7113ICT Research for IT Professionals- connection between the research question


Assignment Requirements

The Research Plan must show a clear connection between the research question and the associated focus/objectives, and the method and techniques of data collection and analysis to be used to achieve those objectives. How well this is done contributes significantly to the coherence of the work and conveys to the reader that the author of the proposal has the competence to execute the research project successfully

A. Clarity of the problem formulation 
• Clarity of the statement of the research problem (including the clarification of the underlying assumptions)
• Clarity of the research question(s) derived from the problem statement
• Rationale for conducting the study (including significance, relevance to theory and practice, relationship to previous research, own contribution)
• Review of literature and theoretical frameworks (relationship to previous research)

B. Well-reasoned and balanced choice of research methods
• Research strategy and design (including data collection and analysis) well justified given the underlying assumptions.
• Evaluation of the methodology discussed in the relevant field with respect to the problem domain (e.g. software engineering, information systems, artificial intelligence, computer science, multimedia)

C. General Level of Scholarly Analysis 
• How well the issues covered in the course have been mastered.
• How well the overall plan is developed.
• Evidence of critical reading and evaluation of relevant literature.
• Comprehensive knowledge of issues illustrated by the selection of literature.
• Evidence of explanation and analysis (not description) where appropriate.

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