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Information Technology Management

Information Technology Management

INFO 4710 Information Technology Management – Spring 2020

 

Research Paper Assignment Introduction:

 

The purpose of this assignment is to conduct research and delve more in depth about a topic from

information technology management of your choosing then demonstrate your knowledge on the topic or

area by providing a thorough and well-written research paper. This assignment serves to not only

promote but also provide students a chance to demonstrate their strong and quality critical thinking and

writing skills.

 

Assignment Structure and Instructions:

 

The requirement of this assignment is to choose a topic or area that pertains to information technology

management, research that topic using credible sources, assimilate the information, and then write a

research paper on that topic or area including a reference list.

 

Specifically, you will need to write a 1,500 word research paper using a minimum of 5 credible sources

cited in APA 6th edition style that covers the below main areas. Only the paper itself counts toward the

word count requirement. The cover page, header, footer, and reference list do not count toward the word

count requirement.

 

 Introduction stating the topic or area and giving a brief overview of your paper. This is an

opportunity to demonstrate and convey your interest in the topic by generating interest in the

reader. Write an engaging and interesting introduction that makes the reader want to read your

paper but keep this section of the paper to only a few sentences.

 Body that will address the following items:

o History and current state of the topic or area you are researching and writing in regards

to. Be sure to research and write about the origins of your topic or area, how it has

progressed and developed over time, and the current state including its applications,

innovations, or on-going research and development.

o The future of the area or topic of your paper. Research and write about planned future

development or research into the area. Are there any plans to advance this topic or area

in the future or has this advanced as far as it can for now?

o Your analysis of the topic or area that includes a critical look at the benefits and/or the

negatives of the topic or area in question and its current state. What do you think the

outlook is for your area or topic? Is there potential that you see that you did not read in

the research you found? This is your chance to really use your critical thinking and

analysis skills and write something from your perspective that provides the reader with

your insights into this area or topic instead of just summarizing research.

 Conclusion that wraps up the information on your paper in a concise and easy to understand way.

This should also only be a few sentences.

 

Separate from the paper itself, and not included in the total word count, you will need to provide a

reference list that includes the minimum 5 citations from credible sources done in APA 6th edition style.

 

 

 

INFO 4710 Information Technology Management – Spring 2020

 

Formatting Requirements:

 

 Times New Roman 12 pt. font

 Double-spaced

 1 inch margins

 Header including: Name, Semester, Course, and Date

 Footer including: Page Number

 Cover page including: Title of Paper, Name, Course, Professor’s Name, Institution, and Date

centered on the page.

 Reference list should be listed on a separate page.

 

APA Style Information:

 

 This link is a helpful resource for information on APA style:

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

 

Submission Instructions:

 

Submit your research papers as a .doc or .docx file through the corresponding “Research Paper

Assignment” link found in Canvas in both the “Assignments” and “Modules” sections of the site.

 

Late submissions will not be allowed so please make sure you submit your paper before the deadline.

Assignment Grading Criteria:

Criteria Ratings Points

Understanding,

Writing, and

Critical

Thinking

 

Introduction

– Student demonstrates a

clear

understanding of

their topic or area

addressed.

 

– Student is able to give a concise and

accurate overview

of their paper.

 

– Student is able to

generate interest

for the reader with

an engaging and

interesting

overview of their

paper.

 

15 points

– Student

demonstrates

some

understanding of

the topic or area

addressed.

 

– Student is able

to give an

adequate

overview of

their paper.

 

– Student is able

to create some

interest for the

reader but could

have been more

engaging.

 

10 points

– Student

demonstrates

little

understanding

of the topic or

area addressed.

 

– Student is able

to give a less

than adequate

overview of

their paper.

 

– Student is not

able to generate

much interest in

their paper.

 

 

 

5 points

– The content

of the

introduction

is very

inadequate,

missing, or

incomplete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0 points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

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Understanding,

Writing, and

Critical

Thinking

 

 

Body:

 

History and

Current State

– Student provides a thorough overview

of the history of

their topic or area.

 

– Student explains the origins of their

topic or area fully.

 

– Student provides

an accurate

overview of the

development of

their topic or area.

