COIT20254 - Information Systems Project
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This is the integrative capstone unit for the Master of Information Systems course. You will undertake an authentic task group project or an industry project that demonstrates the skills that you have developed throughout your studies in this course. You will use and document typical project management proceses to ensure that the project is delivered on time and budget, and in the process, develop several documents that can be included in a work portfolio to assist future employment. Note: If you have completed unit COIT20237, COIT20239 or COIT20240 then you cannot take this unit.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: COIT20252 Business Process Management, COIT20253 Business Intelligence using Big Data, COIT20251 Knowledge Audits for Business Analysis, PPMP20007 Project Management Concepts and COIT20246 ICT Services Management

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Mixed Mode
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 70%
2. Portfolio 20%
3. Presentation 10%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

All University policies are available on the IMPortal.

You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Additional resource about writing reflectively. Self reflection Added two papers to the Moodle site for student guidance in T2 2016.
Additional resources about how to structure an e Portfolio. Self reflection Added links to e Portfolios created by Masters students from other universities, to be used in conjunction with existing Mahara instructions for T2 2016.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Investigate client requirements and apply a range of tools, techniques and methods to implement a solution.
  2. Work collaboratively as part of a productive team.
  3. Generate and review project management artefacts and documentation required of a business systems project.
  4. Commuicate effectively by using written and oral presentation understanding the needs of various stakeholders.
  5. Identify and evaluate change management issues that may arise due to changing business practices.
  6. Produce a report recommending improvements to current business practices.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.

ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • Information Analysis (INAN)
  • Technical Specialism (TECH)
  • Research (RSCH)
  • Project Management (PRMG)
  • Business Analysis (BUAN)
  • Systems Design (DESN)
  • Requirements Definition and Management (REQM),
  • Business Modelling (BSMO)
  • Stakeholder and Relationship Management (RLMT)
  • Change Implementation and Planning (CIPM)
  • Problem Management (PBMG).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio        
3 - Presentation      

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research
5. Self-management
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio  
3 - Presentation  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Software: IHMC Cmap Tools http://cmap.ihmc.us
  • Modelling software such as Microsoft Visio
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorMarilyn Wells (m.wells@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Workshop

Form project groups: please see Moodle unit website; attend introduction to project by local facilitator, read the "Guide to Undertaking a Capstone Project" on the unit website.Please note that the capstone project will be different for each group, and therefore there won't be any firm guidelines. You need to discuss the procedure with your campus facilitator.

Arrange an appointment time with your project mentor during the workshop hours to discuss your project options.


Week 2 17-07-2017

Workshop

Weekly meeting with project facilitator.

Week 3 24-07-2017

Workshop

Weekly meeting with project facilitator; Submit group Project Proposal and Plan via Moodle.

Week 4 31-07-2017

Workshop

Weekly meeting with project facilitator;

Week 5 07-08-2017

Workshop

Weekly meeting with project facilitator.

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Workshop

Weekly meeting with project Facilitator; Submit Progress Report 1 via Moodle.

Week 7 28-08-2017

Workshop

Weekly meeting with project facilitator; Submit Draft Final Report via Moodle.

Week 8 04-09-2017

Workshop

Weekly meeting with project facilitator;

Week 9 11-09-2017

Workshop

Weekly meeting with project facilitator; Submit Progress Report 2 via Moodle.

Week 10 18-09-2017

Workshop

Presentation of DRAFT report by each project group.

Group Presentation Due AEST
Week 11 25-09-2017

Workshop

Weekly meeting with project facilitator;

Week 12 02-10-2017

Workshop

Weekly meeting with project facilitator.Submit reflective ePortfolio via Mahara/Moodle.

ePortfolio Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017

Submit Self and Peer Assessment, Final Project Report, Project Working Documentation.

Exam Week 16-10-2017

Unit Coordinator: Dr Marilyn Wells

Location: Rockhampton, Building 30/Room 2.09

Phone: +617 4923 2758 (Internal x52758)

Email: m.wells@cqu.edu.au

Skype: marilyn.wells_cqu

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Final Report, Draft Final Report, Project Documentation and Group Work
Task Description

This is the major assessment for your project and comprises six parts: project proposal and plan, progress reports, draft final report, team meeting documentation including agenda and minutes, project report, and the self and peer assessment (SPA).

In this major assessment you are required to form a group (up to four members subject to class size) and demonstrate the skills and knowledge that you have developed in earlier information systems specialisation units and apply these skills and knowledge to an industry project (subject to approval of the unit coordinator or local lecturer) or a given case based project.

You are strongly recommended to source your own project instead of using a case study. With permission of your employer, your project can be based on your work place.

Your project should be of sufficient complexity so that you can demonstrate your knowledge, but still be small enough to complete it within the term. If you are in doubt, please contact the unit coordinator or your local lecturer.

You are required as a group to write a comprehensive report on your project. You are also expected to demonstrate your talent, innovative thinking, and analytical skills through the conduct of your group project addressing the production of a project plan, project working documentation, together with appropriate project artefacts such as design documentation and an implementation plan, as part of your project report. In your project report, you need to evaluate and analyse current business information systems, processes and applications, and propose improvements (including a prototype solution for an identified problem or opportunity based on your project requirement). The project will have a designated customer, and you will be required to produce the typical project management artefacts associated with your chosen or given case project.

