HI5019 Strategic information system T1 2021 Group Assignment
|ASSESSMENT DETAILS AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES|
|Unit Title||Strategic Information Systems for Business and Enterprise|
|Assessment Type||Assessment 2: Group Assignment|
|Assessment Title||System Analysis and Selection|
|Purpose of the assessment (with ULO Mapping)||Students are required to: Critically evaluate the purpose and role of accounting information systems in today’s business environment (ULO 1), Evaluate systems development methodologies and the role of accountants in system development projects (ULO 3), and appraise the risks inherent in computer-based systems/ERP, including the role of ethics and the various internal control processes that need to be in place (ULO 4).|
|Weight||30% of the total assessments.|
|Total Marks||30 Marks.|
|Word limit||Up to 2,500 words.|
|Due Date||Group Formation: Please form the group by self-enrolling in Blackboard. There should be a maximum of 4 members in a group. Email BBHelpdesk@holmes.edu.au for any issues with self-enrolling into groups. The written report is due in Week 11 on Friday dated 4th June 2021 at 11:59 PM. Late submission incurs penalties of five (5) % of the assessment per calendar day unless an extension and/or special consideration has been granted by Student Services prior to the assessment deadline.|
|Submission Guidelines||All work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed Assignment Cover Page. The students are required to work in a group of 1-4 students. However, there is no minimum limit for a group. In certain circumstances, a student can work in a Solo Group. The assignment must be in MS Word format, double spacing, 12-pt Arial font, and 2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings and page numbers. Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list using the Adapted Harvard Referencing style. Please see the section Assignment Design – Adapted Harvard Referencing Section below. Include a minimum of thirteen (13) references, at least five (7) from peer-reviewed journals relevant to the unit.|
Assignment Details Hi5019
Part A. Literature review. [Up to 500 words]
Select the topic of your interest from the Accounting Information System (attend a drop-in session to get guidelines on selecting the topic and conducting the literature review). Do the literature review and select five articles from your selected topic.
Required: Synthesize these articles to identify the literature gap.
Part B. System Analysis and Selection Report.[Up to 2000 words] Background
You are running an accounting/management consultancy firm. One of your clients is currently evaluating its information systems, and the Managing Director of your client thinks that they needed to invest in an Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) system to support the growth of the business. During your first meeting, the managing director of your client requested you to evaluate their business and recommend ERP software.
You are required to select a listed company of your choice (your firm’s client). The selected company should be a manufacturing firm listed on either The Australian Stock Exchange or the Stock Exchange of your home country. The chosen company is your firm’s client.
Framework of Analysis
The report should include the following components:
1. Background of the Selected Business
- Evaluate the business process of your client to identify potential weak internal controls and the risk associated with these potential weak controls. And recommend the
control techniques that will reduce or eliminate the potential risks. [Hint: your response should be based on our discussion in Interactive Tutorial 4 to 6.]
2. Systems Requirements
- Briefly discuss the software features and functionalities that your client should consider supporting its business activities. [Hint: your response should be based on Section
3. Software Selection
- ERP functionality falls into two general groups of applications, including core applications and business analytical applications. We will discuss these general groups of applications in Week 10 Interactive Tutorial (Chapter 11: Enterprise Resource Planning System). Based on our tutorial discussion, summarise these two general groups of applications.
- Compare and contrast the features and functionalities of three ERP software packages offered by the ERP vendors. Hint. Try to apply the general functionalities and key elements of ERP systems we discussed in the Week 10 Interactive Tutorial.
- In the end, identify the most suitable vendor and ERP software package for your client and explain why it is the best option.
The report should include the following components.
Holmes Institute Assignment Cover Sheet
The Holmes Institute Assignment Cover Sheet is available at the end of menu item Assessments on the Blackboard.
Part A. Literature Review.
Synthesize your selected articles in 500 words to identify the literature gap.
Part B. System Analysis and Selection Report.
- Executive Summary
The Executive summary should be concise and not involve too much detail. It should make commentary on the main points only and follow the sequence of the report. Write the Executive Summary after the report is completed, and once you have an overview of the whole text.
2. Contents Page
This needs to show a logical listing of all the sub-headings of the report’s contents. Note this is excluded from the total word count.
Typically, the introduction is a short paragraph that includes background, scope, and the main points raised in the order of importance. There should be a brief conclusion statement at the end of the introduction.
4. Main Body Paragraphs with Numbered Sub-headings
This section contains detailed information which elaborates on the main points raised in the introduction. Each paragraph should begin with an exact topic sentence, then supporting sentences with facts and evidence obtained from the research, and finish with a concluding sentence at the end.
This section contains a logical and coherent evaluation based on a thorough and objective assessment of the research performed.
This section includes any additional explanatory information which is supplementary and/or graphical to help communicate the main ideas made in the report. Refer to the appendices in the main body paragraphs, as and where appropriate. (Note this is excluded from the total word count.)
Note: The report should be grounded on relevant literature, and all references must be cited appropriately and included in the reference list.
Assessment Design – Adapted Harvard Referencing
Holmes will be implemented as a pilot program a revised Harvard approach to referencing. The following guidelines apply:
- Reference sources in assignments are limited to sources that provide the full text
access to the source’s content for lecturers and markers.
- The Reference list should be located on a separate page at the end of the essay and titled: References.
- It should include the details of all the in-text citations, arranged alphabetically A-Z by author surname. In addition, it MUST include a hyperlink to the full text of the cited reference source.
