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COIS11011—Foundations of Business Computing
Assessment details for ALL students
Assessment item 2—Part B: Survey of IS Theory—Term 3 2019

Due date:
Electronic submission via Moodle by 11:45 pm AEST,
Thursday, Week 10, 30 January 2020
Weighting: 20% of total unit assessment
2B Length: 2500 words (+/- 10%)

This assessment item relates to unit learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 as listed in unit profile.
The main purpose of this assignment is to guide you through an exploration of major topics in
Information Systems (IS) to build up your knowledge, and for you to demonstrate that you
understand and can explain the basic concepts underlying IS. The use of word processing skills
is required in completing the assignment.
Part B – Theory questions

All students will complete this part, to be submitted as a word-processed document on the
Assignment Submission System available in the Moodle.
You are to research and prepare answers to all questions listed below. You may use
referenced paraphrasing, but you must always summarise your findings and conclusions in
your own words. Failure to do this will cost you marks – see marking guide.
Do not use direct quotations. Instead, you are required to research, read, understand and then
explain in your own words. Any paraphrasing from sources must be correctly referenced in-
text and in the References section, using the Harvard referencing standard.
Use a variety of web sources, journals and books (avoid using Wikipedia). It is always helpful
to read about the same topics from more than one source.
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Document layout and formatting requirements
The answers should be discussed from the third person point of view, which is standard in
academic writing. Your document must have the following sections in the order listed:
• Format - 2500 words (+/-10%) excluding title page, table of contents and references. Submit
one file in MS Word .doc or .docx format. The document must have a header and footer as
follows: in the header put your student number on the left side of the page and your name
on the right side of the page. The footer should have a page number that is centred on the
page. The header and footer should appear beginning with the body (the questions) of the
document and continue throughout the rest of the document. There should be no header or
footer on the Title page or the Table of Contents.
• Title Page - clearly setting out the title of your assessment, your name, your student ID, the
unit name, unit code and the name of the lecturer. There must be no graphics or pictures of
any kind on the title page.
• Table of Contents - auto generated using the word processor. The title page and table of
contents itself should not appear in the table of contents. The table of contents should be on
its own page.
• Body (the questions) - this is where you discuss your answers in detail, where appropriate,
headings and sub-headings should be included with the logical progression of your answers
from one idea to the next. Do not use the word 'Body' as a heading - identify words that relate
to your assessment for the heading.
Hint - you do not have to make the entire question a heading that appears in the Table of
Contents. You can use the first sentence of the question as the heading which should
appear in the table of contents. Do not attempt to shorten or to re-phrase the question,
as this runs the risk of accidentally changing the question. Marking will always be against
the original question as published in this specification.
• References - this is a list of all the books and articles you have cited in your document to
support the discussion of your answers. References are essential for supporting your
argument/discussion and making it valid. Lack of in-text references compromises value of
your findings dramatically. Use Harvard (author-date) referencing style for your in-text
citations as well as your list of references. You need to provide at least one academic quality
reference published between 2014 and 2020 for each of your answers. Do not use sources
that were published before 2014. Use of Wikipedia and other similar websites is discouraged
to use as references.
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The Questions:
1. Search on Web and write about three of technologies and/or issues that seem to be current
and seem to be most important to business managers. Write about a paragraph per
2. The video rental industry is fiercely competitive. Customers have their choice of renting a
movie by ordering through the mail (Netflix), or watching directly from their television
(pay-per-view or Netflix). Using Porter’s Five Forces Model (buyer power, supplier
power, threat of new entrants, threat of substitute products, and competition), evaluate the
attractiveness of entering the movie rental business. Be sure to include product
differentiation, switching costs, and loyalty programs in your analysis.
3. Search online for the article from The Atlantic: 'Is Google Making Us Stupid?’ Is Google
making us stupid? Support your answer.
4. Search the Web for recent articles on ERP implementations. How successful were these
implementations? How could problems have been avoided or overcome?
5. Why are businesses becoming so dependent on mobile applications? Provide specific
examples to support your answer.
6. Discuss three of the downsides and dangers using social media applications.
7. Define a Database Management System (DBMS). What is an entity? Differentiate between
records and attributes with example.
8. Which five Web sites do you visit most frequently? What makes you come back to these?

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Submission instructions:

Note that:

• Submission is a three-stage process of (i) uploading the file(s) (ii) saving the file(s) and
then (iii) submitting the saved file(s) for marking. Please use the 'Add submission'
button in the assessment submission area of the Moodle unit website to select and upload
your file(s) for this assessment. You must then click the 'Save changes' button after
you've uploaded the file(s) to ensure they are added to your draft submission.
• Once uploaded and saved, all compatible files will be sent to for
originality checking. If you wait for half an hour or so after uploading your initial draft
submission, you can return and check the Turnitin similarity report for your uploaded
file(s) to see whether you want to submit them for marking, or whether you want to
delete the file(s), revise and resubmit. For further details, please click here.
• Turnitin has a 24-hour delay in updating similarity scores for all files uploaded
after your initial draft.
• Any file(s) you have uploaded and left in draft format will be submitted automatically
for marking on the due date and time, so you need to ensure that the final version of
your submission has been uploaded by this date.
• When viewing any feedback files for your submission, it is strongly recommended you
use appropriate/compatible software applications which correctly open the type of file
provided. This will ensure that the feedback is displayed as intended.
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Marking Guide for Assignment 2 (Part A 10% + Part B 20% = 30%)
COIS11011 - Foundations of Business Computing (Term 2 2019)
PART A: Contribution and attendance in tutorials Allocated Awarded Comments

