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Case Study Report and Presentation
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ASSIGNMENT 2
100.00
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27 May 2020
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Academic Integrity
This assignment must be all your own work. It is acceptable to discuss course content with others to improve your understanding and clarify requirements, but solutions to assignment questions must be done on your own.
You must not copy from anyone, including tutors and fellow students, nor allow others to copy your work.
All Assignments will be checked using collusion monitoring tools to ensure that each assignment is the original work of the submitting student. Assignments that do not adhere to this requirement will be deemed as being the result of collusion or plagiarism. This may lead to severe academic penalties as outlined in USQ Policy Library: Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. It is your own responsibility to ensure the integrity of your work. Refer to the USQ Policy Library for more details:
Academic Integrity Policy
Academic Integrity Procedure
Course Expectations
This assignment is quite complex, and exposes you to many different components in Microsoft Excel (any version from Excel 2007 to current), some or all of which might be very unfamiliar to you. The assignment description provides some explanation of how to use these components, but you are also expected to use available resources such as Online Help, the Beskeen et al text, the Practical Skills sections at the end of each Module in the Study Materials, the SAM online tutorial activities, the course discussion forums, appendices and practical related videos, as well as exploring and experimenting on your own.
It is important to make sure you have backups of all assignments you create. This is especially true if you store documents on a flash (thumb) drive. Flash drives can become corrupted or lost very easily. There are many options available (Dropbox, or Google Drive) and USQ students already have access to Google Drive via uConnect – UDrive. Another good idea is to Email your assignment file to yourself every-time you finish working on it, that way you have multiple copies of your progress in case you need to revert to a previous stage or are looking for a piece of information you have mistakenly deleted.
Note: Lost or corrupted assignment files is not grounds for an extension.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have backup copies of your files.
Late submission policy
USQ’s Assessment – Assignment (Late Submission) and Compassionate and Compelling Circumstances procedures relate to Extensions and Late Assignments. They can be found under the following links:
Assessment – Assignment (Late Submission) Procedure
Assessment of Compassionate and Compelling Circumstances Procedures
An Assignment submitted after the due date without an approved extension of time will be penalised. The penalty for late submission is a reduction by five percent (5%) of the maximum mark applicable for the assignment, for each University Business Day or part Business Day that the assignment is late. An assignment submitted more than ten (10) University Business Days after the due date will have a mark of zero recorded for that Assignment.
Referencing requirements
References are required and the Harvard AGPS standard of referencing must be used, including in-text referencing. Ensure that your Report and Presentation are fully referenced, including any references to the textbook. Your Report should include a List of References using the Harvard AGPS standards. A useful link on referencing is from USQ’s Library site: <http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing>
Any direct and paraphrased quotes must be referenced using Harvard AGPS style and listed in the List of References.
Do not repeat verbatim large portions of information from other sources such as the text or video – you must put the ideas/information in your own words. Only use small direct quotes where possible.
Team Work
Students must work in teams of two (2) or three (3) to complete this assignment as teamwork is an important skill required by industry.
All students in the group will receive the same mark.
No group can exceed more than three students.
Once groups have been notified, no changes will be allowed for groups.
It is up to you to find your own groups and this can usually be achieved through a request on the Study Desk.
Only one group member should submit the assignment.
You must provide full student names and USQ student numbers for all students in the group on the title page of the report and your presentation.
All students MUST complete and submit their Assignment 2 Group Submission Request Form through the link in Assessments Tab – Assignment 2 area by the 20 March 2020.
You will NOT be able to submit your Assignment until you have notified the Course Examiner of the details of your group; and Assignments will be treated as late until notification is made.
ASSIGNMENT 2 REQUIREMENTS
Learning Objectives
Applicable course objective:
Course Objective 2: critically analyse business requirements from an information systems perspective
Course Objective 3: critique information systems concepts to identify and resolve organisational problems and to develop ethical considerations within a business context
Course Objective 4: identify the appropriate information systems to develop practical solutions within a business context
Course Objective 5: communicate information systems concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences within a business context.
Preamble
Dr Stan Lee was extremely impressed with our computing firm’s – Brainiac Systems – development of Excelsior Emporium’s Database Management System (DBMS) utilising Microsoft Access and Decision Support System (DSS) utilising Microsoft Excel (Assignment 1).
