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CIS5100 Professional skills for information system

Case Study Report and Presentation
Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date
ASSIGNMENT 2 100.00 35.00 29 January 2020
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Academic Integrity

  • must be all your own work. It is acceptable to discuss course content with others to improve your understanding and clarify requirements, but solutions to assignment questions must be done on your own.
  • from anyone, including tutors and fellow students, nor allow others to copy your work.
  • Academic Integrity Policy 
  • Academic Integrity Procedure
CIS5100 Professional skills for information system
CIS5100 Professional skills for information system

Course Expectations

  • Online Help, the Beskeen et al text, the Practical Skills sections at the end of each Module in the Study Materials, the SAM online tutorial activities, the course discussion forums, appendices and practical related videos, as well as exploring and experimenting on your own.
  • backups of all assignments you create. This is especially true if you store documents on a flash (thumb) drive. Flash drives can become corrupted or lost very easily. There are many options available (Dropbox, or Google Drive) and USQ students already have access to Google Drive via uConnect – UDrive. Another good idea is to Email your assignment file to yourself every-time you finish working on it, that way you have multiple copies of your progress in case you need to revert to a previous stage or are looking for a piece of information you have mistakenly deleted.
  • Lost or corrupted assignment files is not grounds for an extension.
    It is your responsibility to ensure you have backup copies of your files.

Late submission policy CIS5100 Professional skills for information system

  • Assessment – Assignment (Late Submission) Procedure
    • Assessment of Compassionate and Compelling Circumstances Procedures
  • reduction by five percent (5%) of the maximum mark applicable for the assignment, for each University Business Day or part Business Day that the assignment is late. An assignment submitted more than ten (10) University Business Days after the due date will have a mark of zero recorded for that Assignment.

Referencing requirements

  • Harvard AGPS standard of referencing must be used, including in-text referencing. Ensure that your Report and Presentation are fully referenced, including any references to the textbook. Your Report should include a List of References using the Harvard AGPS standards. A useful link on referencing is from USQ’s Library site: <http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing>

Do not repeat verbatim large portions of information from other sources such as the text or video – you must put the ideas/information in your own words. Only use small direct quotes where possible.

Team Work

  • teams to complete this assignment as teamwork is an important skill required by industry. BUT you may choose to work alone.
ASSIGNMENT 2 REQUIREMENTS CIS5100 Professional skills for information system

Learning Objectives

Applicable course objective:

Applicable graduate qualities and skills gained from this assessment instrument:

Preamble

Dr John Smith (The Doctor to his friends) was extremely impressed with our computing firm’s – Clara Osbourne Technologies – development of Whovian Pandorica’s Database Management System (DBMS) utilising Microsoft Access and Decision Support System (DSS) utilising Microsoft Excel (Assignment 1).

CIS5100 Professional skills for information system
CIS5100 Professional skills for information system

The Doctor realises that the business has a lot to learn and that the business will need to invest considerable money to bring the business into the modern online business world, from their current single computer mail order set-up. The Doctor has contracted our firm to advise the business on how they can grow their mail order business into a cutting-edge online presence. The business has asked us to develop a report to provide them with information about the following topics that they see as key to their business growth:

  1. What type of hardware and software, including networking infrastructure and/or a combination of cloud services, should the business acquire and/or procure to expand their capabilities to meet their new e-business initiative?

(Use Baltzan et al Chapter 5 – Technical Fundamentals to assist you in answering this topic)

  • What would be the benefits to the business of a solid enterprise architecture?

(Use Baltzan et al Chapter 7 Section 1 – Enterprise Architecture to assist you in answering this topic)

  • What would be the benefits to the business of implementing a collaboration system?

(Use Baltzan et al Chapter 10 Section 2 –Enterprise Information Systems: Collaboration Systems to assist you in answering this topic)

  • What privacy issues should the business be aware of when embarking on an online presence?

(Use Baltzan et al Chapter 11 Section 1 – Ethics & Privacy to assist you in answering this topic)

  • You are expected to have access to the Baltzan et al 3rd Edition textbook as your starting point to answering all the above questions – use of Google search in place of the textbook may result in lower or failing marks.

