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Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines


Unit Code

Unit Title
Leveraging IT for Business Advantage

Assessment Type
Individual Assignment

Assessment Title
Research Proposal

Purpose of the
assessment (with
ULO Mapping)

Students will be expected to write a research proposal on a specific topic in
Information Technology. A student will be required to conduct research in regards to
their assigned topic and present his/her idea or question and expected outcomes with
clarity and definition.
1. Critically evaluate how technology can enable an organisation’s core business
processes and support the strategic goals.
2. Analyse and comprehend the issues that arise with the acquisition and adoption
of technology and recommend possible solutions.
3. Critically evaluate the ways in which information technology can contribute to
organisational innovation, efficiency and overall corporate performance.
4. Critically analyse and evaluate the key issues, challenges and opportunities
associated with the latest developments in Information Systems.

50% of the total assessments (3 components)

Total Marks

Word limit
2500 words

Due Date
1. Outline of the paper (5%): Week 4 Friday 5pm
2. Draft version of the paper (15%): Week 8 Friday 5pm
3. Final version of the paper (30%): Week 12 Friday 5pm


All work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed
Assignment Cover Page.
The assignment must be in MS Word format, 1.5 line spacing, 12-pt Times New
Roman font and 2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate
section headings.
Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately
at the end in a reference list using Harvard style.

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Assignment 1 Research Proposal
This assessment item relates to the unit learning outcomes as in the unit descriptor. This assessment is
designed to improve student learning skills and to give students experience in researching the literature on a
topic relevant to the Unit of Study subject matter, critically analysing current academic papers then presenting
idea or question and expected outcomes with clarity and definition in a referenced written report.
For this component you will write a research proposal on a particular topic. The topic you select must be
directly relevant to IT in Business. Your topic must include a specific information technology and a specific
business application, e.g., AI For fraud detection.
All students must have a different topic. Students can choose to write about the same technology, but the
approach and the thrust of each paper must be different. For instance, you could look at cloud computing
from a security viewpoint, or from an environment impact viewpoint, or from the perspective of a manager
trying to reduce their hardware costs. There will be many perspectives to look at each technology and its
relation to Business IT.
To ensure this uniqueness, each student must email their topic and title to their tutor within the first two
weeks. Your tutor will respond with an approval or with a message that you will either need to choose a
different technology or to change the thrust of your paper. Once it has been approved you should begin by
working towards the first deliverable.
Note: It is important to realize, that you must have prior approval for a topic before you can submit. If you
submit something for assessment without approval for the specific topic, it will not be graded. Once you have
a topic approved, you cannot change it without consent from your subject lecturer.
The Key elements of the research proposal
The following elements must be included in your research proposal:
1. Introduction or background to the research problem or issue, including an identification of the gap in
the current research
2. Research question and, if possible, a thesis statement answering the question
3. Justification for the proposal research, i.e., why the research is needed
4. Preliminary literature review covering what others have already done in the area
5. Theoretical framework to be used in the proposed research
6. Statement of the contribution of the research to the general area
7. Proposed research methodology
8. Research plan and outline
9. Timetable of proposed research
10. List of references used in preparing the proposal
The first deliverable is in week 10, and is the outline of the paper they intend to write so it is important that
students receive topic approval in time to fully consider the structure of what they intend to do. This
assessment is worth 50% and there are 3 deliverables which must be submitted

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1. Outline of the paper (5%): Week 4 Friday 5pm
2. Draft version of the paper (15%): Week 8 Friday 5pm
3. Final version of the paper (30%): Week 12 Friday 5pm
The outline will include the title and a description of the sections in your paper and the key topics in each,
along with at least five preliminary references and a note as to in which section they will be included.
You are required to address Elements 1,2,3,4,10 in your outline (200 words).
The draft version is just that, a draft. The first draft can be messy, rough and amenable to change, allowing
you to re-mould your structure with successive drafts. You can avoid trying to write perfect sentences and
paragraphs (polishing). Additionally, you can include bullet points, sentence fragments, and temporary section
headings, but I would expect approximately half of the paper to be near complete at this stage. Don’t worry
about being repetitive or boring. Avoid making your writing eloquent, stylistic or succinct in the first draft: you
can revise and improve your writing as your rework later drafts. The idea of the draft is to get down initial
ideas and develop an overall structure of the paper.
You are required to address Elements 1-10 in your draft (≥ 1250 words).
The final version of your paper is the polished version, the approach should follow the same plan as your draft,
but obviously some change may have occurred from the draft. You should not use a lot of small sections and
bullet points in the final version. Your research proposal should be presenting the state of current knowledge
in a specific area and as such, should have a narrative that flows from one paragraph to another. You cannot
achieve this with bullet points and small disjoint sections. All references included with your paper must be
cited within the paper and be appropriate to the context of the citation.
You are required to address Elements 1-10 in your final proposal (2500 words).
Some Notes:
• All references must use the Harvard referencing style.
• The length of the paper is to be 2500 words (excluding the references, contents etc.)
• The font of the body text should be 12pt Times New Roman font, 1.5 line spaced
• Section Heading should be in Arial Bold 12-point font
• At NO time should you use Wikipedia as a reference

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Research Proposal Marking Scheme

Missing or Unacceptable (0-39)
Developing (40-49)
Accomplished (50-74)
Exemplary (75-100)

Introduction: Research
question, and
background (10%)

Research question(s), definitions,
assumptions and limitations were
omitted or inappropriate given the
context, purpose or methods of
the study.

