CIS8100 Assignment 2 PROJECT (PROTOTYPE) & REPORT

  • CIS8100 Assignment 2 PROJECT (PROTOTYPE) & REPORT
    Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Word limit Due date
    Assignment 2 100 30 Approx. 3000 2 April 2015
    Learning objectives and graduate skills tested
    1. demonstrate an understanding of the key drivers and challenges faced by digital enterprises that include infrastructure, business processes, social media, consumer behaviour and global markets and firms (Problem solving)
    2. demonstrate the ability to research and critically evaluate existing, new and emerging technologies to gain an understanding of their business application for transforming digital enterprises (Academic, professional and digital literacy)
    3. demonstrate the practical skills required to formulate and evaluate a coherent strategy for a digital enterprise, develop a functional business website based on this strategy and document and critically evaluate the end-product (Problem solving).
    4. demonstrate the ability to write effectively in a clear and concise manner in report style for senior management (Written and oral communication)
    Assignment 2 and the subsequent Assignment 4 require you to plan and develop an e-commerce strategy including building a prototype website of your choice to facilitate your proposed online business based on the business model and category assigned to you.
    You will be required to design, install, configure and populate your proposed e-commerce site using the Joomla content management system using a URL in cloudaccess.net that will be supplied to you by the Course Leader.
    Assignment 2 specifications is made up of Three tasks:
    **** Note Task 1 should be submitted as a separate spreadsheet file and Tasks 2 and 3 should be submitted in one word document ****
    TASK 1 – Assignment 2 Journal
    Maintain a journal of the activities and research that you have engaged in in the completion of this assignment.
    The journal must document and reflect on the activities that you have undertaken from start to the conclusion of this assignment.
    Use the Excel Journal Template provided in the CIS8100 Course StudyDesk.
    The journal entries will include, in date order, the following:
    ? Date of project/research activity
    ? Project/research activity
    ? Duration

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    ? Description/Discussion and reflection on the project/research activity
    ? Follow up task arising from this activity
    (10 marks)
    TASK 2 – Preliminary analysis of proposed online business and e-commerce strategy
    For Task 2 you are required to conduct a preliminary analysis of a proposed online business and develop an e-commerce strategy and prototype web site. You will be randomly assigned a particular business model and category in the first week of the course. You are required to ensure that both your Assignments 2 and 4 meet the criteria to be classed within, and is directly related to, the business model and category assigned to you. Failure to do so will result in your assignments being rejected and no marks will be allocated to them.
    The report must address the following in your proposed e-commerce strategy:
    1. Conduct an environmental analysis (800 words) of your proposed e-commerce presence, keeping in mind the potential for global e Business and focusing on the following:
    a. Value propositions of your e-commerce presence
    b. Core competencies that can be enabled/enhanced through an e-commerce presence
    c. Market and trends analysis regarding your proposed e-commerce strategy
    d. Evaluation of your e-commerce presence in terms of Porter’s competitive forces model (http://www.buildmyonlinestore.com/articles/how-defensible-is-your-e-commerce-business-model/)
    2. List and describe how the strategic goals and objectives of your organisation will be addressed in your proposed e-commerce website (500 words).
    3. Identify what key stakeholders/customers will want from your proposed e-commerce website, and how this fits with the goals of the e-commerce website and the organization (400 words).
    4. Briefly describe and justify the e-Commerce business model(s) that will be used in your e-commerce website. (500 words).
    5. List and briefly describe the potential risks associated with your proposed e-commerce strategy and presence. (300 words).
    (50 marks)
    NOTE: The word length for this task is about 2500 words, so ensure you cover all the above topics adequately and concisely while taking this constraint into consideration.
    TASK 3 Briefing document of required Joomla! Activities undertaken for Assignment 2
    Prepare and submit a briefing document (about 500 words) on completion of the following activities using the Joomla! 3 website provided to you:
    1. Use the assigned URL supplied to you by your Course Leader to commence the first steps in familiarising yourself with Joomla as a content management system and to develop a preliminary prototype of your proposed e-commerce website. (State the URL in the first part of the report)
    2. Configure the e-commerce site and create a home page (include the name of the your proposed e-commerce business or entity) with a menu and links and describe the steps required to achieve this (include snapshots in your document).
    3. List all the Joomla! components and features you are likely to use for Assignment 4 and explain briefly why each component/feature will be used (see a selection of Joomla! features below on the next page).
    4. List and briefly describe any online resources that you have used or are likely to use to research and build your e-commerce website using Joomla! 3.
    You will not be required to install the Jooma! system on your computer.
    Instead you will be provided access to a pre-installed Joomla! development environment provided by cloudaccess.net via an url link assigned to each student.
    Instructions to access your cloudaccess.net website will be provided on the StudyDesk.
    To complete this task you will need to familiarise yourself with the features of the Joomla! Content Management System by studying the following online resources, (1) Cloudaccess.net Knowledge base for Joomla!3 , and (2) Joomla! 3 explained : your step-by-step guide / Stephen Burge and companion website (can be purchased as a Kindle Edition, ebook or in hard copy) or (3) Joomla! 3 by Richard Pearce
    **** Note Task 1 should be submitted as a separate spreadsheet file and Tasks 2 and 3 should be submitted in one word document ****
    (40 marks)
    ASSSIGNMENT 2 TOTAL MARKS: 100

