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The Maldives National University

MNU Business School

Group Assignment

Subject: ICT for Development (ICTD)

CPT 129

Semester 2 - 2016
Faculty of Science

1. Introduction

The purpose of this module (CPT 129: ICT for Development (ICTD)) is to introduce
the student to basic concepts of ICT and their role in the knowledge society.
Students will get a better understanding of how ICTs can be applied to achieve
social and economic development in different development sectors, and provide
case studies of success and failures.

The global community is being affected by the changes that are taking place in the
rapid development of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs).
These changes have to be understood, harnessed and related to the changes that
are taking place in the local environment so that we would be able to overcome
the hurdles and obstacles to find appropriate solutions to our developmental

2. Expected Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the unit, students will

• Be equipped with the basic awareness and knowledge of the potential of

ICT for promoting socio-economic development, and be able to leverage
this potential in whichever field they decide to work in.
• Understand the process of socio-economic development, and the role of
information and ICTs in the development process.
• Get new knowledge and skills to help the effective planning, development,
implementation and management of ICTD initiatives.

3. Content

Assignment 2: Report (group work) (Maximum 3 students and the length of the report
is about 3000 words)
Students are advised to form groups of 3. A name is be group to the group. The
group name and name of students in the group should be given to the lecturer by
28th August 2016.

Describe the process of developing the content of a website. The content should
relate to one of the sectors given below.
a. Agriculture.
b. Education
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c. Fisheries
d. Gender Equality and Empowerment Women.
e. Health

Furthermore critically describe the level of ICT used in development in your

chosen sector. You should describe how much of ICT is in use in that sector and
how it could be enhanced to address developmental needs.

The report should reflect upon the areas studied in the subject. Specifically;

• Description of the content relating to the chosen sector,

• The choice of ICT and the reasons for the choice,
• The analysis and level of detail on the usage of the ICT,
• The issues and problems associated with ICT and its applicability to the
• Any solutions and recommendations for the problems and issues
• Conclusion.

Assignment 2: Presentation: (group) each group has to present their findings. All
the members in the group must participate in the presentation. Each group is
allocated ten minutes for the presentation.

4. Assessment

• The written assignment will be evaluated on multiple factors, including

a) clear and direct response to the questions provided;

b) critical evaluation and effective insights into the case situation;

c) demonstrated ability to apply the course concepts and frameworks in

your analysis;

d) logical conclusions and effective recommendations as required; and

e) Effective communication.

5. Marking guide

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The assignment will be marked out of a 100.

6. Policy on Late Assignments

Assignments are due at 2.00 pm on 3rd October 2016. It must be professionally

presented (i.e., word processed, stapled, spell-checked, etc) and submitted in soft
and hard-copy form. A soft copy may be emailed to the lecturer. The presentation
slides in soft copy format must be submitted at the same time. The presentation
will start on Oct 9th 2016.

Except where an extension has been granted on medical or compassionate

grounds, deadlines for all material submitted for assessment must be adhered to
strictly. The penalty for late submission of items for assessments is 5% of the
maximum mark for each day late.

If for any valid reason a student will not be able to turn assignments in on time
s/he has to make special arrangements with the lecturer. In such cases the lecturer
should be notified of any requests for extensions before and NOT after the due
date. No consideration will be given to requests that come after the due date.

7. Plagiarism

Plagiarism and cheating are serious offences and will be severely dealt with.
Plagiarism involves using the work of another person and presenting it as one’s
own. Encouraging or assisting another person to commit plagiarism is a form of
improper collusion and is also unacceptable.

Any of the following acts constitutes plagiarism unless the source of each
quotation or piece of borrowed material is clearly acknowledged:
1. Copying out part(s) of any document or audio-visual material (including
computer – based materials);
2. Using or extracting another person’s concepts, experimental results, or
3. Summarizing another person’s work;
4. In an assignment where there was collaborative preparatory work,
submitting substantially the same final version as another student whether
in whole or in part.

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