Task Summary In this assessment, you will individually address four tasks in a case study related to the strategic use of information resources, and the role of Information Systems (IS) in a contemporary business environment. The workload required in this assessment is equivalent to that of a 1000-word report. Please refer to the Task Instructions for details on how to complete this task. Context: This assessment helps you to build an in-depth understanding of the role of information systems in a contemporary business environment, and how it can help the business to gain a competitive edge. To successfully complete this assessment you are required to study a fictitious case organisation that has been chosen to be in a

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ASSESSMENT BRIEF
Subject Code and TitleMGT609 Managing Information Systems
AssessmentAssessment 1: Information Systems, Scenario Evaluation
Individual/GroupIndividual
Length1,000 words (+/- 10%)
Learning Outcomesa) Evaluate the role and evolving nature of information
systems in a variety of dynamic business environments.
b) Critically examine the impact of information systems on
business decision-making.
SubmissionDue by 11:59pm AEST/AEDT Friday of Module 2.2 (week 4)
Weighting20% of the Final Mark
Total Marks20 marks

Task Summary
In this assessment, you will individually address four tasks in a case study related to the strategic use
of information resources, and the role of Information Systems (IS) in a contemporary business
environment. The workload required in this assessment is equivalent to that of a 1000-word report.
Please refer to the Task Instructions for details on how to complete this task.
Context:
This assessment helps you to build an in-depth understanding of the role of information systems in a
contemporary business environment, and how it can help the business to gain a competitive edge. To
successfully complete this assessment you are required to study a fictitious case organisation that has
been chosen to be in an industry that all students should be familiar with – the higher education
industry, and advise as to what information resources can be used strategically, and how IS can help
a higher education institute to compete.
This assessment develops your understanding of the strategic use of IS and its role in a modern
organisation, which serve as the foundation of IS management.
Instructions:
You should first read and understand the following case before proceeding to address the questions
in the Assessment Tasks section.
ABC University (‘ABCU’) has enjoyed phenomenal growth in the past in terms of student
numbers, staff number, new courses, new campuses as well as infrastructure. Since founded
in Sydney in 2012, ABCU has soon become the most successful private university in Australia
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with over 50,000 students spread across its 16 campuses and delivery sites in all major
Australian metropolitan cities.
ABCU has a typical functional organisational structure. The University is divided into a number
of Divisions so that each Division primary focuses on a somewhat independent business
capability. Those Divisions include: Student Experience and Governance, Research Division,
Tertiary Education Division, Finance Division, Engagement and Campuses Division, Marketing
and Recruitment Division, and HR Division.
The business model of ABCU is no difference than that of other public universities. It sells
educational products and services to both domestic and international students.
Higher education industry is highly regulated in Australia. Tertiary Education Quality and
Standards Agency (TEQSA) was established to administer the Higher Education Standard
Framework (the threshold standard) and has adopted a risk model to quality assure Australia’s
higher education sector. A number of risk indicators include student retention rate, student
progression rate and student completion rate.
ABCU’s strategic plan 2018-2022 focuses on expansion and growth as well as increasing
student engagement and ensuring higher education quality. The KPIs stipulated in the
strategic plan include 3.8+/5 student satisfaction rating, 75%+ student retention rate, 80%+
student progression rate, and 60%+ student completion rate. It is also in its strategic plan that
the University will introduce at least 3 new courses each year.
With respect to academic quality assurance, ABCU has in place a number of academic quality
assurance and quality control mechanisms, including the close monitoring of student-at-risk,
student attendance, student progression, and student academic misconduct, teaching staff
training and controlled student-to-lecturer ratio.
Assessment Tasks:
To complete this assessment, you are required to answer ALL of the following questions in a Microsoft
Word document. You must not copy the questions over to your assessment document. Use question
number to indicate which question your answer relates to.
1. How can information resources be used strategically for ABCU? Write a short paragraph with
at least two (2) examples illustrating the strategic use of information resources. (200 words)
2. Why is it important to align IS strategy with the overall University strategic plan? (100 words)
3. Explain how information system can help ABCU gain a competitive edge over public
universities. You must select at least three (3) aspects of Porters’ five forces model, and
explain what impact, if any, information systems will have on ABCU’s competitive position.
(400 words)
4. Would you advise the Chief Information Officer (CIO) to consider any enterprise system? If so,
what enterprise system would you advise the CIO to consider for ABCU and how that
enterprise system will add value to the University? In your answer, you must provide at least
two examples that ABCU would benefit from having in place an enterprise system. If you
advise the CIO against considering an enterprise system, you must provide sound argument
for your advice. (300 words)
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General Assessment Requirement:
• Incomprehensible submissions. Assessments provide the opportunity for students to
demonstrate their knowledge and skills to achieve the required standard. To do this,
assessment responses need to be both clear and easy to understand. If not, the University
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will, therefore, be marked accordingly including the potential for 0 (zero) marks where
relevant.
• Case study. Assessment response must focus on the case study scenario given in the Task
Instructions. Any assessment items that do not address the case study scenario will be
awarded 0 (zero) marks.
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the submitted document is the final and correct version of the document. That is, if your
submitted report contains Track Changes or Comments or any other editing marks it may be
awarded 0 (zero) marks. It is your responsibility to submit the final and correct version of your
report.
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the assessment criteria and the marking rubric included in this specification to ensure that
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typographical or grammatical errors before being submitted. Do not rely on the ‘spell-check’
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• Referencing. It is essential that you use appropriate 6th edition APA style for citing and
referencing research. Please see more information on referencing here
http://library.laureate.net.au/research_skills/referencing
Submission Instructions:
• Means of submission. Submit ONE Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) via the
Assessment link in the main navigation menu in MGT609: Managing Information Systems.
• No Zipped files. Students MUST NOT zip the Microsoft Word document or submit it as one
single zip/compressed file.
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therefore cannot be modified. Please ensure that your submissions are final, correct (correct
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The Learning Facilitator will provide feedback via the Grade Centre in the LMS portal. Feedback
can be viewed in My Grades.
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Learning Rubric: Assessment 1 Information Systems, Scenario Evaluation

