Formal Research Report – CS631

CS631 Formal Research Report
The Formal Research Report is due 05/01/2021. Late assignments will not be accepted. Posting
must occur in the appropriate area of Moodle. Hardcopy, email, etc. will not be accepted. A
total of 100 points will be awarded for a perfect score for this exercise.
Research Report / Individual Project (100 points)
Write a scholarly research report on a topic related to Advanced Database Systems (see
Appropriate Topics). Please see Important Notes and Document Details for detailed
Appropriate Topics:
The Research Report, select one of the following research areas:
1. A Complete Comparative between IBM DB2 and CA IDMS
2. A Complete Comparative between IBM DB2 and IBM DB2
3. A Complete Comparative between Oracle 12c and CA IDMS
4. A Complete Comparative between Oracle 12c and IBM DB2
5. A Comparative Analysis of Triggers used in Oracle 12c versus Triggers used IBM DB2
6. A Comparative Analysis of Stored Procedures used in Oracle 12c versus Stored Procedures used
in IBM DB2
7. A Comparative Analysis of Transaction Processing used in Oracle 12c versus Transaction
Processing used IBM DB2
8. A study of DB Transaction Processing / Coordination used in a Cloud environment
9. Common and dissimilar vulnerabilities found in both Oracle 12c and IDMS
10. Managing Transaction Processing using MongoDB
11. The Internet of Things (sensor & actuator data) used in a distributed DB cloud environment
Important Student Notes:
• Each student submission should be checked for plagiarism. Students should be warned
that Turnitin has a very good historical memory and is capable of accessing reports from
both internal and external resources (i.e. Universities, Governments, etc.) including those
originally written in non-English written languages. Plagiarism will result in a grade of
zero (non-negotiable) for the assignment and may results in other university actions. The
department chairperson will be notified of the violation. Additional Campbellsville
University penalties may be applicable. Please see class syllabus for additional details.
• Only one submission attempt is permitted – AS THE STUDENT TO BE SURE BEFORE
• Acceptable file formats for submissions include Microsoft Word (doc, docx) or Adobe
Acrobat (PDF). No other formats are acceptable.
• The research paper must be at least 2000-2500 words (approximately 10-12 Pages)
supported by evidence (citations from peer-reviewed sources).
• A minimum of four (4) peer-reviewed journal citations are required.
• Formatting should be double-spaced, one-inch boarders, no extra space for headings, no CS631 Formal Research Report
extra white space, no more than two levels of heading, page numbers, front and back
• Extra white space use to enhance page count will negatively affect student grade.
• Chapter 1 illustrates the document details of the research report and constitutes
Background/Introduction, Problem Statement(s), Goal(s), Research Question(s),
Relevance and Significance, Barriers and Issues related to topic chosen. Chapter 2 should
consist of student paraphrasing the cited research material (i.e. what happened in case
study x). Chapter 3 should be the reasoning for doing a basic compare/contrast or
advantages/disadvantage of what was stated in Chapter 2 (do not state because the
professor said so). Chapter 4 is a complete analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of what
was stated in chapter 2. In effect, chapter 3 is a statement of what will be done and
chapter 4 is what was done and what the findings were. Again, thus far the writing is
objective and must not contain student opinion. Chapter 5 states results, conclusion, and
future work recommendations. Here is where student opinion (or any researcher) can
state their respective opinion as the student has now “done the work” and are justified in
stating results.
• Graduate student are expected to be proficient in the use of the English language. Errors
in grammar, spelling, or syntax will affect student grade. The Professor, will not provide
remedial help for writing problems. If the student is unable to write clearly and correctly,
the student should be urged to contact the program office for sources of remedial help.
• IMPORTANT – please refer to the following url for additional help on writing skills
necessary at the graduate level (
• Final Submission – the final report is due no later than the due date assigned. A total of at
least 15 full pages is required (no extra whitespace, does not include appendices). (100
points). Only Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF submission is acceptable.
• The research paper must only include materials derived solely from peer reviewed
journals or peer reviewed conference proceedings. Newspapers, websites (URLs),
magazines, technical journals, hearsay, personal opinions, and white papers are NOT
acceptable citations. Please access the CU Library at for appropriate materials.
• APA formatted citations are required for the final submission. IMPORTANT – please
refer to the following url for help with APA:
Please reach out to our librarians for additional citation management and APA help.
• All images, tables, figures are to be included in the appendices and IS NOT included in
the 10-15 page requirement. This means appendices are not included in the 10-15 page
• Long quotations (i.e. paragraphs) are NOT permitted. Only one quoted short
sentence (less than 14 words) is permitted per page.
• Footnotes are NOT permitted.CS631 Formal Research Report
Document Details
This area provides additional details about the content of each of the needed Research
Report Chapters (5). For those instructing in Hybrid format, the instructor may want to consider
having the instantiated teams work on: 1) an outline of the final research report and 2) a
preliminary research report that includes Chapters 1 and 2. For those instructing in Online or
F2F formats the instructor may want to consider using the Hybrid format (teams) or single
student submission format. The final submission should include DETAILS of each of
1) Chapter 1 – Introduction
2) Chapter 2 – Literature Review
3) Chapter 3 – Methodology Specifics (comparative analysis)
4) Chapter 4 – Findings and Results
5) Chapter 5 – Conclusion and Future Recommendations
6) References – APA
7) Appendices
Chapter 1 Introduction
1 Background/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.
1.1 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.
1.2 Goal
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.
1.3 Research Questions CS631 Formal Research Report
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 the student find (or not
find) them adequate.
1.4 Relevance and Significance
The student should consider the following questions as they read through an article stating how
the author(s) supported, or left unsupported the evidence, relevance, and significance of their
research literature:
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
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 the study address the research problem and how will the proposed study
offer promise as a resolution to the problem?
How will the research add to the knowledge base?
What is the potential for generalization of the results?
What is the potential for original work?
1.5 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?
2 Chapter 2 Literature Review
In this section, it is important to clearly identify the major areas on which the student will need
to focus the student research in order to build a solid foundation for the 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. The student will develop a more comprehensive review of the
literature as part of the research. CS631 Formal Research Report
3 Chapter 3 Approach/Methodology
This chapter includes a summary of how the student is going to proceed with the evaluation of
the problem statement and associated research question(s). Given the short time of this course, a
compare / contrast or advantage / disadvantage analysis is recommended
4 Chapter 4: Findings, Analysis, Synthesis
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 should be included as part of the Appendix.
The following topics are intended to serve as a guide:
4.1 Data analysis
4.2 Findings & Discussion
4.3 Analysis
4.4 Synthesis
Chapter 5: Conclusions
5.1 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.
5.2 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.
5.3 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
behavior.CS631 Formal Research Report
Follow the most current version of APA to format the 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
The body text, the student 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 the use of typefaces throughout the document. Do not use a compressed
typeface or any settings on the 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 CS631 Formal Research Report
Every document that is submitted must have a title page. The title page includes the exact title
of the research report, date of submission, the 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 14-
point 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 the
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 the
document is set up for double-spacing) from the subheading, set in 12-point italics. Doublespace (one return) to the sub-subheading body text. Indent the first line of the body text five

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