Capstone Project Report and Seminar Value: 60% Due date: 29-Sep-2014 Return date: 20-Oct-2014 Length: 3500-5000 words (20-25 pages) Submission method options Alternative submission method Task WHAT TO DO: Write a well researched academic Capstone Project Report between 3500 and 5000 words on the chosen capstone experience and its application in your chosen organisation (40%) The purpose of this assessment is to produce a discussion that will be supported by and include your literature review with references from respected sources from Assessment Item 2. The Capstone Project Design should demonstrate project management skills and include experience in other areas of study where applicable. The Capstone Project Report may also have a systems development project included in the Report. The Requirements section below has a suggested format using six (6) main heading levels to use for the layout and organisation of the report. You should demonstrate academic writing skills, critical and reflective thinking (http://student.csu.edu.au/study/resources) and include academic journals, conference proceedings, eBooks, theses, industry magazines and well respected resources from the Internet among your references in APA style (http://student.csu.edu.au/study/referencing-at-csu) Present a Capstone Project Seminar (20%). The time has been deliberately limited to 10 minutes to force you into selecting the most appropriate subset of information to present for this situation and you will be heavily penalised if you take more than 15 minutes. NOTE: If doing a video presentation (YouTube, Vimeo etc) then try to halve the time for the online audience. (Question time does not count as part of the presentation time.) This seminar can be to a live class of peers or online as a video presentation, outlining the results of your Capstone Project. The seminar should be accompanied by appropriate audio/visual tools such as a set of presentation slides or examples of hardware/software/systems that are necessary for the audience to understand and follow your presentation. You may be asked questions from the audience after your presentation. Please ask your local supervisor for the date, time or the URL of the Online Video you will be presenting. Presenting a seminar also demonstrates that you have understood the project work that has been carried out. Rationale After studying something quite intensely such as the Capstone Topic that you have chosen in this subject, you are expected to become relatively expert in that area. As such, you need to be able to present that knowledge as a Capstone Project Report to a variety of groups, including a group of peers, management or at other times, inexperienced users. This is an extremely important part of the IT industry. The time has been deliberately limited to 10 minutes to force you into selecting the most appropriate subset of information to present for this situation and you will be heavily penalised if you take more than 15 minutes. (Question time does not count as part of the presentation time.). Presenting a seminar also allows for the opportunity to check how well you have understood the investigation that has been carried out. The Learning Outcomes being assessed in this final two tasks include your ability to apply project management and ICT tools to plan, execute, record and present their research and project work as a capstone experience, both in written and oral communications to others. Marking criteria Capstone Project Report Rubric (40% of 60%) The marking criteria for this assessment depend on how correctly you have addressed the requirements of the assessment item tasks. The Capstone Project Report should be an academically written and scholarly presented report with in-text citation of all the references listed using APA referencing style. Criteria HD => 85% DI 75-84% CR 65-74% PS 50-64% Ability to apply and integrate different areas of study to examine emerging technologies and innovation. 10.00% Report demonstrates how the capstone project examines, integrates and applies key concepts from the area(s) of study in meaningful and purposeful application to the workplace. 8.50 to 10.00% Report demonstrates how the capstone project applies key concepts from the area(s) of study in meaningful and purposeful application to the workplace. 7.50 to 8.49% Report demonstrates how the capstone project applies key concepts from the area(s) of study for application to the workplace. 6.50 to 7.49% Report applies very few concepts from the area(s) of study and the application of the capstone to the workplace needed refinement. 5.00 to 6.49% Able to apply the skills and tools needed in project management and understand why the literature review is included in the report. 10.00% Demonstrated high level skills to do project management and sets the literature review in context before implementing the capstone project and writing the report. 8.50 to 10.00% Demonstration of competency with the skills to do project management and to include the literature review before implementing the capstone project and writing the report. 7.50 to 8.49% Demonstration of the skills to do project management and to include the literature review before implementing the capstone project and writing the report. 6.50 to 7.49% Project management skills need refinement and/or needed to include the literature review before implementing the capstone project and writing the report. 5.00 to 6.49% Ability to use academic writing skills and in-text citation of all the references listed using APA referencing style. 