Write a research paper describing a current or future use for analysis of big data.
The term big data refers to the vast amounts of data being generated from such sources as social media, real-world sensors (for weather, water quality, vehicle traffic, etc.), cellphone GPS signals, and customer transactions. The sheer volume of these data and new ways of managing and analyzing them are enabling applications in many fields that were not possible just a few years ago. Your paper will describe in detail one of these emerging applications of big data.
Possible topics for your paper include but are not limited to the following.
- Big data in e-commerce
- Big data in government
- Big data in healthcare
- Big data in retailing
- Big data in manufacturing
- Big data in social media
- Big data in location-based services
Your paper should address the following questions regarding your chosen topic.
- What are the current uses of big data in this field?
- What new uses of big data are likely in this field in the next 5 years?
- What are the main sources of big data used in this field?
- What analysis methods are used for big data in this field?
- What problems or issues are encountered in using big data in this field?
- What recommendations would you make for organizations interested in using big data in this field?
- Please include a title for your paper.
- Final Papers must be 8 pages in length (not including the cover page and abstract, but including the reference list); be in 12-point, Times New Roman font; be double spaced; and include a cover page, abstract, introduction, body of the paper, summary or conclusion, and references.
- Papers must follow APA format.
- At least six current, authoritative references are required. Anonymous authors are not acceptable. Web sources, if used, must be authored by recognized experts in the field. At least three references must be peer-reviewed, scholarly papers. At least four references must have publication dates within the last five years. All should be listed on the last page, titled References.
- Appropriate in-text citations are required in the body of the paper, wherever specific information from a source is used.
- At least 80% of the paper should be in your own original wording. A maximum of 20% of the paper may consist of word-for-word quotations from a source. All word-for-word quotations must be placed in quotation marks or APA block-quote format, and the source must be cited. NOTE: Saying that 20% of the paper may consist of word-of-word quotations is NOT the same as saying the paper may have a score of 20% from TurnItIn or a similar originality checker. Word-for-word quotations that are properly enclosed in quotation marks and cited are not counted by TurnItIn. Any passage that is quoted word-for-word must being properly enclosed in quotation marks and cited. Contact the professor if you have questions about these requirements for originality and proper citation of sources.
- Interim deliverables for this project are your topic selection in Week 2, annotated bibliography in Week 4, and first draft in Week 6. Final Papers are due during Week 8 of this course.
- Any questions about this paper may be discussed in the weekly Course Q & A Forum discussion topics.
- See the Grading Rubrics section of this page for point values and grading criteria for each deliverable.
- Week 2: Topic selection. Write a one-paragraph description of the topic you have selected for your paper. The topic may be one of those suggested in the Objectives section or another topic of your choosing related to a use of big data in a specific field. The professor may require that you change or refine your proposed topic. Submit your one-paragraph topic description as a Word document. This is due at the end of Week 2.
CategoryPoints%DescriptionTopic Selection309.7%Topic identifies an appropriate current or near-future use of big data. A concise, professionally written one-paragraph description of the topic is provided that is free of typographical, grammar, spelling, and formatting errors.Annotated Bibliography5016.1%Bibliography includes at least six references with a brief summary reference and its relationship to the topic. References are authoritative and do not include anonymous authors. Web pages, if used, are clearly written by experts in the field (expert qualifications are given in the summaries). At least three references are peer-reviewed, scholarly papers. At least four references have publication dates within the last five years. Summaries concisely describe each reference and its relationship to the topic. Annotated bibliography is in APA format and is free of typographical, grammar, spelling, and formatting errors.First Draft8025.8%First draft includes all elements of the Final Paper (cover page, abstract, introduction, body, conclusion, and references) and is at least six pages in length (not including cover page and abstract). First draft covers all the main points to be included in the Final Paper, is in APA format, and is free of typographical, grammar, spelling, and formatting errors.Final Paper: Formatting309.7%Final Paper is in 12-point Times New Roman font, is double spaced, and includes a cover page, abstract, introduction, body of the report, summary or conclusion, and references. Final Paper conforms to APA format.Final Paper: Organization and Cohesiveness30
9.7%Final Paper includes an introduction that generates interest in the topic and previews the main points to be covered, a body that develops each main point, and a conclusion that summarizes the main points covered. There is a logical flow of ideas throughout the paper. There is a clear thesis statement for the paper and a clear topic statement for each major section. Appropriate transitions are used between topics and subtopics.Final Paper: Editing30
9.7%Final Paper uses a professional writing style and is free of typographical, spelling, and grammar errors.Final Paper: Content60
19.3%Final Paper is of the required length and fully addresses each of the six questions in the Objectives section for the chosen topic. Examples and supporting details are provided for each main point. Authoritative sources are cited as support. The paper is at least 80% in the student’s own words (i.e., no more than 20% direct quotations from a source).Total310100%A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.
The following are the best practices in preparing this paper.
- Cover page—Include who you prepared the paper for, who prepared it, and the date.
- Abstract—Summarize the main ideas of your paper in 150-250 words.
- Introduction—The purpose of an introduction or opening is to introduce the subject, indicate why the subject is important, preview the main ideas, and establish a tone for the document. Include in the introduction a reason for the audience to read the paper. Also, include an overview of what you are going to cover in your paper and the importance of the material. (This should include or introduce the questions you are asked to answer on each assignment.)
- Body of the paper—State the main ideas, state major points in each idea, and provide evidence. There should be a separate, clearly labeled section with a section heading that addresses each question listed in the Objectives section.
- Summary and Conclusion—Summarizing is similar to paraphrasing but presents the gist of the material in fewer words than the original. An effective summary identifies the main ideas and major support points from the body of your report. Minor details are left out. Summarize the benefits of the ideas and how they affect the field or industry.
- References Include in-text citations in the body of the paper in the form (author, year) and references in the reference list at the end. Use hanging indent format, and put the reference list in alphabetical order.
Additional hints on preparing the best possible project.
- Apply a three-step process of writing: plan, write, and complete.
- Prepare an outline of your research paper before you go forward.
- Complete a first draft and then go back to edit, evaluate, and make any changes required.
- Use visual communication to further clarify and support the written part of your report. You could use example graphs, diagrams, photographs, flowcharts, maps, drawings, animation, video clips, tables, and infographics. If you use an image or other media from a source, be sure to cite the source where used in the paper and include the source in the reference list at the end.