In order to complete this assignment, you must firstly identify an information system that aleady exists in an organisation with which you are familiar.
The first step is to identify the organisation: you are most likely to choose an organisation in which you are currently or have previously been employed. However, this is not compulsory: you are free to choose a different organisation if you feel you know enough about it.
The second step is to identify an information system within your chosen organisation. Here you have a relatively free choice. You do not have to choose a system that has been computerised. You do not have to choose a formal information system. Instead, you can choose, for example, the system you personally find most interesting, or the system about which you can best complete the assignment. Your only constraint is to ensure that you can answer all the assignment elements about your chosen information system. This may best be done by choosing a single information system that has a clear ‘boundary’, rather than covering the entire IS activity of an organisation.
Once you have identified an information system, you are asked – for your assignment
– to prepare a report of approximately 3000-3500 words on that information system.
1. Begin by briefly stating the organisation you have chosen, the information system you have identified, and your source(s) of evidence.
Then, use analytical models to:
2. Explain what this information system consists of.
3. Explain how it works (or fails to work) to support organisational or community processes.
4. Evaluate whether it is a success or a failure.
5. Explain why it is a success or a failure.
Note 1: Marks for this assignment will be divided roughly equally between the four main elements (Parts 2-5). Your effort and, to some extent, the amount you write should be similarly divided equally.
Note 2: You are encouraged to use diagrams to support your textual analysis.
Guidance for FoI&IS Long Assignment 2021
General Note: you will be expected – where relevant – to engage with appropriate material from the course unit, and to demonstrate awareness and understanding of the material covered.
Source of Evidence – explain clearly how you have knowledge of this case: do you work in the organisation (if so, for how long); do you know someone who works in this organisation (if so, explain how you know them, what job they do, what data they gave you, and how you interacted with them); did you get some case material from the Web or literature (if so, give an explicit reference to your source).
Analytical Models – typical models you might select from could include:
Part 2: inner onion-ring elements; technology models; IS categorisation schemes Part 3:; decision-making or communication models
Part 4: DeLone/McLean; cost/benefit; stakeholder goals; CARTA/5Ss Part 5: Design—reality; analysis of outer onion-ring factors
Type of assignment: Essay