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GULF COLLEGE – MUSCAT – SULTANATE OF OMAN
UNDERGRADUATE COMPUTING PROGRAMME
ACADEMIC YEAR: 2019-2020 S2
Module Title: Emerging Technologies and Concepts
Module Code: COIS61029
Method of Assessment : Assignment
Module Credits: 15
Semester/Teaching block: 1
Morning Session/Evening Session: Both
Additional Information (if any):
This is an individual assignment
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Module Title: Emerging Technologies and Concepts
Module Code: COIS61029
Module Leader: Mr. Noman Tahir
Submission Date: 3rd May 2020
You should hand in one copy of your assignment/project by the time and date mentioned above to
the appropriate ‘hand-in location’ at the Gulf College. Fill in the front cover (staple together with your
assignment). MAKE SURE that you fill in all the relevant details on this form. An acknowledgement will
be given to you upon receiving your assignment. This is your receipt, keep it. You can submit work by
post, but you must send it recorded delivery, it must be postmarked two days before the deadline date
and a copy must be kept by you in case it is lost in the post. Faxed assignments will not be accepted.
This assignment will assess the following learning outcomes
1. RESEARCH AND CRITICALLY EVALUATE EMERGING COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES AND Analysis
CONCEPTS AND THEIR POTENTIAL SOCIAL, LEGAL AND ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS.
2. COMMUNICATE THE FINDINGS OF RESEARCH TO A TECHNICAL AUDIENCE.
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The assessment for COIS61029: Emerging Technologies and Concepts consists of a coursework
weighted at 100% of the module marks.
On the completion of this coursework you will be able to:
1- RESEARCH AND CRITICALLY EVALUATE EMERGING COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES AND CONCEPTS AND
THEIR POTENTIAL SOCIAL, LEGAL AND ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS.
2- COMMUNICATE THE FINDINGS OF RESEARCH TO A TECHNICAL AUDIENCE.
You are required to choose ONE of the following research areas and write a research paper.
● 3D Metal Printing
● Artificial Embryos
● Sensing City
● Artificial Intelligence for Everyone
● Duelling Neural Networks
● Babel-fish Earbuds
● Zero Carbon Natural Gas
● Perfect Online Privacy
● Genetic Fortune Telling
● Material’s Quantum Leap
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In order to make research on any one of the given areas, you need to design research objectives
and research objectives should reflect the issue you are going to address in your research
paper. Once you finalize your title and research objectives, you have to make secondary
and primary research. You are required to carry out secondary research in order to
explore what is already being said about your chosen issue. You must research relevant
Journals, Books, Internet Publications, etc. and select at least 10 sources including 3
journals that relate to your chosen industry related issue or challenge. For each of your
chosen sources you should write a review of between 100 and 150 words for each article.
However, you also need to identify key themes in the literature and organise your review
around these themes.
Literature Review Guidelines
Your Literature Review section provides the readers with a background to your study. It will
contain three basic elements: an introduction or background information section; the
body of the review containing the discussion of sources organised as themes; and, finally,
a conclusion and/or recommendations section to end the paper. Everything in the
Literature Review is from the secondary research you conduct. All of the materials must
be appropriately cited and referenced using Harvard style.
Primary Research will include preparing and distributing a questionnaire or interviewing
people with a prepared set of questions. You should conduct between 5 and 20
Your survey should target a sample of between 30 and 50 people.
All primary research must be approved by your instructor before you commence your
interviews, surveys, etc. You must get your teacher’s approval for the research interview
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You must also get your teacher’s approval for the research survey questions and the
minimum number of surveys to be conducted.
Data Collection and Analysis
You will also be graded on how well you understand the data you collected and how you
present that data in relation to your research objectives. Good graphs and charts are
excellent ways to summarize data for your readers and to illustrate trends. However, you
must also be able to explain your analysis in concise terms.
This is the time where you will write the key parts of your research paper. You will discuss
the findings of your research work and you will conclude to make recommendations
based on the results you got from your research work.
Legal, Ethical, Social Implications
You are also required to detail the legal, social and ethical implications of your research
area in your publication.
Final Submission: Presentation
In demonstrating this assignment, you should be able to prove your skills in applying the
knowledge gained in the lectures and tutorials, skills in analysis, problem solving and elucidate
the purpose of your research work. You are required to make a PowerPoint Presentation to
support your research work.
You document more or less should be including the following areas to be covered.
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Title of your research paper
Issues, Research questions to be addressed
Data collection and Analysis
Conclusion and recommendations
Legal, Ethical and Social issues (research area related)
References (Harvard Style)
Note: The research paper is of 2000-3000 words.
Your final assignment should be submitted in one folder and in accordance with the Faculty’s
procedures for assignment submission. Please submit your report via turnitin, which you can
access via links www.gulfcollege.edu.om
Electronic Form: You have to submit the following:
● Your research paper (with Gulf College Title page) in .docx format
● Hard copy of your work with presentation should be submitted to your lecturer
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Questions regarding this assignment should primarily be asked in the tutorial sessions. General
questions can also be posted on Moodle forum (use of the forum is strongly encouraged, but
please adhere to the forum rules regarding individual specifics and pasting information) or via
email to me (email@example.com).
