Information Sciences Research Methodology PG (6797)
Assignment 2: Research Design and Evaluation
Due Week 9, Thursday 8th October 5pm
Value 20%, 1500 words maximum
The purpose of this assignment is to explain and evaluate the proposed research methodology of your own research. Also discuss why the research methodology you have chosen is appropriate for your research.
Task: The following topics must be covered in the assessment. You should include evidence from relevant literature to support your arguments when possible.
1. A summary of your literature review that positions your proposed study within existing research and identifies a gap
2. Your research problem/question/hypothesis. What you expect to find out. Why your study is significant.
3. The theory you intend to use and its role in your study
4. The research strategy and methods selected (i.e., how you will carry out your study and why it is appropriate)
5. The contributions of your study to theory and practice. Explain the limitations of the study (this may suggest future research)
6. The rigour, relevance and possible impact of your study
7. Any additional topics such as ethics, quality, methodology and/or potential difficulties
Please note that these topics have been covered in weekly seminars and that recommended readings will guide your answers.
1. The assignment should be organised using the following guidelines:
a. The cover sheet must identify the student (name and number) and assignment.
b. The assignment is expected to be written essay style and to have the following components: abstract, introduction, main section, conclusion and reference section.
c. Reference sources must be cited in the text, and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list in an appropriate style.
d. The assignment must use 12 point font size minimum and at least single line spacing with appropriate section headings.
e. The abstract and reference list are not included in the word count.
2. The assignment must be submitted via the Moodle Submission Link
Extensions: Requests for an extension, accompanied by supporting documentation, must be received by the convenor in writing before the due date else penalties apply
for late submission without an approved extension.
Penalties: Academic misconduct such as cheating and plagiarism may incur penalties
ranging from a reduced result to program exclusion.