Elements are poorly
formed, ambiguous, or not
logically connected to the
description of the problem,
purpose or research

Research questions are
stated clearly and are
connected to the research

Articulates clear, reasonable, and
succinct research questions, and
questions are fresh, interesting and

Literature review and
references (20%)

Little or no evidence of a
systematic approach, incomplete
review; Little or no evidence of
having read completely papers

Incomplete and not
systematic, but adequate to
identify part of the
literature, very little
evidence of critical
evaluation of papers cited

Evidence of reviewing,
possibly incomplete but
using appropriate
approaches, Some evidence
of critical appraisal or
partial critical appraisal

The literature review addresses a
relevant question. The planned method
and procedure for the
structured/systematic literature review is
clearly presented, in sufficient detail, and
appropriate for the question to be

Research design:
theoretical framework,
contribution, research
methodology (10%)

The research design is erroneous
for the hypothesis states or has
not been identified and or
described using standard
terminology. Limitations and
assumptions are omitted.

The research design is
confusing or incomplete
given the research
questions. Important
limitations and assumptions
have not been identified.

The research design has
been identified and
described in sufficiently
detailed terms. Some
limitations and assumptions
have been identified.

The purpose, questions, and design are
mutually supportive and coherent.
Appropriate and important limitations
and assumptions have been clearly

Organization and
neatness of the proposal

The length of the narrative
exceeds the suggested limit as
indicated in the solicitation. The
ideas are presented in a random
manner with no focus.

The content and length of
the proposal are inadequate
(i.e. there is some logic in
the narrative part, but the
ideas lack of clear focus and
structural argumentation).

Proposal format has been
followed mostly. The
narrative presents the ideas
in an almost structural and
logical manner.

The narrative has the appropriate length
and the ideas are presented in a clear
structural and logic manner identifying
reasonable well the reasons and means
to achieve the goal of the proposal.

Research plan and
timeline (5%)

Plan and/or timeline are missing
or the timeline is beyond our
suggested time.

Plan and/or timeline are
present but not adequate to
support the project.

Plan and/or timeline are
present but not very well
defined, not easy to

Plan and timeline are adequate to
support the project activities, costs are
reasonable in relation to the

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How to write a research proposal?
1. Introduction
The introduction should be as brief as possible (a paragraph or two). Whatever you do, don’t ramble on for
pages; you need to make this part of the proposal clear and crisp. In the introduction, you need to give a
sense of the general field of research of which your area is a part. You then need to narrow to the specific
area of your concern. This should lead logically to the gap in the research that you intend to fill. When the
gap is identified, a research question can then be raised. The answer to this question is called the thesis
2. The research question
The research question may not be a question as such, but rather a statement of a problem to be
3. Justification for the proposed research
one page is usually sufficient for this. You need to tell the reader that the research can justified along four
main criteria: (1) The size of the industry/area involved; (2) The gaps in the literature that demand attention;
(3) The unusual or improved methodology being used; (4) The benefits in terms of policy and practice
4. Preliminary literature review
This is where you provide more detail about what others have done in the area, and what you propose to
do. You need to write around 2-3 pages in which you cover the following: (1) The major issues or schools of
thought (2) Gaps in the literature (in more detail than is provided in the introduction) (3) Research questions
and/or hypotheses which are connected carefully to the literature being reviewed (4) Definitions of key
terms, provided either when you introduce each idea, or in a definition sub-section (5) Questions arising
from the gaps that can be the focus of data collection or analysis.
5. Theoretical framework
The theoretical framework usually forms the final part of the literature review section. It describes the
concept/theory/model that you are using in the thesis to demonstrate your point.
6. Contribution of the research
In this section, you outline how your research will make a change to an area of study. This is different from
the justification of your research. The justification explains why the research should be done. The
contribution section explains how what you will do will lead to certain outcomes. You need to outline: (1)
The importance of the research outcome(s); (2) The practical or theoretical nature of the outcome(s).
7. Proposed research methodology
You do not have to describe the methodology to be used in great detail, but you should justify its use over
other methodologies. For example, you could explain the reasons for using: (1) a certain paradigm or theory
(2) qualitative or quantitative research (3) a case study of a specific kind (4) surveys, correlational
experiments, field studies, specific statistical measurements, etc. (5) certain dependent or independent or
moderating variables (6) a particular sampling frame and the size of a sample.
8. Research plan
The research plan or outline can be discussed in conjunction with a research timetable. However, be aware
that they have a different function. A research plan helps you as well as the reader as: (1) it gives you a
framework for the direction your research will take (2) it shows the reader the project is well-organized and
achievable in the time available (3) it shows your detailed research activities.
9. Research timetable
The timetable should indicate the weighting of each part of the proposed thesis in percentage terms, the
topics covered, approximate word limit and, importantly, the approximate length of time it will take to
complete them. You might consider providing a graph for convenience.
10. List of references
This must be provided in the usual scholarly fashion. It helps to convince your reader that your proposal is
worth pursuing if you can identify literature in the field and demonstrate that you understand it. It makes a
very strong impact if you can identify where there is a research gap in the literature that your proposal
hopes to fill. This is your contribution to the scholarly conversation. You should use academic references
(peer reviewed articles), rather than web articles.

