonstration of a high level of interpretation and critical analysis skills. Thorough knowledge or understanding of the field or discipline/s. Supports personal opinion and information substantiated by evidence from the research/course materials. Demonstrates a capacity to explain and apply relevant concepts. Distinction (Advanced) 75-84% Evidence of a high level of achievement of the learning objectives of the course demonstrated in such areas as interpretation and critical analysis, logical argument, use of methodology and communication skills. High Distinction (Exceptional) 85-100% Evidence of an exceptional level of achievement of learning objectives across the entire content of the course demonstrated in such areas as interpretation and critical analysis, logical argument, creativity, originality, use of methodology and communication skills. Highly developed understanding of the field or discipline/s. Discriminates between assertion of personal opinion and information substantiated by robust evidence from the research/course materials and extended reading. Well demonstrated capacity to explain and apply relevant concepts. A sophisticated understanding of the field or discipline/s. Systematically and critically discriminates between assertion of personal opinion and information substantiated by robust evidence from the research/course materials and extended reading. Mastery of concepts and application to new situations/further learning. Knowledge and understanding of appropriate peer- reviewed references and research techniques Percentage of this criterion = 10% Analysis and application with synthesis of new knowledge Limited synthesis and analysis. Demonstrated analysis and synthesis of new knowledge with application. Well-developed analysis and synthesis with application of Thoroughly developed and creative analysis and synthesis with application of pretested models and / Highly sophisticated and creative analysis, synthesis of new with existing knowledge. REM502_Assessment_1_Brief_Annotated Bibliography _Due Module 4 Page 5 of 7 Assessment AttributesFail(Yet to achieve minimum standard) 0-49%Pass (Functional) 50-64%Credit (Proficient) 65-74%Distinction (Advanced) 75-84%High Distinction (Exceptional) 85-100%(Annotated Bibliography notes) Percentage of this criterion = 20%Limited application/recommendat ions based upon analysis.Shows the ability to interpret relevant information and literature.recommendations linked to analysis/synthesis.or independently developed models and justified recommendations linked to analysis/synthesis.Strong application by way of pretested models and / or independently developed models. Recommendations are clearly justified based on the analysis/synthesis. Applying knowledge to new situations/other cases.Effective Communication (Written) Percentage of this criterion = 30%Presents information. Specialised language and terminology is rarely or inaccurately employed. Meaning is repeatedly obscured by errors in the communication of ideas, including errors in structure, sequence, spelling, grammar, punctuation and/or the acknowledgment of sources.Communicates in a readable manner that largely adheres to the given format. Generally employs specialised language and terminology with accuracy. Meaning is sometimes difficult to follow. Information, arguments and evidence are structured and sequenced in a way that is not always clear and logical. Some errors are evident in spelling, grammar and/or punctuation.Communicates in a coherent and readable manner that adheres to the given format. Accurately employs specialised language and terminology. Meaning is easy to follow. Information, arguments and evidence are structured and sequenced in a way that is clear and logical. Occasional minor errors present in spelling,Communicates coherently and concisely in a manner that adheres to the given format. Accurately employs a wide range of specialised language and terminology. Engages audience interest. Information, arguments and evidence are structured and sequenced in a way that is, clear and persuasive. Spelling, grammar and punctuation are free from errors.Communicates eloquently. Expresses meaning coherently, concisely and creatively within the given format. Discerningly selects and precisely employs a wide range of specialised language and terminology. Engages and sustains audience’s interest. Information, arguments and evidence are insightful, persuasive and expertly presented. REM502_Assessment_1_Brief_Annotated Bibliography _Due Module 4 Page 6 of 7 Assessment AttributesFail(Yet to achieve minimum standard) 0-49%Pass (Functional) 50-64%Credit (Proficient) 65-74%Distinction (Advanced) 75-84%High Distinction (Exceptional) 85-100%grammar and/or punctuation.Spelling, grammar and punctuation are free from errors.Correct citation of key resources and evidence, use of credible sources, quality of summaries and arguments presented Percentage of this criterion = 40%Demonstrates inconsistent use of good quality, credible and relevant resources to support and develop ideas. Summaries lack analysis and no arguments presented. Referencing is omitted or does not resemble APA.Demonstrates use of credible and relevant resources to support and develop ideas, but these are not always explicit or well developed. Summaries are somewhat analysed and present few arguments. Referencing resembles APA, with frequent or repeated errors.Demonstrates use of credible resources to support and develop ideas. Summaries are well analysed and present some arguments.Demonstrates use of good quality, credible and relevant resources to support and develop arguments and statements. Summaries are excellent and present well thought out arguments. Show evidence of wide scope within the organisation for sourcing evidence. APA referencing is free from errors.Demonstrates use of high- quality, credible and relevant resources to support and develop arguments and position statements. Summaries are outstanding and present comprehensive arguments. Show evidence of wide scope within and without the organisation for sourcing evidence. APA referencing is free from errors.Referencing resembles APA, with occasional errors. The following Subject Learning Outcomes are addressed in this assessment SLO a) Build appropriate research design suitable to the context SLO c) Select and critically analyse published resources REM502_Assessment_1_Brief_Annotated Bibliography _Due Module 4 Page 7 of 7

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