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Managing information systems

You will have to prepare a paper that critically discusses how organisations apply the
strategic use of IS/IT to achieve competitive advantage. Some aspects and issues you may discuss in your
paper could include (but are not limited to):
• Discuss at least one (1) successful and one (1) unsuccessful examples of the use of IS/IT for gaining
or enhancing competitive advantages.
• Highlight some success factors for the successful example.
• What are some lessons learned (i.e., what went wrong?) for your unsuccessful example
• Suggest some internal (e.g., organizational, individual, and management factors) and external factors
(e.g., market, industry, social, economic, technological and political/policy factors) influencing the
success or failure of organisations’ attempts at gaining and enhancing competitive advantages? Are
internal factors more important than external factors? Or the other way around?
• How can competitive advantages gained via IS/IT be sustained?

You should show evidence that you have read at least
10 references, which must be published after January 2011, in the literature (including references from
academic and professional publications) to prepare this assignment. A variety of references are expected
including books, refereed journals, case studies, newspapers, magazines and electronic references.

Your assignment should contain:
• Title page
• Table of contents
• Introduction
• Main body of report with suitable headings and subheadings
• Conclusions
• Reference list
• Appendices (if relevant).

Audit, Assurance and Compliance

HI6026 Audit, Assurance and Compliance TRIMESTER 1, 2017 INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT 1 Assessment Value: 20% Instructions: ? This assignment is to be submitted in accordance with assessment policy stated in the Subject Outline and Student Handbook. ? It is the responsibility of the student who is submitting the work, to ensure that the work is in fact her/his own work. Incorporating another’s work or ideas into one’s own work without appropriate acknowledgement is an academic offence. Students should submit all assignments for plagiarism checking on Blackboard before final submission in the subject. For further details, please refer to the Subject Outline and Student Handbook. ? Answer all questions. ? Maximum marks available: 20 marks. ? Due date of submission: Week 6, Friday. Assignment Question (1) (10 Marks) You are an audit manager with Clarke & Johnson (CJI). For the past years CJ has been the auditor of luxury Travel Holidays LTD (LTH), a travel company. Geoff, the audit partner, has asked you the to contact Chris, LTH’s CEO, with a view to CJ being re-engaged as the auditor for the upcoming audit of the 30 June 2015 financial report. Geoff has also indicated that intends to allocate Michael, a first-year accountant, and Annette, an accountant in CJ’s tax advisory department, to the LTH audit for the first time. Geoff suggested that you discuss the audit with each of these staff, with a view to identifying any independence issues. You held talks with Chris, Michael and Annette of these conversations were as follows: 1. Conversation with Chris, situation 1 Chris stated: ‘The board of directors were impressed with last year’s audit and would like to propose reappointing CJ as the auditor of the 30 June 2015 financial report audit. The board would also like to invite Geoff to give a speech about LTH at the next travel agency seminar, to assist in promoting LTH’s business to attract more investors. I understand that this is outside CJ’s normal practice; however, the board expressed the view that it will be very difficult for LTH to continue any business engagements with CJ should Geoff refuse to provide such assistance’. 2. Conversation with Chris, situation 2 Chris stated: ‘ To express our sincerity towards CJ and Geoff, and to maintain the good relationship in anticipation of another smooth audit for 2015, LTH would like to present a complimentary 14-day holiday package voucher for four people to the Greek isles for both Geoff’s and your family. All expenses, including accommodation and travelling cost, will be paid by LTH’. 3. Conversation with Michael Michael stated: ‘I am very excited to be part of the audit team. I believe that I will be a valuable asset to the team, as my dad is LTH’s financial controller. He is responsible for the preparation of LTH’s financial report.’ 4. Conversation with Annette Annette stated: ‘I am glad that I have been allocated to this year’s LTH’s audit team. It’s going to be a very efficient audit this year! I was on a temporary assignment at LTH’s just a month ago, helping LTH with its tax calculations and preparing accounting entries that will be reflected in the 30 June 2015 financial report, so I don’t think there will be much audit work required around the tax accounts. It will be great to catch up with everybody at LTH again, as they are so easy to work with.’ Required: (a) For each situation, identify and evaluate any threats in relation to auditor independence ( 5 Marks). (b) Identify any safeguards to those threats identified above( 5 Marks). Assignment Question (2) (10 Marks) You are an audit senior with Crampton and Hasaad and you are planning the audit of Mining supplies LTD (MSL) for the year ended 30 June 2015. MSL sells mining equipment and spare parts to mining companies across Australia. MSL has operational centres in Perth, Newcastle, and Mt. Isa. Each operational centre warehouses the equipment and spare parts and provides sales and maintenance services. MSL’s head office is located in Melbourne where finance, IT and other corporate services are provided. MSL has equipment purchase order contracts with a number of manufacturing suppliers based in Europe, Us and China. These manufactures build the specialised, made- to-order equipment and spare parts and ship them to MSL’s operational centres. Each item of equipment purchased by a customer comes with a two-year spare parts and labour warranty from MSL. The warranty entitles the customer to a maximum of one free maintenance service per year during the warranty period. Depending on the type of equipment and customer’s location, a maintenance service can take between one day and one week. MSL uses contracted mobile mechanics who travel to the customer’s location to carry out all maintenance services. Some services require the mechanic to travel long distances, due to the remote locations. Any maintenance services that are inside that are outside the warranty conditions are billed to the customer. The billing covers a daily labour rate for the mechanic’s time, any parts replaced and reimbursement for travel, accommodation and living expenses incurred by the mechanic. Required: (a) In relation to the purchasing of equipment and spare parts, describe two business risks to MSL that Crampton and Hasaad will consider in planning the 2015 audit( 5 Marks). (b) For each business risk identified in (a) describe a specific audit risk that could arise. Each responses should include the identification of account balances that are impacted directly by the audit risk ( 5 Marks).

