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ASSESSMENT BRIEF
Subject Code and Title MGT609 Managing Information Systems
Assessment Assessment 3 Part A: Policy Pitch
Individual/Group Individual
Length Part A: 10 minutes
Learning Outcomes a) Evaluate the role and evolving nature of information systems in a variety of dynamic business environments.
d) Develop information systems policy and procedures aligned to an organisation’s business objectives, professional ethical standards, and legal requirements.
Submission Part A: Due by 11:55pm AEST/AEDT Friday of Module 5.2 (Week 10)
Weighting Part A: 40%
Total Marks 40 marks
Task Summary
Assessment 3 consists of two Parts. Part A requires student to develop and video record an information system policy pitch for 10 minutes. The pitched policy must be pertaining to an aspect of managing information systems.
Please refer to the Task Instructions for details on how to complete this task.
Context
This individual assignment is designed to develop student’s capability to manage the various aspect of information systems through information systems policies. Information system policy and procedures are developed, implemented and administered to help organisations to streamline the processes in the acquisition, development, implementation and operation of information systems adopted in the organisations and mitigate potential risks pertaining to the usage of information systems. Students are expected to consider the legal, ethical and social issues in the development of information system policies. Through this assignment, students will demonstrate not only their critical analysis skills but also the ability to formulate policy and pitch the same to the client through video presentation and a short policy write-up.
Instructions:
Background
ABC University (ABCU) has developed a sophisticated information system that exhaustively garners information about students and uses that information to identify students at risk. Information it gathers includes
• Students’ entire previous academic history;
• Students’ learning management system activity logs (for example, how often students visit Blackboard and how long they stay on the site);
• Students’ academic misconduct record;
• Students’ attendance for each class;
• Students’ marks for each assessment;
• Students’ campus activity logs (how often they visit campus and how long they stay on campus);
• Students’ English level;
All the information is funnelled through a sophisticated intelligent algorithm that associates each student with a risk level and categorise all students into three classes: low-risk, medium-risk and highrisk. The collation of information pertaining to students’ all sorts of academic activities provides much greater insights of each student’s risk level which would otherwise not be possible with isolated information. Lecturers and other staff in academic management have access to each student’s label. ABCU claims that such an information system helps lecturers and academic management to better target students that are in need.
However, some students ABCU expressed concerns about this system, which has caused some discomfort among students. They feel that they are being subject to surveillance by the university and the university knows too much about them.
Are you concerned about the usage of such an information system at ABCU? Are there any ethical, legal and social concerns over the usage of such an information system? Would you introduce an information system policy to prevent the development and implementation of such information systems altogether?
Assessment Task
Part A requires you to pitch a policy that resolves a controversial issue. You may or may not use the fictitious scenario given in the background about ABCU. You have complete discretion to choose any areas of policy subject to two conditions:
(1) The policy must be pertaining to an aspect of information systems. For example, it can be related to information system security, general operations of information system, or even the vendor selection for the development of an information system.
(2) It must be somewhat controversial, that is, the policy can be argued either way and can be viewed as a debate point. For example, you should not pitch a policy for not hacking others’ password without any authorisation.
You should note that you are required to pitch a policy, not a procedure, that is, you need to pitch a principle rather than the implementation of that principle.
You are required to deliver and video record an oral short pre-prepared speech to pitch a policy. The purpose of both forms of policy pitch is to inform, persuade and ask the decision maker to buy in your proposal, therefore the language used (both oral and written) must be persuasive and analytical.
You pitch would follow the following recommended structure:
1. What is the issue, what is the need? i.e. what issue your policy is seeking to resolve.
2. Why is it important? What is the goal? What is the value or benefit of your policy?
3. Carry out a PEST analysis for the policy, that is, consider relevant political factors, economic factors, sociocultural factors and technological factors that support your policy.
4. Who benefits from your policy idea?
5. What are the major barriers to carrying out your policy ideas? How will you overcome them? General Assessment Requirement:
• Incomprehensible submissions. Assessments provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to achieve the required standard. To do this, assessment responses need to be both clear and easy to understand. If not, the University cannot determine that students have demonstrated their knowledge and skills. Assessments will, therefore, be marked accordingly including the potential for 0 (zero) marks where relevant.
