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COIS11011 Foundations of Business Computing Assignment Brief
This assessment item relates to course learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 as listed in course profile. The main purpose of this assignment is to guide you through an exploration of major topics in information systems to build up your knowledge, and for you to demonstrate that you understand and can explain the basic concepts underlying Information Systems. The use of word processing skills is required in completing the assignment.
NOTE: You can use non-Microsoft software, such as Open Office or Star Office, but make sure you save your work in Microsoft Office format and you only submit the Microsoft Office format files.
An intended side benefit of completing this assignment is to provide additional review and practice for successfully sitting the final examination at end of term. The exam will consist of questions and topics similar to those covered in both Part A and Part B.
Part B – Theory questions
All students will complete this part, to be submitted as a word-processed document on the Assignment Submission System available in Moodle (the course website).
You are to research and prepare answers to all questions listed below. You may use quotations or referenced paraphrasing, but you must always summarise your findings and conclusions in your own words. Failure to do this will cost you marks – see marking guide. Answers to each question should be around 300 to 400 words. Be succinct and to the point.
Sources of information:
Do not use direct quotations. Instead, you are required to research, read, understand and then explain in your own words. Any paraphrasing from sources must be correctly referenced in-text and in the References section, using the Harvard referencing standard.
Use a variety of web sources, journals and books (avoid using Wikipedia for every question). It is always helpful to read about the same topics from more than one source. Visit the CQU library journal database. The minimum resource to use for all questions is the prescribed textbook.
Report document layout and formatting requirements
This report should be from the third person point of view, which is standard in business reports. Your report must have the following sections in the order listed:
- Title Page: Include on your title page a suitable title for the assignment, your name, student number, date. (no executive summary)
- Table of Contents: The Table of Contents (TOC) must be generated by the word processor software. The title page and table of contents itself should not appear in the table of contents. The table of contents should be on its own page.
- The Questions: Type out each question formatted as a sub-heading. Each question should then be an entry in the Table of Contents with page reference see hint below. Your answer should then follow the question with a space in between. Number each question.
- Hint: You do not have to make the entire question a heading that appears in the Table of Contents. You can use the first sentence of the question as the heading, and then include the question as plain text below this heading
Important: Do not attempt to shorten or to re-phrase the question, as this runs the risk of accidentally changing the question. Marking will always be against the original question as published in this specification.
- References: Include in this section any web site addresses from which you obtained information, as well as information or help you received from any other sources, including the textbook. Remember that only cited sources should be included in a References section. Use the Harvard system of referencing to correctly cite in-text as well as listing in the References. For the purpose of this assignment, avoid using direct citations or quotes. You are to read sources, develop an understanding of the material, and paraphrase using your own words. Unreferenced direct quotations may be treated as plagiarism. If or when you paraphrase an idea, you should certainly use an in-text reference to note the source.
- Header & Footer: Provide a header and footer for your assignment. In the header, put your student ID on the left side and your full name on the right side. In the footer, insert a page number, centered. The header and footer should not appear on the Title Page or on the Table of Contents page, but should appear on all other pages.
- Style: Use a word processor to create the business report in portrait-mode, single spaced, Times New Roman (TNR), 12-point font for all non-heading text.
The Ten Questions:
- Your university wants to recruit high-quality high school students from your state. Provide examples of (1) the data that your recruiters would gather in this process, (2) the information that your recruiters would process from these data, and (3) the types of knowledge that your recruiters would infer from this information.
- Describe the five forces in Porter’s competitive forces model and explain how the internet has affected each one.
- Differentiate between data warehouses and data marts. Describe a few of characteristics of a data warehouse.
- Discuss the strategic benefits of BI systems.
- Why are authentication and authorisation important to e-commerce?
- List 3 Web 2.0 social networking tools and describe how you would use each for marketing your products.
- Discuss the major limitations of e-commerce. Which of these limitations are likely to disappear? Why?
- Describe the benefits of integrated accounting software packages.
- Explain why web-based customer interaction centres are critical for successful CRM systems.
- Explain the important role that information systems play in supporting a supply chain strategy.
For this assignment, you need to upload one file, a word-processor document, and it must be in Microsoft Office format. If you are using non-Microsoft software, such as Open Office or Star Office, then make sure you save your work in Microsoft Office format and that you only submit the Microsoft Office format files. For example, use “Save As” to save word-processor files as .doc or .docx. DO not submit any other kinds of file, such as ODS, ODT, PDF, and RTF. Before submitting your work, review the assignment requirements. Have you achieved all of these? Have you included all of the sections of the report? You may wish to check the detailed marking guide for the assignment to verify that your assignment meets the marking criteria.
Submit your assignment file electronically by using the assignment upload links provided on the course website.