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CIS8501 Advanced Information Systems Project

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Adv Info Systems Project
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020399 - Information Systems not elsewh
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 18 April 2021

Staffing

Examiner: Mustafa Ally

Requisites

Pre-requisite: CIS8500
Co-requisite: CIS8010 or CIS5310

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Rationale

This capstone course enables students to work in a team environment on an authentic information system industry-based project with either a real industry client or within an internal simulated environment. The projects are challenging and complex with the expected outcome being that real value is added to existing or simulated information system related problems. This course addresses the professional body requirement for students to apply their analytical problem-solving skills to a real-life scenario.

Synopsis

Working in teams, students will analyse the client's business requirements in the context of opportunities and/or problems. Applying high level project management skills within a professional code of conduct, students will design, develop, analyse and appraise potential and feasible solutions to address a client's business problems. Students will report back to the client using high level written and verbal communication skills to bring the project to completion.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. design and develop a real world information systems project with a real industry client or simulated with an internal role or industry client or simulated with an internal role or industry client supported by appropriate planning, analytical and problem-solving techniques;
  2. effectively communicate to a diverse audience;
  3. appraise an ICT problem and design a solution drawing on creativity and initiative to provide potential and feasible solution(s) to address a client's business information system's needs;
  4. critically reflect on the process of planning and implementing the project including their own and/or others' contributions;
  5. collaborate successfully with stakeholders as part of a team to plan and deliver a project within resources constraints (time, cost, scope and quality);
  6. make appropriate judgments informed by ethics, professional codes of conduct, and culture awareness within the IS work environment.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Project feasibility and requirements 10.00
2. Project Specification 25.00
3. Project Management 25.00
4. Communication Skills 10.00
5. Teamwork 20.00
6. Legal, Ethical and Cultural implications related to is project development 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=01&subject1=CIS8501)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

Satzinger, JW, Jackson, RB & Burd, SD 2016, Systems analysis and design in a changing world, 7th edn, Course Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Students are expected to refer to the relevant textbooks from their information technology management major courses.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 100.00
Private Study 65.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
TEAM FORMATION & PROJ SPEC 100 25 30 Mar 2021 2,4 (see note 1)
PROGRESS PRESENTATION & REPORT 100 20 30 Apr 2021 2,5 (see note 2)
FINAL PROJECT REPORT 100 45 28 May 2021 1,3,5,6 (see note 3)
SELF REFLECTION & PEER REVIEW 100 10 04 Jun 2021 2,4,6

Notes
  1. This assessment will include and reference professional codes of conduct. The industry client will be consulted regarding the projects and sign off on the project specification and scope, in collaboration with the Project Team facilitated by the Course Examiner and Project Team Advisor.
  2. The client will be asked to approve the report prior to submission and will be involved in the assessment.
  3. The client will be asked to approve the report prior to submission and will be involved in the assessment.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Not applicable.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must submit a completed project which demonstrates a satisfactory level of achievement in all essential objectives.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments:
    Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

Date printed 18 April 2021