Dr Tara Dis, your manager, has set up the following tasks for you to complete this project:

  • Task 1: Personal Research Journal
  • Task 2: Case Study Report
  • Task 3: PowerPoint Presentation to Client

Refer to the marking criteria for details of mark allocations.

All phases in this project must be developed with professionalism and user-friendliness in mind.

Task 1: Personal Research Journal (250 to 500 words)                                             10%

Prepare a journal that records your activities and progress related to completing this assignment. In date order, clearly list the following:

  • Date of research activity / discussion
  • Full description of research activity / discussion (at least 25 words)
  • List of all appropriate web sites visited to collect information; other references accessed (using Harvard AGPS Referencing style – submitted separate to the List of References in Task 2).
  • Time duration of the activity
  • If you are working in a team, clearly state the activities of each team member.
  • Submit this journal as an Appendix to Task 2 (after the List of References and include in the Table of Contents).
Date of research activity / discussion Description of research activity Student(s) Involved Resources Used
27 April 2019 Investigation into the Information Technology Strategies should the Business consider to obtain / retain competitive advantage in their marketspace. John Smith Baltzan et al 2013, Business Driven Information Systems, McGraw-Hill.Canon, M 2016, The Importance of IT Strategic Planning and How to Approach It, viewed 27th Sept 2017, <http://documentmedia.com/article-2401-The-Importance-of-IT-Strategic-Planning-and-How-to-Approach-It.html>.
29 April 2019 How the business should be considering using Social Media as an avenue for communicating with their customers and promoting their brand.                John Smith / Fred Nerks Baltzan et al 2013, Business Driven Information Systems, McGraw-Hill.Entrepreneur 2011, 10 Laws of Social Media Marketing, viewed 29th Sept 2017, <https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/299334>.

Example of a Personal Research Journal    

Task 2: Case Study Report (5,000 to 7,500 words)                                                       80%

  • Note: The word count does not include letter of transmittal, executive summary, references or appendices.

Report Structure and Presentation                                                                               5%

Your report should include a professional title page, computer generated Table of Contents (including List of Tables and List of Figures) and Appendices.

  • Note: The Title Page, Table of Contents (including List of Tables and List of Figures, and Appendices must conform to the guidelines outlined in the Smith and Summers, Communications Skills Handbook 4th Edition, Chapter 3 – link provided on the StudyDesk, in Assignment 2 Extra Resources: Assignment 2 Report Writing Resources.
  • Make sure to state the names of all students involved in the report on the title page.

Report Letter of Transmittal, Executive Summary and Introduction                        5%

Your report should include a letter of transmittal, executive summary, and introduction to the report.

  • Note: The Letter of Transmittal, Executive Summary and Introduction must conform to the guidelines outlined in the Smith and Summers, Communications Skills Handbook 4th Edition, Chapter 3 – link provided on the StudyDesk, in Assignment 2 Extra Resources: Assignment 2 Report Writing Resources.

Report Section 1 – Hardware, Software and Networking Infrastructure
/ Cloud Services                                                                                                                10%

What type of hardware and software, including networking infrastructure and/or a combination of cloud services, should the business acquire and/or procure to expand their capabilities to meet their new e-business initiative?

  • Develop a computer hardware proposal (including printer(s)) to allow the business to provide up to seventy-five (75) staff with computer access, including current Australian prices for the equipment. If you decide on a cloud-based infrastructure solution, develop the proposal to enable cloud services for infrastructure for server and data storage requirements. Justify why your proposal is necessary for the business.
  • Develop a computer software proposal, including both system and application software, to support the proposed computer hardware proposal, including current Australian prices for the software. If you decide on a cloud-based software solution, develop the proposal to enable cloud services for software for e-commerce solutions. Justify why your proposal is necessary for the business.
  • Develop a networking and communications proposal, including a suggested network architecture, topology and communication medium to support the proposed computer hardware and software proposal, including current Australian prices. If you decide on a cloud-based network solution, develop the proposal to enable cloud services for platform for networking and network security requirements. Justify why your proposal is recommended for the business.
  • Include a diagram of the proposed hardware, software and network infrastructure; or the proposed cloud solution architecture; to help The Doctor visualise what you are recommending.

