Information and New Media Technologies – ITN002 Assessment – Individual Report Information

Information and New Media Technologies – ITN002

Assessment – Individual Report Information

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This assessment will reinforce your understanding of the use of disruptive technologies and the ethical and security issues related to their use in varying business and social activities.

Using the Internet, you are required to research a range of disruptive technologies which are changing the way you will work in the future in your chosen career, i.e. think of the type of business environment you hope to work in for the future. For example, this could be in Aviation, Commerce, Health Science, Engineering, Social Work, Nursing, Psychology etc.

The technologies you choose should be usable in your future careers. For example, blockchain technology could be useful in business environments such as in manufacturing, where it could provide useful information about the movement of goods along a supply chain.

For this report you need to choose three Disruptive Technologies (DTs) which will change the way we live, work or play. For students repeating this module, you will need to choose three different DTs to the ones you have chosen before.

The information you research needs to come from reputable websites or scholarly sources (no Wikipedia or similar sites, or blogs). All references need to be from 2017 or newer and need to state a year.

Your assessment is to be presented in report format using the correct Styles feature in Word, with headings numbered.

The Report also needs to be written in your own words and not copied from your sources. Any information you read needs to be referenced in-text. Use of quotes should not form more than 5% of your word count.


The Report:

The specific sections required in the report are as follows:

A Cover Page containing a Title for the Report, your name and a suitable image.

A Table of Contents created using the automatic Table of Contents tool in Word and updated correctly.

An Introduction stating what you are going to cover in your report and which business environment or field you are basing your research on. It is better to write this near the end after you have written your report.

Choose three (3) different Disruptive Technologies and cover the following information


  • Define what each of the technologies are, using Harvard in-text referencing.
  • Describe pros and cons of each chosen disruptive technology using your references to develop your views.


  • Identify your ideal future career role. Describe how these technologies may disrupt your identified future career role, using Harvard in-text referencing.


  • Explain potential Ethical Issues arising from the use of each Disruptive Technology, using Harvard in-text referencing.


  • Explain potential Security Issues arising from the use of each Disruptive Technology, using Harvard in-text referencing.


  • For each Disruptive Technology, using scholarly sources, provide critical opinions about the technology and conclude with your recommendations.

Example 1 – Critical Opinion: 

Driverless cars may optimise our commute to work in the future, help save time stuck in traffic congestions and lower our carbon footprint. However, the technology underpinning these autonomous vehicles may also enable the collection of detailed travel log data about our personal social life activities, which then may be reused in other contexts with or without our knowledge.


After you have analysed and written the above using in-text referencing throughout, write a Conclusion covering any interesting points you have made in your report.


On a new page collate a Reference List at the end of your report. This is to be in alphabetical order by the Author’s surname (or website owner’s name). Reference lists are not to be numbered and do not have bullet points. All references found need to be in English and have a URL which leads directly to the source. No books are to be used.

Images need to be used throughout your report with captions explaining what they are, and a Table of Figures included after the Table of Contents.

Your report should be around 2250 words in total not including the Cover page, Table of Contents, Table of Figures or Reference List.


Draft Submissions:

During the Trimester you will be asked to hand up what you have written so far on three different occasions. If you do not hand these up and you cannot show how the work on your report has progressed in class, then marks will be deducted from your final mark.




Label your report file as (Your Name) Report. The Report is to be produced in Microsoft Word, correctly formatted and submitted by via the link on the Assessments tab.

This is a guide to the structure of the report for ITN002.  It is important to check course materials for the specific requirements.


Sections Components Detail


Preliminary pages


Title Page Include a Title for the report, author’s name and a suitable image
Table of Contents Heading of this page is Contents

Include all major sections and sub-section headings, numbered and worded exactly as appear in the report information

Include page numbers


Table of Figures Necessary for figures (images) appearing in the report


Body of report


Numbered in a logical and consistent manner e.g.:


1.0 Introduction







3.2 etc.


Introduction Gives the reader the necessary background information to introduce the reader to the report:

–        The purpose of the report

–        An outline of the report and what it is going to cover


Main sections Organised under appropriate headings and subheadings

(see Assessment requirements)

Figures (images) to be numbered and labelled. These must be referred to in the body of the report.


Conclusion –        Clear and concise summary of main points

–        Context and significance of the information

–        Include any interesting information from the report


Supplementary Reference List Heading of this page is References

A reference list (not a bibliography) of all sources that have been referred to in the report

List according to the UniSA Harvard referencing system, e.g. list in alphabetical order, not bullet points and not




Information & New Media Technologies ITN002

Individual Report


Formatting Criteria                             5 Marks

Title Page, Table of Contents, Numbered Headings

All graphics have captions and a Table of Figures has been created after the ToC listing them and their page numbers

Created and submitted correctly according to instructions


Research                                             70 Marks

Introduction – the purpose of the report and what is being covered in the report

Disruptive Technology 1

Disruptive Technology 1

Disruptive Technology 1

Conclusion – a summary of the main points in the report and covers any interesting ideas

Need to take into account:

Research conducted using reliable sources from 2017-2020

Student demonstrates ability to combine multiple sources with their own view to present an argument

Argument supported with referenced evidence from 2017 -2020

Student shows a depth of knowledge in their chosen Disruptive  technologies

Each Disruptive Technology has been defined using reliable sources from 2017-2020

Each Disruptive Technology has explored: Pros and Cons, Impact of Disruptive in Future Career Roles,

Ethical Issues and Security Issues have been clearly discussed,

Critical Opinions and Recommendations provided for each Disruptive Technology

Other relevant issues have been added at the third level i.e2.4.1

Information presented is correct

Written in your own words


Language                                              5 Marks

Correct English expression, grammar, spelling and punctuation


Referencing                                       20 Marks

Correct referencing is COMPULSORY

Use of UniSA Harvard style

Correct in-text referencing

Complete and accurate reference list from 2017 -2020


Drafts need to show a progression in the Report each time

Handed up all 3 drafts: 0 marks deducted

Only handed up 2 drafts: minus (-) 5 marks

Only handed up 1 draft: minus (-) 10 marks

No drafts handed up: minus (-) 15 marks