Financial, commercial and cost factors

Task
Critically evaluate the contribution of key financial, commercial and cost factors to the management of projects.

Submissions
Submissions must be typed A4, 12pt double-spaced, with an appropriate cover sheet. Work must be fully referenced in accordance with the Harvard referencing system.
The written submission should be in the order of 1500 words.
Assignments must be submitted through Turnitin Grademark;

Assessment criteria
Extent and quality of the critical understanding of the financial, commercial and cost factors
that affect the management of projects 50%

Quality of the critical evaluation of the factors to the management of the project 30%

Quality of the writing including referencing, flow and sources of information 20%

Individual Reflective Journal

For this assessment, students are expected to write a weekly journal over the duration of the 12-week teaching period that documents a critical analysis of their learning process. In the journal students need to reflect/review how they have progressed with the learning goals related to assessments 1 and 2.

Students need to write their individual reflective journal concurrently to performing assessment tasks 1 and 2, i.e. from the first week of the subject. For each week, students need to make journal entries that provide a reflection of their ‘journey’ of gaining, and applying knowledge of the research paradigm. For each week students should reflect and compare the theoretical knowledge with what they apply into practice. As assessment 1 and 2 are completed, students should clearly identify learning goals achieved.

Business Research Proposal

For this assessment, students are expected to present a written research proposal that is based on the literature review (Assessment 1) and demonstrates their understanding of business research/research paradigm.

Based on their literature review, students are required to write a business research proposal outlining the details of the proposed research project that addresses the gaps identified in the literature. Derived from the business topic, the proposal needs to include clearly state research questions (primary and secondary), and provide a solid research methodology that supports the feasibility of the research project

Marking criteria of the research proposal include: the justification of the research questions that operationalize the research topic; the demonstration of a detailed research methodology addressing research instrument, sample size and sampling approach, research location/s and schedule as well as providing a critical assessment of the limitations of the methodology and the expected outcome of the research project.

Assessment 1 Literature Review

For this assessment, students are expected to demonstrate their understanding of the extant, academic literature related to an approved, business topic.

In consultation with their lecturer, students need to decide on a business-related topic/concept. Students need to select approximately eight to twelve (8-12), but at least three (3), peer-reviewed articles or comparable sources (online resource can be accessed using ProQuest or Google Scholar) that are related to the topic (as the basis of their literature review).

In the context of their chosen topic, students need to review the articles and sources selected, i. e. read and critically analyse (compare and contrast) the literature. In doing so, students are required to discuss the key ideas/arguments put forward by authors, identify communalities/similarities, differences and conclusions drawn by different authors. Based on this analysis and discussion, students are expected to point out potential gaps in the literature that will form the basis of Assessment 2, the research proposal.

