Version 2 1GULF COLLEGE – MUSCAT – SULTANATE OF OMANUNDERGRADUATE COMPUTING PROGRAMMEACADEMIC YEAR: 2019-2020[Semester 2]FRONT COVERASSIGNMENT
AdditionalInformation(ifany): To beaccomplishedindividually.
In academicaffiliation withVersion 2 2Version 2 3Version 2 4Module Title: Information Systems Development TrendsModule Code: CE00339-6Module Leader: Dr. Ronald CordovaWeighting: 50%Submission Time and Date: 21 June 2020You should hand in one copy of your assignment/project by the date mentioned above tothe appropriate ‘hand-in location’ at the Gulf College. Fill in the front cover (staple togetherwith your assignment). MAKE SURE that you fill in all the relevant details on this form. Anacknowledgement will be given to you upon receiving your assignment. This is your receipt,just keep it. Faxed assignments will not be accepted.Assignments must be submitted on the assigned date. The only circumstance in whichassignments can be submitted late is if an extenuating circumstances form is submitted atthe same time. In these circumstances, work may be submitted late up to 2 weeks only. Ifthe extenuating circumstances are upheld, the assignment will be graded; otherwise, 0marks will be awarded.This assignment will assess the following learning outcomes:
This assessment is an Individual Assignment.GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:This assignment is weighted at 50% and consists of two sections: Task1 and Task 2. Thereport must be placed in one folder with an accompanying CD which contains the files of theassignment.Students are advised to name the files appropriately (Student Name & Student ID):Individual work: Ali – 11534Version 2 5Assessment TaskTask 1 [30 Marks]Systems implementation is defined as how the information system will be built, ensuringthat the system will be operational and useful, and complying with quality standards. Mostof the tasks that are taking place during systems implementation are programming, testing,installation, documentation and training. The aim of systems implementation is totransform the system design into a functioning and dependable system and introduce it toeveryday use. At this stage, any faults or exclusions from the analysis and design phasesshow themselves.There are four common methods to implement a system and these are parallel, phased,pilot and direct. Suppose you are the IT consultant for an organisation with branches locatedin strategic cities of the Sultanate of Oman. As a consultant, you keep track of everythingabout each branch, specifically their system implementation. Which system implementationmethod will you recommend? Write a report about your observations, analysis, conclusions,and recommendations.Your report for task 1 should follow the following format and content:I. Introduction [10 marks]In this section, discuss the purpose of system implementation methods. You thenidentify any three of the modern system implementation methods used inbusinesses nowadays, explain each and how it helps IT managers achieve businessgoals and objectives.II. Comparison [10 marks]Compare and contrast the two system implementation methods you identified inSection 1. You may present your comparison in any format you think would bestdemonstrate their similarities and differences. Also, for each system implementationmethods indicate whether or not it is customisable.III. Conclusion and Recommendations [10 marks]Conclude your comparison by recommending the best System implementationmethods for your IT manager to apply in his/her business organisation and clearlyjustify your recommendation. Also, discuss in this section ways on how to customiseyour chosen System implementation methods to fit in the requirements of your ITbusiness organisation. If the System implementation methods of your choice are notcustomisable, state whether you agree or disagree on this lack of feature andexplain why you agree or disagree.Word count: 1000Task 2 [70 Marks]This task involves choosing an emerging information system (IS) tool for detailed analysis.You need to write a thorough review of related literature and related systems for yourchosen IS tool. You can relate your experience also in using an application related to yourVersion 2 6topic if applicable. You can also synthesise the advantages and disadvantages of your chosentopic.Examples of emerging information system tools suitable for this assignment are given below.• eBusiness• eGovernance• Data Mining• Cloud Computing• Geographic Information Systems• Decision Support System• Internet of Things (IoT)Additional guidelines in doing your assignment:• Introduce your research method and explain why you think this is appropriate forthe given task;• Collect the data needed to meet the requirements of this assignment. Discussthoroughly your method of data collection.o If you use the survey method:§ Design your survey questionnaire on the Survey Monkey or GoogleForms. Make sure that the questions you formulate are direct to thepoint and will give you the expected outcome of your study. Indicatealso the purpose of the study at the header of your questionnaireand provide the link of your designed questionnaire in yourassignment report.§ Have your questionnaire approved by your module tutor first beforeyou distribute it to respondents to ensure that the questionnaire isin accordance with ethical standards.• Present your analysis of the data in the report. You may include graphs andcalculations of your collected data.• Present your interpretation of the results (of your analysis) in the report.Your report should have the following parts:1. Introduction [5 Marks]Write a general introduction about your chosen topic as well as a short discussionabout analysis systems, with at least 100 words. Include in this section the objectivesof your research.2. Literature review [10 Marks]A literature review is an evaluative report of information based on printed and/oronline sources. The review should contain description, summary, evaluation andcomparison of the study with previous researches. It should give a strongtheoretical comparison of your research and help you (the author) determine theimportance of your study. Researches that are irrelevant to this study must bediscarded and those significant to the study should be critically reviewed. Include atleast five in-text citations here.Version 2 73. Research Method and Design [10 Marks]Introduce and justify your research method in this section. Clearly illustrate andexplain your research design. If you use the survey method, provide a rationale ofthe questions you formulated and explain how these questions would help youachieve the objectives of your research.4. Presentation of Data [10 Marks]In this section, introduce and discuss each data that you collected. You may presenteach in tabular form or in graphical form.5. Interpretation of Results [10 Marks]Analysis of the collected data is very essential as it is the core of your study. Theresults must be interpreted well and discussions must also be included. You may alsowrite your own recommendation based on the results.6. Conclusion [10 Marks]The conclusion must be drawn from the results of your research and itsinterpretations. You may add a short summary of your chosen topic in particular.Recommendations for further improvement of your chosen topic may also beincluded.7. Reference List [5 Marks]You should follow the Harvard Style of referencing. Provide at least 10 referencesfrom various sources. Citations must also be present in the different sections of thereport.8. Presentation [10 Marks]You are required to provide7-10 minutes of a formal presentation of the report andexplain the completed tasks in one of our class sessions (beginning at week 12).Word count: 2000Marking Scheme