Stan realises that the business has a lot to learn and that the business will need to invest considerable money to bring the business into the modern online business world, from their current single computer mail order set-up. Stan has contracted our firm to advise the business on how they can grow their mail order business into a cutting-edge online presence. The business has asked us to develop a report to provide them with information about the following topics that they see as key to their business growth:
What Information Technology Strategies should Stan Lee’s business should consider to obtain / retain competitive advantage in their marketspace?
(Use Baltzan et al Chapter 1 – Business Information Systems & Chapter 9 Section 2 – Enterprise Information Systems: SCM to assist you in answering this topic)
How can the Stan Lee’s business move from a mail order focused business to a e-business with an online presence?
(Use Baltzan et al Chapters 2 & 3 – A Brave New Connected World / E-Business & Mobile Business to assist you in answering this topic)
What privacy issues should the Stan Lee’s business be aware of when embarking on an e-business with an online presence?
(Use Baltzan et al Chapter 11 Section 1 – Ethics & Privacy to assist you in answering this topic)
What are the relationships that Stan Lee’s business should be aware of when using IT workers – how should they be managed, and what key ethical issues can arise in each.
(Use Baltzan et al Chapter 11 Section 1 – Ethics & Privacy [including Moisiadis et al Chapter 10 provided on the Study Desk] to assist you in answering this topic)
You are expected to have access to the Baltzan et al 3rd Edition textbook as your starting point to answering all the above questions – use of Google search in place of the textbook may result in lower or failing marks.
Dr Zatanna Zatara, your manager, has set up the following tasks for you to complete this project:
Task 1: Personal Research Journal
Task 2: Case Study Report
Task 3: PowerPoint Presentation to Client
Refer to the marking criteria for details of mark allocations.
All phases in this project must be developed with professionalism and user-friendliness in mind.
Task 1: Personal Research Journal (250 to 500 words) 10%
Each member of the group is to prepare a journal that records their activities and progress related to completing this assignment.
Each member of the group should include their journals separately in Appendix 1.
In date order, clearly list the following:
Date of research activity / discussion
Full description of research activity / discussion (at least 25 words)
List of all appropriate web sites visited to collect information; other references accessed (using Harvard AGPS Referencing style – submitted separate to the List of References in Task 2).
Time duration of the activity
If you are working in a team, clearly state the activities of each team member.
Submit this journal as an Appendix to Task 2 (after the List of References and include in the Table of Contents).
Date of research activity / discussion
Description of research activity
Student(s) Involved
Resources Used
27 April 2019
Investigation into the Information Technology Strategies should the Business consider to obtain / retain competitive advantage in their marketspace.
John Smith
Baltzan et al 2013, Business Driven Information Systems, McGraw-Hill. Canon, M 2016, The Importance of IT Strategic Planning and How to Approach It, viewed 27th Sept 2017, <http://documentmedia.com/article-2401-The-Importance-of-IT-Strategic-Planning-and-How-to-Approach-It.html>.
29 April 2019
How the business should be considering using Social Media as an avenue for communicating with their customers and promoting their brand.
John Smith / Fred Nerks
Baltzan et al 2013, Business Driven Information Systems, McGraw-Hill. Entrepreneur 2011, 10 Laws of Social Media Marketing, viewed 29th Sept 2017, <https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/299334>.
Example of a Personal Research Journal
Task 2: Case Study Report (5,000 to 7,500 words) 80%
Note: The word count does not include letter of transmittal, executive summary, references or appendices.
Report Structure and Presentation 5%
Your report should include a professional title page, computer generated Table of Contents (including List of Tables and List of Figures) and Appendices.
Note: The Title Page, Table of Contents (including List of Tables and List of Figures, and Appendices must conform to the guidelines outlined in the Smith and Summers, Communications Skills Handbook 4th Edition, Chapter 3 – link provided on the StudyDesk, in Assignment 2 Extra Resources: Assignment 2 Report Writing Resources.
Make sure to state the names of all students involved in the report on the title page.
Report Letter of Transmittal, Executive Summary and Introduction 5%
Your report should include a letter of transmittal, executive summary, and introduction to the report.
Note: The Letter of Transmittal, Executive Summary and Introduction must conform to the guidelines outlined in the Smith and Summers, Communications Skills Handbook 4th Edition, Chapter 3 – link provided on the StudyDesk, in Assignment 2 Extra Resources: Assignment 2 Report Writing Resources.
Report Section 1 – Business Strategy 10%
What Information Technology Strategies should the Business consider to obtain / retain competitive advantage in their marketspace?
