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ITECH1101 IT Problem Solving Video presentation

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ITECH1101 Video Presentation Assignment

Overview

For this assignment, you will apply the skills and knowledge covered in the first four weeks of the course to develop a plan for solving a problem.  You will document your plan and create a video presentation in which you will discuss the process you have used to formulate your plan and the outcomes of each step of this process.  You do not actually need to implement a solution to the given problem.  This is an individual assignment.

Timelines and Expectations

Percentage Value of Task: 10%

Due:  Wednesday 8th April, 2021, 4:00 pm.  This has been EXTENDED from the course description to avoid the Easter public holidays.

Minimum time expectation: 10 hours

Learning Outcomes Assessed

The following course learning outcomes are assessed by completing this assessment:

  • K1. Explain fundamental strategies for problem solving
  • K3. Compare and contrast commonly used problem solving strategies
  • K4. Describe tools and techniques that can be used to model and describe problems
  • S1. Decompose a problem and create goals and plans to solve that problem
  • S2. Devise and implement problem solving strategies which can be applied to a range of IT problems
  • A1. Apply problem solving strategies, tools and techniques to solve problems in a variety of domains

Assessment Details

This assessment requires you to evaluate the assignment scenario and apply The Global Development Research Centre’s Problem Solving Process Steps 1-5 to 1) define the problem, 2) analyse the problem, 3) generate possible solutions, 4) analyse possible solutions and 5) select the most appropriate option(s), to meet the scenario criteria and constraints thereof.  You are not required to implement the selected solution, nor are you required to plan for its implementation.

Note: The Global Development Research Centre’s Problem Solving Process is available as a separate document in the Assessment section in Moodle for your ease of reference, and the relevant steps of this process are discussed in further detail later in this specification.  The available assignment scenarios are included as an appendix.

You must document your work as you progress through each stage of this process, ensuring that this documentation clearly shows the output of each stage, any tools you have used as part of the process and the thinking processes you used to obtain this output. 

Once you have completed your documentation, you are required to create a video recording of no more than 5 minutes duration in which you personally present an overview of your work.  This overview should provide the user with a description of how you have worked through this assignment, the work you did at each stage including any tools you may have used and how these assisted you, and the output of each step.  This overview will commence with your work in the initial step of the Problem Solving Process and continue through each step to ultimately select your optimal solution.  You will then provide a short reflection on the process, covering both using the Problem Solving Process and your experiences completing this assignment.

You will not be assessed on the quality of the recording of your presentation – it is the quality of the information you are presenting and your understanding of the concepts that is important.  Using a mobile phone or similar quality camera is perfectly acceptable and will help keep the size of the presentation file small.

Important: You must be actively presenting throughout the video, with your face clearly visible and identifiable for the duration of the presentation.  It is acceptable to briefly move away from your face to show a more clear representation of supporting materials from your documentation, but you must otherwise ensure that you are visible and presenting throughout the video.

Submission

Your completed video must be uploaded to YouTube as an unlisted file so that it is only accessible to anyone who is given a link to the file.  This link must be included in the document you have created for the assignment.  This is so your video is accessible to the marker; if the video is not accessible, then it will not be marked.

Your assignment documentation (Design Thinking Session worksheet and Problem Solving Process documentation), which includes the unlisted YouTube link, must be submitted to Moodle in the submission point provided by the due date and time.

Please be aware that uploading videos to YouTube may take longer than you expect, and it is your responsibility to allow enough time for the video presentation to upload, for the link to the unlisted presentation to be included within your documentation, and for you to then upload the documentation to Moodle by the deadline.  Make sure you allow yourself sufficient time for this to occur.

Please do NOT upload your videos directly to Moodle.  Any videos provided directly in Moodle will not be marked.

Marking Criteria

Note:

  1. Any video that is not submitted to YouTube as an unlisted file will not be marked.
  2. Videos will be awarded zero marks if the student is not visible, identifiable and actively presenting throughout.  Brief absences are acceptable for display of supporting materials.
  3. Any video that exceeds 5 minutes duration will be marked based on the first 5 minutes only. 
CriteriaAvailable MarksMarks Awarded
Design Thinking Session workbook The worksheets from design thinking session completed and submitted5 
Problem Solving Process documentation Documentation showing working through problem using Problem Solving Process completed and submitted.  Link to the video presentation is included.5 
VIDEO PRESENTATION Step 1: Problem Definition                                                                          The problem is clearly and concisely identified.  A person unfamiliar with the scenario would be able to determine what the student is attempting to achieve (3 marks).  Any constraints / restrictions that impact the potential solutions are noted (2 marks).5 
VIDEO PRESENTATION Step 2: Problem Analysis The current situation has been researched and analysed to provide a solid grounding for the new development Benefits of proceeding with the selected scenario are identified (2 marks)Features of competing (or closest to competing) products are analysed and contrasted to the plan for the selected scenario (3 marks)Criteria are established by which the potential solutions may be evaluated for suitability (5 marks)10 
VIDEO PRESENTATION Step 3: Generating Possible Solutions (collaboration recommended) Student has participated in a brainwriting and / or brainstorming session to generate a large quantity (quality not relevant) of potential solutions / ideas for their chosen scenario.  It is evident that the problem has been considered from a variety of perspectives (4 marks).  Collaboration properly acknowledged (1 mark).5 
VIDEO PRESENTATION Step 4: Analyzing the Solutions Potential solutions from Step 3 have been organized using a suitable tool (2 marks)Advantages and disadvantages of each solution have been identified (3 marks)5 
VIDEO PRESENTATION Step 5: Selecting the Best Solution Solutions are reviewed for suitability based on the criteria established in Step 2 and the analysis conducted in Step 4 (5 marks)A solution (which may be a combination of smaller solutions) has been identified (2 marks) and its selection justified (3 marks)10 
VIDEO PRESENTATION Reflection An insightful reflection is included that considers the challenges and advantages of using The Problem Solving Process (3 marks) and the student’s personal experiences in working through this assessment (2 marks)5 
Total50 

Feedback

Marks will be uploaded in fdlMarks and a completed marking feedback sheet uploaded in Moodle within 2 weeks of the assessment due date.

Plagiarism:

Plagiarism is the presentation of the expressed thought or work of another person as though it is one’s own without properly acknowledging that person. You must not allow other students to copy your work and must take care to safeguard against this happening. More information about the plagiarism policy and procedure for the university can be found at http://federation.edu.au/students/learning-and-study/online-help-with/plagiarism.

Appendix:

Assignment Scenario

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, public transport networks have experienced a significant decline in patronage.  This is expected to continue for an extended period into the future.  This article by The Age: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/back-to-cars-public-transport-expected-to-take-post-pandemic-beating-20200828-p55q6q.html provides an overview of the issue.

Your task is to reimagine public transport in your state to increase patronage.  This reimagining should consider not only the impact on public transport due to concerns about infectious disease control, but also a wider world view encompassing climate change / environmental concerns, availability of transport across sectors of the population, cost, reliability and so on.

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