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COIT20249 Assessment DetailsAssessment item 3—ReportDue date:11:55 pm AEST, Friday, Week 9ASSESSMENTWeighting:30%3Length:2500 words +/- 250 words(Note: Failure to submit withinthis range will result in a penalty of 5 marks)ObjectivesPlease refer to the Unit Profile to see how this assessment item relates to the Unit Learning Outcomes.This assignment is designed to stimulate critical thinking outside of the classroom by requiring students to writea formal academic report. You will need to follow the ARE process described in chapters 2 and 3 ofYourBusiness Degree2(prescribedtextbook for COIT20249) to analyse the assessment task, research relevantinformation and evaluate the information you find. This information should be used to write an academic reportin which you present your findings or outcomes and make recommendations for future practice Professionalwriting and writing reports are described in chapters 4 and 5 ofYour Business Degree2. This assessment taskwill assess your skills in critical thinking, researching information, forming an opinion, academic writing, logicalordering of ideas and your ability to support your arguments with quotes from literature.These objectives will bemeasured by the ‘closeness of fit’ to meeting the assessment task, assessment requirements and marking criteriaPlease note that there is a wealth of material available on the Moodle Unit website that you should use tohelp you through the process of searching for and gathering relevant information, evaluating thatinformation and writing your report.General Assessment CriteriaAssessments provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to achieve therequired standard. To do this, assessment responses need to be both clear and easy to understand. If not, theUniversity cannot determine that students have demonstrated their knowledge and skills. Assessments will,therefore, be marked accordingly including the potential for0 (zero) markswhere relevant.The reportmustfocus on the case study scenario given in the Assessment Task section. Any assessment itemsthat do not address the case study scenariomaybe awarded0 (zero) marks.If you use Track Changes when writing your report you must ensure that the submitted document is thefinaland correctversionof the document. That is, if your submitted report contains Track Changes or Comments orany other editing marks itmaybe awarded0 (zero) marks. It isyour responsibilityto submit the final andcorrect version of your report.The length of the reportmustbe within the recommended range. If the report exceeds the maximum word countthe marker willstop marking after 2750 words.Moodle auto-submits draft files that are in Moodle at the due date and time. Files that are auto-submitted willnotbe reverted to draft status except in extenuating circumstances (evidence required). It is your responsibilitynotto leave draft assessments in Moodle at the due date and time if the files arenotready to be submitted formarking.1
Assessment taskStudents are required to write an academic report as per the format outlined in chapter 5 of the textbook. Thereport must follow theCQU APA referencing style.See theAmerican Psychological Association (APA)abridged guide updated Term 2 2016available from: note that the prescribed textbook uses APAreferencing guidelines. See also theReferencing Stylesubsection below.The report is to be based on the following case study scenario about the use of Robotics.The term Robotics refers to the design, development and use of robots which are automated machines that canaccomplish a range of tasks in a variety of scenarios. Robots were first commercialised when they wereintegrated into factory assembly lines in order to streamline and improve manufacturing productivity. The firstpopular application of robotics was in the car industry. In the 21stCentury, robots have increasingly been used tocomplete tasks that may be unsafe or tedious for humans this has led to the integration of robots into the miningand transportation industries and the military. The use of robots is expected to double by the year 2020. This willimpact on how businesses operate and the economies of countries across the world (New Media Consortium,2016).Increasingly robots are also being used in the home. One of the most popular applications is that of the robotvacuum cleaner. Other robots that are increasing in popularity are gutter cleaners and lawn mowers.There is significant interest in how work environments will be affected by the growing dependence on robotsand on how to ensure that they are autonomous, safe, and economical. In Queensland the State Government hasintroduced a program into State Schools that is designed to teach students coding and robotics from an early age.Referred to as#codingcountsthis action plan for education in Queensland is designed to prepare students forjobs of the future (Queensland Government, 2016).It is argued that outreach programs such as#codingcountscan make students better problem solvers throughpromoting robotics and programming. It is also felt that interaction with humanoid robots may help learners withlearning disabilities to develop better communication strategies and social skills.Whilst robots can make some work environments safer there are also potential problems. Is it ethically andmorally responsible to manufacture robot workers that have the potential to take jobs from human workers?What happens when a robot hurts or injures a human or destroys property? Who is responsible, the manufacturerof the robot, the programmer who wrote the code to operate the robot, or the person who bought it and set it towork? There are also potential security problems. How can you prevent a robot being hacked and havingsomeone take over control of the robot to commit a crime?You are the ICT Manager of a small Artificial Intelligence company based in Brisbane. Your organisation hasinterests in the use of robotics for domestic use and in mining, transport and manufacturing industries acrossAustralia. The organisation is already using robotics as a small but growing sideline business. But the ChiefExecutive Officer (CEO) would like to investigate how to make it a key enabler to achieve competitiveadvantage against your company’s rivals. Your organisation is now considering further diversification over thenext five years, leveraging ICT as a core competency. Its plans include expanding the organisation’s operationswithin Australia and into the Asian region. The CEO of your organisation is interested in how to leverage the useof robotics as one of the key technologies to be considered as a part of this expansion strategy. However, she isaware of both positive and negative aspects of using robotics in the work and home environments.The CEO has asked you to research robotic technology and its applications to be considered for theorganisation’s five year strategic plan. She wants you to write a report that outlines your findings and make somerecommendations on how to leverage the use of robotics to improve your business. It will be presented to thenext executive management meeting for consideration.The report should address the following tasks:1. Definition/s of robotic technology and the current use of robots. This investigation must consider differenttypes of robots used in various industries and in different parts of the world. As a minimum, consider theindustries currently in your organisation’s business scope and the industries the organisation is considering to2