Marking criteria of the literature review include: the quality and currency of the literature selected; the student’s ability to compare and contrast author’s arguments/viewpoints and identify gaps in the existing literature in the context of the chosen business topic; the demonstrated ability to use Harvard referencing.

Nursing Case Study

Louise is a registered nurse working on medical ward in the local hospital. She is caring
for Sam, an 18 year old, who has been admitted with unstable blood sugar levels. Sam has
a history of type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, which he was diagnosed with at the age of 5.
At 5pm Louise takes Sam his insulin to administer just prior to his dinner. Sam however,
refuses to take the insulin and tells Louise he is not hungry and is sick of being in this
stupid hospital. Louise tells Sam he must take his insulin but he tells her to get lost. Upset
by Sam’s comments, Louise leaves the room and does not come back to see Sam for the
rest of the shift. Louise hands over to the night shift that Sam is non-compliant and
aggressive.
The next day Louise comes in for day shift and is called to the Nurse Unit Manager’s
(NUM) office. The NUM informs Louise that Sam has been transferred to the Intensive
Care Unit (ICU) overnight with a diagnosis of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and is very
unwell. The NUM asks Louise why Sam was not given his evening does of insulin.
When Louise gets home from work that afternoon she is upset and makes a post to her
Facebook© page. Whilst Louise has not mentioned any names in her post, many of her
Facebook© friends know where Louise works and are colleagues of hers.
Louise Smith Can’t believe I got called into the office today because my stupid patient
refused their insulin & ended up in ICU. How is that my fault?!?!
10 minutes ago Like Comment
1. What are the legal issues in this case?
• If legal action is taken by Sam or his family is it likely that Louise will be found
to be negligent? Consider the four (4) actions that must be met to be considered
negligent.
• Is Louise’s post on Facebook© a breach of Sam’s privacy? Consider the
legislation, hospital policy and the NMBA codes and guidelines in your
response.
2. Are Louise’s actions ethical?
• Define the bioethical principles commonly utilized in healthcare and use these to
argue for or against Louise’s actions.
3. What should Louise have done differently in this scenario?
• In your response outline the fundamental patterns of knowing in nursing and
explain how she could improve her knowledge on EACH of these to improve her
actions.
• Justify you response with supportive evidence including reference to the NMBA
codes and guidelines.
Headings to be used:
• Introduction
• 1. Legal Issues
• 2. Bioethical Principles
• 3. Recommendation
• Conclusion

Education Case study

The Case Study is to enable you to explore an example (of your choice) of an educational system in a global context. The module expects an understanding of the educational social divisions and Inequalities as experienced in another (non UK) Global context.

Critically understand and evaluate a range of theoretical perspectives and concepts relating to education issues and policies across selected global contexts. Apply and analyse a wide range of arguments and evidence on educational inequality in selected global contexts. Utilise the conceptual tools and empirical evidence required to investigate education. To demonstrate the capacity to manage their own learning experiences

The word limit is 2,500 words.

Students Record Keeping System

Assignment title Student Record Keeping Systems

LO Learning outcomes AC In this assessment you will have the opportunity to present evidence that shows you are able to: Task No.

LO1 Understand the principles of programming in .NET 1.1 Discuss the principles, characteristics and features of programming in .NET 1.1 1.2 Critically evaluate the environmental flexibility of programming in .NET 1.2 1.3 Critically evaluate the components that support the .NET framework 1.3

LO2 Be able to design .NET solutions 2.1 Design a .NET programming solution to a given problem 2.1 2.2 Explain the components and data and file structures required to implement a given design 2.2 2.3 evaluate potential delivery environments and interaction 2.3

LO3 Be able to implement .NET solutions 3.1 Implement a .NET programming solutions based on a prepared design 3.1 3.2 implement event handling using control structures to meet the design algorithms 3.2 3.3 identify and implement opportunities for error handling and reporting 3.3 3.4 make effective use of an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) including code and screen templates 3.4

LO4 Be able to test and document .NET solutions 4.1 Critically review and test a .NET programming solution. 4.1 4.2 Analyse test results against expected results to identify discrepancies 4.2 4.3 Evaluate independent feedback on a developed .NET program solution and make recommendations for improvements 4.3 4.4 Create user documentations for the development .NET program solution. 4.4 4.5 Create technical documentation for the support and maintenance of a .NET program
In this assessment you will have opportunities to provide evidence against the following criteria.