  • JOOMLA FEATURES AND FUNCTIONALITY
    Setup
    • Using Cloudaccess.net
    • Installing Joomla
    Creating content
    • Adding pages to the front page
    • Creating a Sitemap
    • Adding external and internal links
    • Deleting or hiding content
    Creating Sections and Categories
    • Organising content in to sections and categories
    • Choosing content layout
    • Adding meta data for search engines
    Global configurations
    • Configuring articles parameters
    • Ordering articles
    • Setting global configuration
    Creating Menus
    • Adding navigation menus
    • Creating sub menus
    • Maintaining menus
    • Linking menus
    • Deleting menus Working with Modules
    • Creating sidebar modules
    • Configuring modules
    • Creating login modules
    • Creating breadcrumbs modules
    • Working with other modules
    Using Components
    • Adding contact us page
    • Adding polls
    Users
    • Adding users
    • User permissions
    Using Templates
    • Working with templates
    • Choosing different templates
    • Adjusting templates
    Extending Joomla!
    • Using plug-in
    • Using extensions
    • Go Live

  • Submission Requirements
    Your solution
    Your solution should conform to the guidelines laid out in Summers, J & Smith, B 2010, Communication skills handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.
    Cautions
    Originality of submission
    •?This assignment must be the expression of 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. This also means that it is not sufficient to merely paraphrase the entire assignment content from a textbook or other source. Your assignment answers need be a reflection and synthesis of your research of the associated topics. This should be evident in your annotated bibliography.
    •?You need to demonstrate your understanding of associated topics for each assignment. You must not copy from anyone, including tutors and fellow students, nor provide copies of your work to others. 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 Academic Regulation 5.10 of the USQ Handbook. It is your own responsibility to ensure the integrity of your work. Refer to the Faculty of Business policy for further details.
    •?An indiscriminate overuse of incorrectly referenced or cited web pages in your assignment will result in poor marks.
    Late submission of assignment work
    Late assignments will be penalised unless permission has been granted by the course leader BEFORE the assignment due date. Late assignments may be penalised by reducing the allocated mark by 5% per day late.

  • Other submission requirements
    1) Formatting
    a. Page size should be A4. Allow for TOP MARGIN – 2.5 cm; BOTTOM MARGIN – 2.5 cm; SIDE MARGINS – 2.5 cm
    b. Major headings should be in upper case, 14 point Times New Roman Bold
    c. Minor headings should be in lower case, 12 point Times New Roman Bold
    d. Body text should be formatted to 12 point, Times New Roman
    e. Use single or one and half line spacing
    2) The file naming guidelines are as follows:
    a. It is important that you use this convention to ensure that assignments can be tracked: Familyname_studentnumber_CIS8100_A2_XXXXXXXXX
    b. Replace ‘familyname’ with YOUR family or surname
    c. Replace ‘studentnumber’ with YOUR student number (which starts with ‘00’)
    d. Replace ‘XXXXXXXXXX’ with
    i. Task 1 (Excel spreadsheet file)
    ii. Task 2 and Task 3 (Word document)i

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