enter in the next five years when it plans to expand across Australian and into Asia (see case scenario). Yourreport must identify actual examples and should not just focus on generic uses of robotic technology.2. Based on the findings from the previous section, propose how robotic technology could be incorporated intoyour organisation’s operations in the future. Discuss both short term and long term options from both industryand geographical perspectives to implement the strategy in your organisation.As a part of this analysis, consider the potential advantages and disadvantages of using robotic including variousrisks for the organisation and with respect to robotic technologies. As the ICT Manager of your organisation, youshould focus on security and technology aspects as a priority, and propose potential solutions to overcome anydisadvantages/risks identified in your analysis. Additionally, explore the ethical, social and legal considerationsthat your organisation should consider as a part of the proposed strategy, and discuss some solutions toovercome these issues.Your analysis and proposed solutions in task 2 should lead to some recommendations at the end of your report.Make sure that the specific recommendations at the end of your report have been evaluated as a part of yourreport discussion.The report should be at a strategic level and must not consist of highly technical details as most of your readersare not from an information technology background.Please note that you will need to make some assumptions about the organisation in order to write this report.These assumptions should match the information in the case study and not contradict with the objectives ofthe report. They should be incorporated in the introduction of your report when you describe the organisationand outline the problem to be solved.Relevant assumptions should be incorporated when addressing task 2above.Do not make assumptions that are not relevant or will not be used in your report discussion to avoidloss of marks.Specifically your report should include the following (word count details are approximate guidelines only):1.Title page: Unit code and name, assessment number, Report title, assessment due date, word count (actual),student name, student number, email address, campus lecturer/tutor, and Unit Coordinator. If applicable, addextension request ID and the new due date. Must be formatted to a standard required for aprofessional/business report. Check week 6 materials for example of a professionally formatted title page.Not included in the word count.2.Executive summary: should include the purpose of the report, the problem including key issues consideredand how they were investigated, your findings, and overview of your recommendations. This part must notbe longer than one (1) A4 page.Not included in the word count.1.Table of Contents (ToC): should list the report topics using decimal notation. Needs to include the mainheadings and subheadings with corresponding page numbers, using a format that makes the hierarchy oftopics clear. Because you are including a ToC the report pages should be numbered in the footer as follows:title page has no page number; and main text to have Arabic numerals commencing at 1. Create the ToCusing MS Word’s ToC auto-generator rather than manually typing out the ToC. Instructions can be foundhere included in the word count.2.Introduction: provide a brief description of the organisation as given in the case scenario including anyassumptions, a concise overview of the problem you have been asked to research, the main aims/purpose ofthe report, the objectives to be achieved by writing the report (include the tasks outlined in the case study)and how you investigated the problem. Provide an outline of the sections of the report.Should beapproximately 300 words.3.Body of the report (use appropriate headings in the body of the report.): Define key terms you will use inyour report, such as what is meant by ‘robotics’. Present your ideas on the topic and discuss the informationyou found in your research that was relevant to the report’s objectives. Provide an analysis of theinformation that you gathered. Ensure that you explore the tasks listed in the case study scenario. In your3
discussion, examine the issues from a global perspective as well as from the local perspective (of thefictional organisation that is the centre of this report).Do NOT use generic words such as ‘Body, Body of the Report, Tasks’ as section headings.Createmeaningful headings and subheadings that reflect the topic and content of your report.Should beapproximately 1600 words.4.Conclusion: restate the purpose of the report and key issues investigated and the related findings based onyour research and analysis. Explain the significance of your findings for addressing the problem stated in thecase scenario and any limitations. State how your report has achieved its objectives and any future work tobe considered.Should be approximately 300 words.5.Recommendations: (must be based on your findings and proposed solutions discussed in the body of thereport) what would your recommendations be to your CEO and the executive management team in thissituation? Provide some guidelines for the organisation with respect to the use of robotics as a futuretechnology in your organisation.Should be approximately 300 words.6.Reference list.Not counted in the word count.7.Appendices if necessary.Not counted in the word count.Note:Additional information regarding this assignment may be placed on the Moodle Unit website asrequired.Check theMoodle Unitwebsite at least once a week for further information relating to thereport.Regular access to the Moodle Unit website is a requirement of this Unit.Reference ListNew Media Consortium. (2016).Horizon Report: 2016 Higher Education Edition. Austin, TX: New MediaConsortium. Retrieved from RequirementsYour response should be structured as a report (chapter 5 of textbook), written in accordance with standardacademic writing principles (chapter 4 of textbook). The report must be writtenusing your own wordswith anyin text citations clearly marked (seeReferencing Stylesubsection below). You may discuss the assessment taskwith other students and the lecturing staff but you mustWRITE the report YOURSELF in your own words.You will need to conduct research to support your arguments usingat least ten (10)references. Note that all thereferences you chose to use should have been evaluated using the Triple-R framework in the research stage ofpreparing your Report. One of the references could be your set textbook (if you reference the textbook you mustinclude it in the reference list). You must have a minimum of ten (10) references in your reference list. At leastsix (6) of these references should be from refereed academic journals and books. All sources should be currentthat is, dated 2012 or later. Minimum requirements relate to a Pass mark. You are encouraged to use more thanthe minimum requirements for a better quality outcome to your report through improving the quality of youranalysis.The assignment should demonstrate a logical flow of discussion, and befree from typographical, spelling andgrammatical errors. Itshould be prepared in MS-Word (or equivalent) using 12 point font, 1.5 line spacing andmargins of 2.54 cm.It is highly recommended that you submit your assignment to theAcademic Learning Centre(ALC)AT LEASTONE WEEKbefore the due date. The ALC can check your report for correct structure, referencing,paragraphing and some language issues.4
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