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Capstone Project: Literature Review Assignment Instructions


Title – Ultihub a new design of a hybrid Cloud architecture using key cloud technologies and Shared Security Responsibility Model, DevOps, and Zero Trust Architecture Using AI Based Techniques

The objective of the final capstone thesis project is to evaluate you on your ability to apply the program learning outcomes to a final, all-encompassing information systems (IS) or information technology (IT) thesis project. Successful capstones will follow an objective research methodology to collect or generate data that informs the analysis and design of a new computing system related to the primary domains identified by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): cloud architecture and/or computing, cybersecurity systems, databases and/or data analytics systems, enterprise architecture, information systems, integrated systems, internet of things systems, networks, platform systems, software development, user interfaces, virtual systems, and/or web and mobile applications.

You will have 3 separate Thesis Capstone projects to complete but for now just complete Phase 1

Subject Title for Capstone is Ultihub – a new design of a hybrid Cloud Architecture

Phase 1 – Capstone Project: Literature Review Assignment

Phase 2 – Capstone Project: Methods Assignment

Phase 3 – Capstone Project: Final Results Assignment

NOTE: Phase 2 and Phase 3 will be on my next assignment


Phase I of the project consists of the following main headings at the minimum: 

Introduction,  375 words & 5 ref  Combined with Conclusions

Problem Statement,  250 words & 5 ref  Combined with Research questions

Research Question(s), with  

Literature Review, 1500 words 7 ref …….

Literature Review Findings and Gaps 400 words 2 ref


References and appendixes are also necessary. 

2500 words total & 20 ref total 

A primary goal is to develop new knowledge and contribute this knowledge to the computing field. A subsequent goal is to work toward a Master’s thesis that could one day be published in a respectable industry or academic publication to share this new knowledge with others.

The capstone project will be based upon a feasible gap and problem in scholarly literature that can be addressed in the timeframe of the capstone course. You must be familiar enough with the problem that you are able to perform a comprehensive research design and novel prototype design to solve the problem. Thus, it should be a specific computing domain where you consider yourself to have the most expertise. You must also have access to the applications, servers, systems, networks, and/or data necessary for data collection, programming, design prototyping, and/or configuration.

The outcome of the research should contribute to a new artifact and/or statistical result. It should not be based upon and/or replicate in any form an existing contribution in industry or literature. It also should not repeat well known solutions. For example, designing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) module for finance is not an acceptable project given thousands of these ERP modules already exist. Examples of new contributions in the final rubric accepted include either new code as an artifact and testing this in some form or a statistical analysis:

· New code/script/or configuration

o New application and/or software and testing its performance, security, etc

o Development of a new algorithm, database, protocol, etc and testing its efficiency, memory usage, security, etc

o Programming a new network, security, storage, and/or system script that solves an original problem and testing its level of automation, performance, etc

· Statistical analysis

o Note, please assure you understand Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements if performing this type of capstone

o Statistical analysis using descriptive, correlational, quasi-experimental and/or experimental designs

o Big data analytics and/or predictive analytics using clustering, classification, and/or regression trees

How do you know your thesis problem is novel and original? By performing a comprehensive literature review and investigating what exists in related industry! 

Within the capstone, a comprehensive literature review of related and relevant concepts, theories, and research results should exist.  This involves study of relevant articles pertaining to the research question within top ranked peer reviewed information systems and/or IT journals. Thorough review and comprehension of this research will lead to the identification of gaps in the literature that exist and/or future recommendations, which require further research efforts and contributions to advance the topical area of study. The research question(s) is supported by the associated gaps found in literature, indicating a solution is needed to a problem that does not yet have a solution.

A research question that is too wide in scope will overwhelm your efforts. Yet, a research question that is too narrow will not meet the minimum requirements and quality expected of a Master’s capstone project. The research question is your anchor and guide. It provides a clear objective of what your Master’s thesis project will accomplish. 

Refer to the grading rubric in order to ensure successful completion of the capstone. The minimum proposal in Phase I will include:

I. Cover Page, Table of Contents, References, and Appendixes

a. Cover page includes your title/position and “in partial completion of an MSIS”

b. Appendixes will include screenshots of all diagrams and benchmark data

II. Research from optimal and relevant journal articles

a. Each section of the capstone must be well supported with scholarly peer reviewed journal articles

b. Although they do not count toward the minimum journal articles, industry whitepapers are also often relevant to elements like the prototype design as they provide best practices for the new software or system

c. Top ranked journals can be searched through the university library by going to electronic databases.

d. Not all journals are equal or relevant to the capstone. Journal articles that identify well-supported gaps in research are often performing new research. These articles will include testing new theory, hypotheses, and/or frameworks with a parallel research design that collects data for the test. Because they are generating new information, they are great sources to find areas where new research is needed. Journal articles that perform Meta studies or large literature reviews can also be helpful in identifying where new research is necessary.

e. Whereas scholarly journal articles often focus on theory that is not yet implemented in industry, industry whitepapers will assist with elements like standards and frameworks helpful in guiding the design of new systems. Both have their place in the capstone as a result but for different reasons.