 (Use Baltzan Chapter 5 – Technical Fundamentals to assist you in answering this topic)

  • You are expected to have access to the Baltzan et al 3rd Edition textbook as your starting point to answering all the above questions – use of Google search in place of the textbook may result in lower or failing marks.

Report Section 2 – Enterprise Architecture                                                               10%

What are the benefits to the business of a solid enterprise architecture?

  • How should the business maintain and secure its information architecture to support its business operations? Propose the steps that the business should follow.
  • Before The Doctor’s business acquires the hardware, software and networking infrastructure proposed in your Report Section 1, outline the seven (7) primary characteristics of a solid infrastructure architecture they should be aware of and the impact they may have on the business.
  • Cloud computing offers an alternative to some of the infrastructure architecture proposed in your Report Section 1:

    1) How could cloud computing be utilised to reduce the acquisition costs for the hardware, software and networking infrastructure to the business?

    2) What would be the benefits and challenges of these emerging cloud services to the The Doctor’s business?

(Use Baltzan et al Chapter 7 Section 1 – Enterprise Architecture to assist you in answering this topic)

  • You are expected to have access to the Baltzan et al 3rd Edition textbook as your starting point to answering all the above questions – use of Google search in place of the textbook may result in lower or failing marks.

Report Section 3 – Collaboration Systems                                                                  10%

What would be the benefits to the business of implementing a collaboration system?

  • How could the business benefit from using a collaboration system with its external partners? Outline how the business could implement such a collaborative system from both a structured and unstructured collaboration category. Justify your answer.
  • How could the business benefit from using a knowledge management system? What are the types of explicit knowledge assets that could be easily managed with such a system? Why?
  • How could the business benefit from the use of a content management system? What type of content management system would be of most value to the business? Why?

(Use Baltzan et al Chapter 10 Section 2 –Enterprise Information Systems: Collaboration Systems to assist you in answering this topic)

  • You are expected to have access to the Baltzan et al 3rd Edition textbook as your starting point to answering all the above questions – use of Google search in place of the textbook may result in lower or failing marks.

Report Section 4 – Privacy                                                                                              10%

What privacy issues should the business be aware of when embarking on an online presence?

  • What Australian laws should The Doctor be aware of regarding privacy? How do these laws affect how the business collects and uses information collected from its customers?
  • How should the business communicate its commitment to the privacy of customers? Provide two (2) examples of how similar businesses achieve this communication of commitment of customer privacy.
  • As the business’s potential client base is international, what other global information privacy issues should The Doctor be aware of? 

(Use Baltzan et al Chapter 11 Section 1 – Ethics & Privacy to assist you in answering this topic)

  • You are expected to have access to the Baltzan et al 3rd Edition textbook as your starting point to answering all the above questions – use of Google search in place of the textbook may result in lower or failing marks.

Report: Conclusions and Recommendations to the Business                                    10%

Your report should include separate conclusions and recommendations sections.

  • Conclusions provide a summary of your key findings from the body of the report.
  • Recommendations provide a summary of the recommendations to the business based on the research conducted in the report.
  • Note: The Conclusions and Recommendations must conform to the guidelines outlined in the Smith and Summers, Communications Skills Handbook 4th Edition, Chapter 3 – link provided on the StudyDesk, in Assignment 2 Extra Resources: Assignment 2 Report Writing Resources.

Report: Referencing and Appropriateness of Sources                                             20%

References are required and the Harvard AGPS standard of referencing must be used, including in-text referencing.

  • Ensure that your Report is fully referenced, including any references to the textbook.
  • Your Report must include a List of References using the Harvard AGPS standards. A useful link on referencing is from USQ’s Library site: <http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing>
  • You must use at least ten (10) academically sound sources other than the textbook in completing this report.
  • Any direct and paraphrased quotes must be referenced using Harvard AGPS style and listed in the List of References.

Do not repeat verbatim large portions of information from other sources such as the text or video – you must put the ideas/information in your own words. Only use small direct quotes where possible.