Students will be provided feedback based on their performance in this assignment to determine
their current progress in Research. Suggestions for where potential improvements could be made
for the remainder of the semester will also be provided.
Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
Informal feedback on understanding and researching emerging technologies
Informal Interviews in Academic Advising Hours
Solutions to tutorials, labs and assignments
Note that any mark you receive for the assignment is subject to confirmation at the exam board.
Title of the research paper and abstract will be marked
The objectives of the research with addressed issues will
The Literature review will be marked according to the
quality of the research sources and paraphrasing done by
Chosen Research Method
Details of research methodology chosen by student is
required to be detailed here.
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Data Collection & Analysis
The authenticity of data collected can be validated by the
data collection procedures and chosen respondents.
The marks will be awarded how closely the findings are
reflecting the research objectives.
Conclusion & Recommendations
The marks will be awarded depending upon the quality of
conclusion and recommendations which should be
clearly reflecting the research objectives.
Legal, Ethical and Social Issues
The marks will be awarded depending upon the level of
justification how your research area is facing legal, ethical
and social issues.
Use of appropriate font, alignments, Heading styles, TOC
This is the total of over all marks given above.
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Marks in Percentage%
When printing the report, please be aware of the following requirements:
● Use A4 sized paper
● Margins of 35mm of the left side, 20 mm on all other sides (this page is done this
way to demonstrate)
● Use one and a half line spacing
● Print on only one side of the papers
● Font for main text should be Times New Roman/Calibiri/Cambria size 12.
● You can use MS Word Style set to format your report.
● Use References Tab of MS Word to insert Table of contents and Table of Figures
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● Plagiarism occurs if you use somebody else's work in an assignment or exam answer, but fail to
state where you got the material from. You need to be also very careful about the amount of words
you are using from somebody else’s work.
● It can happen in any type of assessment where you are given the questions or tasks in advance.
● If another student uses your work in his/her answer(s), both you and he/she will be punished when
● Punishments for committing plagiarism can be very severe.
Plagiarism is a form of cheating in which students use the work of others and present it as their own.
Staffordshire University publishes a fully detailed description of what the term ‘plagiarism’ means on
the University’s main web-site under the heading ’Procedures for dealing with suspected cases of
academic dishonesty. We strongly recommend that you go and read the full document at the above
address. Meanwhile, here is an extract of some of the relevant content. You will have committed
plagiarism and may be caught, reported and punished (as described below) if you:
● Copy extensively from the work of others (from sources such as books, magazines, journals,
web-sites for example) and submit the work as your own. NB It is acceptable to refer to the
work of others as long as you do not use too much, and reference your sources properly.
● Copy another students’ work and submit it for assessment under your own name.
● Allow another student to copy your work and they then submit it for assessment under
This last item is of particular importance; few students seem to understand what it means. If, for
example, you allow another student to borrow your work and they subsequently copy some of that
work and present it as their own, you and they will both be punished even though someone else copied
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The risks of working with other students
Some assessment tasks are explicitly designed for group work, and it will be made clear that a group
answer is expected from you. All other tasks are intended as an assessment of your individual
comprehension and performance, and group answers are not permitted. In individually assessed forms
of assessment your work must be different from that of every other student. Plagiarism can occur in
assignments and any examination where the questions are issued to students in advance. In both cases
it is possible for you to ask other people about how best to answer the questions or complete the
You should be aware that different modules and subjects may have different requirements. In some
subjects, answers to questions may, for example, require every student on a module to employ or
refer to the same diagram(s), concepts and the like in order to construct an acceptable answer. You
should note, however, that even in these circumstances your explanations of what the diagrams mean,
and any other writing referring to any common diagrams and concepts should all be in your own
words. Moreover, the situation may be very different on other modules, where the submission of work
that has a very similar structure, or the use of very similar materials such as concepts, diagrams,
quotations and the like, to that of another student, may lead to you being accused of plagiarism.
The picture is complicated and, unfortunately, it is not possible to give advice that is directly relevant
to every module you study. If you are unsure about how to avoid plagiarism in any specific module,
then rather than hoping and guessing, you should ask for guidance from the member of staff who
delivers that module.
Our overall advice is straightforward; by all means discuss how best to answer questions or complete
tasks with your colleagues, but when it comes to actually writing your answers - DO IT ALONE!
What happens if you get caught?
Examination Boards may punish offending students in any manner that they deem fit. Typical
punishments Boards may choose range from reducing grades, making students re-sit modules,
through to failing students on a module or an entire award. The University regards this form of
cheating as a serious offence. Full details of the range of likely punishments can be found on the
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University’s web-site under the heading ’Procedures for dealing with suspected cases of academic
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