Literature review


Literature review (100%)

Due: Literature review coursework due Tuesday 4th  May 2021 at 12:00 midday via Turnitin (Week


How to submit: via Blackboard/Turnitin

Opportunity for formative feedback: Consultations/tutorials

You will be required to:

1)  Introduce your topic/research question and explain why it is important (in the context of the literature) to research the topic and answer your research question. 

2)   Synthesise the literature you found in your bibliography (and add more, if necessary) to create an argument that answers your research question. 

3)   Critically discuss the literature found, building on aspects identified in

your annotated bibliography entries.

4)   Identify the gaps in the knowledge that you might want to further investigate. 

5)   Suggest some ways that you might be able to investigate those gaps. 

Suggested layouts and outlines will be discussed in class. Literature synthesis and critical writing will be covered in seminars and tutorials. The literature review should have at least 4 academic and 4 non-academic sources.

Word count: 2000 words (+/-10%).

This assessment is anonymously marked and should be submitted electronically.

Topics for Research

Your topic will need to be approved by your tutor. 

For research topics it is required to be:

•    unique! No two students in same groups can be doing the same topic.

•     reasonably original – it should try to cover new ground that hasn’t been already addressed by published research

•     related to ethical or social aspects of computing, information systems, or technologies.

•    the standard of a conference paper.

•    have some ethical or responsible innovation consideration

•    be written in your own words (no plagiarism)

Tips for choosing a good topic

•    Choose something you’re interested in

•    Choose a topic that will allow you to find information easily

•     Choose a topic that has some academic research published on it (even if it’s just background history of development of a technology, for example)

•     If you don’t have any ideas, go read the technology sections of newspapers, or technology blogs. There are usually some interesting stories that may raise ethical or social issues which you could investigate.

Assessment Marking Schemes

These are available on Blackboard and will be discussed in class. 

Tutor-marked assessment in this module will be anonymously marked. All marking will be moderated by staff. 

University Policies

Late submission of coursework policy: Late submissions will be processed in accordance with current University regulations which state: 

“the time period during which a student may submit a piece of work late without authorisation and have the work capped at 40% if passed is 14 calendar days. Work submitted unauthorised more than 14 calendar days after the original submission date will receive a mark of 0%. These regulations apply to a student’s first attempt at coursework. Work submitted late without authorisation which constitutes reassessment of a previously failed piece of coursework will always receive a mark of 0%.”

Academic Offences and Bad Academic Practices:

These include plagiarism, cheating, collusion, copying work and reuse of your own work, poor referencing or passing off somebody else's ideas as your own. If you are in any doubt about what constitutes an academic offence or bad academic practice you must check with your tutor. Further information is available at: supportoffice/academic-offences.aspx and supportoffice/bad-academic-practice.aspx