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Report on Controlled vocabularies and their use

Assignment Requirements
In this assignment you need write report 2000words plus 500words reflection. all structure and step are very clearly in request.
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Report on Controlled vocabularies and their use
Due date
End of week 5, Sunday 24th August 2014, 11.59 pm.
This assessment is worth
40% of the overall grade for ISYS1168
Word Length
2,000 words (within 10%) plus reflection of up to 500 words
Examine the use of controlled vocabularies in a range of information sources

Demonstrate understanding of the different methods of vocabulary control
Investigate how the way information is organised affects its ability to be retrieved

Choose 3 websites or library databases and analyse their use of controlled (or uncontrolled) vocabularies
They should be as different as possible from each other, both in subject matter and in type e.g. you could choose a government website, a large commercial website and a library database.
It will help if they cover topics that you are interested in or know something about.
They should each use a different type of controlled or uncontrolled vocabulary to organise the information. At least one of the sites or databases must use a thesaurus. (Hint: Library databases are a good source of thesauri). Other types could include:

faceted classification
tagging (sometimes called folksonomy) etc etc

For each site:

identify which method(s) of controlled or uncontrolled vocabulary are used for helping users find information. Some sites will use more than one method, but you only need to analyse one per site.
Research the characteristics of that method, including its advantages and disadvantages according to published literature.
Test how effective the site is in finding information using that method of vocabulary control.

For each site formulate a question that you as a user might expect the site to be able to answer e.g. if you choose a local government site you might want to find out about what types of containers can be collected for recycling, or what conditions and regulations apply to keeping dogs, cats, chickens etc. This is where it is worthwhile choosing sites and topics about which you can ask reasonably sophisticated questions.

Discuss how effective the method is for finding information on that site.

Discuss your overall findings based on both your literature search and your own experiments.
Your report (2000 words)
Present your findings as a report. It should be clearly organized into sections, with headings, subheadings and page numbering. A suggested structure is (* items not included in word count):

* Title page.
* Table of contents.
Executive summary – this should summarise your findings (and recommendations if any), not just outline your method or introduce the topic. Your reader must be able to follow the main points in your report by reading this alone (about 100 words, no references as it is your findings).
First site (about 400 words)

o   Brief description of site including URL or means of access;
o   Description of methods provided for users to find information;
o   What controlled vocabulary methods does the site use?
o   What are the advantages and disadvantages or each method used? (Here you need to refer to the published literature);
o   Sample question used to investigate site and results of that investigation;
o   Based on your experience with the site, do you agree with these advantages and disadvantages? Why?

Repeat this for 2nd and 3rd sites (about 400 words each).
Discussion of your findings on the use of the different methods of vocabulary control including recommendations (optional) for improving findability on any of the sites.
* Glossary of terms that you think a non-IM person would need explained (optional, but it might reduce the amount of explanation needed in the body of the report).
* Reference list of at least ten sources you have cited in addition to any Wikipedia citations. At least five of the sources must be scholarly articles in the Library’s collection (print or online).

For further guidance on creating a business report, see Chapter 6 of the RMIT Business Written reports and essays guidelines. But adapt these guidelines according to the needs of the particular assignment.
Make sure you:

Use direct and clear language with pertinent points;
Give examples, diagrams and illustrations as appropriate, including possibly a screen shot of the site annotated with different methods;
Understand how to correctly paraphrase passages taken from other sources;
Justify any statements you make and acknowledge any sources used with correct RMIT Business Referencing as described in Chapter 2 of the RMIT Business Written reports and essays guidelines. See also the RMIT Library guides to Harvard referencing.

Your reflection (300-500 words)
This is to be submitted as a separate document as you will write it after receiving your Turnitin report. It should cover:

How you approached the assignment, sources used, difficulties you had;
Any comments on referencing;
Interpretation of your Turnitin report, and reflection on your experience of using Turnitin. (You do not need to submit the Turnitin report as your tutor will access it online.)

The reflection should be finalised after you submit your report to Turnitin, and does not itself need to be submitted to Turnitin.
Submission method
Submissions should be:

submitted to Blackboard via the link on the course Assessment page by the due date. Do not include a cover sheet. This will automatically submit your work to Turnitin and produce a report of the % match to other sources. It is recommended to submit a close-to-final draft before the due date to give you the opportunity to address any issues identified by Turnitin;
in hard copy, accompanied by a signed cover sheet, and placed in the assignment box on level 17 by the Tuesday after the due date (face to face students only – this will allow your tutor to give you extra feedback on the document itself).

Grading criteria:
In general, grades will be awarded on the basis of the grading criteria specified in the course guide. In particular higher grades will be awarded to those reports that show:

evidence of clear understanding of the different methods of vocabulary control, including choosing suitable sites, accurate descriptions, clearly distinguishing between the methods, advantages and disadvantages of each and when to use each type;
the ability to express that understanding to an audience that may not be expert in the area including direct & clear language, suitable choice of examples, diagrams, illustrations & glossary;
evidence of constructive use of research beyond those resources provided in lectures and on the course Blackboard, including quality and variety of resources used, correct referencing;
good document presentation including the elements detailed under “Your report” and suitable Business report structure;
evidence that you have thought about the process you are undertaking, as indicated in the reflection, including the significance of your Turnitin score.

NOTE: Any report which is handed in with seriously poor referencing will not be marked. It will be returned to the student to have the referencing corrected. This will result in a penalty of 20% of the available marks for this assignment.
Marks will also be deducted for exceeding the word count by more than 10%.
Research sources
Wikipedia articles can be a good starting point for research, however you will need to undertake more in-depth research to complete this report. You may cite Wikipedia in your report, however any such articles will not contribute to the requirement of at least 10 sources.
There are some suggested readings on Blackboard, under Resources. These include articles, books and websites.
You should also use a range of Library databases. The Library subject guide on Information and Knowledge Management is a good starting point.
Help with researching, writing and referencing
RMIT Business 2007, Referencing, RMIT University, http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/bus/public/referencing/index.html.
RMIT Business 2014, Written reports and essay: guidelines for referencing and presentation in RMIT business, http://mams.rmit.edu.au/s9sx559hurvc.rtf.
RMIT University 2014, Academic integrity: information for students, (includes Turnitin information), http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/academic-integrity.
RMIT University Library 2014, Information and knowledge management : Library subject guide, http://rmit.libguides.com/infomanagement.
RMIT University Library 2014, Referencing guides, http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing.
RMIT University Study and Learning Centre 2014, Learning Lab: Writing skills, http://emedia.rmit.edu.au/learninglab/content/writing-skills.
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