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HI5019 T1 2021 SIS Group Assignment

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HI5019 Strategic information system T1 2021 Group Assignment

ASSESSMENT DETAILS AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
TrimesterT1 2021
Unit CodeHI5019
Unit TitleStrategic Information Systems for Business and Enterprise
Assessment TypeAssessment 2: Group Assignment
Assessment TitleSystem Analysis and Selection
Purpose of the assessment (with ULO Mapping)Students are required to: Critically    evaluate     the    purpose     and    role              of              accounting information systems in today’s business environment (ULO 1),Evaluate systems development methodologies and the role of accountants in system development projects (ULO 3), andAppraise the risks inherent in computer-based systems/ERP, including the role of ethics and the various internal control processes that need to be in place (ULO 4).
Weight30% of the total assessments.
Total Marks30 Marks.
Word limitUp to 2,500 words.
Due DateGroup Formation: Please form the group by self-enrolling in Blackboard. There should be maximum of 4 members in a group. Email BBHelpdesk@holmes.edu.au for any issues with self-enrolling into groups.   The written report is due in Week 11 on Friday dated 4th June 2021 at 11:59 PM.   Late submission incurs penalties of five (5) % of the assessment per calendar day unless an extension and/or special consideration has been granted by Student Services prior to the assessment deadline.
Submission GuidelinesAll work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed Assignment Cover Page.The students are required to work in a group of 1-4 students. However, there is no minimum limit for a group. In certain circumstances, a student can work in a Solo Group.The assignment must be in MS Word format, double spacing, 12-pt Arial font and 2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings and page numbers.Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list using Adapted Harvard Referencing style. Please see the section Assignment Design – Adapted Harvard Referencing Section below.Include a minimum of thirteen (13) references, at least five (7) from peer-reviewed journal relevant to the unit.

Assignment Details Hi5019

Part A. Literature review.                                                [Up to 500 words]

Select the topic of your interest from the Accounting Information System (attend drop-in session to get guidelines on the selecting the topic and conducting the literature review). Do the literature review and select five articles from your selected topic.

Required: Synthesize these articles to identify the literature gap.

Part B. System Analysis and Selection Report.[Up to 2000 words] Background

You are running an accounting/management consultancy firm. One of your clients is currently evaluating its information systems, and the Managing Director of your client thinks that they needed to invest in an Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) system to support the growth of the business. During your first meeting, the managing director of your client requested you to evaluate their business and recommend ERP software.

Client/Company Selection

You are required to select a listed company of your choice (your firm’s client). The selected company should be a manufacturing firm listed on either The Australian Stock Exchange or the Stock Exchange of your home country. The chosen company is your firm’s client.

Framework of Analysis

The report should include the following components:

1.    Background of the Selected Business

  1. Evaluate the business process of your client to identify potential weak internal controls and the risk associated with these potential weak controls. And recommend the

control techniques that will reduce or eliminate the potential risks. [Hint: your response should be based on our discussion in Interactive Tutorial 4 to 6.]

2.    Systems Requirements

  • Briefly discuss the software features and functionalities that your client should consider supporting its business activities. [Hint: your response should be based on Section

1.1 above.]

3.    Software Selection

  • ERP functionality falls into two general groups of applications, including core applications and business analytical applications. We will discuss these general groups of applications in Week 10 Interactive Tutorial (Chapter 11: Enterprise Resource Planning System). Based on our tutorial discussion, summarise these two general groups of applications.
    • Compare and contrast the features and functionalities of three ERP software packages offered by the ERP vendors. Hint. Try to apply the general functionalities and key elements of ERP systems we discussed in Week 10 Interactive Tutorial.
    • In the end, identify the most suitable vendor and ERP software package for your client and explain why it is the best option.

Assignment Structure

The report should include the following components.

Holmes Institute Assignment Cover Sheet

The Holmes Institute Assignment Cover Sheet is available at the end of menu item Assessments on the Blackboard.

Part A. Literature Review.

Synthesize your selected articles in 500 words to identify the literature gap.

Part B. System Analysis and Selection Report.

  1. Executive Summary

The Executive summary should be concise and not involve too much detail. It should make commentary on the main points only and follow the sequence of the report. Write the Executive Summary after the report is completed, and once you have an overview of the whole text.

