Project #80767 - Report writing

The report is to be based on the following case study scenario about Wearable Computers.

The last decade has seen the introduction of wearable computers. For example, smartwatches are computerised wristwatches that have screens and functionality that is far greater than just displaying the time and date. Another example is Google Glass which is worn like a pair of spectacles. It has a touch screen and can also be controlled by voice. Wearable computers have many advantages such as, assisting with health and fitness. Smartwatches can be used to track physical activity, sleep patterns and heart rate. Google Glass can be used in medicine for a range of applications such as assisting surgeons to record operations on patients and in healthcare to provide online support from mid-wives for mothers having problems breast-feeding.

However there are also concerns about privacy and security with wearable computers. Recently smartwatches have been in the news because students have used them in exams; see Is it cheating to wear a smartwatch into an exam? (http://www.theage.com.au/comment/is-it-cheating-to-wear-a-smartwatch-into-an-exam-20150609-ghixg1) written by our Melbourne-based colleague Dr Ritesh Chugh. Google Glass has been criticised for a range of issues about invading people’s privacy and secretly recording people; see Google Glass: is it a threat to our privacy? (http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/mar/06/google-glass-threat-to-our-privacy).

You are the ICT manager of a university based in Rockhampton. The Vice-Chancellor has asked you to research wearable computers in higher education. She is interested in finding out how wearable computers can be used in learning and teaching. She is also concerned about any possible negative effects. You are to write a report to be presented at the next executive meeting. The report should address:

1. What are wearable computers and how are they currently being used. You should explore a range of applications of wearable computers, for example, in areas such as healthcare, the military and entertainment.

2. Discuss at least three ways that wearable computers could be used to enhance higher education. In particular the Vice-Chancellor would like you to explore ways wearable computers could be used to provide educational opportunities that are not possible with current stand-alone computers.

3. Assess the advantages and disadvantages of using wearable computers in higher education. Explore the ethical, social and legal considerations of students being connected to the Internet through wearable computers. Examine the privacy and security concerns of using wearable computers in higher education.

Your report should conclude with recommendations for the university with respect to the implementation and use of wearable computers in higher education.

Please note that you will need to make some assumptions about the university in order to write this report. These assumptions should be incorporated in the introduction to your report when you describe the university and outline the problem to be solved.

Specifically your report should include the following:

1.      Title page: student name, student number, email address, course code, assignment number, assignment due date, academic referencing style, campus lecturer/tutor, and course coordinator. Not counted in the word count. Note the title page must indicate which academic referencing style you have used: APA or Harvard.

2.      Executive summary: should include the purpose of the report, the problem and how it was investigated, your findings and your recommendations. Should be approximately 300 words.

3.      Table of Contents: should list the report topics using decimal notation. Needs to include the main headings and subheadings with corresponding page numbers, using a format that makes the hierarchy of topics clear Use MS Word’s ToC auto-generator rather than manually typing out the ToC. Instructions can be found here https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/Create-a-table-of-contents-or-update-a-table-of-contents-eb275189-b93e-4559-8dd9-c279457bfd72#__create_a_table. Not counted in the word count.

4.      Introduction: provide a brief description of the organisation, a concise overview of the problem you have been asked to research, the objectives to be achieved by writing the report and how you investigated the problem. Provide an outline of the sections of the report. Note that you will have to make assumptions about what type of organisation you are working for in this case study. Should be approximately 400 words.

5.      Body of the report (use appropriate headings in the body of the report.): Define key terms you will use in your report, such as what is meant by ‘wearable computers’. Present your ideas on the topic and discuss the information you found in your research that was relevant to the report’s objectives. Provide an analysis of the information that you gathered. Ensure that you explore the three points listed in the scenario above. You also need to discuss the ethical, social and legal aspects surrounding this issue. In your discussion, examine the issues from a global perspective as well as from the local perspective (of the fictional university that is the centre of this report).

Please do NOT use ‘Body of the Report’ as a heading. Create meaningful headings that reflect the content of your report. Should be approximately 1200 words.

6.      Conclusion: based on your research and analysis. Explain the significance of your findings and your discussion. State if your report has achieved its objectives. Should be approximately 550 words.

7.      Recommendations: (based on your findings) what would your recommendations be to your Vice-Chancellor in this situation? Provide some guidelines for the university with respect to the implementation and use of wearable computers in higher education. Should be approximately 550 words.

8.      Reference list. Not counted in the word count.

9.      Appendices if necessary. Not counted in the word count.

Note: Additional information regarding this assignment may be placed on the course website as required. Check the course website at least once a week for further information relating to the report. Regular access to the course website is a requirement of this course.

Assessment Requirements

Your response should be structured as a report (chapter 5 of textbook), written in accordance with standard academic writing principles (chapter 4 of textbook). The report must be written using your own words with any in text citations clearly marked (see Referencing Style subsection below). You may discuss the assessment task with other students and the lecturing staff but you must WRITE the report YOURSELF in your own words.

You will need to conduct research to support your arguments using AT LEAST NINE references in addition to your set textbook (that is, a minimum of ten (10) references in your reference list).  At least six (6) of these references should be from refereed academic journals and books. All sources should be current i.e. 2010 onwards.

The assignment should demonstrate a logical flow of discussion, be grammatically correct and free from typographical, spelling and grammatical errors. It should be prepared in MS-Word (or equivalent) using 12 point font, 1.5 line spacing and margins of 2.54 cm.

It is highly recommended that you submit your assignment to the Academic Learning Centre AT LEAST ONE WEEK before the due date so that it can be checked for spelling and grammatical errors.

Referencing Style

References must be cited (in text) and a reference list provided in accordance with either the Harvard (author-date) referencing style or the APA referencing style.

Helpful information on referencing techniques and styles can also be found on CQU’s referencing webpage:

http://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life/services-and-facilites/referencing

Marks will be deducted for poor referencing or having less than ten (10) references or going under or over the word length.

Use quotation marks for direct quotes and you must include the author, date and page number(s) with the quote as per the referencing standards.

 

ALL assignments will be checked for plagiarism (material copied from other students and/or material copied from other sources) using TurnItIn. If you are found to have plagiarised material or if you have used someone else’s words without appropriate referencing, you will be penalised for plagiarism which could result in zero marks for the whole assignment. In some circumstances a more severe penalty may be imposed.

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 09/09/2015 12:00 am
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