Task 3: PowerPoint Presentation to Client (20 to 35 slides)                                      10%

Dr Tara Dis has asked you to provide a professionally developed business presentation to the client, The Doctor, outlining the project scope, key findings and key recommendations from the Case Study Report. Create a Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (using PowerPoint 2007 to current) and name it [1st student lastname] / [initial] _

_ & _ [2nd student lastname] / [initial] _

_ assign2.pptx (eg. genrichr_0050051005_cis1000_assign2.pptx).

Make sure that your professional developed business presentation is prepared so that it conforms to the course StudyDesk presentation resources. These resources include, but are not limited to the Practical Appendixes found on the Study Schedule and Module Materials and various videos.

  • Note: It is expected that you will use the Baltzan et al and Beskeen et al textbooks to answer the topics Dr Tara Dis has given you for the presentation, as well as reputable online sources of information.

The professional business presentations set of slides should be structured as follows:

  • Title – outlining the full Business Name, Project Description, Student Name and Student ID.
    • List of Topics 
    • Presentation Content – the following are the topics the presentation must answer:

      1) Outline the Scope of the Report

      2) List and discuss the Key Findings from the Report

      3) List and discuss the Recommendations from the Report
    • Summary of Presentation
    • Bibliography – you need to include a brief Bibliography formatted using the Harvard AGPS style on a separate page (see the following USQ website for referencing help: http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing/harvard-agps-referencing-guide.
  • Each slide must include detailed speaker notes provided in the notes section of the slide – the detailed speaker notes must provide a full answer to each of the following questions and it should be written so that another person could present this presentation on your behalf to the client. You must include in text referencing in the note section for any direct and paraphrased quotes.
  • DO NOT PROVIDE THIS AS AN AUDIO RECORDING

Submission Guidelines

Attach the Microsoft Word files (using any version from Word 2007 to current) and Microsoft PowerPoint files (using any version from PowerPoint 2007 to current) using the naming convention below, to your online assignment submission in the Assignment 2 area on the CIS5100 StudyDesk before midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on the day the assignment is due.

  1. [1st student lastname] / [initial] _ [student number] _ & _ [2nd student lastname] / [initial] _ [student number] _ [course code] _ assign2.docx
    (eg. GenrichR_0050051005_&_ShresthaA_0050051555_cis5100_assign2.docx).
  2. [1st student lastname] / [initial] _ [student number] _ & _ [2nd student lastname] / [initial] _ [course code] _ assign2.pptx
    (eg. GenrichR_0050051005_&_ShresthaA_0050051555_cis5100_ assign2.pptx).
  • Note: Simply changing the file extension to .docx on a Word 2003 file will not result in a suitable submission. If the assignment files cannot be opened by the marker, it may be treated as late until a suitable replacement is received.
  • If you have difficulties submitting through the StudyDesk Assignments submission tool, please review the Student Instructions document listed also on the CIS5100 StudyDesk.  As a last resort only, email the course leader for instructions on an alternative course of action.

Turnitin Process

Your Group or Individual assignment will automatically be sent to Turnitin for checking once you upload the file. You must accept the Turnitin user agreement (you only need to do this once).

Allow up to 24 hours for a Turnitin report to be generated (however, it is unlikely you will need to wait this long). Your Turnitin originality report will be displayed under your “file submission”. If you edit your assignment and resubmit, please allow another 24 hours for the Turnitin originality report to be regenerated.

  • Note: The following links have been provided to assist you in understanding the Turnitin Similarity Report Information.
  • Read the Assignment Submissions using TurnItIn Information:
    USQAssist Assignment Submission Page
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    USQAssist Assignment Submission Video
  • Read the Reviewing the TurnItIn Similarity Report Information:
    USQAssist Checking your Assignment using Turnitin-within StudyDesk Handout
  • Watch the Reviewing the TurnItIn Similarity Report Videos:
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  • If you are working in a team for this Assignment, you must not change teams without notifying the Course Leader, otherwise you may receive ZERO.
  • You must click on the Submit button to submit the final Assignment for marking, if you do not click on the Submit button, your assignment will not be marked (or may be treated as late).
  • Upon completion of the submission process, check your uConnect email account for an automatically generated confirmation email (if you do not have an email account, print out the Submission Complete screen before exiting the Submission System).  You must check that the file name and file size are listed correctly – if there is a problem with either, please email the course leader immediately. 

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