Resit Coursework Assignment Brief
Module Code: PM102
Module Title: Introduction to Computing
Programme: BSc and BA (Honours)
Level: Level 4
Awarding Body: Plymouth University
Module Leader Tara McBride
Any special requirements:
Students should use the essay structure outlined on Page
Word Limit: Between 1350-1650 words.
Deadline date for
Thursday 13th August 2015 at 12pm (midday), via
Turnitin. No hard copy submission is required.
to be examined in
â€¢ Collect, analyse, present and comment upon business
â€¢ Identify the relationship between computer hardware
â€¢ Describe the most common types of software programmes
and explain how they may be used to enhance
marks awarded for
This assignment is worth 100% of the total marks for the
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Your assignment consists of one task (worth 100% of the total marks for the assignment).
Assignment Task 1: Essay
â€œContemporary computing can be seen as an assemblage.â€ Discuss.
To achieve this:
Select TWO computing stories from the Live News exercise you fulfil in each weekâ€™s
tutorial. Using Actor Network Theory as your primary tool for analysis, at a minimum:
â€¢ Describe the scales on which the actants in your stories â€œactâ€ in the assemblage
â€¢ Discuss how these actions can enhance management functions
â€¢ Outline what issues/questions these actions raise. To achieve this, compare
and contrast the viewpoints of a range of theorists and critics explored
throughout the module.
â€¢ Conclude by summarising how your answers relate to the statement â€œContemporary
computing can be seen as an assemblage.â€
You will submit a single word processed document to Turnitin, of between 1350-
Your content will follow the structure outlined on page 3.
Task One is worth 100% of the total marks for the module. The marking criteria is
outlined on page 4.
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Suggested essay structure
Assignment title, module code, student name, student number and submission date.
Table of Contents
A list of all the chapters, sections, headings or subheadings, as well as all page
Introduction (about 10% of the essay)
â—‹ Explain how you intend to address the question.
â—‹ What issues/topics are you going to explore?
â—‹ What argument will you make?
Main body (about 80% of the essay)
Use a chain of paragraphs to EXPLORE AND DEVELOP your ideas/argument.
You will probably have 3 to 4 main ideas. Break each idea into paragraphs, possibly
2 per idea. Perform substantial amounts of analysis and point making in each paragraph.
In each paragraph the reader is asking you to explain:
â—‹ What is this paragraph about?
â—‹ What is your argument on this?
â—‹ What is your evidence? What does it mean?
â—‹ How does it link to the essay title?
â—‹ How does it link to the topic in the next paragraph?
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.
Conclusion (about 10% of the essay)
â—‹ Do not introduce any NEW material here.
â—‹ Summarise your ideas/argument (you might also have done this in your introduction)
â—‹ Restate what you consider to be the main points
â—‹ Make it clear why those conclusions are important or significant.
â—‹ In your last sentence: link your conclusions or recommendations back to the
All the named sources you have quoted from or reproduced in your report. Please
use The Harvard System for all references. Details for the Harvard System can be
found on the student portal.
An appendix contains supplementary information that you consider to be too long,
complicated or not quite relevant to include in the main body of the essay, but is still
relevant to your reader, e.g. questionnaire results, technical specs. Each appendix
should be referred to in your text. You should not include something as an appendix
if it is not discussed in the essay.
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Expected characteristics of your work (complements generic marking criteria
on following page)
70%+ Critical grasp of actor network theory and some additional concepts from the module.
Work includes contemporary debates, issues and discussions. Links are successfully
discussed between the news stories and the computing assemblage. Accurate Harvard
Overall, your work shows a critical understanding of how contemporary computing
fits into the knowledge economy.
69-60% Accurate use of actor network theory and some additional concepts from the module,
with some critical thinking. Adequate links between the news stories and the computing
assemblage. Uses viewpoints from theorists/critics to illustrate arguments. Accurate
Overall, your work shows a good understanding of how contemporary computing fits
into the knowledge economy.
59-50% Basic grasp of actor network theory, e.g. actant, assemblage, connections but some
minor errors. Some thought has been given to the relevance of the stories have selected
to the themes of the module. You have used a small number of extra theorists
and concepts delivered on the module. Harvard referencing attempted but incomplete.
Overall, your work shows an adequate understanding of some of the themes of the
module, and how contemporary computing fits into the technical, social and business
49-40% Your work identifies some actants, and how they act, but in a superficial or descriptive
way. Little or no consideration has been given to the relevance of how the actants
are acting. Work is poorly Harvard referenced.
Overall, your work reflects a poor understanding of the themes of the module, and of
how contemporary computing fits into the technical, social and business world.
39-0% 2 computing-based stories have been described in your own words rather than analysed
using a theory delivered on the module. Actor network theory has not been applied
as a framework for analysis, or has been applied with much confusion or errors.
Work is not Harvard referenced.
Overall, your work does not show an understanding of how contemporary computing
fits into the technical, social and business world.