Business Information Systems
______Business Information Systems (BIS) is the use of technology and information to support the needs and objectives of a business. BIS encompasses a range of tools and applications that are used to manage and analyze data, automate business processes, support decision-making, and facilitate communication and collaboration both within and outside of the organization. BIS includes components such as hardware, software, data, networks, and people, and is used across a variety of industries to improve operational efficiency, enhance customer service, and gain strategic advantages. Successful BIS implementation requires a deep understanding of business processes, effective communication, and strong project management skills.
Module Code: MOD003328
Module Leader: Tex Dunstan
Word Limit: 3000 words
This excludes bibliography and other items listed in rule 6.75 of the Academic Regulations:
Outcomes • Analyse the role of the information systems strategy in an organisation, and its integration with overall corporate strategy.
• Evaluate appropriate hard and soft factors that impact upon success and failure in the development, roll out and operation of various types of business information systems.
Please refer to the deadline on the VLE
WRITING YOUR ASSIGNMENT:
• This assignment must be completed individually.
• You must use the Harvard referencing system.
• Your work must indicate the number of words you have used. Written assignments must not exceed the specified maximum number of words. When a written assignment is marked, the excessive use of words beyond the word limit is reflected in the academic judgement of the piece of work which results in a lower mark being awarded for the piece of work (regulation 6.74).
• Assignment submissions are to be made anonymously. Do not write your name anywhere on your work.
• Write your student ID number at the top of every page.
• Where the assignment comprises more than one task, all tasks must be submitted in a single document.
• You must number all pages.
SUBMITTING YOUR ASSIGNMENT:
In order to achieve full marks, you must submit your work before the deadline. Work that is submitted late – if your work is submitted on the same day as the deadline by midnight, your mark will receive a 10% penalty. If you submit your work up to two working days after the published submission deadline – it will be accepted and marked. However, the element of the module’s assessment to which the work contributes will be capped with a maximum mark of 40%.
Work cannot be submitted if the period of 2 working days after the deadline has passed (unless there is an approved extension). Failure to submit within the relevant period will mean that you have failed the assessment.
Requests for short-term extensions will only be considered in the case of illness or other cause considered valid by the iCentre Adviser. Please contact iCentre@lca.anglia.ac.uk. A request must normally be received and agreed by the iCentre Adviser in writing at least 24 hours prior to the deadline. See rules
Mitigation: The deadline for submission of mitigation in relation to this assignment is no later than five working days after the submission date of this work. Please contact iCentre@lca.anglia.ac.uk See rules 6.103 – 6.132:
http://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/academic/public/academic_regs.pdf ASSIGNMENT BACKGROUND
You have already established a successful business using BIS well.
Your business is based in one of the transportation, food service/catering or healthcare sectors.
In your group presentation, you have already discussed investment in and development of cloud services for your products/services to continue the business performance.
You now need to write a briefing document to show the key issues regarding blockchain.
Identify and evaluate the characteristics and significance globally of blockchain.
(25 marks) Task 2
Analyse the organisational opportunities and challenges posed to your chosen
sector by blockchain. (40 marks)
Apply Porter’s value chain and/or Rayport & Sviolka’s virtual value chain to analyse how value is created and delivered in your business by blockchain. (25 marks)
Use correct academic writing style and structure. Use correct grammar, syntax, punctuation and spelling. Use in-text citations and references according to the
Harvard Reference System. (10 marks) ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
Evidence of knowledge, understanding and analysis of the role of blockchain in an organisation and its relationship to corporate strategy.
Evidence of academic and intellectual skills that evaluate appropriate hard and soft factors that impact upon success and failure in the development, roll out and operation of business information systems.
Evidence of academic and intellectual skills that successfully apply principles of blockchain to a specific organisational context.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
• Structure of the briefing document:
1. Introduction – introduce the topic area and explain the scope of work to be addressed in the briefing document (150 words)
2. Task 1 (750 words)
3. Task 2 (1200 words)
4. Task 3 (750 words)
5. Conclusion to summarise what you have set out in your main section (150 words)
6. Full list of references in Harvard format.
Your briefing report does not need an executive summary, recommendations or appendices. Use the sector and business/organisation chosen for the interim assessment. If you do not, marks will be forfeited.
• Respond to each task by using relevant theories, frameworks and their application to the BIS development with explanation and analysis. A critical approach will earn merit.