Note: Please contact the unit coordinator if you have a genuine problem and are unable to participate in a group.

You are encouraged to use your innovative ideas and imagination to produce a high level project outcome, and demonstrate your learning, and integration and incorporation of knowledge from prior units undertaken in your study course. This assessment should be considered as a great opportunity to link the theoretical knowledge with a practical chosen industry (or a given case) project to help you to be more competitive in the real world environment.

Please refer to Moodle unit website for more detail information in relation to this assessment.

Assessment Due Date As per schedule.
Return Date to Students Final Report, Working Documentation and SPA - 3rd November 2017 (Certification of Grades), all other items within two weeks of submission.
Weighting 70%
Assessment Criteria

The project documentation will be assessed on the quality of content. The assessment criteria for each part of this assessment, as described under Task Description is as follows:

Project Proposal and Plan - 10%

The proposal and plan will include sections for project description, project scope, objectives and constraints, statement of work, team members, responsibilities and responsibility matrix, work breakdown structure, project schedule, risk assessment, and quality plan.

Progress Reports - 5%

Two progress reports are to be submitted throughout the term as per the weekly schedule.

Project Working Documentation - 5%

The team's project working documentation includes team meeting agenda, minutes arising from the various meetings, action sheet items and project working papers.

Draft Project Report 10%

This assessment is designed to give you feedback on your project report prior to your presentation in Week 10.The report is to consist of sections up to and including the stakeholder analysis as follows:

  • Project title page
  • Executive summary
  • Table of contents
  • Introduction (including aim, objectives, scope, terms of reference, and constraints of the project),
  • Literature review and background of the project topic
  • Project management
  • Project analysis (including but not limited to strategic alignment, description of current systems, stakeholder analysis and management)

Self and Peer Assessment - 5%

Each team will be required to evaluate the other team members and the team's performance, both from a personal viewpoint and as a team member.

Project Report - 35%

The project report will at least include the following sections:

  • Project title page
  • Executive summary
  • Table of contents
  • Introduction (including aim, objectives, scope, terms of reference, and constraints of the project),
  • Literature review and background of the project topic
  • Project management
  • Project analysis (including but not limited to strategic alignment, description of current systems, stakeholder analysis and management, requirements methodology and statement, and change management issues)
  • Discussions (of candidate solution evaluation, proposed improvement or solutions including process models, and prototype design)
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
  • References
  • Appendix (optional)

Please see the unit website for more specific marking criteria.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

via Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Investigate client requirements and apply a range of tools, techniques and methods to implement a solution.

2. Work collaboratively as part of a productive team.

3. Generate and review project management artefacts and documentation required of a business systems project.

4. Commuicate effectively by using written and oral presentation understanding the needs of various stakeholders.

5. Identify and evaluate change management issues that may arise due to changing business practices.

6. Produce a report recommending improvements to current business practices.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



2 Portfolio

Assessment Title ePortfolio
Task Description

This is an individual assessment.

An e-portfolio is a learning tool that enables students to accumulate evidence of learning achievement. In this unit we will use Mahara as the learning tool. Please refer to Moodle unit website for more detail instructions on how to use Mahara portfolio and the assessment criteria.

Please review the example links on the unit Moodle website.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

A project portfolio is to be maintained by every student individually.

Entries are to be made in your portfolio on each occasion that work is undertaken on the project, detailing the work done, time taken, difficulties experienced, and other issues that may arise. It is to be a record of every activity undertaken by you in developing the project.

Entries will be made in the portfolio on a weekly basis starting from teaching Week 3 until (and including) Week 12.

The portfolio will contain work that has been integrated into the group project work, as evidenced by information supplied in the portfolio as to where the work is located in the final group report submission.

Please see Moodle unit website for more specific marking criteria.

Failure to submit a portfolio will disadvantage your overall marks.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

via Mahara and Moodle using Secret URL

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Generate and review project management artefacts and documentation required of a business systems project.

4. Commuicate effectively by using written and oral presentation understanding the needs of various stakeholders.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



3 Presentation

Assessment Title Group Presentation
Task Description

This assessment requires you to present your findings based on your DRAFT report.

Presentation of DRAFT project report: Each group will be required to present their DRAFT project report to colleagues and staff for feedback in Week 10. Each group will have until Week 13 (due date for Project Report) to improve the report based on feedback received at the time of the presentation. Documentation regarding the presentation will be submitted via Moodle.

Distance students: The time of the presentations and technology employed will be determined on an individual basis. Please contact the unit coordinator.

Assessment Due Date As per Schedule
Return Date to Students Within 2 weeks of submission.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Each group will be allocated a time in Week 10 to present a draft of their project report. Each presentation will be assessed on the following criteria:

Group marks will be based on:

  • Preparation and consistency of presentation;
  • Set up and use of visual aids;
  • Timing of presentation including Q&A;
  • Continuity and flow from one presenter to the next;
  • Presentation content is relevant to the topic;
  • Content is clear, concise and relevant.

Individual marks for presentation will be based on:

  • Professional dress;
  • Presentation manner;
  • Content is explained well;
  • Response to questions during Q&A.

Please see unit website for more specific marking criteria.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Presentation in class and by arrangement with unit coordinator/local lecturer.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Work collaboratively as part of a productive team.

4. Commuicate effectively by using written and oral presentation understanding the needs of various stakeholders.

6. Produce a report recommending improvements to current business practices.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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