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This assessment is for these students only: Gold Coast; Melbourne – Hotel School; Online; SCU Melbourne; SCU Perth; SCU Sydney; Sydney – Hotel School.


Assessment Group / Individual Learning Outcomes Grading Indicator Min Score Weight Length/duration Due Professional Accreditation Research Proposal Individual 1, 2, 4, 5

Graded N / A35%-Assignment 2
Due: 21 January 2020
Length: 3,500 words
Weighting: 35%


Assignment Topic


The purpose of this assignment is to evaluate your ability to develop a comprehensive implementation proposal for an information system that uses a systems approach. The proposal should be targeted at a potential ‘sponsor’ organization that will need to be convinced of the appropriateness and effectiveness of the proposed new system.
Choose an information system (e.g., ERP systems, CRM systems, SCM Systems, Management Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, Executive Information Systems, Enterprise Portals, Data Warehouse & Data Mining Applications, Enterprise Collaboration Systems, Knowledge Management Systems), and so on, that you have studied in this unit. Alternatively, you may wish to combine features of several systems. Please note for the purpose of this assignment, mobile apps or other e-business and digital enterprise applications should not be used as the chosen information system.


Your assignment should describe the steps of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) discussed in Topic 4 of the subject. The proposed system must address an identifiable problem/opportunity that exists in the sponsor organization and relate to particular aspects of the organizations overall strategic directions. It is important that you select the features of your system carefully and justify your selection. Do not just use (be critical of the use of) the standard features of a commercially available software package. For the purposes of this assignment, try to keep the system that you are proposing to a manageable size.


Your proposed system could help the ‘sponsor’ by:
improving an existing manual information system introducing a new information system creating a new business opportunity improving organizational productivity.The sponsor could be:
top management of your company an investors financial institution which will lend you moneya client who has engaged you as a consultant.But a sponsor is not the same as the financial sponsor.Format for Assignment 2
The format of the formal assignment will be:
Covering letter to sponsor Title page Table of contents Executive summary (1 page)Introduction Body of your assignment with suitable headings and subheadings Conclusions Reference list (Harvard referencing style is required)Appendices (including a background of the organization for your unit assessor!). References: Harvard Referencing Style is required in this subject. Please visit SCU Library website for information (URL: http://www.scu.edu.au/library/finding_info/citing_info.html). You can also contact SCU librarians for assistance.

Marking criteria for Assignment 2
Category Specific criteria
Maximum marks


MC 1: Content – clear understanding of issues(30 Marks)
Description of organizational context (good brief description of the chosen organization (e.g., industry, visions, missions, business processes))


Discussion of its internal and external operating environments


Clearly identify the problem/opportunity for IS/IT


MC 2: Clearly justify your choice of the proposed system (including cost/benefit analysis plus at least one other feasibility studies); Clearly explain how the information system that you are proposing will support the strategic goals of the organization

Present system analysis and system design for the intended system (a managerial viewpoint is sufficient)

Explain how the system will be developed, tested and implemented

Discuss post-implementation activities

Discuss project management, risk management and change management associated with the implementation


MC 3: Use of multiple sources of information and Referencing(3 Marks)
Good research effort evidenced by using references from a variety of sources; Good integration of references into your discussion; Proper practice of in-text citation and provision of all the cited references in the reference list via applying Harvard Referencing Style


MC 4: Communication and Presentation (2 Marks)
Use of study materials; Use of proper terminology; Good structure of the report; Professionally formatted and presented; Being able to clearly express ideas; Clarity of communication with good flow, reasoning and argument; Concise but not over simplifying; Spelling and grammar (use of spell-Checker!)

Total marks

35