• Explore relevant blockchain issues in your analysis and application of your proposals. These may include security, immutability, transparency, IOT, etc. Be aware of the distinction between blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
• Take a critical approach to your use of Porter’s value chain and/or Rayport & Sviokla’s virtual value chain. Focus on the technology activity and explore its relationships selectively with other value creation activities.
• Lectures, tutorials and the VLE materials curate and present a range of relevant theory to support your BIS development (e.g. value chain, virtual value chain, IPOS model, generic strategy, five forces analysis, system theory, three levels of strategy and data-information-knowledge model).
ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY GENERIC ASSESSMENT CRITERIA AND MARKING STANDARDS: LEVEL 5
Level 5 reflects continuing development from Level 4. At this level students are not fully autonomous but are able to take responsibility for their own learning with some direction. Students are expected to locate an increasingly detailed theoretical knowledge of the discipline within a more general intellectual context, and to demonstrate this through forms of expression which go beyond the merely descriptive or imitative. Students are expected to demonstrate analytical competence in terms both of problem identification and resolution, and to develop their skill sets as required.
Mark Bands Outcome Characteristics of Student Achievement by Marking Band for ARU’s Generic
Learning Outcomes (Academic Regulations, Section 2)
Knowledge & Understanding Intellectual (thinking), Practical, Affective and
100% Achieves module outcome(s) Exceptional information base exploring and analysing the discipline, its theory and ethical issues with extraordinary originality and autonomy. With some additional effort, work may be considered for internal publication Exceptional management of learning resources, with a higher degree of autonomy/ exploration that clearly exceeds the brief. Exceptional structure/accurate expression. Demonstrates intellectual originality and imagination. Exceptional team/practical/professional skills. With some additional effort, work may be considered for internal publication
89% Outstanding information base exploring and analysing the discipline, its theory and ethical issues with clear originality and
autonomy Outstanding management of learning resources, with a degree of autonomy/exploration that clearly exceeds the brief. An exemplar of structured/accurate expression. Demonstrates intellectual originality and imagination.
Outstanding team/practical/professional skills
79% Excellent knowledge base, exploring and analysing the discipline, its theory and ethical issues with considerable originality and autonomy Excellent management of learning resources, with a degree of autonomy/exploration that may exceed the brief. Structured/accurate expression. Excellent academic/ intellectual skills and team/practical/professional skills
69% Good knowledge base; explores and analyses the discipline, its theory and ethical issues with some originality, detail and autonomy Good management of learning with consistent self-direction. Structured and mainly accurate expression. Good academic/intellectual skills and team/practical/ professional skills
59% Sound knowledge base that begins to explore and analyse the theory and ethical issues of the discipline
Sound use of learning resources. Acceptable structure/accuracy in expression. Sound level of academic/intellectual skills, going beyond description at times. Sound team/practical/professional skills. Inconsistent self-direction
49% A marginal pass in
module outcome(s) Adequate knowledge base with some omissions and/or lack of theory of discipline and its ethical dimension Adequate use of learning resources with little self-direction. Some input to teamwork. Some difficulties with academic/intellectual skills. Largely imitative and descriptive. Some difficulty with structure and accuracy in expression, but developing practical/professional skills
Firstly, you need to start with an introduction that introduces the topic area and explains the scope of work to be addressed in the briefing document. This should be around 150 words.
Task 1 requires you to identify and evaluate the characteristics and significance globally of blockchain. You should discuss the key features of blockchain technology and how it works. You should also evaluate the potential benefits and limitations of blockchain technology, and its significance globally. This should be around 750 words.
Task 2 requires you to analyse the organisational opportunities and challenges posed to your chosen sector by blockchain. You should discuss how blockchain could impact your chosen sector, including any opportunities or challenges that may arise. You should also consider the potential risks and benefits of implementing blockchain in your sector. This should be around 1200 words.
Task 3 requires you to apply Porter’s value chain and/or Rayport & Sviolka’s virtual value chain to analyse how value is created and delivered in your business by blockchain. You should discuss how blockchain could impact each stage of the value chain and how it can add value to your business. This should be around 750 words.
Finally, you need to write a conclusion to summarise what you have set out in your main section. This should be around 150 words. You should also provide a full list of references in Harvard format.
In order to achieve high marks, you should use relevant theories and frameworks to support your analysis and application of blockchain technology. A critical approach will also earn merit. Additionally, you should explore relevant blockchain issues in your analysis, including security, immutability, transparency, IOT, and so on.