10.00% Demonstrates high level of scholarly communication and writing skills with the use of facts, analysis and personal opinions and in-text citation of all the references listed using APA referencing style. 8.50 to 10.00% Demonstrates competent scholarly communication and writing skills with the use of facts, analysis and personal opinions and in-text citation of all the references listed using APA referencing style. 7.50 to 8.49% Demonstrates scholarly communication and writing skills with the use of facts and in-text citation of all the references listed using APA referencing style. 6.50 to 7.49% Scholarly communication and writing skills need refinement with the use of facts, analysis and personal opinions and some of the references listed using APA referencing style are incomplete. 5.00 to 6.49% Capstone project design involves experience in information technology, critical thinking and reflection. 10.00% The capstone project design serves as the culmination of student’s experience in information technology, critical thinking and reflection. 8.50 to 10.00% The capstone project design includes many other experiences in information technology, with many instances of critical thinking and reflection. 7.50 to 8.49% The capstone project design includes other experiences in information technology, with many instances of critical thinking and reflection. 6.50 to 7.49% The capstone project design incudes some other experiences in information technology, but has very few or no instances of critical thinking and reflection. 5.00 to 6.49% Capstone Project Seminar Rubric (20% of 60%) Criteria HD => 85% DI 75-84% CR 65-74% PS 50-64% Subject selection from the report for audience interest, use of available time and overall organisation of the seminar. 5.00% Presents information in logical, interesting sequence that the audience can follow and delivered on time. Goal or objective of the seminar presented at the beginning. 4.25 to 5.00% Presents information in logical sequence that the audience can follow and delivered close to time given. The goal or objective of the report, may not be apparent in the beginning segments. 3.75 to 4.24% Audience has difficulty following presentation because student jumps around but is close to being on time. The goal or objective of the report was not clearly stated but inferred. 3.25 to 3.74% Audience cannot understand some of the presentation because there is no sequence of information and either falls short or goes over the time limit. The goal or objective of the report and seemed to lack a specific focus. 2.50 to 3.24% Expertise shown with the capstone project and audience engagement. 5.00% Demonstrates full knowledge (more than required) with explanations and elaboration of the project. Maintains eye contact with audience or the camera, seldom returning to notes. Student uses a clear voice and correct, precise pronunciation of terms so that all audience members or viewers can hear the presentation. 4.25 to 5.00% Demonstrates ease with explanations and willing to elaborate at times. Student maintains eye contact most of the time but frequently returns to notes. Student's voice is clear. Student pronounces most words correctly. Most audience members or viewers can hear the presentation. 3.75 to 4.24% Demonstrates comfort with explanations, but fails to elaborate at times. Student occasionally uses eye contact, but still reads most of report from notes or the screen. Student's voice is low. Student incorrectly pronounces terms. Audience members or viewers have difficulty hearing all the presentation. 3.25 to 3.74% Demonstrattes just a basic does grasp of information about the project; Student reads all of report with no eye contact or the video sounds like a prepared speech. Student mumbles or incorrectly pronounces terms, and speaks too quietly audience members or viewers to hear. 2.50 to 3.24% How well the points were made using facts and personal opinions expressed 5.00% All facts and information presented was accurate & opinions informative. 4.25 to 5.00% Most facts and information presented was accurate & opinions informative. 3.75 to 4.24% Some facts and information presented was accurate & some opinions were useful to consider. 3.25 to 3.74% Few facts and information presented was accurate & very little or no opinions were expressed. 2.50 to 3.24% How well the questions were handled in the 'live' seminar. OR How well the technology was used for impact in the online video seminar: e.g. slides, content, audio, video, focus quality. 5.00% Answers all questions with detailed explanations and elaboration. OR The video demonstrated high technical skill with special effects, editing and visual design of content. The audio and focus were loud and clear at all times. 4.25 to 5.00% Answers to all questions, but fails to elaborate at times. OR The video demonstrated competent technical skill with special effects, editing and visual design of content. The audio and focus were loud and clear at all times. 3.75 to 4.24% Able to answer only rudimentary questions from the audience. OR The video demonstrated some technical skill with special effects, editing and visual design of content. The audio and focus were mostly loud and clear. 3.25 to 3.74% Cannot answer all questions about subject. OR The video demonstrated basic technical skill with camera, slides and screen recording. The audio and focus were sufficiently lacking quality at times. 