Assessment
Attributes
Fail (Unacceptable)
0-49%
Pass
(Functional)
50-64%
Credit
(Proficient)
65-74%
Distinction
(Advanced)
75 -84%
High Distinction
(Exceptional)
85-100%
Knowledge and
understanding
40%
Limited understanding of
• the strategic use of
information
resources;
• the alignment of IS
strategy with
business strategy;
• how IS help business
gain a competitive
edge;
• the role of enterprise
system;
Key components of the
assignment are not
addressed.
Knowledge or
understanding of
• the strategic use of
information resources;
• the alignment of IS
strategy with business
strategy;
• how IS help business
gain a competitive
edge;
• the role of enterprise
system;
Resembles a recall or
summary of key ideas.
Often confuses assertion of
personal opinion with
information substantiated
by evidence from the
research/course materials.
Thorough knowledge or
understanding of
• the strategic use of
information resources;
• the alignment of IS
strategy with business
strategy;
• how IS help business gain
a competitive edge;
• the role of enterprise
system;
Supports personal opinion
and information
substantiated by evidence
from the research/course
materials.
Demonstrates a capacity to
explain and apply relevant
concepts.
Highly developed
understanding of
• the strategic use of
information resources;
• the alignment of IS
strategy with business
strategy;
• how IS help business
gain a competitive
edge;
• the role of enterprise
system;
Discriminates between
assertion of personal
opinion and information
substantiated by robust
evidence from the
research/course materials
and extended reading.
Well demonstrated capacity
to explain and apply
relevant concepts.
A sophisticated
understanding of
• the strategic use of
information resources;
• the alignment of IS
strategy with business
strategy;
• how IS help business
gain a competitive
edge;
• the role of enterprise
system;
Systematically and critically
discriminates between
assertion of personal
opinion and information
substantiated by robust
evidence from the
research/course materials
and extended reading.
Mastery of concepts and
application to new
situations/further
learning.

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Analysis and application
with synthesis of new
knowledge
20%
Limited synthesis and
analysis.
Limited
application/recommendat
ions based upon analysis.
Demonstrated analysis and
synthesis of new knowledge
with application.
Shows the ability to
interpret relevant
information and literature.
Well-developed analysis and
synthesis with application of
recommendations linked to
analysis/synthesis.
Thoroughly developed and
creative analysis and
synthesis with application
of pretested models and /
or independently
developed models and
justified recommendations
of enterprise systems linked
to analysis/synthesis.
Highly sophisticated and
creative analysis, synthesis
of new with existing
knowledge.
Strong application by way
of pretested models and /
or independently
developed models.
Recommendations of
enterprise systems are
clearly justified based on
the analysis/synthesis.
Applying knowledge to new
situations/other cases.
Evaluation of
information selected to
support the case study
20%
Limited understanding of
key concepts required to
support the case study.
Confuses logic and
emotion. Information
taken from reliable
sources but without a
coherent analysis or
synthesis.
Viewpoints of experts are
taken as fact with little
questioning.
Resembles a recall or
summary of key ideas.
Often conflates/confuses
assertion of personal
opinion with information
substantiated by evidence
from the research/course
materials.
Analysis and evaluation do
not reflect expert
judgement, intellectual
independence, rigor and
adaptability.
Supports personal opinion
and information
substantiated by evidence
from the research/course
materials.
Demonstrates a capacity to
explain and apply relevant
concepts.
Identify logical flaws.
Questions viewpoints of
experts.
Discriminates between
assertion of personal
opinion and information
substantiated by robust
evidence from the
research/course materials
and extended reading.
Well demonstrated capacity
to explain and apply
relevant concepts.
Viewpoint of experts are
subject to questioning.
Systematically and critically
discriminates between
assertion of personal
opinion and information
substantiated by robust
evidence from the
research/course materials
and extended reading.
Information is taken from
sources with a high level of
interpretation/evaluation
to develop a

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Analysis and evaluation
reflect growing judgement,
intellectual independence,
rigor and adaptability.
comprehensive critical
analysis or synthesis.
Exhibits intellectual
independence, rigor, good
judgement and
adaptability.
Correct citation of key
resources and evidence
20%
Demonstrates
inconsistent use of good
quality, credible and
relevant resources to
support and develop ideas
Demonstrates use of
credible and relevant
resources to support and
develop ideas, but these
are not always explicit or
well developed.
Demonstrates use of credible
resources to support and
develop ideas.
Demonstrates use of good
quality, credible and
relevant resources to
support and develop
arguments and statements.
Show evidence of wide
scope within the
organisation for sourcing
evidence.
Demonstrates use of high
quality, credible and
relevant resources to
support and develop
arguments and position
statements.
Show evidence of wide
scope within and without
the organisation for
sourcing evidence.
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