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1. THE COURSEWORK OVERVIEW


The coursework is an individual based assignment where the student is supposed to produce a proposal
(according to the format appended) that specifies his / her plan for his / her final year project.

2. LEARNING OUTCOMES
At the end of this coursework, you should be able to:
Demonstrate, create and interpret knowledge in the area of Computing and Technology based on
appropriate techniques of research applied.
Critically evaluate current research areas and / or related existing solutions to assist in selecting the Final
Year Project title.
Demonstrate the ability to formulate and justify the purpose of appropriate research questions in the
area of Computing and Technology
Produce a detailed research proposal for Computing and Technology that includes :
o Specific and achievable aims / objectives
o An appropriate research plan for the project

3. TYPE
Individual Assignment

4. RESEARCH PROPOSAL FORMAT


Refer to the research proposal format appended.

5. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
a. The research proposal should be presented in English using font size 12, Times New Roman with 1.5
line spacing.
b. The cover page of the research proposal should have the researchers name, id, the programme he
/ she is enrolled in and the title of the final year project.
c. The research proposal should include the table of contents, with page numbers.
d. The text of the research proposal should not exceed 2000 words.
e. The research proposal should not contain any appendices.

6. SUBMISSION
a. A softcopy of the research proposal should be copied into a CD or DVD and submitted together with
the hardcopy of the research proposal.
b. Submission of deliverables should be made to the administrative counter on or before 5.00pm,
dated September 25, 2017.

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7. MARKING CRITERIA
The research proposal will be evaluated in 3 main segments.

Problem Definition (15%)


Criteria Marks Allocated
Title 2%
Problem Statement 3%
Aim and Objectives 6%
Slides & Presentation 4%

Research Proposal Report (70%)


Criteria Marks Allocated
Problem Statement and Discussions 10%
Literature Review 20%
Research Questions 5%
Research Design 10%
Personal Reflection 10%
Documentation Standards 5%
Referencing 10%

Presentation of Proposal (15%)


Criteria Marks Allocated
Explanation & Justification of proposal 5%
Q&A 5%
Slides 5%

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RESEARCH PROPOSAL FORMAT


A typical proposal would address the following questions:
What do you plan to accomplish?
Why do you want to do it?
How are you going to do it?

1. Title
The title should be descriptive yet concise. Avoid phrases such as An investigation of ... or The
development of ...... Consider an appealing yet informative title.

2. Introduction
The researcher should expand on the topic by describing what he / she hopes to accomplish in his / her final
year project the desired outcomes, whether it be practical or theoretical. The researcher should imagine
introducing the title to someone who is not from the Computing / Technology / Games domain area and has
little or no knowledge of the title and / or the domain. Therefore, he / she is advised to avoid using jargons
or technical terms in the Introduction only. The researcher is also discouraged from including references,
citations and / or definitions within the Introduction only. It is recommended to explain the title in lay terms
and where possible, use an analogy.

3. Problem Statement
The research starts with a problem and ideally should end with a solution to the problem. The problem
statement should explain the aim of the research which needs to be justified. The justification of the
research would be rationale for the project to be done, be it the development of a new system / game, the
implementation of some new features within an existing system / game and / or some improvements to the
current system / game using a new technology. It is essential that the researcher provides his / her argument
clearly in favour of implementing the project, whilst providing the necessary evidence. This evidence can be
obtained in the form of literature / data from other researchers. The researcher is reminded to ensure that
the problem is not one that is personal to him / her or to a particular organisation. The literature review is
done in this stage. Include references / citations where necessary but the researcher should also provide his
/ her own thoughts on these references / citations. The researcher should be reminded that the literature
review is a critical evaluation of existing research and should relate to the research topic. It should not be
merely a summary / description of these articles and manuscripts. It is recommended that a minimum of
TEN (10) relevant and related references be used for the literature review.

4. Research Aims & Objectives


The research aims state the intentions or purposes of the researchers project in general terms. E.g. ......It
should describe the overall ideas presented in the research proposal. Once the researcher has established
his / her aim, the researcher is expected to formulate the research objectives. For a computing and
technology project the objectives can typically be divided into knowledge and / or skills. The objectives
would have to fulfil the requirements of the aim. The objectives should be achievable and the researcher
should take into consideration the timelines for the final year. The research aims should typically be related
to the development of the system and could be described in terms of the core, enhanced and special
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features of the proposed system. The researcher is reminded not to use the term core, enhanced and / or
special but may discuss the aims in this order.

5. Research Questions
The research questions would materialise from the research objectives. Hence, it should explicitly consist of
questions the researcher would need to research on so that he / she would be able to proceed with the
development of the solution. The researcher would not need to be concerned with the all the answers at the
moment. Rather he / she should include information that he / she does not know and therefore intends to
find out in the next semester in order to develop the final year project. However, should there be some
research areas / questions which could be easily researched on at this point. The researcher may then
consider seeking such information as soon as possible. The researcher is encouraged to divide these
questions in specific categories and ensure that these categories are related to the aims and objectives
specified above. The researcher should consider both domain and technical research.

6. Research Design
The researcher should describe in detail the steps he / she will take in attempting to his / her research
questions. It would typically contain details such as what specific type of research the researcher would be
using in the final year, including where and how the data will be obtained and analysed. The research design
should be specified in the most appropriate order on how the research will be carried out and the details of
what would be the potential resources of the research ranging from reading materials to respondents. The
research design will cover details of how both the domain and technical research will be carried out. The
researchers design should then map out a proposed work plan and timeline that would fit one semester (1st
semester of Level 3).

7. Personal Reflection
The researcher is encouraged to reflect on potential limitations and alternative approaches to achieve
study aims. In order to achieve this, he / she would need to first have some idea about what kind of data he /
she needs and will be collecting, what statistical procedures will be used to gather the data / information to
the research questions listed.

8. References
The researcher should adhere to Harvard Referencing Style when referencing materials used in the proposal.
The researcher is encouraged to refer to the link below:

http://library.apiit.edu.my/harvard-reference-style.html

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