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Determine the subject area for your research. You are able to choose from a wide variety of different types of technology.  Once you decide, you must present your recommendation to the instructor for approval.  You should consider an area of technology that can be compared and contrasted.

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First, do some broad research on the subject. Explain what it is (definition) and its’ benefits or advantages over another type of technology.  Or, list how within its particular class it has strengths and weaknesses over another product or service.


Second, develop a list of factors that you will use to evaluate the technology. These factors should be technical and non-technical.

Cite sources – URLs are sufficient




First , based on the criteria or rating factors you used in Phase 1 of your Research Project, decide what weight or importance each criterion should have, given your particular needs and purposes. Enter the criteria and their weights into an  Excel workbook . The only requirement is that all the criteria weights must add up to 100%, and the weights should reflect the importance or ranking criteria you are assigning to each specific criterion.


Report Produced by: put your name here  
Criteria Weight
Criteria 1  
Criteria 2  
Criteria 3  
Criteria 4  
Criteria 5  
Criteria 6  
Criteria 7  
Criteria 8  
Overall Ratings 100%




First , using the criteria or rating factors you used in Phases 1 and 2 of your Research Project, collect specific information on related technologies.  Visit several different web sites where you can gather specific information about each of your choices.


For example, if you were researching digital cameras, and deciding on the criteria listed in column 1 then your data might resemble –

Criteria Weight   Canon EOS Rebel T3i   Canon EOS 5D Mark iii   Nikon D3S  
Sensor 15%   18.0mp CMOS   22.3 megapizel CMOS   12.1mp FX-format CMOS  
Cost 10%   $599.00    $  3,399.00    $  6,499.99  
LCD Monitor 9%   3.2 inch   3.0 inch   3.0 inch  
Pixel 15%   18 megapixels 22.3 megapixels 12.1 megapixels
User Interface 11%   User friendly   Slightly difficult   User friendly  
ISO Range 15%   100- 6400   200-12800   100-25600  
Weight 10%   1.1 pounds 1.9 pounds   2.7 pounds  
Video Capability 15%   25 fps   30 fps   24 fps  
Total 100%              


Cite sources – URLs are sufficient


In an Excel Worksheet, evaluate the technologies based upon the specifications used in the criteria.  You will create a weighted total matrix.  A sample is provided here if you were researching digital cameras:


      Canon EOS Rebel T3i   Canon EOS 5D Mark iii   Nikon D3S
Criteria Weight   Rate Weighed total     Rate Weighed total     Rate Weighed total
Sensor 15%   8 1.2     10 1.5     7 1.05
Cost 10%   9 0.9     7 0.7     3 0.3
LCD Monitor 9%   10 0.9     6 0.54     6 0.54
Pixel 15%   8 1.2     10 1.5     6 0.9
User Interface 11%   5 0.55     9 0.99     5 0.55
ISO Range 15%   7 1.05     8 1.2     10 1.5
Weight 10%   8 0.8     6 0.6     3 0.3
Video Capability 15%   7 1.05     10 1.5     6 0.9
Total 100%     7.65       8.53       6.04



In a Word document (minimum 1500 words), present detailed explanations for technology(ies) you chose to research and a detailed evaluation of which product/service was best and why. The ratings you assigned each technology should reflect your final decision. For example, I would not expect you to choose the technology with the lowest rating!  In the “Final Phase” you should discuss the choice you selected, the rating criteria selected and the rational for the ranking of the selected technology. Much of the material should already be in your document. You are presenting your final decision here and explaining all of the background for arriving at that decision. At the end of your project, include a Bibliography.

Phase 4 requires to submit a Word Document with Bibliography and an Excel Worksheet

 Cite sources


Grading Rubric: – You only have to submit phase IV.


– Paper (phase 4) – 70%

APA format – 10%

Content – 60%

– Excel Matrix – 20%

– Presentation – 10%


Ideas for Research Paper:

       Comparison of state of the art processors

       Comparison of cloud computing technologies

       Comparison on content management systems

       Comparison on learning management systems

       Comparison of operating systems

       Comparison of network operating systems

       Comparison of virtual machines

       Comparison of open source to commercial software

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