The aim of this module is to equip learners with the skills and tools necessary for research within ICT with the primary output being the production of an artefact. This module facilitates learners’ to formulate a final practical project which synergises learnings as well as knowledge, skills and competencies within a framework.
This module will ensure learners meet the following objectives:
- Appraise a topic in ICT in considerable depth.
- Display independent learning, creativity and time-management
- Select, plan and organise the project
- Devise solutions to problems encountered by applying concepts and skills gained in taught modules on the programme.
- Show proficiency in at least one programming language.
- Engage practical agile methodologies for example SCRUM in practice.
- Develop research, proposal and report writing, and presentation skills.
This capstone acts as an integrative and culminating module and is central to the learner’s ability to demonstrate the core skills and knowledge needed at this level. It encourages the learner to think critically, solve challenging problems and develop skills such as project management, research skills, planning, self-sufficiency and goal orientation.
Introduction to Research for ICT
- Understanding the role of the researcher
- Identifying appropriate methodologies and research tools
- Gathering information about target markets and customer insights – methods and ethics
- Locating and accessing information through practical (primary and secondary) and online research
- Identifying and evaluating information sources
Brainstorming and Idea Generation
- Generating appropriate research topics - Practical techniques for generating new ideas – brainstorming, mind mapping, mood boarding etc.
- Choosing a topic investigate –identifying if a topic is worth pursuing
- Techniques for developing innovative solutions to pragmatic situations – challenge assumptions, reverse thinking, six thinking hats etc.
- Breakdown of the structure and assessment of the project
- Techniques for planning and organising work and monitoring progress against your plan
- The supervising process; roles and responsibility of the supervisor
Documenting your work process
- Preparing a research proposal
- Structure of a Project Report
- Preparing a Literature/Technology Review
- Keeping a record of the application design, implementation, and testing process
- Documenting problems encountered and solutions employed
- Documenting a development methodology
Reflective Reporting and Evaluation
- Writing an evaluation and drawing conclusions
- Identifying the limitations of the research
- Presenting a rational and reasoned arguments for choices made
- Recognition of moral or ethical issues