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Assessment criteria70-100• The technical paper or report demonstrated excellent knowledge of the selected topic byintegrating major and minor concepts into the response. The report also demonstratedevidence of extensive research effort and depth of thinking about the topic.• All relevant information was obtained and information sources were valid. Analysis anddesign considerations were well supported by the information.• The learner uses appropriate specialist terms consistently and/or the response showsgood to focus on a selected topic. Spelling, punctuation and the rules of grammar are usedwith considerable accuracy.• The demonstration was imaginative and effective in conveying ideas to the audience.60-69• The deliverable demonstrated knowledge of the selected topic by integrating majorconcepts into the response. The deliverable also demonstrated evidence of limitedresearch effort and/or initial of thinking about the topic.• Sufficient information was obtained and most sources were valid. Analysis and designconsiderations were mostly supported by the information.• The learner uses some special terms and/or the response shows some focus on a selectedtopic. Spelling, punctuation and the rules of grammar are used with some accuracy.• The demonstration techniques used were effective in conveying main ideas, but a bitunimaginative.50-59• The deliverable demonstrated knowledge of the few topics and does not integrate anymajor concepts related to the assignment.• Insufficient information was obtained and most sources were valid. Analysis and designconsiderations were mostly supported by the information.• The demonstration techniques used were less effective in conveying main ideas, but a bitunimaginative.40-49• The deliverable did not demonstrate knowledge of the selected topic, evidence of theresearch effort or depth of thinking about the topic.• Insufficient information was obtained and/or sources lack validity. Analysis and designconsiderations were not supported by the information collected.Version 2 9• The learner uses everyday language and the response lacks clarity of the selected topic.Spelling, punctuation and/or the rules of grammar are used with limited accuracy.Below 40• The demonstration failed to capture the interest of the audience and/or is confusing inwhat was communicated.Plagiarism WarningSummary• Plagiarism occurs if you use somebody else’s work in an assignment or exam answer, but failto state where you got the material from. You need to be also very careful about thenumber of words you are using from somebody else’s work.• It can happen in any type of assessment where you are given the questions or tasks inadvance.• If another student uses your work in his/her answer(s), both you and he/she will bepunished when caught.• Punishments for committing plagiarism can be very severe.The detailsPlagiarism is a form of cheating in which students use the work of others and present it as theirown. Staffordshire University publishes a fully detailed description of what the term ‘plagiarism’means on the University’s main website under the heading ’Procedures for dealing with suspectedcases of academic dishonesty. We strongly recommend that you go and read the full document atthe above address. Meanwhile, here is an extract of some of the relevant content. You will havecommitted plagiarism and maybe caught, reported and punished (as described below) if you:• Copy extensively from the work of others (from sources such as books, magazines,journals, and websites for example) and submit the work as your own. NB It isacceptable to refer to the work of others as long as you do not use too much, andreference your sources properly.• Copy other students’ work and submit it for assessment under your own name.• Allow another student to copy your work and they then submit it for assessmentunder their nameThis last item is of particular importance; few students seem to understand what it means. If, forexample, you allow another student to borrow your work and they subsequently copy some ofthat work and present it as their own, you and they will both be punished even though someoneelse copied your work.Version 2 10The risks of working with other studentsSome assessment tasks are explicitly designed for group work, and it will be made clear that agroup answer is expected from you. All other tasks are intended as an assessment of yourindividual comprehension and performance, and group answers are not permitted. In individuallyassessed forms of assessment, your work must be different from that of every other student.Plagiarism can occur in assignments and any examination where the questions are issued tostudents in advance. In both cases, it is possible for you to ask other people about how best toanswer the questions or complete the necessary tasks.You should be aware that different modules and subjects may have different requirements. Insome subjects, answers to questions may, for example, require every student on a module toemploy or refer to the same diagram(s), concepts and the like in order to construct an acceptableanswer. You should note, however, that even in these circumstances your explanations of whatthe diagrams mean, and any other writing referring to any common diagrams and concepts shouldall be in your own words. Moreover, the situation may be very different on other modules, wherethe submission of work that has a very similar structure, or the use of very similar materials suchas concepts, diagrams, quotations and the like, to that of another student, may lead to you beingaccused of plagiarism.The picture is complicated and, unfortunately, it is not possible to give advice that is directlyrelevant to every module you study. If you are unsure about how to avoid plagiarism in anyspecific module, then rather than hoping and guessing, you should ask for guidance from themember of staff who delivers that module.Our overall advice is straightforward; by all means, discuss how best to answer questions orcomplete tasks with your colleagues, but when it comes to actually writing your answers – DO ITALONE!What happens if you get caught?Examination Boards may punish offending students in any manner that they deem fit. Typicalpunishments Boards may choose range from reducing grades, making students re-sit modules,through to failing students on a module or an entire award. The University regards this form ofcheating as a serious offence. Full details of the range of likely punishments can be found on theUniversity’s website under the heading ’Procedures for dealing with suspected cases of academicdishonesty.
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