Case Study Report

  • Assignment 3
    Case Study Report
    Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date
    ASSIGNMENT 3 100.00 50.00 17th June 2015
    This assignment must be 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
    In completing this assignment, you are expected to use available resources such as the practical activities in the study modules, the Course Study Desk – especially the Discussion Forums (click the Study Desk link on UConnect – http://uconnect.usq.edu.au ), as well as exploring and experimenting on your own.
    Applicable course objective:
    • apply ethical research and inquiry skills and demonstrate an understanding of the social impact of information technology and the need for security, privacy and ethical implications in information systems usage;
    • demonstrate problem-solving skills by identifying and resolving issues relating to information systems and their components, and proficiently utilise different types of information systems software (especially gaining proficiency in utilising databases, spreadsheets, and presentation applications).
    • apply academic and professional literacy skills and demonstrate an understanding of the importance of and differences between information and computer literacy; the basic types of software including system software (operating systems and utilities) and applications software (proprietary, off-the-shelf software applications and cloud computing); the basic hardware components of a computer system, including system unit, storage, input and output devices and the way that they interact to form a single computing system; understanding computer-based telecommunications and networking concepts; the basic concepts surrounding databases, database management systems and understanding the need for information management; the concepts surrounding the Internet, e-commerce/e-business and supply chain activities, and business intelligence, knowledge management and other business information system tools (TPSs, ERPs, MISs, DSSs etc) widely used in organisations today; and the processes involved in information system project management;
    • apply written communication skills by understanding basic information, communication and technology (ICT) terminology for effective communication and applying it within a business environment.

  • Applicable graduate qualities and skills gained from this assessment instrument:
    • Problem Solving (Skill U2)
    • Written & Oral Communication (Skill U4)
    This assignment is quite complex, and exposes you to many different components in Microsoft Word 2007/2010/2013, 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 and the course discussion forums, as well as exploring and experimenting on your own.
    Group Submissions
    Students are encouraged to work in teams to complete the assignment as teamwork is an important skill required by industry. You may choose to work alone. If you opt to work as a team, the same marks will be awarded to both students. No team can exceed more than two students. It is up to you to find a team-mate and this can usually be achieved through a request on the Study Desk.
    Submit only one assignment if you elect to work as a team to complete this assignment. Note that marks will be awarded on the basis of the student name(s) and student number(s) that appear in the file name and in the report introduction.
    Referencing Requirements
    References are required and the Harvard AGPS standard of referencing must be used. This standard is detailed on USQ Library Site http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing .
    Plagiarism, collusion and cheating will be severely penalised. Refer to the USQ Policy Library for more details:
    • Academic Integrity Policy
    • Academic Integrity Procedure
    Ensure that your reports are fully referenced, including any reference to the text book. Your report should include in-text references and a List of References.
    Do not repeat verbatim large slabs of information from other sources such as the text – you must put the ideas/information in your own words.
    You must use at least ten (10) academically sound sources other than the textbook in completing this report.

  • Preamble
    Dr Barry Kripke was extremely impressed with our computing firm’s – Cinnamon Systems – development of the Mystic Warlords of Ka'a Shoppe’s Database Management System (DBMS) utilising Microsoft Access 2007/2010/2013 (Assignment 1) and Decision Support System (DSS) utilising Microsoft Excel 2007/2010/2013 (Assignment 2).
    Dr Barry Kripke realises that he has a lot to learn and that he will need to invest considerable money to bring his business into the modern online business world, from his current single computer mail order set-up. Dr Barry Kripke has contracted our firm to advise him on how he can grow his mail order business into a cutting-edge online presence. He has asked us to develop a report to provide him with information about the following topics that he sees as key to his business’ growth:
    • How can the business move from mail order to being an online presence?
    (Use Baltzan et al Chapters 2 & 3 - Connectivity and E-Business / Mobile Business to assist you in answering this topic)
    • What type of hardware and software, including networking infrastructure, should the business acquire to expand their capabilities to meet their new e-business initiative?
    (Use Baltzan Chapter 5 - Technical Fundamentals to assist you in answering this topic)
    • What would be the benefits to the business of a solid enterprise architecture?
    (Use Baltzan et al Chapter 7 - Enterprise Architecture to assist you in answering this topic)
    • What would be the benefits to the business of implementing a customer relationship management system?
    (Use Baltzan et al Chapter 9 - Supply Chain Management & Customer Relationship Management to assist you in answering this topic)
    • What privacy issues should the business be aware of when embarking on an online presence?
    (Use Baltzan et al Chapter 11 - Ethics, Privacy and Information Security to assist you in answering this topic)
    All phases in this project must be developed with professionalism and user-friendliness in mind.