On-Campus Students: Attendance at tutorials/lectures AND
participated in class discussion.
Distance (FLEX) Students: contributed to tutorial discussions
in the Moodle unit forum.
Section Total 10 0.00

Refer to
assignment for
PART B1: Format compliance

Question Your Mark Max Mark
Title page 1 1 7
Header/Footer and Page numbering 1 2 7
Table of Contents (auto-generated) 1 3 7
All sources are accurately documents in Harvard format both in
the text and in the reference list.


Section Total 5 0.00 5 7
PART B2: Answers to questions 6 7
Sentence structure, punctuation, capitalisation, spelling,


Section Total 55 0.00 8 6
Scaled Sub-total (B1+B2) (Out of 20) 0.00 Total 0.00 53
Total (Out of 30) 0.00
Late Submission Penalty: No. of Days Late* 0
Marked by:
*Deduction of 1 mark per calendar day late
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Answer To: COIS11011 CP PART C Page 1 of 7 COIS11011—Foundations of Business Computing Assessment details for...

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Table of Contents
Introduction    3
Three Important Technologies for Business Managers    4
Management Information Systems    4
Data Warehousing and Data Mining    4
Enterprise Resource Planning Systems    5
Attractiveness of Entering Movie Rental Business    5
Buyers Powe
Buying Power    5
Supplier Power    6
The Threat of New Entrants    6
Threat of Substitute Products    6
Competition    6
Response to the Question “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”    6
Success Stories of ERP Implementations    7
Dependency of Businesses on Mobile Applic
ations    8
Downsides and Dangers of Using Social Media Applications    8
Database Management System    9
Five Most Frequently Visited Websites    10
References    11
In this era of globalisation, Information Systems (IS) has become one of the most looked after technology for most of the business organisations. Information systems for a business organisation may be defined as information and communication technology that a business must use to interact with people as well as the latest and upcoming technologies to support its business processes so that their efficiency and effectiveness can be enhanced exponentially. Information systems are important to support some of the key aspects of running a successful business such as record-keeping, decision-making, communication, data collection and data analysis. The information retrieved and analysed through various technologies and systems helps businesses to improve their business operations and make informed strategic decisions, thus increasing the capability of the business to gain competitive advantage. Here, several basic concepts of information systems have been discussed and described in details.
Fig 1: Information Systems in Business Environment
Three Important Technologies for Business Managers
Advances in information-based computer systems has provided the business managers with wide variety of systems, which the managers can now use to make and implement informed decisions for the betterment of the business organisation. Three most important information systems that prove to be extremely beneficial for business management have been described below:
Management Information Systems
A Management Information System (MIS) is a computerised database of information that has been organised and programmed in such a way that is capable of gathering data from multiple online and offline sources. MIS also assists in analysing the gathered information and then generates regular reports on the business operations, which helps the managers to make important business decisions. The main purpose for which most of the business organisations prefer to incorporate MIS system is the feedback that the managers receive regarding their own performance, thus helping the top management of the organisation to monitor the company as a whole. Information displayed via MIS typically depicts actual data against the planned results thus, helping the business managers to measure their progress against the desired goals (Amuna, Shobaki & Naser, 2017). MIS systems may gather information from company functions and units and some of the data is collected via computerised links over periodic intervals. Routine reports are programmed to be run in intervals while special reports can be generated through built-in query languages. Implementing MIS helps managers to control the information available within the organisation and thus make well planned strategic decisions based on real-time data.
Data Warehousing and Data Mining
Implementation of data warehousing and data mining techniques and applications into the everyday operations of the business can prove to be extremely beneficial for the sustainable growth and development of the organisation. The increasing communication of business processes both in the internal as well as external environment has made it necessary for the business managers to incorporate technology that can assist them to collect and organise large and voluminous information into databases that can be accessed from anywhere at any time across the organisation and control the flow of information in and out of the organisation daily or at periodic intervals. Business managers may make use of data mining applications retrieve meaningful information from the large pool of available data so that informed and fact-based strategic decisions could be made. These technologies are important for business managers as this will help them to undertake the business activities in a more controlled and coordinated manner, which consequently increases the efficiency and accuracy of the business processes (Shmueli et al., 2017). These technologies will also help the managers to optimise the operations of the business so that desired goals and objectives of the business can be achieved.
Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
In this era of modernisation and globalisation businesses can be seen continuously evolving in with the ever increasing advancements in technology. Information systems like Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) are on their progressive path to replace traditional softwares so that the business operations can be optimised. With the implementation of such information systems it becomes easy for managers working in the organisation to streamline and synchronise all the business processes leading to better efficiency and thus helping to earn a lot of return on the investment made. This will assist the business managers to share real-time and common information mediated through latest...

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