 

– Student provides

an excellent

accounting of the

current state of

their topic or area

including any

innovations,

applications, or

on-going research

 

 

30 points

– Student provides

an adequate

overview of the

history of their

topic or area.

 

– Student

adequately

explains the

origin of their

topic or area.

 

– Student provides

an adequate

overview of the

development of

their topic or

area.

 

– Student provides

an adequate

accounting of

the current state

of their topic or

area.

 

20 points

– Student

provides a poor

overview of the

history of their

topic or area.

 

– Student poorly

explains the

origin of their

topic or area.

 

– Student

provides an

inadequate

overview of the

development of

their topic or

area.

 

– Student failed to

provide a good

accounting on

the current state

of their topic or

area.

 

10 points

– The content

of the history

or current

state of their

topic or area

is very

inadequate,

missing, or

incomplete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0 points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

Understanding,

Writing, and

Critical

Thinking

 

 

Body:

 

Future

– Student provides a thorough overview

of the future of

their topic or area.

 

– Student provides information

concerning future

development or

research in their

area or topic.

 

– Student provides

an accurate picture

of plans or the lack

thereof for their

topic or area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 points

– Student provides

an adequate

overview of the

future of their

topic or area.

 

– Student adequately

provides

information

concerning

future

development or

research in their

area or topic.

 

– Student provides

an adequate

picture of plans

or the lack

thereof for their

topic or area.

 

20 points

– Student

provides a poor

overview of the

future of their

topic or area.

 

– Student poorly

provides

information

concerning

future

development or

research in their

area or topic.

 

– Student

provides an

inadequate

picture of plans

or the lack

thereof for their

topic or area.

 

10 points

– The content

of the future

of their topic

or area is

very

inadequate,

missing, or

incomplete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0 points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

 

 

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Understanding,

Writing, and

Critical

Thinking

 

 

Body:

 

Analysis

– Student provides an excellent

critical look at the

benefits and

negatives of their

topic or area

including their

perspective of its

current state.

 

– Student provides

an interesting and

insightful

assessment from

their perspective

as to the future of

their topic or area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 points

– Student provides an adequate

critical look at

the benefits and

negatives of

their topic or

area including

their perspective

of its current

state.

 

– Student provides

an adequate

assessment from

their perspective

as to the future

of their topic or

area but it lacks

real insight or

does not

generate much

interest from the

reader.

 

20 points

– Student provides a poor

critical look at

the benefits and

negatives of

their topic or

area including

their

perspective of

its current state.

 

– Student

provides an

assessment

from their

perspective as

to the future of

their topic or

area that lacks

any insight and

generates little

to no interest in

the reader.

 

10 points

– The content

of the

student’s

analysis of

their topic or

area is very

inadequate,

missing, or

incomplete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0 points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

Understanding,

Writing, and

Critical

Thinking

 

Conclusion

– Student provides a concise and

accurate

conclusion to their

paper.

 

– Student is able to

leave the reader

with a good

understanding of

their research and

perspective on

their topic or area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 points

– Student provides an adequate

conclusion to

their paper but it

lacks some

accuracy or

conciseness.

 

– Student is able to

leave the reader

with an adequate

understanding of

their research

and perspective

on their topic or

area.

 

 

 

 

 

7 points

– Student provides a poor

conclusion to

their paper that

does not

accurately

portray their

research or it is

not concise.

 

– Student is

unable to leave

the reader with

a good

understanding

of their

research and

perspective on

their topic or

area.

 

3 points

– The content

of the

conclusion is

very

inadequate,

missing, or

incomplete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0 points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

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Spelling &

Grammar

0-3 spelling or

grammatical errors

 

 

15 points

4-6 spelling or

grammatical errors

 

 

10 points

7-10 spelling or

grammatical

errors

 

5 points

11 or more

errors

 

 

0 points

 

 

 

 

15

Formatting,

Presentation, &

Submission

No formatting errors

 

 

10 points

1 formatting error

 

 

7 points

2 formatting

errors

 

3 points

3 or more

errors

 

0 points

 

 

 

10

Reference List No errors

 

 

10 points

1 error

 

 

7 points

2 errors

 

 

3 points

3 or more

errors

 

0 points

 

 

 

10

 

Total Points:

 

150