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  • Mr Lesley Winkle, your manager, has set up the following tasks for you to complete this project:
    Refer to the marking criteria for details of mark allocations.
    Task 1: Journal (maximum 500 words) 10%
    Prepare a journal that records your activities and progress related to completing this assignment. In date order, clearly list the following:
    • Date of research activity/discussion
    • Web sites visited to collect information; other references accessed
    • 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. Any references to web pages and online documents, such as white papers, should be listed at the end of the journal.
    Task 2: Case study (max 4,500 words) 90%
    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: 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: Make sure to state the names of all students involved in the report on the title page.
    Report Section 1 - E-Business and Mobile Business 10%
    How can the business move from mail order to being an online presence?
    • What are the benefits and challenges that the business should be aware of before becoming an e-business?
    • What are the differences between Web 2.0 / Web 3.0 and how will they affect the business?
    • Which type(s) of e-business model(s) should the business be considering implementing? Why?
    • What type of e-commerce tools should the business consider utilising to connect and communicate with their customers? Why?
    • What tools should the business use to measure their e-business success?
    • Should the business also consider implementing m-business? What are the benefits and challenges Dr Barry Kripke will need to be aware of?
    (Baltzan et al Chapters 2 & 3 - Connectivity and E-Business / Mobile Business)
    Report Section 2 - Hardware, Software and Networking Infrastructure 15%
    What type of hardware and software, including networking infrastructure, should the business acquire to expand their capabilities to meet their new e-business initiative?
    • Develop a computer hardware proposal (including printer(s)) to allow the business to provide up to ten (10) staff with computer access, including current Australian prices for the equipment. Justify why this hardware is necessary for the business.
    • Develop a computer software proposal, including both system and application software, to support the proposed computer hardware proposal, including Australian prices for the software. Justify why this software is necessary for the business.
    • Develop a networking and communications proposal, including a suggested network architecture, topology and communication medium to support the proposed computer hardware and software proposal. Justify why this networking infrastructure has been chosen for the business.
    • Include a diagram of the proposed hardware and network infrastructure to help Dr Barry Kripke visualise what you are recommending.
    (Baltzan Chapter 5 - Technical Fundamentals)
    Report Section 3 - Enterprise Architecture 15%
    What are the benefits to the business of a solid enterprise architecture?
    • How should the business maintain and secure its information architecture to support its business operations? Propose the steps that the business should follow.
    • Before Dr Barry Kripke acquires the hardware, software and networking infrastructure proposed in part 2, outline the seven (7) primary characteristics of a solid infrastructure architecture he should be aware of and how they may impact on the business.
    • Cloud computing offers an alternative to some of the infrastructure architecture proposed in part 2.
    o How could cloud computing be utilised to reduce the acquisition costs for the hardware, software and networking infrastructure to the business?
    o What would be the benefits and challenges of these emerging cloud services to the Dr Barry Kripke’s business?
    (Baltzan et al Chapter 7 - Enterprise Architecture)
    Report Section 4 - Customer Relationship Management 10%
    What would be the benefits to the business of implementing a customer relationship management system?
    • How could the business support its customer facing day-to-day operations through the use of an operational customer relationship management system for marketing?
    • How could the business support its customer facing day-to-day operations through the use of an operational customer relationship management system for sales?
    • How could the business support its customer facing day-to-day operations through the use of an operational customer relationship management system for customer service?
    • In what different ways could Dr Barry Kripke use metrics from the business’s customer relationship management systems to track and monitor performance for sales, service and marketing.
    (Baltzan et al Chapter 9 - Supply Chain Management & Customer Relationship Management)
    Report Section 5 - Privacy 10%
    What privacy issues should the business be aware of when embarking on an online presence?
    • What Australian laws should Dr Barry Kripke be aware of regarding privacy? How do these laws affect how the business collects and uses information collected from its customers?
    • How should the 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.
    • As the business’s potential client base is international, what other global information privacy issues should Dr Barry Kripke be aware of?
    (Baltzan et al Chapter 11 - Ethics, Privacy and Information Security)
    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.
    Report: Referencing and Appropriateness of Sources 10%
    References are required and the Harvard AGPS standard of referencing must be used. This standard is detailed on USQ Library Site http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing .
    Ensure that your reports are fully referenced, including any reference to the text book. Your report should include in-text references and a List of References.
    Do not repeat verbatim large slabs of information from other sources such as the text – you must put the ideas/information in your own words.
    You must use at least ten (10) academically sound sources other than the textbook in completing this report.
    Note: the word count does not include letter of transmittal, executive summary, references or appendices.
    Submission Guidelines
    Attach the Word 2007/2010/2013 files using the naming convention below, to your online assignment submission in the Assignment 1 area on the CIS5100 StudyDesk before midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on the day the assignment is due.
    1. [lastname] / [initial] _ [student number] _ [course code] _ assign1.docx (eg. genrichr_0050051005_cis5100_assign3.docx).
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Please note that:

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    • Students seeking extensions for any Assignment work must provide appropriate documentation to support their request before the due date of the assignment (see points 4.3 and 4.4 in the Assessment of Compassionate and Compelling Circumstances Procedures above to see what is considered as Compassionate and Compelling reason for an extension and the level of documentation that will be needed).
    • 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.
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