FACULTY OF BUSINESS & LAW
DEAKIN BUSINESS SCHOOL
DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND BUSINESS ANALYTICS
MIS782 Business Value of Information
This is an individual assignment, which requires you to develop an understanding of how information and IT can generate business value and improve a business’s overall competitiveness, and then produce a 1500 word report on your findings.
Percentage of final grade 25%
Due date 25. November 2015
The assignment must be completed/submitted by the due date electronically in CloudDeakin. When submitting electronically, you must check that you have submitted the work correctly by following the instructions provided in CloudDeakin. Please note that hard copies will NOT be accepted or part of the assignment submitted after the deadline or via Email.
No extensions will be considered unless a written request is submitted and negotiated with the Unit Chair Heidi Tscherning prior to Wednesday 18th November 2015, 4pm. Please note that assignment extensions will only be considered if you attach your draft assignment with your request for an extension.
Assurance of Learning
This assignment assesses the following Graduate Learning Outcomes and related Unit Learning Outcomes:
Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO) Unit Learning Outcome (ULO)
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.
GLO4: Critical Thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgement
ULO1: Critically analyse how information and IT can generate business value and improve the firm’s overall competitiveness
Feedback prior to submission
Students are able to seek assistance from the teaching staff to ascertain whether the assignment conforms to submission guidelines. Questions need to be formulated in writing as the teaching staff will not read parts of the assignment prior to submission.
Feedback after submission
Your assignment feedback will be returned in a rubric via CloudDeakin with an overall mark together with comments. In order to understand any areas of improvement, students are expected to refer, and compare, their answers to the suggested solutions.
Students are required to check originality through Turnitin, prior to submitting the final assessment. For more information about Turnitin and how to check for originality, refer to the Deakin website information at:
Students have been assigned to one of two case studies:
Case study 1: “San Francisco International Airport and Quantum Secure's SAFE for Aviation System”. Case study 2: “Rewiring the Enterprise for Digital Innovation: The Case of DBS Bank”.
The assigned case study will be used for all three assignments. For assignment 1, you need to read the case study. You are then required to complete the following tasks.
Write an individual report addressing the following questions:
1. Identify the various forms of business returns mentioned in the case study (10%)
2. Analyse the returns using IT portfolio as an analytical device (50%)
3. Discuss how the returns are measured, and whether these measures are credible (15%)
4. Indicate if the business returns are tangible or intangible. Ensure that your decisions are justified (15%)
Your report must be presented in a professional manner, taking into consideration, the audience of the report. Your report structure needs to include as a minimum:
Discussion of the various forms of business returns mentioned in the case study
Analysis applying the analytical device
Discussion of the measures and their credibility
Justification of whether returns are tangible or not
Appendices (if required)
For further support information about Report Writing, refer to the following Website: http://www.deakin.edu.au/students/study-support/academic-resources/report-writing
Your report must address each of the following questions, however, the report should not list the question and then answer it directly. Include your response to each of the questions within the appropriate heading in the report, as listed above.
Q1: Identify the various forms of business returns mentioned in the case study
Here you should identify business returns from the case study. Consider, why a particular return is a ‘business return’ for the organisation. Some returns may be stated explicitly, whereas others may be stated implicitly. We expect logical explanations based on case facts rather than generic descriptions or list of returns.
Q2: Analyse the returns using IT portfolio as an analytical device
This is the main question of the assignment, which shows how well you understand the IT Portfolio theory. It is important to focus on depth of analysis in this question. Ensure that you discuss all parts of the IT portfolio theory, i.e. the four asset classes and ensure you discuss returns as well as risks. Apply the theory - not just a generic discussion it as outlined in the readings. Ask yourself: “To what extent does the case organisation have an IT portfolio, which provides a balanced view of value, return and risk?”
Q3: Discuss how the returns are measured, and whether these measures are credible
Consider how returns are measured. Some measures will be stated explicitly in the case and some will not.
Q4: Indicate if the business returns are tangible or intangible. Ensure that your decisions are justified
Discuss which parts of the investment are tangible and intangible? How does measurement of the business return relate to tangibility? Provide clear argumentation.
Assignments should be submitted to the T3 2015 MIS782 Assignment 1 Case assignment folder, which will be open for submission from November 11th to November 25th at 23.59.