2.50 to 3.24% The Seminar Presentation will be marked using the following criteria which are all weighted equally, using a scale of 0 to 5 where the values indicate that the particular criterion was assessed as: 0 = totally unsatisfactory 1 = not met very well 2 = could be improved 3 = satisfactorily addressed 4 = met quite well 5 = excellent It is expected that in most cases a satisfactory mark will be awarded. Higher marks will need to be earned by producing genuinely better than satisfactory performance in that criterion. The expected satisfactory standard is described below. Presentation The Capstone Project Report should be an academically written and scholarly presented report and provide in-text citation of all the references listed using APA referencing style. The Requirements section below has a suggested format using six (6) main heading levels. The Capstone Project Seminar will achieve a satisfactory rating if using this as a checklist: How well the key points were made: highlight the most important aspects of your presentation or leave the audience with a clear impression of any message that you are trying to convey Ability to communicate: talk in a clear and easily understood manner, use language that is appropriate for the audience and vary the intonation and pace to emphasise particular aspects Selection of appropriate aspects from the Capstone Report for the audience: choose the aspects of your investigations that are most relevant for this audience - choose a depth of treatment that is appropriate for this audience Keeping to the point of the presentation: stick to the point of the presentation and not introduce digressions that you may think of during the presentation Use of the available time: conclude your presentation close to the allocated 10 minutes and try not cram too much into the presentation so that it is too rushed or runs too far over time - also alter the pace or planned depth of treatment of some parts to remain on schedule How well resources were used to support the presentation: use resources such as PowerPoint slides, handouts etc. to effectively support your presentation and manage the resources so that the audience is not distracted by them from the points you are trying to make Organization of the presentation: arrange the components of your presentation in a logical sequence present information in an appropriate way Degree to which the speaker appeared to be expert in that topic: demonstrate a degree of confidence in the subject matter to convince the audience that you know what you are talking about. Audience engagement: look at the whole audience not just a small section, make eye contact with different parts of the audience and recognize when your audience is not understanding what you are trying to say and do something about it. How well the the video was made or the questions were handled in the live seminar: understand the question and if necessary engage in a dialogue to clarify the question - provide an answer that satisfies the questioner. Requirements Suggested Template for the Capstone Project Report (3500-5000 words) The following format with six (6) main heading levels covers all aspects as required in the Capstone Project Report. Please insert the Literature Review (2000 words) as part of the report. You can adapt or modify it to suit the style of Capstone Project that you are doing or add other heading such as an Appendix: 1. Introduction a. A definition and description of your chosen emerging technology. b. A description of your chosen organisation, its characteristics and the industry it is part of. Clearly mention the number of employees and URL of the organisation. c. A general overview of the organisation including technology adoption overall and how emerging technology is predominantly used within the organisation. d. A one paragraph overview of what you intend to write in the rest of your report. e. Project Blog Web Address 2. Literature Review (2000-words) NOTE: Include an updated version here of your Literature Review from Assessment Item 2, as the report writing process may uncover more for you to add by the time you finish this report. 3. Reasons and benefits for the use of the emerging technology a. Identify the business drivers and main reasons for the use of the emerging technology within the organisation. What drove the organisation to adopt the technology, what does technology do, how is the organisation benefiting from the technology. b. Impact of technology on early adopters. What have they learned from the technology and how should your organisation proceed knowing that. c. Discuss the impact of the emerging technology on this organisation, including issues such as organisational growth. 4. Barriers to the emerging technology a. Identify some of the barriers and challenges in adoption of the technology that the organisation must deal with. b. Outline the business challenges of introducing emerging technology within the industry organisation belongs. 5. Conclusion a. Where do you see your organisation going with the emerging technology in future? do you believe the organisation will be implementing more of the emerging technologies? b. Summarise and evaluate the emerging technology initiatives of the organisation, its success or failure, cost benefit and other factors. c. Summarise your report in one paragraph. 6. References Use references not older than three years. Only list references that you have cited within your report. Be sure to cite (in the text) any references that you have used. Use APA referencing style. Full marks will be awarded for high accuracy and excellent descriptions. Satisfactory answers will score up to 75% of the allocated marks. Deductions will be made for major omissions, errors and over use of quotes. Poor referencing will result in deductions to the total assignment mark.
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