Using Porter’s Five Forces Model, discuss how each of the five forces relates to Stan Lee’s business. Justify your answer.
What should be the business’s focus? Discuss what the business’s focus is in relation to Porter’s Three Generic Strategies. Justify your answer.
What are the benefits to the business of Supply Chain Management and what are the types of metrics the business should be using to measure the performance of their Supply Chain Management? Justify your answer.
Discuss what are the Upstream and Downstream steps involved in the business’s Supply Chain Management. Justify your answer.
Include a diagram of the business’s current Supply Chain based on the information you have from Assignment 1 and 2; to help Stan visualise what you are recommending.
(Use Baltzan et al Chapter 1 – Business Information Systems & Chapter 9 Section 2 – Enterprise Information Systems: SCM to assist you in answering this topic)
You are expected to have access to the Baltzan et al 3rd Edition textbook as your starting point to answering all the above questions – use of Google search in place of the textbook may result in lower or failing marks.
Report Section 2 – E-Business and Mobile Business 10%
How can the Stan Lee’s business move from a mail order focused business to a e-business with an online presence?
What are the benefits and challenges that Stan Lee’s business should be aware of before becoming an e-business?
What are the characteristics of Web / Business 2.0? How should Stan Lee’s business address these characteristics when setting themselves up as an e-business?
What are the four types of e-business models, which type(s) of e-business model(s) should the business be considering implementing? Why?
What tools should Stan Lee’s business use to measure their e-business success? Why
Should the business also consider implementing m-business? What are the benefits and challenges Stan Lee will need to be aware of?
(Use Baltzan et al Chapter 7 Section 1 – Enterprise Architecture to assist you in answering this topic)
You are expected to have access to the Baltzan et al 3rd Edition textbook as your starting point to answering all the above questions – use of Google search in place of the textbook may result in lower or failing marks.
Report Section 3 – Privacy 10%
What privacy issues should the Stan Lee’s business be aware of when embarking on an e-business with an online presence?
What Australian laws should Stan Lee be aware of regarding privacy? How do these laws affect how the business collects and uses information collected from its customers?
How should Stan Lee’s business communicate its commitment to the privacy of customers?
Provide two (2) examples of how similar businesses achieve this communication of commitment of customer privacy.
Provide a draft communication that Stan Lee’s business could use to communicate theircommitment to the privacy of customers.
As the business’s potential client base is international, what other global information privacy issues should Stan Lee be aware of?
(Use Baltzan et al Chapter 11 Section 1 – Ethics & Privacy to assist you in answering this topic)
You are expected to have access to the Baltzan et al 3rd Edition textbook as your starting point to answering all the above questions – use of Google search in place of the textbook may result in lower or failing marks.
Report Section 4 – Ethics 10%
What are the relationships that Stan Lee’s business should be aware of when using IT workers – how should they be managed, and what key ethical issues can arise in each.?
What are the six (6) typical relationships that IT workers are involved in? How do they relate to Stan Lee’s business?
How should IT workers manage each of the six (6) typical relationship?
For each of the six (6) typical relationships, provide two (2) examples of ethical issues that can arise. How could each ethical issue affect the business?
What is a professional code of ethics and how could employing IT workers from a professional association, like the Australian Computing Society, help Stan Lee’s business avoid the ethical issues that can arise?
(Use Baltzan et al Chapter 11 Section 1 – Ethics & Privacy [including Moisiadis et al Chapter 10 provided on the Study Desk] to assist you in answering this topic)
You are expected to have access to the Baltzan et al 3rd Edition textbook as your starting point to answering all the above questions – use of Google search in place of the textbook may result in lower or failing marks.
Report: Conclusions and Recommendations to the Business 10%
Your report should include separate conclusions and recommendations sections.
Conclusions provide a summary of your key findings from the body of the report.
Recommendations provide a summary of the recommendations to the business based on the research conducted in the report.
Note: The Conclusions and Recommendations must conform to the guidelines outlined in the Smith and Summers, Communications Skills Handbook 4th Edition, Chapter 3 – link provided on the StudyDesk, in Assignment 2 Extra Resources: Assignment 2 Report Writing Resources.
Report: Referencing and Appropriateness of Sources 20%
References are required and the Harvard AGPS standard of referencing must be used, including in-text referencing.
Ensure that your Report is fully referenced, including any references to the textbook.
Your Report must include a List of References using the Harvard AGPS standards. A useful link on referencing is from USQ’s Library site: <http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing>
You must use at least ten (10) academically sound sources other than the textbook in completing this report.
