HI5019 Strategic Information Systems for Business and Enterprise

HOLMES INSTITUTE FACULTY OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines

Trimester

T2 2019

Unit Code

HI5019

Unit Title

Strategic Information Systems for Business and Enterprise

Assessment Type

Group assignment

Assessment Title

Case Study – Gracious Industries

Purpose of the assessment (with ULO

Mapping)

Students are required to:

  • Appreciate the purpose of computer controls and auditing in digital economy (ULO 6)
  • Describe the processes use in the development of computer-based systems/ERP and the ways in which processes are managed (ULO 7)

Weight

20% of the total assessments

Total Marks

20

Word limit

Not more than 3,500 words

Submission Guidelines

This assignment is to be completed by a group of 3 - 5 students.

Students must report the names and student IDs for all group members to the lecturer of their class by e-mail before the end of week 8.

All work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed Assignment Cover Page.

The assignment must be in MS Word format, no spacing, 12-pt Arial font and 2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings and page numbers.

Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list using Harvard referencing style.

Assignment Specifications

Background

Gracious Industries is a private limited company with 35 employees and sales revenue of more than $10.5 million during the past year. It has been in business for over 40 years and supplies electronic parts to a number of different businesses, including hardware stores and supermarket. The company has experienced a growth in orders over the last few years for some of its new green product ranges. However, Gracious has recently lost some key accounts because of being unable to produce some of its products at a competitive price.

Although the company hired an accountant who was keeping their books for them and producing the financial statements each year, the company thought they needed much more information to run their business efficiently. They felt that they needed to make an investment in an accounting software to take their business to the next level.

Required

You are required to prepare a report to evaluate and recommend an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for Gracious Industries. The report should include the following components:

  • Business requirements o What are the key business processes for Gracious Industries?
    • What are the major control risks for the business processes of the company?
  • Systems requirements
    • What are some of the possible ERP features and functionalities that the company should consider to achieve their business objectives and minimise the control risks?
  • Software selection
    • Visit the websites of at least three (3) ERP vendors and provide a brief description of each vendor and its products.
  • Vendor selection
    • Compare and contrast the features and functionalities of two ERP software packages offered by the three vendors described in the report.
    • Which one would be the most suitable vendor and ERP software package for the company and why?

Assignment Structure

The report should include the following components:

  • Assignment cover page clearly stating your name and student number
  • A table of contents, executive summary
  • A brief introduction or overview of what the report is about.
  • Body of the report with sections to answer the above issues and with appropriate section headings
  • Conclusion
  • List of references

The report should be grounded on relevant literature and all references must be properly cited and included in the reference list.

Marking criteria

Marking criteria

Weighting

Key business processes for Gracious Industries

2%

Major control risks for the business processes of the company

2%

ERP features and functionalities that the company should consider

3%

Description of ERP vendors and their products

3%

Comparison of factures and functionalities of two ERP packages

4%

The choice of ERP software package for the company

2%

Presentation

2%

Research quality

2%

TOTAL Weight

20%

Marking Rubric

Excellent

Very Good

Good

Satisfactory

Unsatisfactory

Key business processes for Gracious Industries

/2

Identify all key business processes for the company.

Identify most key business process for the company.

Identify most key business processes for the company with minor errors.

Identify some business processes for the company with errors and/or omissions.

Fail to identify any key business process for the company.

Major control risks for the business processes of the company

/2

Identify all major control risks for the business processes.

Identify most major control risks for the business processes.

Identify most major control risks for the business processes with minor errors.

Identify some major control risks for the business processes with errors and/or omissions.

Fail to identify any major control risk for the business processes.

ERP features and functionalities that the company should consider

/3

Present an excellent discussion on features and functionalities of ERP that the company should consider.

Present a very good discussion on features and functionalities of ERP that the company should consider.

Present a good discussion on features and functionalities of ERP that the company should consider with minor errors and/or omissions.

Present a discussion on features and functionalities of ERP that the company should consider with errors and/or omissions.

Fail to present a proper discussion on features and functionalities of ERP that the company should consider.

Description of ERP vendors and their products

/3

Present an excellent description of ERP vendors and their products.

Present a very good description of ERP vendors and their products.

Present a good description of ERP vendors and their products with minor errors and/or omissions.

Present a description of ERP vendors and their products with errors and/or omissions.

Fail to present a proper description of ERP vendors and their products.

Comparison of factures and functionalities of two ERP software packages

/4

Present an excellent comparison of factures and functionalities of two ERP software packages.

Present a very good comparison of factures and functionalities of two ERP software packages.

Present a good comparison of factures and functionalities of two ERP software packages with minor errors and/or omissions.

Present a reasonable comparison of factures and functionalities of two ERP software packages with errors and omissions.

Fail to present a proper comparison of factures and functionalities of two ERP software packages.

The choice of ERP software package for the company

/2

Propose a choice of ERP software package based on very strong arguments.

Propose a choice of ERP software package based on strong arguments.

Propose a choice of ERP software package based on reasonable arguments.

Propose a choice of ERP software package based on weak or inadequate arguments.

Fail to propose a proper choice of ERP software package or back the proposed choice with valid argument.

Presentation

/2

Report included all elements and was very well presented. Writing flowed clearly and sections were linked very effectively.

Referencing was exemplary. English was used very effectively and was errorfree.

Report included all elements and was well presented. Writing flowed clearly and sections were linked effectively.

Referencing was

of a high standard. English was used effectively with very few errors present.

Report included all elements and was generally presented appropriately. Writing mostly flowed well and sections were linked.

Referencing was in accordance with guidelines. English was used effectively with few errors present.

Report included most elements and was adequately presented. Writing sometimes did not flow clearly leaving the paper to seem disjointed in areas.

Referencing was somewhat in accordance with guidelines. Basic English was used with some errors present.

Report lacked some elements and was poorly presented. Writing often did not flow clearly leaving the paper to seem somewhat disjointed.

Referencing was not entirely in accordance with relevant guidelines. Basic English was used with errors present.

Research Quality

/2

An extensive amount of highquality evidence from peerreviewed journal articles and other sources was included and used effectively to support discussion.

A broad range of quality peerreviewed journal references and other sources was included and used effectively to support discussion.

An adequate range of peerreviewed journal references was included and used to support discussion.

An adequate range of peerreviewed journal references was included and used to a basic extent to support discussion.

Little or no peerreviewed journal references were included and these were rarely used to support discussion effectively.