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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 the cloud on mobile web applications

Web application security

Social implications of mobile web applications


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


Written Assessment criteria – 30 marks

Marking Sheet to be attached to your assignment


NAME: ________________________________                                                                           COURSE: COIT20269


MARK / 30





Presentation - 6


Structure, grammar, spelling, referencing

Poor structure, grammar, use of referencing and spelling

Some problem

No problems



0                     1.5

1.5                4.5

4.5                6


Introductory arguments - 3 Well defined introduction to what essay is about

Poorly introduced and defined

At least two papers adequately covered

Excellent introduction



0                   0.75

0.75              2.5

2.5                3


Essay body - 15

For 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,


arguments and

identification of

issues, evaluation

Some sections done poorly

All sections done well



0                      4.5

4.5                   9

9                 14


Conclusion - 6 Summary well presented Logical conclusions derived Interpretation of scholarly works correct Argument presented within length guideline

Poor summary, directions, evaluations, interpretations and conclusion





0                     1.5

1.5               4.5

4.5                5


Correct grammar and citation of references, copyright use, etc.













TOTAL       30


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