BA634 Current & Emerging Technology
Research Paper
Understanding Evolving Technologies
As we all know technology is evolving at a rate that, to some, seems
overwhelming. These technologies often evolve to offer higher quality products and
services at lower prices causing a disruption in markets that is sometimes perceived as
unwelcome. These disruptive technologies are sometimes the results of innovative
business models that are also part of the evolving processes of a competitive
This is an individual research paper required from BA634 students.
As a Research Project, select one of the following research areas:
? Cloud Computing (Intranet, Extranet, and Internet)
? Machine Learning
? Artificial Intelligence
? Internet of Things (IoT)
? Robotics
? Medical Technology
1) Your research paper needs to be between 12-15 pages.
2) It needs be submitted as a WORD document.
3) The research paper must only include materials from peer reviewed
journals and peer reviewed conference proceedings. APA formatted
citations are therefore required for the final submission. Newspapers,
websites (URLs), magazines, technical journals, hearsay, personal
opinions, and white papers are NOT acceptable citations.
4) Each submission will be checked for plagiarism. All plagiarized
documents will results in a grade of zero for the exercise.
5) If there is extensive synonym use or not understandable, long
sentences, the document will results in a grade of zero for the
6) The final research paper must include your through analysis and synthesis
of the peer reviewed literature used in your research paper.
7) There will be a limit of 3 images, tables, figures are to be included in the
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appendices and DO NOT count for page limit requirements.
8) Long quotations (i.e. paragraphs) are NOT permitted. Only one quoted
sentence is permitted per page.
9) Footnotes are NOT permitted.
Document Details
Chapter 1 Introduction
In this section, present enough information about the proposed work such that the reader
understands the general context or setting. It is also helpful to include a summary of how the rest
of this document is organized.
Problem Statement
In this section, present a concise statement of a research-worthy problem addressed (i.e., why the
work should be undertaken – don’t say required for the class). Follow the statement of the
problem with a well-supported discussion of its scope and nature. The discussion of the problem
should include: what the problem is, why it is a problem, how the problem evolved or developed,
and the issues and events leading to the problem.
Next, include a concise definition of the goal of the work (i.e., what the work will accomplish).
Aim to define a goal that is measurable.
Research Questions
Research questions are developed to help guide the authors through the literature for a given
problem area. What were the open-ended questions asked and why did you find (or not find) them
Relevance and Significance
Consider the following questions as you read through the article and state how the author(s)
supported, or left unsupported the relevance and significance of their research literature:
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• Why is there a problem? What groups or individuals are affected?
• How far-ranging is the problem and how great is its impact? What’s the benefit of
solving the problem?
• What has been tried without success to correct the situation? Why weren’t those attempts
successful? What are the consequences of not solving the problem?
• How does the goal of your study address the research problem and how will your
proposed study offer promise as a resolution to the problem?
• How will your research add to the knowledge base?
• What is the potential for generalization of your results?
• What is the potential for original work?
Barriers and Issues
In these paragraphs, identify how the problem is inherently difficult to solve. How did the solution
the author(s) propose address the difficulties?
Chapter 2 Literature Review
In this section, it is important to clearly identify the major areas on which you will need to focus
your research in order to build a solid foundation for your study in the existing body of
knowledge. The literature review is the presentation of quality literature in a particular field that
serves as the foundation and justification for the research problem, research questions or
hypothesis, and methodology. You will develop a more comprehensive review of the literature
as part of your research.
Chapter 3 Approach/Methodology
List the major steps taken to accomplish the goal of your study. Include a preliminary discussion
of the methodology and specific research methods you plan to implement.
Chapter 4: Findings, Analysis, and Summary of Results
Include an objective description and analysis of the findings, results or outcomes of the research.
Limit the use of charts, tables, figures to those that are needed to support the narrative. Most of
these illustrations can be included as part of the Appendix.
1. The following topics are intended to serve as a guide:
a. Data analysis
b. Findings & discussion
c. Analysis
d. Summary of results & discussion
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Chapter 5: Conclusions
? Conclusions – Clearly state the conclusions of the study based on the analysis performed and
results achieved. Indicate by the evidence or logical development the extent to which the
specified objectives have been accomplished. If the research has been guided by hypotheses,
make a statement as to whether the data supported or rejected these hypotheses. Discuss
alternative explanations for the findings, if appropriate. Delineate strengths, weaknesses, and
limitations of the study.
? Implications – Discuss the impact of the work on the field of study and its contributions to
knowledge and professional practice. Discuss implications for future research.
? Recommendations – Present recommendations for future research or for changes in research
methods or theoretical concepts. As appropriate, present recommendations for changes in
academic practice, professional practice, or organizational procedures, practices, and
Follow the most current version of APA to format your references. However, each reference
should be single-spaced with a double space in between each entry.
Formatting Details
The left-hand margin must be 1inches (4 cm.). Margins at the right, top, and bottom of the page
should be 1.0 inch. (See exception for chapter title pages below.) The Research Report text may
be left-aligned (leaving a ragged right edge) or may be both left- and right-aligned (justified).
Line Spacing
Double-spacing is required for most of the text in documents submitted during the Research
Report process.
Paragraph Spacing
The text of the document is double-spaced. There should be no extra spaces between
paragraphs in sections; however, indent the first line of each paragraphs five spaces.
Page Numbering
All pages should have page numbers in Arabic numerals in the upper right-hand corner.
Type Style
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For body text, you should use 12-point Times New Roman. Text for the cover page may be
larger but should not exceed 14-point size. Text for the chapter title text should be 14-point size.
Be consistent in your use of typefaces throughout the document. Do not use a compressed
typeface or any settings on your word processor that would decrease the spacing between letters
or words. Sans serif typefaces such as Helvetica or Arial may be used for relatively short blocks
of text such as chapter headings and captions but should be avoided in long passages of text as
they impede readability.
Title Page
Every document that is submitted must have a title page. The title page includes the exact title
of the research report, date of submission, your team name, and the name of each team member.
Chapter Title Heading, Subheadings, and Sub-Subheadings
It is required that submitted Research Report use no more than three levels of headings in the
body text. All headings should have only the first letter of each word capitalized except that
non-major words shorter than four letters have no capital letters.
Instructions for heading levels follow:
Level 1: Chapter Title Heading
This heading starts two inches from the top of the page, is centered on the page, and is set in
14point type. The first line contains the chapter number (e.g., Chapter 4). The second line is blank.
The third line displays the chapter title, is centered on the page, and is set in 14-point type.
Level 2: Subheading
Start the subheading at the left margin of the page, four spaces (i.e., two returns when your
document is set for double-spacing) down from the title, set in bold 12-point type. Double-space
(one return) to the subheading body text. Indent the first line of the body text five spaces.
Level 3: Sub-Subheading
Start the sub–subheading at the left margin of the page, double-spaced (i.e., one return when your
document is set up for double-spacing) from the subheading, set in 12-point italics. Double-space
(one return) to the sub-subheading body text. Indent the first line of the body text five spaces.