Written assessment — Critical evaluation of a key research area in mobile computing

Written assessment — Critical evaluation of a key research area in mobile computing

Weighting: 20%

3 Length: 2,000-2,500 words Objectives This assessment item relates to the course learning outcomes numbers 5 and 6 as stated in the online course profile.


You are to write a scholarly essay that critically evaluates findings from at least two journal publications in one of the following research areas;

• The impact of cloud computing on mobile applications

• The impact of location awareness on mobile applications

• Mobile application security

• Social implications of mobile applications

You are not to write an essay on one of these topics. You are to critically reflect on the papers and then explain whether the papers did an adequate job of explaining what the purpose of the work was, collected sufficient evidence, and reached the right conclusions based on the evidence. You may use the following questions as a guide for critically evaluating the research papers.

Is the research question or problem clearly stated and of significance?

Does the research adequately cover the relevant existing research literature for the research question?

What methodology is used in the research and is this adequately explained?

Is there good agreement between the research question, the philosophical framework used, and the research methods?

Are there any biases you can detect in the methods used in the study, or flaws in the logic or methods that undermine the results?

Is the study ethical?

Is the data collection and analysis appropriate?

Is the research finding supported by the evidence?

You should submit your critique online using the Moodle learning system. All sources must be properly referenced using Harvard style references. Use the following marking scheme to guide your critique.

Written Assessment criteria – 20 marks Marking Sheet To be attached to your assignment

Overall Performance

MARK / 20

Poor Good Excellent Mark

Presentation – 2

Structure, grammar, spelling, referencing

Poor structure, grammar, use of referencing and spelling

Some problem No problems

0 1.0 1.0 1.5 1.5 2

Introductory arguments – 3

Well defined introduction to what critique is about

Poorly introduced and defined

At least two papers adequately covered

Excellent introduction

0 0.75 0.75 2.5 2.5 3

Critique body – 10 For the 2 journal papers:

– Research questions identified

– Methodology described

– Analysis of conclusion discussed

– Reflections on paper

Synthesis of works into a critique of

research area

Poor summary, analysis, arguments and identification of issues, evaluation

Some sections done poorly

All sections done well

0 5 5 7.5 7.5 10

Conclusion – 5

Summary well presented

Logical conclusions derived

Interpretation of scholarly works correct

Argument presented within length guideline

Poor summary, directions, evaluations, interpretations and conclusion

Adequate Excellent

0 2.5 2.5 4 4 5



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