NIT6130 Assignment 1 – Literature Review

NIT6130 Assignment 1 – Literature Review

Submission Instructions

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Due date: Refer to drop box.

Assignment Template

Follow the template and steps below to complete your literature review and 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 (3 marks)
    1. Aim of the research (in summary form, to complete after literature review)
    1. Approach or methodology and innovation (in summary form, to complete after proposed methodology in section 4)
    1. Expected outcomes and significance (in summary form, to complete after literature review)
  • Literature Review – Broad Scan and Reading (minimum 3 rounds) (3×3 = 9 marks)

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, abstractà 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

  • Literature Review – Focused Reading (2+ articles) (10 marks)
  • You are expected to READ 4-6 articles identified from broad scan.
  • Select the most suitable (minimum of 2) articles for focused reading.
  • Your focused reading should achieve the following goals:
    • Understand the background of current research (state of the art)
    • Identify research problem for your research
    • The research problem should be achievable with your capacity (knowledge, time, facilities), via practical methods

Article 1, Title, author, year, journal/conference title, abstract (approximately 1 and a half page)

  • What did the authors do (key contributions)
  • Why did the authors conduct the research (existing problems)
  • What are the key differences in the method/approach (innovation)
  • What are main achievements, significance
  • What can be further improved
  • Research problems identified (to be reflected in the proposed research)

Article 2, Title, author, year, journal/conference title, abstract (approximately 1 and a half page)

  • What did the authors do (key contributions)
  • Why did the authors conduct the research (existing problems)
  • What are the key differences in the method/approach (innovation)
  • What are main achievements, significance
  • What can be further improved
  • Research problems identified (to be reflected in the proposed research)
  • Proposed Research (approximately half page to one page) (4 marks)
    • Background or context. In summary format highlight what is lacking in the existing research. In particular use references to focus reading carried out in part 3.
    • Aim of your research, what is to be researched, proposed or explored.
    • Approach or methodology and innovation, based on the reading, the likely approaches, highlight the difference and innovation, with references.
    • Expected outcomes and significance, what will be the contribution to human knowledge.
    • Proposed work should be novel – has not been done before
    • Needs to be achievable – are you capable in conducting the research and obtaining the expected outcomes?

5. References (4 marks – References/citations)

            Follow one of the styles in Week 4 lecture notes.

6   Appendix

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

Up to 20 results, Title, author, year, journal/conference title

With abstract

A3. Round 3 Broad Scan, keyword, source/research database, number of results returned

Up to 20 results, Title, author, year, journal/conference title

With abstract

Assignment 1

                       Coit Assig details

Assignment 1

In this group assessment, you are required to write a ~2000 word report that critically analyses the conceptual design phase of a systems engineering project. The case study can be from any application area, such as public transportation (e.g. light railway), power generation (e.g. Snowy Hydro 2.0) or bridges (both large and small). However, choose your case study carefully and ensure that there is enough material available so that you can satisfy the assessment criteria. The report is to analyse the stakeholder needs that gave rise to the project, the transformation of these needs into requirements and the design alternatives that were (or could have been) considered. Note that the output of conceptual design is the systems requirements specification, which details what the system is to do and not whatwas ultimately built.

For those of you who are repeating the unit, the case study that you choose must be different to the one that you did previously. Also note that there is to be one submission only per group.

The assessment criteria are as follows:

  1. Introduction (5 Marks)
  2. Stakeholder needs (10 Marks)
  3. Conceptual design process (20 Marks)
  4. System requirements (5 marks)
  5. Conclusion (5 marks)
  6. Research skills (10 marks)
  7. Layout and presentation (5 Marks)

The weighting of the assignment is 30%. I expect that the report will consist of 5 sections corresponding to criteria 1-5. In terms of research skills what is being assessed is to synthesise multiple resources into a coherent and balanced story. In this regard, you will need to have multiple references, but no minimum number is specified. Harvard referencing is to be used.

1 Written Assessment

Total marks out of 60 Weighted 30% overall marks 

  1. Introduction (5 Marks)
  2. Stakeholder needs (10 Marks)
  3. Conceptual design process (20 Marks)
  4. System requirements (5 marks)
  5. Conclusion (5 marks)
  6. Research skills (10 marks)
  7. Layout and presentation (5 Marks)