• Track changes. If you use Track Changes when writing your assessment, you must ensure that the submitted document is the final and correct version of the document. That is, if your submitted report contains Track Changes or Comments or any other editing marks it may be awarded 0 (zero) marks. It is your responsibility to submit the final and correct version of your report.
• Check with marking criteria. Before submitting your assessment, you should check it against the assessment criteria and the marking rubric included in this specification to ensure that you have satisfactorily addressed all the criteria that will be used to mark your submission.
• Academic language. All submissions should be thoroughly proof-read for spelling, typographical or grammatical errors before being submitted. Do not reply on the ‘spell-check’ function in your word processing program. If, for example, ‘affect’ is substituted for ‘effect’, your program may not detect the error.
• Quality of recording. The recording of your policy pitch needs to be of professional quality with respect to sound clarity and video resolution. Tips of filming a video presentation can be found under the Assessment link in the main navigation menu in MGT609: Managing Information Systems.
• Referencing. It is essential that you use appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research. Please see more information on referencing here http://library.laureate.net.au/research_skills/referencing
Submission Instructions
• Means of submission for Part A. Submit ONE video file (.mp4) via the Assessment link in the main navigation menu in MGT609: Managing Information Systems.
• No Zipped files. Students must NOT zip the MS Word document and the video file or submit it as one single zip/compressed file.
• Complete and correct submission. Assessment, once submitted, are FINAL and therefore cannot be modified. You bear all the onus to ensure that your submissions are final, correct (correct files in correct format) and complete before submitting to Blackboard.
The Learning Facilitator will provide feedback via the Grade Centre in the LMS portal. Feedback can be viewed in My Grades.
Learning Rubric: Assessment 3A Policy Pitch
Assessment Attributes Fail (Unacceptable) 0-49% Pass
(Functional) 50-64% Credit
(Proficient)
65-74% Distinction
(Advanced)
75 -84% High Distinction
(Exceptional) 85-100%
Structure
25% Presentation is unclear or not organised in a logical way.
Pacing may be inappropriate; materials and/or visual aids are ineffective or inappropriate for audience and/or communication mode. Ideas on the topic lack adequate organisation and clarity in parts.
Pacing adequate, though may be over-or under length; some materials and/or visual aids used are appropriate for audience and communication mode. Ideas on the topic are presented in an organised way, though lack clarity in parts.
Adequately paced and materials and/or visual aids used were appropriate for audience. Ideas on the topic are presented effectively and expressed in an organised way.
Appropriately paced; materials and/or visual aids used are appropriate for audience and communication mode.
Good variety of materials
and visuals used to allow engagement and interaction throughout the presentation. Ideas on the topic are clearly and professionally articulated, presented effectively in an organised way, and are appropriately paced;
Materials and visual aids used are appropriate for audience and communication mode.
Excellent variety of materials and/or visual aids used.
Persuasive Pitch
35% Little to no interactive pitch.
Little to no information
provided to support the recommended information system policy. Pitch was somewhat engaging.
Information somewhat provided to support the recommended information system policy. Pitch was engaging and somewhat persuasive.
Good level of information provided supporting the recommended information system policy. Pitch was engaging and persuasive.
Very good level of information provided supporting the
recommended information system policy Pitch was engaging, persuasive and professionally delivered.
Outstanding level of information provided supporting the recommended information system policy.
Content Content fairly presented including Very good content presented including Very good content presented including
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40% Inadequate content presented. Issues are not clearly identified.
Little or no justification for the pitch policy provided. •



• The issues the pitched policy is seeking to resolve;
The importance of the
pitched policy;
PEST analysis;
The beneficiaries of the pitched policy; Challenges in the implementation of the pitched policy; •



• The issues the pitched policy is seeking to resolve;
The importance of the
pitched policy;
PEST analysis;
The beneficiaries of the pitched policy; Challenges in the implementation of the pitched policy; •



• The issues the pitched policy is seeking to resolve;
The importance of the
pitched policy;
PEST analysis;
The beneficiaries of the pitched policy; Challenges in the implementation of the pitched policy; Outstanding quality of content presented including
• The issues the pitched
policy is seeking to resolve;
• The importance of the
pitched policy;
• PEST analysis;
• The beneficiaries of the pitched policy;
• Challenges in the implementation of the pitched policy;

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