Active Engagement in Systems Analysis Work

  • Assessment item 3
    Active Engagement in Systems Analysis Work
    Value: 20%
    Due date: 03-May-2015
    Return date: 24-May-2015
    Length: Approx. 2,000 words
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    Task
    You are required to analyse the effectiveness of the Hilton Hotel Booking system. To do this you are required to employ at least two data gathering techniques, one of which must be observation. You will need to research the existing online booking system and other information you can find about the Hotel. You also need to:
    • Find at least three (3) users to interact with the system (the users should not be students from Systems Analysis subject)
    • Script two (2) or more scenarios for each of these users
    • Observe their interaction with the Information System
    For instance, two possible scenarios might be as follows:

  • (A) You want to stay in Melbourne next Friday. Before reserving your room, you want to be sure that they have availability. You therefore want to find out what room types and rates are available for that night.

  • (B) You want to have a holiday in the near future and want to see if there are any special offers. You want to check what special offers there are for staying in Brisbane 3 months from now.

  • Amongst the information sought are answers to the following questions.

  • Questions you need to address are:
    1. What are the major business objectives and processes (operations) that the company carries out?
    2. List the information systems and subsystems that are used to support their portal and describe how they are related to the overall business objectives and processes. If the exact Information System cannot be identified then use the generic terms for the appropriate Information Systems (an example of a generic name is Supply Chain Management system).
    3. Detail the scenarios you developed and how the users you observed interacted with the system when carrying out the tasks of those scenarios.

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    4. Recommend improvements to the system and describe the analytic consequences. For instance, not all hotels provide systems for online bookings. If the company were to add such functionality, what do the analysts need to consider?
    5. Describe the stakeholders involved. Who are they? Why do analysts need to consider their interests?
    6. Discuss, in detail, the data collection techniques you used to answer the above questions. Describe how other data collection techniques could be used to gather further information.
    7. Develop a domain model class diagram for the online booking system.
    Rationale
    This assignment is intended to develop and test your ability to research the role of information systems in solving business problems. Using some data gathering techniques you will also learn about the role of the system analyst in the development of information systems.

  • Marking criteria
    Task Name: Case Study
    Weighting %: 20
    CRITERIA STANDARDS
    High Distinction Distinction Credit Pass Fail
    The major business objectives and processes The overall goals of the business and processes are clearly expressed to show all the major business objectives and processes. The overall goals of the business and processes are clearly expressed to show most of the major business objectives and processes. The overall goals of the business and processes are clearly expressed to show some of the major business objectives and processes. The overall goals of the business and processes are clearly expressed to show few of the major business objectives and processes. The overall goals of the business and processes are not clearly expressed and show none of the major business objectives and processes.
    A listing of the information systems At least 7 information systems are explicitly described and there is a clear discussion and analysis of the relationships to the processes they automate. At least 6 information systems are described with relationships to the processes they automate clearly discussed. 4 to 5 information systems are described and relationships to the processes they automate are clearly discussed. 2 to 3 information systems are described with relationships to the processes they automate Less than 2 information systems are described with few or no relationships identified.

  • Justification for the scenario choices and results 3 users and 2 scenarios each presented including a well-defined justification for each user’s choice; and in-depth discussion and analysis of the user's attempts to carry out the tasks is clearly presented. 3 users and 2 scenarios each presented, with some justification for the user’s choice, and clear description of the user's attempts to carry out the tasks included. 3 users and 2 scenarios each presented, with some justification for the user’s choice, and a description of the user's attempts to carry out the tasks included. 3 users and 2 scenarios each presented, with little justification for the user’s choice, and some description of the user's attempts to carry out the tasks included. Less than 3 users and 2 scenarios each presented, poor or no justification for the choices made by the user, and description of the users' attempted to carry out the task provide little information.
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    Improvement recommendations The recommended improvements logically follow from the data gathered. Analytical considerations are indepth, organized evidence that reveal insightful patterns, differences or similarities of systems. The recommended improvements logically follow from the data gathered. Analytical considerations are organised evidence that reveal important patterns, differences or similarities of systems. The recommended improvements logically follow from the data gathered. Analytical considerations are organised evidence that provide insight into possible patterns within systems. The recommended improvements follow from the data gathered. Analytical considerations states a general conclusion that provides a broad application of the recommendation that may or may not be useful. The recommended improvements do not follow from the data gathered. There is no clear analytical considerations discussed or presented.
    Stakeholder identification More than five stakeholders from each major category (client, user, technical support) is identified and their interests are explicitly defined and discussed in relation to the scenario. Five stakeholders from each major category (client, user, technical support) is identified and their interests are clearly explained in relation to the scenario. At least four stakeholders from each major category (client, user, technical support) is identified and their interests are listed in relation to the scenario. At least three stakeholders from each major category (client, user, technical support) is identified but their interests are not identified in relation to the scenario. No stakeholder from each major category (client, user, technical support) is identified and their interests are not explained in relation to the scenario.
    Detailed description of the data gathering techniques used More than two data gathering techniques used are discussed in detail and information obtained is analysed, synthesized with concepts of systems analysis and clearly presented in a report. At least two data gathering techniques used are discussed and information obtained is analysed and reported with some reference to systems analysis concepts. Less than two data gathering techniques used are clearly discussed and information obtained is analysed and reported. Less than two data gathering techniques used are discussed in detail and information obtained is not analysed and reported No data gathering techniques used are discussed in detail and information obtained is ineffectively explored.
    Develop a domain model class diagram for the online booking system. All elements of the diagram are skillfully developed. Appropriate methodology synthesized from across the concepts covered in this subject, as well as reference to external research is evident. Critical elements of the diagram are appropriately developed, with evidence that some concepts covered in this subject have been applied to the diagram development. Critical elements of the methodology are developed and included in the diagram. Diagram presents information from relevant concepts representing limited points of views or approaches. Diagram presents incorrect information and from irrelevant sources.

  • Requirements
    Online submission via Turnitin is required for this assignment.

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