III. Introduction & Conclusion

a. An introduction and conclusion of the primary objectives and outcomes of the master’s thesis project is necessary.

b. The introduction provides the roadmap for the capstone.

c. The conclusion is the last section of the project and provides a comprehensive overview of how the study was preformed and the primary outcomes of the results.

i. This also involves synthesizing and analyzing existing results in the domain of knowledge that the project has contributed.

IV. Statement of the Problem

a. Must be in one of the ACM domains identified for software or a system

b. What is an information systems or IT problem that needs resolution?

i. An unmet IT problem is succinctly and accurately defined.

ii. It is supported by a gap in scholarly literature not previously addressed.

c. The problem can feasibly be addressed in the timeframe of this course.

d. Sufficient data can be collected or generated to address the problem.

V. Research Questions (RQs)

a. Between 1–2 research questions must be given that detail what your thesis will achieve.

b. The research question(s) must:

i. Address all capstone objectives.

ii. Test new programming code/scripting/system configurations and/or perform some type of statistical analysis through data generation or collection.

iii. Solve a problem without an existing solution per a gap in literature.

iv. Include a minimum of one measure.

v. Include a population/sample.

vi. Include the ability to address reliability and validity of the results.

vii. Have accessible data or metrics to test the RQ measure such as a log file with comparable metrics (e.g. memory usage) or a public data set.

c. RQ Example

i. Is there a difference in the CPU performance (measurement) between an ICT-based KMS feature programmed using the XYZ framework (prototype or new artifact you create/code) and an ICT-based KMS feature programmed using the ABC framework in a Southeastern U.S. College (sample).

ii. New code will be developed for an ICT-based KMS feature that has not already been programmed (new prototype or artifact).

iii. The new software can then be benchmarked against framework ABC and XYZ (hypothetical frameworks).

iv. A measure exists with data that can be collected, CPU performance from a monitoring tool that is monitoring both applications in use (e.g. automated simulations of the software instead of actual users is acceptable for testing). The CPU measure can determine which framework results in a faster system. 

v. Reliability and validity is possible. The test can be run on the exact same system, in the same environment, with the same benchmarks.

vi. A sample exists, a Southeastern U.S. College, where the CPU performance data will be collected during the automated simulations on the new code created by the student.

VI. Literature Review

a. Review of related literature in one of the ACM domains defined.

b. What literature attempts to resolve your problem and research question(s)?

c. Within relevant literature, how does it address the following:

i. What has literature not resolved in regards to your defined problem?

ii. What are the primary research problems, questions, and hypotheses in these relevant articles?

iii. How does this relate to other relevant articles and your research problem?

iv. What was the population and sample? 

v. What research methods were used?

vi. What were the results of the research?

vii. What were the limitations? 

viii. What were the recommendations for future research?

d. Peer reviewed research must lead to an appropriate IT solution that has not yet been solved.

e. This should be exhaustive in the specific domain you are studying. 

i. If it is going to be too lengthy, it is likely that your defined problem and/or research question(s) are not sufficiently narrow. 

ii. If there are not sufficient articles to review in the specific domain you are studying it is very likely that your problem statement and/or research question(s) are not feasible. 

iii. If either is the case, you need to revise your problem statement and research question(s).

VII. Literature review findings and gaps

a. What were the primary findings from the literature review?

b. What gaps existed in the literatures that have not been solved by prior research?

c. How will the author address these gaps in the literature?

i. Performing a sufficient review of literature on your specific master’s project topic should identify where gaps in literature exist which need resolution, the literature must justify a feasible problem statement and the development of an appropriate research question(s).

ii. The master’s thesis project should solve an IT problem that does not already have a solution in industry or existing research.

iii. The exhaustiveness of the literature review is therefore critical and will determine whether an appropriate and feasible problem exists to solve.

The assignment submission must have over 4,000 original and unique words of original student authorship that directly relate to a feasible IT problem and research question and balanced properly between the required sections that show excellent mastery and knowledge of the content and be written in compliance with the current APA format. The student must utilize the support from over 20 unique scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles from well-respected and top ranked IT journals that directly relate to a feasible IT problem and research question with at least 5 being published in the last 3 years.

Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via Turnitin plagiarism tool.

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