P Hawking, B McCarthy, A Stein (2004), Second Wave ERP Education, Journal of Information Systems Education, Fall, http://jise.org/Volume15/n3/JISEv15n3p327.pdf
- All assignments will require additional in-text reference details which will consist of the surname of the author/authors or name of the authoring body, year of publication, page number of content, the paragraph where the content can be found. For example;
“The company decided to implement an enterprise-wide data warehouse business intelligence strategies (Hawking et al, 2004, p3(4)).”
Non-Adherence to Referencing Guidelines
Where students do not follow the above guidelines:
- Students who submit assignments that do not comply with the guidelines will be asked to resubmit their assignments.
- Late penalties will apply, as per the Student Handbook each day, after the student/s have been notified of the resubmission requirements.
- Students who comply with guidelines and the citations are “fake” will be reported
for academic misconduct.
|Marking criteria||Weighting in Total Grades|
|Synthesize your selected articles to identify the literature gap.||8%|
|Evaluate the business processes of your client [according to section 1.1].||3%|
|Outline the software features and functionalities that your client should consider supporting its business activities.||3%|
|Discuss two general groups of applications.||4%|
|Compare and contrast the features/functionalities of three ERP software packages offered by the ERP vendors.||4%|
|Identify the most suitable vendor and ERP software package for your client and explain why it is the best option.||4%|
|Discussion on your||An excellent||A very good||A good discussion on||An adequate||Inappropriate|
|selected articles to||discussion on your||discussion on your||your selected articles||discussion on your||discussion on your|
|identify the||selected articles to||selected articles to||to identify the||selected articles to||selected articles to|
|literature gap. (8 Marks)||identify the literature gap.||identify the literature gap.||literature gap.||identify the literature gap.||identify the literature gap.|
|Evaluate business||Demonstrate an||Demonstrate a very||Demonstrate a good||Demonstrate an||Unable to present a|
|processes of your||excellent||good understanding of||understanding of key||adequate||proper discussion of|
|client [according to||understanding of key||key business processes||business processes for||understanding of key||key business processes|
|section 1.1]. (3 Marks)||business processes for your client in the||for your client in the discussion.||your client in the discussion.||business processes for your client in the||for your client.|
|Outline the software||Present an excellent||Present a very good||Present a good||Present a discussion||Unable to present a|
|features and||discussion on the||discussion on the||discussion on features||on features and||proper discussion on|
|functionalities that||features and||features and||and functionalities of||functionalities of||features and|
|your client should||functionalities of||functionalities of||accounting software||accounting software||functionalities of|
|consider supporting its||accounting software||accounting software||that your client should||that your client should||accounting software|
|business activities. (3||that your client should||that your client should||consider with minor||consider with errors||that your client should|
|Marks)||consider.||consider.||errors and/or||and/or omissions.||consider|
|Discuss two general||Present an excellent||Present a very good||Present a good||Present two general||Unable to present an|
|groups of applications.||description of two||description of two||description of two||groups of applications||accurate description of|
|(4 Marks)||general groups of||general groups of||general groups of||with errors and/or||two general groups of|
|minor errors and/or|
|Compare and contrast the features/functionalities of three ERP software packages offered by the ERP vendors. (4 Marks)||Present an excellent comparison of features and functionalities of three ERP software packages.||Present a very good comparison of features and functionalities of three ERP software packages.||Present a good comparison of features and functionalities of three ERP software packages with minor errors and/or omissions.||Present a reasonable comparison of features and functionalities of three ERP software packages with errors and omissions.||Unable to present a proper comparison of features and functionalities of three ERP software packages.|
|Identify the most suitable vendor and ERP software package for your client and explain why it is the best option. (4 Marks)||Propose a choice of ERP software package based on very strong arguments.||Propose a choice of ERP software package based on strong arguments.||Propose a choice of ERP software package based on reasonable arguments.||Propose a choice of ERP software package based on weak or inadequate arguments.||Unable to propose a proper choice of ERP software package or back the proposed choice with a valid argument.|
|Presentation. (2 Marks)||The report included all elements and is very well presented. The writing flowed clearly, and sections are linked very effectively. Referencing is exemplary. English is used very effectively and is error-free.||The report included all elements and is well presented. The writing flowed clearly, and sections are linked effectively. Referencing is of a high standard. English is used effectively with very few errors present.||The report included all elements and is generally presented appropriately. The writing flowed well in most of the cases, and sections are linked. Referencing is in accordance with guidelines. English is used effectively with few errors present.||The report included most elements and is adequately presented. Writing sometimes does not flow clearly, leaving the paper to seem disjointed in areas. Referencing is somewhat in accordance with guidelines. Basic English is used with some errors present.||The report lacked some elements and is poorly presented. Writing often does not flow clearly, leaving the paper to seem somewhat disjointed. Referencing is not entirely in accordance with relevant guidelines. Basic English is used with errors present.|
|Research Quality. (2 Marks)||An extensive amount of high-quality evidence from peer-reviewed journal articles and other sources is included and used effectively to support discussion.||A broad range of quality peer-reviewed journal references and other sources is included and used effectively to support discussion.||An adequate range of peer-reviewed journal references is included and used to support discussion.||An adequate range of peer-reviewed journal references is included and used to a basic extent to support discussion.||Little or no peer-reviewed journal references are included, and these are rarely used to support discussion effectively.|
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 offense 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 authorized.|
|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 offense.|
|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 another manner of payment.|
|Data fabrication and falsification||Manipulating or inventing data with the intent of supporting false conclusions, including manipulating images.|
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