How to find the balance towards a healthy relationship with devices?
Aim & Objective
This coursework is designed to demonstrate the broad understanding and knowledge of the module, assessing and evaluating the student’s strength and level of analysis; divided into four learning outcomes. The coursework should be submitted as one document in a report format in final submission.
The Pearson-set theme for Computing Research Project is; Digital wellbeing
Digital Wellbeing is about fashioning and sustaining a healthy relationship with technology. As technology plays a big part in our lives we find ourselves spending an increasing amount of time online and on our devices. Our wellbeing is dependent upon our mental and physical health and thereby our digital wellbeing is influenced by our online interactions and the amount of time we
spend on our devices.
Whilst technology and the internet can simplify and enhance our lives they can also be distracting, be a cause of anxiety, and make us feel upset. Being in control of technology enables us to use its full potential and gain all the benefits of it. This assignment will enable students to explore some of the areas of digital wellbeing from the standpoint of a prospective computing professional. It will provide the opportunity for students to investigate digital wellbeing within computing systems and explore the responsibilities and solutions to the problems presented.
Students are to choose their own research topic for this unit. Strong research projects are those with clear, well focused and defined objectives. A central skill in selecting a research objective is the ability to select a suitable and focused research objective. One of the best ways to do this is to put it in the form of a question. Students should be encouraged by tutors to discuss a variety of topics related to the theme to generate ideas for a good research objective.
The range of topics discussed could cover the following:
• How to find the balance towards a healthy relationship with devices?
• Are tech companies responsible for the health, safety and wellbeing of users?
• What tools and strategies can a company use to develop a system(s) that addresses digital
wellbeing for users?
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• What impact will future digital tech have on human wellbeing?
The research objective should allow students to broaden their understanding and widen their perspective of being able to explore, argue, prove, and/or disprove a particular objective. The research objective should be feasible, novel, ethical, relevant and ultimately of interest to the student.
Students are to submit as evidence for the unit in addition to their project findings, the research proposal and ethics form. The research proposal sets out the plan for how the students will achieve the intended research objective(s) and shows whether the objective will be feasible, ethical and achievable in the time scale. It sets out how secondary research supports the research objective, how the research will be conducted, how the research will be evaluated. Students will need to gain ethical approval before commencing their research, this will be discussed with the tutor during the research proposal.
Part 1 (LO1 & LO2):
Consider the development of a methodical, ethical, reliable and valid research proposal as the foundation for the project. The proposal should be agreed with your tutor prior to undertaking any research. Proposal and ethical forms should also be agreed and completed. An ethics form must be submitted prior to completion of research as part of the research proposal.
The project topic should reflect personal interest in a specialism and should allow for a sufficient degree of research through the existence of adequate background materials. The framework of your proposal should address a specific research problem or question. This can be stated as a research question, objectives or hypothesis.
As guidance, a good project proposal and project title should have an existing body of literature or source material that can be reviewed. In addition, it should extend the current line of learning, lending itself to further rigorous exploration. You should decide on appropriate research methods and select an appropriate sample. Finally, provide a literature review that identifies the background
and conceptualisation of your proposed area of study. This would provide existing knowledge and benchmarks by which your data can be judged.
Part 2 (LO3 & LO4):
You should conduct your research as outlined in your proposal and keep track of your findings as you progress.
The research methodology and research process, should be considered and clearly defined, demonstrating an understanding of the pitfalls and limitations of the methods chosen and ethical issues that could be encountered.
Conduct your research, analyse your findings and draw conclusions. Research methods should be
applied to evaluate the data collected from primary research sources. Your research and analysis
of your findings should be specific to your original research question, from which conclusions can
Reflect on the success of your research project and your performance at the end of the project with
the inclusion of a project evaluation and recommendations. In addition, based on the results of
your study, what alternative research methodologies would you use in future to improve the
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Note: You should attach all the supporting documents as a separate file in the appendix section of
your assignment. Without appropriate evidence(s) your assignment will not be marked.
• Ethic form
• Completed questioner (if it is used)
• Collected data
• Any other document(s) requested by tutor
To gain a Pass in a BTEC HND Unit, you must meet ALL the Pass criteria; to gain a Merit, you must meet
ALL the Merit and Pass criteria; and to gain a Distinction, you must meet ALL the Distinction, Merit and Pass