a business prevalent in the Digital Economy

Weighting: 25% for Team Report

Required

Form a team of between 2 – 4 members. Write a team report of about 5000 words on a business prevalent in the Digital Economy. The business can be Australian or International, and should have a Web presence. Examples of relevant businesses include; Amazon, Dell, e-Bay etc. Each team must choose a different business.

The report should cover the following areas of IT Management in relation to the business selected.

  • Digital Economy and management of IT:
  • business characteristics;
  • business pressures;
  • relevant or potential new technologies.
  • Enterprise systems:
  • managing the supply chain;
  • software integration;
  • enterprise resource planning;
  • partner relationship management.
  • IT planning and processes;
  • approach to IT planning;
  • methodology adopted in IT strategy and planning;
  • Measuring IT investment;
  • IT investment evaluation method;
  • outsourcing;
  • economic issues, eg. Development failures, e-commerce etc.

Each team is expected to present their report findings to as part of the “Team Report Presentation” assessment task during week 11.

Reference should be made to the underpinning of IT management theories and their relevance to the business selected. Where an area of IT Management is unable to be established, students should recommend suggested or probable strategies based on theories and practises adopted by similar organisations. This should be clearly illustrated and supported by relevant references.

You are reminded to read the “Plagiarism” section of the course description. Your essay should be a synthesis of ideas from a variety of sources expressed in your own words.

All reports must use the APA referencing style.

University Referencing/Citation Style Guide:

The University has published a style guide to help students correctly reference and cite information they use in assignments (American Psychological Association (APA) citation style,

http://www.ballarat.edu.au/aasp/student/learning_support/generalguide/print/ch06s04.shtml or Australian citation style

Reports are to be presented in hard copy in size 12 Times New Roman Font and 1.5 spaced. Your report should include a list of references used in the essay and a bibliography of the wider reading you have done to familiarize yourself on the topic.

Report Submission: Hard-copy to tutors/lecturers assignment box. Double-sided printing for the hard-copy is encouraged in order to save paper.

A passing grade will be awarded to assignments adequately addressing all assessment criteria. Higher grades require better quality and more effort. For example, a minimum is set on the wider reading required. A student reading vastly more than this minimum will be better prepared to discuss the issues in depth and consequently their report is likely to be of a higher quality. So before submitting, please read through the assessment criteria very carefully.

Assessment Criteria for Team Report:

Team Name:
Student Names:
Student ID’s:
Tutor’s Name:
ScoreVery GoodGoodSatisfactoryUnsatisfactory
Presentation /Layout


/8 marks
Information is well organized, well written, and proper grammar and punctuation are used throughout. Correct layout used.Information is organized, well written, with proper grammar and punctuation. Correct layout used.Information is somewhat organized, proper grammar and punctuation mostly used. Correct layout used.Information is somewhat organized, but proper grammar and punctuation not always used. Some elements of layout incorrect.
Structure
/8 marks
Structure guidelines enhancedStructure guidelines followed exactlyStructure guidelines mostly followed.Some elements of structure omitted
Introduction






/9 marks
Introduces the topic of the report in an extremely engaging manner which arouses the reader’s interest. Gives a detailed general background and indicates the overall “plan” of the paper.Introduces the topic of the report in an engaging manner which arouses the reader’s interest. Gives some general background and indicates the overall “plan” of the paper.Satisfactorily introduces the topic of the report. Gives a general background. Indicates the overall “plan” of the paper.Introduces the topic of the report, but omits a general background of the topic and/or the overall “plan” of the paper.
Discussion of topic



/18 marks
All topics discussed in depth. Displays deep analysis of issues with no irrelevant info.Consistently detailed discussion. Displays sound understanding with some analysis of issues and no irrelevant informationMost topics are adequately discussed. Displays some understanding and analysis of issues.Inadequate discussion of issues Little/no demonstrated understanding or analysis of most issues and/or some irrelevant information.
Development of Discussion



/24 marks
Logical arrangement of topics, with very well connected paragraphs. Good linking sentences used. Evidence of full engagement with group discussions.Logical arrangement of topics with some connection between adjoining paragraphs. Some use of linking sentences. Some evidence of engagement with group discussions.Somewhat logical arrangement of topics but with little connection between adjoining paragraphs. Little evidence of engagement with group discussionsArrangement of topics not logical &/or no connection between adjoining paragraphs. No evidence of engagement with group discussions
Conclusion




/5 marks
An interesting, well written summary of the main points. An excellent final comment on the subject, based on the information provided.A good summary of the main points. A good final comment on the subject, based on the information provided.Satisfactory summary of the main points. A final comment on the subject, but introduced new material.Poor/no summary of the main points. A poor final comment on the subject and/or new material introduced.
Referencing





/3 marks
Correct referencing (APA). All quoted material in quotes and acknowledged. All paraphrased material acknowledged. Correctly set out reference list.Mostly correct referencing (APA). All quoted material in quotes &acknowledged. All paraphrased material acknowledged. Mostly correct setting out reference list.Mostly correct referencing (APA ) Some problems with quoted material and paraphrased material Some problems with the reference list.Not all material correctly acknowledged. Some problems with the reference list.
Total /75 marks



(Marks will be divided by 3 to get the final marks out of 25)

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