CUC106 Assignment 1: Preliminary Research
– presenting research into a potential project
An “annotated bibliography” comprising 3 references and approximately 250-300 words of ‘annotation’ (summary and comment) per source
NB This is an individual assignment. The team project is presented in Assignments 2 and 3 as group assignments).
Due Date & Value
See “Assessment->Overview” in CUC 106 Learnline site.
See “Assessment->Task Details” in CUC 106 Learnline site.
Relevance to Project
The key focus of CUC106 is the completion of a team design project and this first assignment gives you a chance to do some preliminary research into a potential project that your team might pursue.
Through this research you will be enabled to contribute well informed ideas about the logistics of the various project options. This will assist you and your team to decide which project will be a viable one.
This last step, in presenting your research findings, provides you with a chance to practice essential academic skills in critical reading, summarising and writing.
To complete this assignment, you need to:
Come up with a specific, potential project idea.
2.Using the library research tools, find three, relevant, credible sources of information that tell you more about the problem, technology and the context. This should help you decide on the viability of the project.
3.You will need to summarise and comment on each of the sources of information you have chosen and present these as an annotated bibliography.
See next section for details
Present your chosen sources as a critical annotated bibliography as follows:
i. the bibliographical details of the source as a heading for each annotation
ii. A summary of the central themes and key points within the source.
iii. A comment on how the information relates to and assists your understanding of to your specific project and provide a brief explanation of why the source is credible.
NB Chapter 6.3 page 142 of the communicating text provides the steps for writing an annotated bibliography and an example. An example is also provided in your learning resources for the week.d
Document layout and format
Your assignment needs to be presented using the following format:
• Single document, MS word or PDF format, with Assessment Cover Sheet (downloadable from Learnline) at the front. Do NOT include your cover sheet as a separate file.
• Apply the following formatting to your assignment document:
Margins: Top & Bottom (3.00cm ), Left & Right ( 2.5cm)
Header and Footer – include personal details for this assignment.
Body text – set to Times New Roman, 12pt size, left alignment with 1.5 line spacing. Paragraph spacing – 0pt ‘before’ and 12pt ‘after’, with no additional spacing.
• Include your name and page number in the footer of each page of the document.
• State Annotated bibliography as the Header
• Clearly state your specific project idea at the top of your assignment.
eg. “Assignment 1: Preliminary Research”
“Project Idea: Increasing Access to Clean Drinking Water”
Preparation • Weeks 1 to 4 of the study materials
• Complete the researching workshop (in-class or online).
• Textbook references:
Chapter 1 ‘Orientation to Academic writing’
Chapter 5 ‘Referencing’
Chapter 6 ‘Annotated Bibliographies’
Submission • Submit 1 document only
See the ‘Assessments’ section of Learnline for instructions.
CUC106 Assignment 1 – Preliminary Research
Presenting research into a potential project
Improving water quality at household level through the supply of enhanced SODIS (solar water disinfection) stations.
Mani, Shibu K, Kanjur, Ranjit, Bright Singh, Isaac S & Reed, Robert H 2006, ‘Comparative effectiveness of solar disinfection using small-scale batch reactors with reflective, absorptive and transmissive rear surfaces’, Water Research, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 721-727, viewed 09 August 2011, via Science Direct.
This article is the result of an investigative study undertaken to determine the effectiveness of solar water disinfection if alternate backing surfaces are applied to standard water vessels. Both reflective (foil-backed) and absorptive (black-backed) rear surfaces were trialed, in various levels of sunlight. The study concludes that a reflective rear surface significantly enhances solar water disinfection, particularly in suboptimal levels of sunlight (e.g. monsoonal conditions), compared to absorptive-backed and non-backed vessels.
These findings are acutely relevant to my project idea, providing a clear guide to the selection of component materials. Further research of similar studies and results, should supply sufficient evidence that a reflective rear surface is the most viable option to pursue in my design.
SciVerse Science Direct is an online database of over 10 million peer-reviewed articles, which demonstrates a trusted following. This journal article in particular was co-authored by associates of two recognized tertiary institutions, and heavily referenced throughout, warranting its credibility.
Tamas, Andrea & Mosler, Hans-Joachim 2011, ‘Why do people stop treating contaminated drinking water with solar water disinfection (SODIS)?’, Health Education & Behavior, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 357-366, viewed 09 August 2011, via Sage Journals Online.
The practice of SODIS, as a preventative health behaviour, is encouraged when access to clean drinking water is unreliable. Though the process is simple, it is observed that the behaviour is discontinued over time, or as education programs cease. This article provides an overview of why this occurs, and uses cluster analysis in characterising relapse behaviour compared to continuing behaviour, during and after a SODIS promotion period. The authors attempt to determine the variants between those who stop (relapsers), and those who continue (continuers) the behaviour in terms of psychological factors. Significant findings from the data indicate that problem awareness, beliefs and social influences are distinct to each category, however, it can be concluded that the prevailing factor in characterisation, is the inability to form a behavioural habit.
A relevant concept derived from the article, is the appreciation that simply providing a personal water purification station will not guarantee its use. Successful integration into the community will require an education program to be introduced simultaneously.
This paper refers regularly to other texts, an indication that the content is reliable and thoroughly researched. Furthermore, Sage Journals Online is a well-known database and leading independent publisher of academic and professional articles.
Trevett, Andrew F & Carter, Richard C 2008, ‘Targeting appropriate interventions to minimize deterioration of drinking-water quality in developing countries’, Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, vol. 26, no. 2, pp 125-138, viewed 10 August 2011, via PubMed Central (PMC).
Recontamination of clean drinking water is an ongoing issue in developing countries, particularly at the collection and storage stages. By devising a disease risk index (DRI), this paper provides a tool with which highly vulnerable households and/or communities can be identified. The acknowledgement of key factors, that determine the level of contamination, is central to the development of the DRI – as illustrated in Figure 1. Consequently, these factors became the basis of a score-sheet style assessment of household water quality. The article also considers guidelines to minimise water recontamination, and recommends implementing an intervention strategy using the DRI findings as framework.
Of most relevance to my project idea is one major finding of the article – that the water storage vessel should also be used as the disinfection vessel. Therefore, eliminating the need for transfer, and risk of recontamination.
The inclusion of World Health Organisation (WHO) standards contribute much credibility to the article, and once again it is well referenced throughout. Sourced from a database directly associated with the National Institutes of Health/US National Library of Medicine reiterates this credibility
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