2.   Contents Page

This needs to show a logical listing of all the sub-headings of the report’s contents. Note this is excluded from the total word count.

3.   Introduction

Typically, the introduction is a short paragraph which includes background, scope and the main points raised in the order of importance. There should be a brief conclusion statement at the end of the introduction.

4.   Main Body Paragraphs with Numbered Sub-headings

This section contains the detailed information which elaborates on the main points raised in the introduction. Each paragraph should begin with an exact topic sentence, then supporting sentences with facts and evidence obtained from research and finish with a concluding sentence at the end.

5.   Conclusion

This section contains a logical and coherent evaluation based on a thorough and objective assessment of the research performed.

6.   Appendices

This section includes any additional explanatory information which is supplementary and/or graphical to help communicate the main ideas made in the report. Refer to the appendices in the main body paragraphs, as and where appropriate. (Note this is excluded from the total word count.)

Note: The report should be grounded on relevant literature, and all references must be cited appropriately and included in the reference list.

Assessment Design – Adapted Harvard Referencing

Holmes will be implementing as a pilot program a revised Harvard approach to referencing. The following guidelines apply:

  1. Reference sources in assignments are limited to sources which provide full text

access to the source’s content for lecturers and markers.

  • The Reference list should be located on a separate page at the end of the essay and titled: References.
    • It should include the details of all the in-text citations, arranged alphabetically A-Z by author surname. In addition, it MUST include a hyperlink to the full text of the cited reference source.

For example;

P Hawking, B McCarthy, A Stein (2004), Second Wave ERP Education, Journal of Information Systems Education, Fall, http://jise.org/Volume15/n3/JISEv15n3p327.pdf

  • All assignments will require additional in-text reference details which will consist of the surname of the author/authors or name of the authoring body, year of publication, page number of content, paragraph where the content can be found.   For example;

“The company decided to implement a enterprise wide data warehouse business intelligence strategies (Hawking et al, 2004, p3(4)).”

Non-Adherence to Referencing Guidelines

Where students do not follow the above guidelines:

  1. Students who submit assignments which do not comply with the guidelines will be asked to resubmit their assignments.
  2. Late penalties will apply, as per the Student Handbook each day, after the student/s have been notified of the resubmission requirements.
  3. Students who comply with guidelines and the citations are “fake” will be reported

for academic misconduct.

