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“Space transition theory is the most effective and useful theory for explaining cybercrime.” Critically discuss this statement, taking into consideration the strengths and weaknesses of this theory, as well as other theories

Assignment Brief

As part of the formal assessment for the programme you are required to submit a Cyber crime assignment. Please refer to your Student Handbook for full details of the programme assessment scheme and general information on preparing and submitting assignments.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing the module, you should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an informed, and in-depth critical understanding of the main developments in the contemporary field of Criminology and the ‘new’ cyber and Information technologies.

2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the diversity of competing theoretical paradigms in criminology in relation to the area of study, and of the different epistemological and ontological assumptions about knowledge that underpin criminological theory and research in the area of study.

3. Demonstrate a reflective and critical understanding of the main developments in the contemporary field of computing that are relevant to issues of cybercrime
.

4. Demonstrate effective communication skills in relation to the analysis of current cybercrime issues and useful lines of future
research on cybercrime.

5. Confidently use written and audio-visual presentations to summarise, explain and discuss technical and specialist materials
for an audience of non-specialists.

All learning outcomes must be met to pass the module.
Guidance

Your assignment should include: a title page containing your student number, the module name, the submission deadline and the exact word count of your submitted document; the appendices if relevant; and a reference list in AU Harvard system. You should address all the elements of the assignment task listed below. Please note that tutors will use the assessment criteria set out below in assessing your work.

You must not include your name in your submission because Arden University operates anonymous marking, which means that markers should not be aware of the identity of the student. However, please do not forget to include your STU number.

Maximum word count: 3000 words

Please refer to the full word count policy which can be found in the Student Policies section here: Arden University | Regulatory Framework

Please note the following:

Students are required to indicate the exact word count on the title page of the assessment.

The word count includes everything in the main body of the assessment (including in text citations and references). The word count excludes numerical data in tables, figures, diagrams, footnotes, reference list and appendices. ALL other printed words ARE included in the word count.

Please note that exceeding the word count by over 10% will result in a 10-percentage point deduction.

Assignment Task

Essay

“Space transition theory is the most effective and useful theory for explaining cybercrime.”

Critically discuss this statement, taking into consideration the strengths and weaknesses of this theory, as well as other theories that explain cybercrime. The essay should make specific reference to different types of cybercrime when discussing the effectiveness of theory in explaining cybercrime.

(3000 words)
(100 marks)
(LOs: 1 – 5)

End of questions

You have the opportunity to submit a plan to receive formative feedback.

The feedback is designed to help you develop areas of your work and it helps you develop your skills as an independent learner. 

If you are a distance learning student, you should submit your work via Turnitin. Please check your iLearn module pages/forum for the formative feedback deadline and submission link.
If you are a blended learning student, your tutor will give you a deadline for formative feedback and further details.  If you have a confirmed extension to your summative (final submission) deadline, please contact your lecturer for information on extensions to the formative feedback deadline.
Formative feedback will not be given to work submitted after the published date or the date specified by your tutor (if a blended learning student). 

Referencing Guidance

You MUST underpin your analysis and evaluation of the key issues with appropriate and wide ranging academic research and ensure this is referenced using the AU Harvard system(s).

Follow this link to find the referencing guides for your subject: Arden Library Submission Guidance

Assignments submitted late will not be accepted and will be marked as a 0% fail.

Your assessment can be submitted as a single Word (MS Word) or PDF file, or, as multiple files.

If you chose to submit multiple files, you must name each document as the question/part you are answering along with your student number ie Q1 Section A STUXXXX. If you wish to overwrite your submission or one of your submissions, you must ensure that your new submission is named exactly the same as the previous in order for the system to overwrite it.

You must ensure that the submitted assignment is all your own work and that all sources used are correctly attributed. Penalties apply to assignments which show evidence of academic unfair practice. (See the Student Handbook which is available on the A-Z key information on iLearn.)

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