Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines
Trimester T2 2021
Unit Code HS3021
Unit Title Strategic Information Systems Management
Assessment Type Individual Assignment
Assessment Title Hands-On Tasks
Purpose of the assessment (with ULO Mapping) The purpose of this assignment is to discover opportunities to use information systems and to participate in the design and implementation of solutions to business problems employing information systems.
Students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the models and techniques to analyze the strategic contribution of Information Systems to an organization,
2. Understand the different methodologies, tools and frameworks to evaluate business strategy.
3. Develop the knowledge and skills to understand the business value of Information Systems and formulate strategies and plans to meet business requirements,
4. An understanding of the strategies, methods and approaches used by organizations to develop innovative solutions to support IT enabled business transformation,
6. Understand the ICT profession and the expectations of ICT professionals in strategic development and implementation roles.
Weight 15% of the total assessments
Total Marks 15
Word limit 1000 - 1500 words
Due Date End of Week 05
Submission Guidelines • All work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed Assignment Cover Page.
• The assignment must be in MS Word format, 1.5 spacing, 11-pt Calibri (Body) font and 2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings.
• Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list using Harvard or IEEE referencing style.
Information systems must be implemented in such a manner that they are accepted and work well within the context of an organization and support its fundamental business goals and strategies. You are required to analyse the requirements in each task and provide a good understanding, views and ideas about the suitable IS strategy.
Choose a company that interests your team and do research to document its
1. Strategic plan.
2. Include a SWOT analysis and a statement of the organization’s vision,
mission, objectives, goals, and strategies.
3. Identify and briefly describe two IS-related projects that would be consistent with this plan.
Imagine that your team is serving as a facilitator for a strategic planning session for a new, small organization that was spun off from a much larger organization just six months ago. The CEO and four senior managers involved in the session seem drained at the close of the first day of a two-day off-site meeting. As the leadership team discusses their results, your team is struck by how conservative and uninspiring their objectives and goals are.
1. Brainstorm ideas on what your team can do to help stimulate these managers to think more creatively and broadly.
Your team has been hired as consultants to work with a large city to implement a program to place hundreds of high-tech digital cameras in strategic locations to aid in reducing crime and speeding help to victims. The cameras are state-of-the-art with infrared capability for night vision, high resolution, and rapid zoom in and out capability. Your city will be the first in Australia to deploy them. The manufacturer is a relatively newcomer to the digital camera industry. The program has not yet been fully funded nor has it been announced to the residents of the city. The city management and top-level managers are fully behind the program; however, lower level managers have mixed support. Your team has been asked to
1. Perform a risk assessment for this project.
2. You are to identify various risks that could occur; assign them a high, medium, or low level of risk, and
3. Assess the potential impact (high, medium, or low) on the project if that risk should occur.
Do research on an entrepreneur that you admire.
1. Write a brief description of how the individual was able to start a business
2. What challenges had to be overcome?
3. Did the individual encounter failure before becoming a success?
Do research to learn about the use of focus groups to gain insight into:
1. How people view a new product or idea
2. With your team, design a set of focus group questions that could be used to assess a work groups feeling about a new information system to be implemented.
Create a business report with:
• Document Title
• Author(s) information
Table of contents
• You have to use Microsoft Word build-in function to create a Table of Contents.
• What this assignment is about and what you want to achieve (should be about 100 words, ES is differed to compare with Introduction).
• You are required to list the major responsibilities which you should take on to help in solving the business’ problem. What is your basic plan? Where do you start from? What do you want to achieve?
• The purpose of your work
• The structure of your report
The assignment submission should take the form of a report that thoroughly details the challenges. All information sources must be appropriately acknowledged and a full bibliography is required.
Your submission document should be a single word or pdf document containing your report.
All submissions are to be submitted through the safeAssign facility in Blackboard. Submission boxes linked to SafeAssign will be set up in the Units Blackboard Shell. Assignments not submitted through these submission links will not be considered.
Submissions must be made by the due date and time (which will be in the session detailed above) and determined by your unit coordinator. Submissions made after the due date and time will be penalized per day late (including weekend days) according to Holmes Institute policies.
The SafeAssign similarity score will be used in determining the level, if any, of plagiarism. SafeAssign will check conference web-sites, Journal articles, the Web and your own class members submissions for plagiarism. You can see your SafeAssign similarity score (or match) when you submit your assignment to the appropriate drop-box. If this is a concern you will have a chance to change your assignment and resubmit. However, resubmission is only allowed prior to the submission due date and time. After the due date and time have elapsed your assignment will be graded as late. Submitted assignments that indicate a high level of plagiarism will be penalized according to the Holmes Academic Misconduct policy, there will be no exceptions. Thus, plan early and submit early to take advantage of the resubmission feature. You can make multiple submissions, but please remember we only see the last submission, and the date and time you submitted will be taken from that submission.
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
Plagiarism Reproducing the work of someone else without attribution. When a student submits their own work on multiple occasions this is known as self-plagiarism.
Collusion Working with one or more other individuals to complete an assignment, in a way that is not authorised.
Copying Reproducing 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.
Impersonation Falsely presenting oneself, or engaging someone else to present as oneself, in an in-person examination.
Contract cheating Contracting a third party to complete an assessment task, generally in exchange for money or other manner of payment.
Data fabrication and falsification Manipulating or inventing data with the intent of supporting false conclusions, including manipulating images.
Source: INQAAHE, 2020