Introduction to Computing

Assignment Tasks
Your assignment consists of one task (worth 100% of the total marks for the assignment).

Assignment Task 1: Essay
“Contemporary computing can be seen as an assemblage.” Discuss.
To achieve this:
Select TWO computing stories from the Live News exercise you fulfil in each week’s
tutorial. Using Actor Network Theory as your primary tool for analysis, at a minimum:
• Describe the scales on which the actants in your stories “act” in the assemblage

• Discuss how these actions can enhance management functions
• Outline what issues/questions these actions raise. To achieve this, compare
and contrast the viewpoints of a range of theorists and critics explored
throughout the module.
• Critically evaluate how your answers relate to the statement “Contemporary
computing can be seen as an assemblage.”
Deliverables
You will submit a single word processed document to Turnitin, of between 1350-
1650 words.
Your content will follow the structure outlined on page 3.
Task One is worth 100% of the total marks for the module. The marking criteria is
outlined on page 4.

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Suggested essay structure
Cover Page
Assignment title, module code, student name, student number and submission date.
Table of Contents
A list of all the chapters, sections, headings or subheadings, as well as all page
numbers.
Introduction (about 10% of the essay)
○ Explain how you intend to address the question.
○ What issues/topics are you going to explore?
○ What argument will you make?
Main body (about 80% of the essay)
Use a chain of paragraphs to EXPLORE AND DEVELOP your ideas/argument.
You will probably have 3 to 4 main ideas. Break each idea into paragraphs, possibly
2 per idea. Perform substantial amounts of analysis and point making in each paragraph.

In each paragraph the reader is asking you to explain:
○ What is this paragraph about?
○ What is your argument on this?
○ What is your evidence? What does it mean?
○ How does it link to the essay title?
○ How does it link to the topic in the next paragraph?
It is not sufficient simply to describe a situation. Analysis and a critical approach are
essential. Charts, diagrams and tables can be used to reinforce your arguments.
Conclusion (about 10% of the essay)
○ Do not introduce any NEW material here.
○ Summarise your ideas/argument (you might also have done this in your introduction)

○ Restate what you consider to be the main points
○ Make it clear why those conclusions are important or significant.
○ In your last sentence: link your conclusions or recommendations back to the
title.
References
All the named sources you have quoted from or reproduced in your report. Please
use The Harvard System for all references. Details for the Harvard System can be
found on the student portal.
Appendices (optional)
An appendix contains supplementary information that you consider to be too long,
complicated or not quite relevant to include in the main body of the essay, but is still
relevant to your reader, e.g. questionnaire results, technical specs. Each appendix
should be referred to in your text. You should not include something as an appendix
if it is not discussed in the essay.

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