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Submission Guidelines
Your submission document should be a single word document containing your report.
The following submissions are not accepted and will be graded zero:
Photos, screen shots or handwritten answers
Emailed submissions
Submission for a different assessment
Submission for a different unit
Submission not in Microsoft Word
Submission without a name and Student ID Number
Submission with a different student name / ID number listed (these submissions are treated as
academic misconduct and penalties may apply)
Blank or empty documents
All submissions are to be submitted through the safeAssign facility in Blackboard. Submission boxes linked to
SafeAssign will be set up in the Units Blackboard Shell. Assignments not submitted through these submission
links will not be considered.
Submissions must be made by the due date and time (which will be in the session detailed above) and
determined by your unit coordinator. Submissions made after the due date and time will be penalized per
day late (including weekend days) according to Holmes Institute policies.
The SafeAssign similarity score will be used in determining the level, if any, of plagiarism.
SafeAssign will check
conference web-sites, Journal articles, the Web and your own class members submissions for plagiarism
You can see your SafeAssign similarity score (or match) when you submit your assignment to the appropriate
drop-box. If this is a concern you will have a chance to change your assignment and resubmit. However,
resubmission is only allowed prior to the submission due date and time. After the due date and time have
elapsed your assignment will be graded as late.
Submitted assignments that indicate a high level of
plagiarism will be penalized according to the Holmes Academic Misconduct policy, there will be no
. Thus, plan early and submit early to take advantage of the resubmission feature. You can make
multiple submissions, but please remember we only see the last submission, and the date and time you
submitted will be taken from that submission.
Assessment Design – Adapted Harvard Referencing:
Holmes will be implementing as a pilot program a revised Harvard approach to referencing. The following
guidelines apply:
1. Reference sources in assignments are limited to sources which provide full text access to the
source’s content for lecturers and markers.
2. The Reference list should be located on a separate page at the end of the essay and titled:
3. It should include the details of all the in-text citations,
arranged alphabetically A-Z by author
. In addition, it MUST include a hyperlink to the full text of the cited reference source.
For example;
P Hawking, B McCarthy, A Stein (2004), Second Wave ERP Education,
Journal of Information Systems
, Fall,
4. All assignments will require additional in-text reference details which will consist of the surname of
the author/authors or name of the authoring body, year of publication, page number of contents,
paragraph where the content can be found.
For example;
“The company decided to implement a enterprise wide data warehouse business intelligence
strategies (Hawking et al, 2004, p3(4)).”

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Non-Adherence to Referencing Guidelines
Where students do not follow the above guidelines:
1. Students who submit assignments which do not comply with the guidelines will be asked to resubmit
their assignments.
2. Late penalties will apply, as per the Student Handbook each day, after the student/s have been
notified of the resubmission requirements.
3. Students who comply with guidelines and the citations are “fake” will be reported for academic
Academic Integrity
Holmes Institute is committed to ensuring and upholding Academic Integrity, as Academic Integrity is integral
to maintaining academic quality and the reputation of Holmes’ graduates. Accordingly, all assessment tasks
need to comply with academic integrity guidelines. Table 1 identifies the six categories of Academic Integrity
breaches. If you have any questions about Academic Integrity issues related to your assessment tasks, please
consult your lecturer or tutor for relevant referencing guidelines and support resources. Many of these
resources can also be found through the Study Sills link on Blackboard.
Academic Integrity breaches are a serious offence punishable by penalties that may range from deduction of
failure of the assessment task or unit involved, suspension of course enrolment, or cancellation of
course enrolment
Table 1: Six categories of Academic Integrity breaches

Reproducing the work of someone else without attribution. When
a student submits their own work on multiple occasions this is
known as

Working with one or more other individuals to complete an
assignment, in a way that is not authorised.

Reproducing and submitting the work of another student, with or
without their knowledge. If a student fails to take reasonable
precautions to prevent their own original work from being copied,
this may also be considered an offence.

Falsely presenting oneself, or engaging someone else to present as
oneself, in an in-person examination.

Contract cheating
Contracting a third party to complete an assessment task,
generally in exchange for money or other manner of payment.

Data fabrication and

Manipulating or inventing data with the intent of supporting false
conclusions, including manipulating images.

Source: INQAAHE, 2020



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