MIS602 Data Modelling & Database Design Assessment 3

Subject Code and Name 	MIS602 Data Modelling & Database Design 
Assessment 	Reflective Research Report  
Individual/Group 	Individual 
Laureate International Universities

Context:

The MIS602 Data Modelling & Database Design subject is designed for you to progressively add to your understanding of data and database management and its relevance with in business context. It also introduces you to some of the key features of database management system and designing database systems that will feature in later modules of this topic. In order for you to do well in this subject, it is imperative that you undertake all of the learning activities in the modules. The learning activities are presented as a way of scaffolding your learning so that you can attempt the building blocks of the assessments and be in a safe environment to fail and to learn from them. Therefore, doing your learning activities and seeking feedback from them from peers and from the learning facilitator is the single best way of preparing for doing well in this assessment.

Scenario:

The scenario for this assessment is a hypothetical future system that helps governments to manage traffic flow in municipal localities. You should imagine that the local Road Traffic Authority has put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for appropriately qualified consultants to undertake a body of work that would help to scope the data requirements for such a system. With your success in your Torrens University Australia degree so far, and other similar projects that have garnered you some sustained success in the eyes of the profession and community, you have been shortlisted among no less than 10 other consultancies. There are expectations from them, then, as to the standard of report you will produce.

While there has been a tremendous amount of attention given in the media and in scientific circles to the progression and uptake of autonomous vehicles, their widespread adoption has not yet proliferated: there are reasons for this that you will need to take into account in your deliverable. The local Road Traffic Authority is, with several other bodies, lobbying the government on what it can manage in the emergent world of technological change and the capability of artificial intelligence. An alternative model has been proposed that the Road Traffic Authority believes to be preferable to autonomous vehicles and it involves a system that would control all non-autonomous, driverless vehicles through a traffic management and routing system.

For such a system to work, it is necessary that there be no autonomous vehicles on the road, and AIenabled as well as human drivers would be included in such a ban. With the remaining nonautonomous, driverless vehicles the only ones left on the road, the system would then be allowed to control the flow and routing of each and every vehicle by manipulating its speed, direction and ultimate route to the passengers’ intended destination. The system would control all traffic lights, lane changing, slowing and acceleration of the vehicles.

The benefits of such a traffic management system are thought to be enormous as the hope is that the most effective routes can be calculated and that the most efficient traffic flow between those destinations is streamlined, congestion minimised and safety on the roads improved. But the system is ambitious and requires a lot of forethought and design elements fed into it before it could be seriously considered by the government of the day. The Road Traffic Authority seeks consultation on what the data requirements of such a hypothetical system might be.

Instructions:

There are two objectives of this assessment: for the purposes of the client, the local Road Traffic Authority, you are to produce a design brief; and, for the purposes of the assessment you are to produce a reflection. So, this written submission should expertly mix a consultative style—that is, providing a solution to the problem as outlined by the client—with a deep reflection on what you have learned in the subject and the potential for such a futuristic system. You will need to use your judgement on this; it is likely to take several drafts to get right. The deliverable for this assessment is plainly:

You are tasked to create a consultative report that addresses the data requirements of a Driverless, Non-autonomous Traffic Management System as well as commenting on the feasibility of such a solution, given what you learned in the subject. Following instructions will assist you in completion of the task.

Some hints for you to heed while you develop and write your assessment:

  • Consider what is meant by ‘autonomous’ and then explore the benefits and challenges that autonomous vehicles may present in a future in which they are widely adopted
  • The Road Traffic Authority has not provided any assumptions and you should list these if your proposal and reflection are to be considered cogent
  • Consider that there are presently several roads in operation that contain more than one traffic lane and while generally there are rules for how they are to be used, not all human drivers adhere to them—what are the consequences?
  • Consider what would happen when a driverless (non-autonomous) vehicle needed refuelling
  • Consider the security requirements in the context of what could go wrong in operating such a system

Based on your learning from the course modules and previous assignments, you are expected to come up with data requirements and a logical design of the system and a brief commentary on the design.