Any direct and paraphrased quotes must be referenced using Harvard AGPS style and listed in the List of References.
Do not repeat verbatim large portions of information from other sources such as the text or video – you must put the ideas/information in your own words. Only use small direct quotes where possible.
Task 3: PowerPoint Presentation to Client (20 to 35 slides) 10%
Dr Zatanna Zatara has asked you to provide a professionally developed business presentation to the client, Stan, outlining the project scope, key findings and key recommendations from the Case Study Report. Create a Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (using PowerPoint 2007 to current) and name it [1ststudent lastname] / [initial] _ [student number] _ & _ [2ndstudent lastname] / [initial] _ [course code] _ assign2.pptx (eg. genrichr_0050051005_cis1000_assign2.pptx).
Make sure that your professional developed business presentation is prepared so that it conforms to the course StudyDesk presentation resources. These resources include, but are not limited to the Practical Appendixes found on the Study Schedule and Module Materials and various videos.
Note: It is expected that you will use the Baltzan et al and Beskeen et al textbooks to answer the topics Dr Zatanna Zatara has given you for the presentation, as well as reputable online sources of information.
The professional business presentations set of slides should be structured as follows:
Title – outlining the full Business Name, Project Description, Student Name and Student ID.
List of Topics
Presentation Content – the following are the topics the presentation must answer:1) Outline the Scope of the Report2) List and discuss the Key Findings from the Report3) List and discuss the Recommendations from the Report
Summary of Presentation
Bibliography – you need to include a brief Bibliography formatted using the Harvard AGPS style on a separate page (see the following USQ website for referencing help: http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing/harvard-agps-referencing-guide.
Each slide must include detailed speaker notes provided in the notes section of the slide – the detailed speaker notes must provide a full answer to each of the following questions and it should be written so that another person could present this presentation on your behalf to the client. You must include in text referencing in the note section for any direct and paraphrased quotes.
DO NOT PROVIDE THIS AS AN AUDIO RECORDING
Submission Guidelines
Attach the Microsoft Word files (using any version from Word 2007 to current) and Microsoft PowerPoint files (using any version from PowerPoint 2007 to current) using the naming convention below, to your online assignment submission in the Assignment 2 area on the CIS5100 StudyDesk before midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on the day the assignment is due.
[1ststudent lastname] / [initial] _ [student number] _ & _ [2ndstudent lastname] / [initial] _ [student number] _ & _ [3rdstudent lastname] / [initial] _ [student number] _ [course code] _ assign2.docx
eg. GenrichR_0050051005_&_ShresthaA_0050051555_&_SelloB_0050051600_cis5100_assign2.docx
[1ststudent lastname] / [initial] _ [student number] _ & _ [2ndstudent lastname] / [initial] _ [student number] _ & _ [3rdstudent lastname] / [initial] _ [student number] _ [course code] _ assign2.pptx
eg. GenrichR_0050051005_&_ShresthaA_0050051555_&_SelloB_0050051600_cis5100_assign2.pttx’
Note: Simply changing the file extension to .docx on a Word 2003 file will not result in a suitable submission. If the assignment files cannot be opened by the marker, it may be treated as late until a suitable replacement is received.
If you have difficulties submitting through the StudyDesk Assignments submission tool, please review the Student Instructions document listed also on the CIS5100 StudyDesk. As a last resort only, email the course leader for instructions on an alternative course of action.
Turnitin Process
Your Group or Individual assignment will automatically be sent to Turnitin for checking once you upload the file. You must accept the Turnitin user agreement (you only need to do this once).
Allow up to 24 hours for a Turnitin report to be generated (however, it is unlikely you will need to wait this long). Your Turnitin originality report will be displayed under your “file submission”. If you edit your assignment and resubmit, please allow another 24 hours for the Turnitin originality report to be regenerated.
Note: The following links have been provided to assist you in understanding the Turnitin Similarity Report Information.
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If you are working in a team for this Assignment, you must not change teams without notifying the Course Leader, otherwise you may receive ZERO.
You must click on the Submit button to submit the final Assignment for marking, if you do not click on the Submit button, your assignment will not be marked (or may be treated as late).
Upon completion of the submission process, check your uConnect email account for an automatically generated confirmation email (if you do not have an email account, print out the Submission Complete screen before exiting the Submission System). You must check that the file name and file size are listed correctly – if there is a problem with either, please email the course leader immediately.

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