ITEC 630 RESEARCH PAPER
You may choose any topic that is of personal interest to you, as long as it deals with the general subject material of the course (information systems analysis, modeling, and design). I prefer that you come up with your own unique topic. If you are short of ideas, several possible subjects are:
• Alternate methodologies (Agile method, Prototyping, ETHICS, Project champions approach, Soft Systems Methodology, and Multiview)
• Object-oriented analysis and design
• SDLC and comparisons to other methodologies
• Unified Modeling Language (UML)
• Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
• Virtual teams and virtual organizations
• Interactive methods and unobtrusive methods
• Data flow diagram (DFD)
• CASE tools
• Entity-relationship diagram (ERD)
• B2B and B2C systems
• Joint application design (JAD)
• Feasibility study
• Extreme programming
• Rapid application development (RAD)
• XML and data dictionaries
• Push and pull technologies
• Output technologies
• Graphical user interface (GUI)
• Data warehouses and database
• Data mining and knowledge data discovery
** Please ensure that your topic fits the course or it will not be approved.
I would like to approve your topic in advance, so you need to submit a research paper proposal (format below) in your assignment folder no later than Jun 18th.
The purpose of the research proposal is to help me guide you in writing your research paper and to make sure my expectations are clear. (An added bonus is that you can't wait until the last minute to work on the paper!) Early submission of research papers is encouraged; however, I will grade all papers as a group in order to maintain consistency and fairness to all students
Your research paper work should be approximately 15 pages in length and focus on one of the major themes / issues / concerns in regard to project management. Your paper should review the literature, extract the primary issues, discuss the various possible solutions to the issues raised, identify "trends," and formulate a position. You need to provide your point of view. At least three of your references papers must be from the last three years and you may not use only web sites as references. More information including the deliverables associated with this course requirement can be found under Course Content.
The research paper proposal must contain the following components:
• Proposed title
• A preliminary paragraph providing information about the topic including a clear thesis statement
• A preliminary outline of the material you will cover in your paper
• A list of at least five preliminary references in APA format (most common area for APA errors!)
Guidelines for the format of the research paper are as follows:
• The paper should be approximately 15 pages of text in length - not including title page, figures and tables, and references;
• The paper should include a one paragraph abstract and a brief conclusion - think as if you were writing for a professional journal;
• The paper should use APA format (double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, one inch margins, page numbers with running head in upper right corner)
Some notes about APA format:
There are currently two versions of the Publications Manual of the APA that are used in the Graduate School - the fourth edition and the new fifth edition. In this class, either one of these editions is acceptable. For draft papers, the fourth edition used conventions that were common to copy editors and proof readers who were dealing with manuscripts; for instance we would underline certain section titles to indicate that the final version would be be in italics. Other conventions had tables and figures attached at the end of the paper, because until proofs were prepared for final printing, the editors did not know where graphics would fit on the page. Pages 258 - 268 of the fourth edition show a sample paper. In the fifth edition the APA has finally recognized that most of us now have direct access to desktop publishing software, so we can put things in italics directly. (They still want us to stick tables and figures at the end, but for purposes of this class you can stick them where they belong if you wish). Other differences deal with the way we list references: the fourth edition had us indent the first line of a reference, but in the fifth edition, the first line is left-adjusted, and the following lines are indented. The fifth edition also has enhanced the instructions for how to cite electronic references. You can get additional information from the APA web site at http://www.apastyle.org and the UMUC Library site.
Some notes about plagiarism:
As we all know, plagiarism occurs when an author copies someone else's work and presents it as his/her own without citing the original author. Most cases of plagiarism encountered at UMUC arise when: (1) a student loses track of sources and forgets to cite a reference or two (or cites the reference incorrectly); (2) a student "pastes" information from the Internet directly into a paper thinking that since there is no author, the source does not need to be cited. Both of these cases more often than not occur when a student gets into a "time crunch" and gets sloppy or desperate. So plan ahead and be careful as you prepare your paper. Remember that penalties for plagiarism can be quite severe - ranging up to dismissal from the program. Also be aware that the resources available to instructors for detecting cases of plagiarism are growing quite sophisticated. So be forewarned. I will be using plagiarism detection software to help ensure that works are not plagiarized.
Also note that any graded assignments must be entirely each student's own work and original for this course. Work prepared for other courses or use of material obtained for this course from other students, past or present, is expressly prohibited and can result in a grade of zero for an assignment and/or course failure.
Overall paper grades will be based as follows:
Research Paper Proposal - 10% of overall paper grade - (graded separately from rest of paper)
• Length - 10% (Make sure you stay within the lower and upper limits on page content length!)
• Conformance to APA format - 10%
• Depth of research - 30% (based on number and "authority" of references - limit the use of Web references and "commercial magazines" like Info World. Try to find "peer-reviewed" articles from sources like IEEE, ACM, or Harvard Business Review. (Not that these are necessarily better, but in the academic world they are more respected and tend to be more thoroughly researched). Many IEEE and ACM journals are available through the UMUC electronic library. In addition, I look at how you use and cite these sources. Papers that are mostly quotes from other papers without accompanying research analysis do not score as highly as those that show true research and analysis capabilities. Also note that there is a distinct difference between a research paper and a report. I need to see a graduate-level research component in your paper.
• Quality of paper - 40% (development of topic, writing, etc.)
• Professionalism - 10% (spelling, grammar, level, audience, vocabulary, etc.)
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