Marking criteria 
Marking criteriaWeighting in Total Grades
Synthesize your selected articles to identify the literature gap.8%
Evaluate business processes of your client [according to section 1.1].3%
Outline the software features and functionalities that your client should consider supporting its business activities.  3%
Discuss two general groups of applications.4%
Compare and contrast the features/functionalities of three ERP software packages offered by the ERP vendors.  4%
Identify the most suitable vendor and ERP software package for your client and explain why it is the best option.  4%
Presentation2%
Research Quality2%
TOTAL Weight30%
Marking Rubric
 ExcellentVery GoodGoodSatisfactoryUnsatisfactory
 (80-100%)(70-79%)(60-69%)(50-59%)(0-49%)
Discussion on yourAn excellentA very goodA good discussion onAn adequateInappropriate
selected articles todiscussion on yourdiscussion on youryour selected articlesdiscussion on yourdiscussion on your
identify theselected articles toselected articles toto identify theselected articles toselected articles to
literature gap. (8 Marks)identify the literature gap.identify the literature gap.literature gap.identify the literature gap.identify the literature gap.
Evaluate businessDemonstrate anDemonstrate a veryDemonstrate a goodDemonstrate anUnable to present a
processes of yourexcellentgood understanding ofunderstanding of keyadequateproper discussion of
client [according tounderstanding of keykey business processesbusiness processes forunderstanding of keykey business processes
section 1.1]. (3 Marks)business processes for your client in thefor your client in the discussion.your client in the discussion.business processes for your client in thefor your client.
 discussion.  discussion. 
Outline the softwarePresent an excellentPresent a very goodPresent a goodPresent a discussionUnable to present a
features anddiscussion on thediscussion on thediscussion on featureson features andproper discussion on
functionalities thatfeatures andfeatures andand functionalities offunctionalities offeatures and
your client shouldfunctionalities offunctionalities ofaccounting softwareaccounting softwarefunctionalities of
consider supporting itsaccounting softwareaccounting softwarethat your client shouldthat your client shouldaccounting software
business activities. (3that your client shouldthat your client shouldconsider with minorconsider with errorsthat your client should
Marks)consider.consider.errors and/orand/or omissions.consider
   omissions.  
Discuss two generalPresent an excellentPresent a very goodPresent a goodPresent two generalUnable to present an
groups of applications.description of twodescription of twodescription of twogroups of applicationsaccurate description of
(4 Marks)general groups ofgeneral groups ofgeneral groups ofwith errors and/ortwo general groups of
 applications.applications.applications withomissions.applications.
   minor errors and/or  
   omissions.  
Compare and contrast the features/functionalities of three ERP software packages offered by the ERP vendors. (4 Marks)Present an excellent comparison of features and functionalities of three ERP software packages.Present a very good comparison of features and functionalities of three ERP software packages.Present a good comparison of features and functionalities of three ERP software packages with minor errors and/or omissions.Present a reasonable comparison of features and functionalities of three ERP software packages with errors and omissions.Unable to present a proper comparison of features and functionalities of three ERP software packages.
Identify the most suitable vendor and ERP software package for your client and explain why it is the best option. (4 Marks)Propose a choice of ERP software package based on very strong arguments.Propose a choice of ERP software package based on strong arguments.Propose a choice of ERP software package based on reasonable arguments.Propose a choice of ERP software package based on weak or inadequate arguments.Unable to propose a proper choice of ERP software package or back the proposed choice with a valid argument.
Presentation. (2 Marks)The report included all elements and is very well presented. The writing flowed clearly, and sections are linked very effectively. Referencing is exemplary. English is used very effectively and is error- free.The report included all elements and is well presented. The writing flowed clearly, and sections are linked effectively. Referencing is of a high standard. English is used effectively with very few errors present.The report included all elements and is generally presented appropriately. The writing flowed well in most of the cases, and sections are linked. Referencing is in accordance with guidelines. English is used effectively with few errors present.The report included most elements and is adequately presented. Writing sometimes does not flow clearly, leaving the paper to seem disjointed in areas. Referencing is somewhat in accordance with guidelines. Basic English is used with some errors present.The report lacked some elements and is poorly presented. Writing often does not flow clearly, leaving the paper to seem somewhat disjointed. Referencing is not entirely in accordance with relevant guidelines. Basic English is used with errors present.
Research Quality. (2 Marks)An extensive amount of high-quality evidence from peer- reviewed journal articles and other sources is included and used effectively to support discussion.A broad range of quality peer-reviewed journal references and other sources is included and used effectively to support discussion.An adequate range of peer-reviewed journal references is included and used to support discussion.An adequate range of peer-reviewed journal references is included and used to a basic extent to support discussion.Little or no peer- reviewed journal references are included, and these are rarely used to support discussion effectively.

Academic Integrity

Holmes Institute is committed to ensuring and upholding Academic Integrity, as Academic Integrity is integral to maintaining academic quality and the reputation of Holmes’ graduates. Accordingly, all assessment tasks need to comply with academic integrity guidelines. Table 1 identifies the six categories of Academic Integrity breaches. If you have any questions about Academic Integrity issues related to your assessment tasks, please consult your lecturer or tutor for relevant referencing guidelines and support resources. Many of these resources can also be found through the Study Sills link on Blackboard.

Academic Integrity breaches are a serious offence punishable by penalties that may range from deduction of marks, failure of the assessment task or unit involved, suspension of course enrolment, or cancellation of course enrolment.

Table 1: Six categories of Academic Integrity breaches

PlagiarismReproducing the work of someone else without attribution. When a student submits their own work on multiple occasions this is known as self-plagiarism.
CollusionWorking with one or more other individuals to complete an assignment, in a way that is not authorised.
CopyingReproducing and submitting the work of another student, with or without their knowledge. If a student fails to take reasonable precautions to prevent their own original work from being copied, this may also be considered an offence.
ImpersonationFalsely presenting oneself, or engaging someone else to present as oneself, in an in-person examination.
Contract cheatingContracting a third party to complete an assessment task, generally in exchange for money or other manner of payment.
Data fabrication and falsificationManipulating or inventing data with the intent of supporting false conclusions, including manipulating images.

Source: INQAAHE, 2020

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