Coursework Assignment Brief Semester E14 Module Code PM203 Module Title Information Technology Programme BSc (Honours) Level: Level 5 Awarding Body: University of Plymouth Module Leader Nick Barnett Assessment Task Is online education proving to be successful? Your task is to provide a critical review of the current market for online education as well as providing an overview and definition of what online education is and how it works. Assessment format Word Report Presentation: No Any special requirements: All work should be submitted on the Student Portal along with an acceptable Turnitin Report Word limit 2,000 Deadline date for submission: 27th November 2014 Learning outcomes to be examined in this assessment Understand the central role of Information Systems in organisations Demonstrate knowledge of IT structures and emerging technologies Comprehend the Internet and its place in the Information age Assessment criteria Explanatory comments on the assessment criteria Maximum marks for each section Content, style, relevance, originality Feature rich practical solutions 30 Format, referencing, bibliography Well structured, use Harvard Reference System 20 Constructive critical analysis, introduction, conclusion Consideration of the major benefits of IT systems 50 Students should conform to the conventions of the above assessment format in the preparation of their assignments. The relevant assessment criteria have been stated to enable and guide students in the preparation of their work. Achievement of the learning outcomes and the application of relevant theories to the assessment task should be demonstrated. How to structure the assignment report Title Page Assignment title, module code, full name and student code, as well as submission date. Table of Contents A list all the chapters, sections, headings and sub-headings. Appendices and Figures should be provided as well as all page numbers as clearly as possible. Introduction This should show that you have fully understood the brief and that you are going to cover everything required. Findings and Analysis • This is the substance of your report. The structure will vary depending on the material being presented. Headings and sub-headings should be used to indicate clearly the different sections. • The following headings may help to add structure: situation; problem; solution; evaluation. It is not sufficient simply to describe a situation. Analysis and a critical approach are essential. • Charts, diagrams and tables can be used to reinforce your arguments, although it may be better to include the more complex ones as an appendix. Conclusions These draw out the implications of your findings. Deductions are based on the facts described in the findings and analysis. Remember not to include any new material here. Recommendations Indicate what you think should be done to improve or develop the situation in specific ways. Highlight the steps for action. References This is a record of all the named sources you have quoted from or reproduced in your report. Please use The Harvard System for all references. Details as follows: The order is: Author(s), editor(s) or the institution responsible for writing the book Date of publication (in brackets) Title and subtitle (if any) underlined, highlighted or in Italics but be consistent throughout Series and individual volume number (if any) Edition (if not the first) Place of publication (if known) Publisher For example: Spence, B. ed. (1993) Secondary school management in the 1990s: challenge and change. Aspects of Education Series, 48. London, Independent Publishers or Mohr, L.B. (1996) Impact analysis for program evaluation. 2nd ed. London, Sage If you have visited a website, then you are required to put the full address and the date on which you visited the website. Bibliography It contains all reading you have conducted in preparation for writing the report but have not used in reference. It allows the reader to assess whether the background reading undertaken was balanced and a variety of courses utilised. Appendices Detailed documentation of points made in the findings. Examples include: technical data, questionnaires, letters sent, tables, charts or leaflets. An appendix contains supplementary information that you consider to be too long, complicated or not quite relevant to include in the main section of the report, but is still relevant to your reader. Each appendix should be referred to in your text. You should not include something as an appendix if it is not discussed in the report.