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Seminal Article Critique


Choose a cyber security issue from the topics covered in this unit that you would like to research in-depth during the course of

the unit. Research and find a good seminal article related to your selected cyber security issue and write a detailed, objective

critique on the article to highlight its strengths and weaknesses. References to research design, data analysis and a discussion of

the results are strongly encouraged. See unit outline for a list of questions that should be asked.

Remember, if you have questions – ask before it is too late!


Word limit is 1,000 (includes titles and references but NOT bibliography)
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Refer to unit guide for formatting guidelines (12 point font with 1.5 line spacing)
More details please see the INSTRUCTION.word

Questions To Consider For Your Seminal Article

General: • Is the purpose of the paper explained?
• Does the paper explain why the research was carried out?
• What was accomplished?
• What were the main findings?
• What is the significance of the research?
• What conclusions were reached?
The research design: • Is there a clear rationale for the chosen research approach, methods and/or instruments used?
• Is the research method appropriate for the research question?
• Was the collection of data appropriate for the research question?
• Is there enough information concerning the participants?
• What were the ethical considerations for the research and participants (if any)?
• Were the methods and/or instruments described in enough detail?
• Were any ambiguous terms used?
• Is the method deemed reliable and valid?
• Are any limitations of the study discussed?
Data analysis (aka results and findings section): • Were the steps involved in the data analysis explained and

strategies justified?
• Was the data analysis rigorous enough to substantiate the claims?
• Were all data taken into account? If not, why not?
• Are the presented results relevant to the research question?
• Do the tables and graphs (if any) make the data analysis clearer?
The discussion: • Have the results been interpreted in relation to the research question and aims?
• Have the results been discussed with reference to the research question, hypothesis (if applicable) and theoretical or

conceptual frameworks?
• Have conclusions and/or recommendations been appropriately drawn from data analysis?
• Did the researcher(s) highlight the most important results?
• Have the results been used to support or refute the results of other studies?
• How relevant and useful are the results to practice?

Last Updated on February 10, 2019

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