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NIT6130 Assignment 2 - Proposal, Literature Review, Research Method
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Assignment Template
Follow the template and steps below to complete your literature review and research method proposal. Remove any instructions provided, and replace them with the information required.
Title of the project (A tentative title of selected research)
Name, Student ID
1. Abstract (Total 3 marks)
- Summary of the knowledge gap: problems of the existing research
- Aim of the research, summary of what this project is to achieve
- Summary of the approach or methodology and innovation
- Summary of the expected outcomes and significance
The above four points need to be clearly stated, each have at least 2 sentences. The approach/method part needs to have minimum 4 sentences.
2. Introduction (Total 3 marks)
An overview of the existing research relating to the proposed research. You must summarise how the proposed research enhance existing research, based on your knowledge obtained from broad scan and focused reading.
Broad Scan moves to Appendix 1
3. Related work (Total 12 marks)
- Select one type of the research methods (qualitative, quantitative, new product/technology)
- Select one of the existing research articles which applied the selected research method
- If the article was not one of the focused reading articles in the assignment 1, a focused reading needs to be conducted for it; otherwise, existing focused reading needs to be improved according to the feedback received for the first assignment.
- Include the focused reading of the article here, with answers to the following questions
o What did the authors do (key contributions)
o Why did the authors conduct the research (existing problems)
o What are the key differences in the method/approach (innovation)
o What are main achievements, significance
o What can be further improved
o Any identified gaps/drawbacks/problems to be addressed in your Proposed Research (section 4)
Note:
- Each of the above questions needs to be covered with one paragraph; each paragraph contains minimum 4 sentences.
- Strengthen the assignment 1 literature review with review of the research methods and propose the method for your research. Provide a summary overview on what related works have been done and what has not been done.
- Include the research works discussed in your reference list and cite as required. Follow one of the citation/reference styles in Week 4 lecture notes.
- Example improvements can be
o better way to collect data
o better way to provide feedback
o Combining new technology (eg. chatbots) with other new technology (eg. IoT, Blockchain)/combining products to form a new product/apply new technology to improve an existing product
4. Proposed Research (give a title) (Total 18 marks)
4.1 Problem statement: clearly define the problem identified in section 3. (1 mark)
4.2 Aim of the research: what to be achieved; elaborate on the objectives in details. (2 marks)
4.3 Expected outcomes and significance: Eg. How would your method will improve the existing methods; list the key benefits (2 marks)
4.4 Method and innovation:
- Architecture or structure diagram of your proposed method (2 marks)
- Any other implementation design (eg. flow charts, database design) (2 marks)
- Preliminary study/proof of implementation (9 marks)
o Description of typical scenarios (minimum 2)
o eg. Use any programming outputs.
o Highlight the expected improvement in the outputs produced.
o Screenshots of the preliminary study/programming output.
5. Conclusion (Total 2 marks)
What has been proposed, what has been done, what improvement has been achieved, what understanding has been gained from the preliminary study, what can be further improved?
6. References (Total 3 marks - referencing)
Follow one of the reference styles in Week 4 lecture notes.
7. Appendix (Total 2 marks)
Appendix A. Literature Review – Broad Scan and Reading (minimum 3 rounds)
Round 1
- What research interests lead you to the choice of initial keywords?
- List keywords, source/research database, number of results returned
- List out result: search results list presented in table format (first 20+, with NO detailed abstracts, Highlight the articles selected for detailed/focused reading)
Title, author, year, journal/conference title
- Review & Summary (a paragraph of 6 -10 lines)
What was your opinion after going through the initial search results list?
What considerations led to the new set of keywords?
- List out the new keywords derived.
- Provide details of the articles/work identified-Title, author, year, journal/conference title, abstract
These are the most relevant articles you find in round 1 search result list. Read these articles under focused reading. Present details of the articles in table format.
- Appendix (need to be conducted in round 1 broad scan but to be included at the end of the document, NOT here) including first 20+ returned search including detailed abstracts
Title, author, year, journal/conference title, abstract
Round 2
- List keywords, derived in round 1, source/research database, number of results returned
- List out result: Up to 20 search results list, presented in table format with no detailed abstracts (Highlight the articles selected for detailed/focused reading)
Title, author, year, journal/conference title
- Review & Summary (a paragraph of 6 -10 lines)
What was your opinion after going through the initial search results list?
What considerations led to the new set of keywords?
- List out the new keywords derived.
- Provide details of the articles/work identified-Title, author, year, journal/conference title, abstract? to be read in the focused reading
These are the most relevant articles you find in round 2 search result list. Read these articles under focused reading. Present details of the articles in table format.
- Appendix (need to be conducted in round 2 broad scan but to be included at the end of the document, not here) including first 20+ returned search including detailed abstracts
Title, author, year, journal/conference title, abstract
Round 3
- List keywords, derived in round 2, source/research database, number of results returned
- List out result: Up to 20 search results list, presented in table format with no detailed abstracts (Highlight the articles selected for detailed/focused reading)
Title, author, year, journal/conference title
- Review & Summary (a paragraph of 6 -10 lines)
What was your opinion after going through the search results list?
What consideration led to the new set of keywords?
- List out the new keywords derived.
- Provide details of articles/work identified-Title, author, year, journal/conference title, abstract
These are the most relevant articles you find in round 3 search result list. Read these articles under focused reading. Present details of the articles in table format.
- Appendix (need to be conducted in round 3 broad scan but to be included at the end of the document, not here) including first 20+ returned search including detailed abstracts
Title, author, year, journal/conference title, abstract
A1. Round 1 Broad Scan, keyword, source/research database, number of results returned
20+ Title, author, year, journal/conference title
With abstract
A2. Round 2 Broad Scan, keyword, source/research database, number of results returned
20+ Title, author, year, journal/conference title
With abstract
A3. Round 3 Broad Scan, keyword, source/research database, number of results returned
20+ Title, author, year, journal/conference title
With abstract
Appendix B. (Total 2 marks)
Pseudo code
Any programming code.

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