Grading

Criteria

To achieve the criteria the evidence must show that the learner is able to: Task No. Type of Evidence Evidence (Page N0.)

LO1: Understand the principles of programming in .NET

1.1 To achieve this criteria you should consider Versions: current version; backwards compatibility; design considerations; alternative implementations and design features: interoperability, common runtime engine, language independence, base class library, deployment, security, portability. 1.1 Report – Word

1.2 Take into consideration .NET languages: eg C#, C++, F#, J#, PowerShell, JScript .NET, IronPython, IronRuby, Visual Basic, IronLISP, L#, P# 1.2 Report – Word

1.3 You will need to consider Architecture: Common Language Infrastructure (CLI), assemblies, metadata, security, class library, memory management; framework versions (architecture) eg 3.5, 3.0, 2.0; common language runtime and the .NET framework class libraries 1.3 Report – Word

LO2: Be able to design .NET solutions

2.1 This should include Selection: identification of .NET compatible programming language, identification of .NET programming libraries, selection of development environment and Design methodology: reuse of existing system, adaptation of code, GUI template, graphical interface, design guides, state and interaction diagrams, screen layouts, data storage, event procedures and descriptions 2.1 Operating programme

2.2 Including specification: input, output, 2.2 Report – Word

processes, user need, purpose and Creation of application: use of development environment; debugging

2.3 Here you will need to consider the delivery environment: mobile, handheld, web based, desktop, dedicated device, server and interaction: exchange of data, compliance, compatibility, recognition of standards employed, environment 2.3 Report – Word

LO3: Be able to implement .NET solutions

3.1 Your solution should include Tools and techniques: use of tool boxes and controls, selection, loops, event handlers, event driven triggers, listeners, objects and object properties, menus, debugging tools 3.1 Operating programme

3.2 Implement event handling using control structures to meet your chosen design 3.2 Operating programme

3.3 This includes Data: variables, data types, declaring variables, scope of variables, constants 3.3 Operating programme

3.4 Programming: use of methods, use of ‘traditional coding’ Complexity: multiple .NET classes; multiple code elements 3.4 Report – Word

LO4: Be able to test and document .NET solutions

4.1 This should include Impact testing: range testing, input testing, load testing, system compatibility and Error handling: management of extremes, use of system imposed statements, interaction between .NET classes 4.1 Report – Word

4.2 Mechanisms: valid declarations; debugging code; comment code; naming conventions; checking functionality against requirements; documentation 4.2 Report – Word

4.3 Feedback: record feedback, eg surveys, questionnaire, interviews; analyze feedback; present results 4.3 Report – Word

4.4 Your documentation should include: user onscreen help to assist users of the programme, pop-ups, help menu, hot-spot. 4.4 Report – Word

4.5 Your documentation should include: designs, delivery system, platform, environment, file structures, coding, constraints, documentation for maintenance of programme. 4.5 Report – Word

In addition to the above PASS criteria, this assignment gives you the opportunity to submit evidence in order to achieve the following MERIT and DISTINCTION grades

Grade Descriptor

Indicative characteristic/s Contextualisation

M1: Identify and apply

strategies to find appropriate

solutions Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solutions Relevant theories and techniques/process have been applied for the development of the solution. Appropriate methods have been used to meet all requirements for the given task.

M2: Select / design and apply

appropriate methods /

techniques Select / design and apply appropriate methods / techniques Determine and use suitable evaluation techniques/methods by providing your reasoning for your selection of the algorithm.

M3: Present and communicate

appropriate findings Present and communicate appropriate findings Appropriate method have been used to build the right algorithm to solve the problem Appropriate method has been used to test the result and technical language has been used to document the outcome.

D1: Use critical reflection to

evaluate own work and justify

valid conclusions. Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusions. Critical analysis has been provided for the result as well as the test evaluation report by highlighting their weaknesses and strengths

D2: Take responsibility for

managing and organising

activities. Take responsibility for managing and organising activities. Activities and proper investigations have been used to understand and explain the algorithm used to solve the problem.

D3: Demonstrate convergent /

lateral / creative thinking. Demonstrate convergent / lateral / creative thinking. Critical analysis has been provided to produce the documentation for the development .NET program solution Appropriate analysis has been provided for creating technical documentation for the support and maintenance of a .NET program solution

Qualification HND in Computing and Systems Development

Unit number and title :Programming in .NET

Purpose of this assignment To give learners opportunities to develop an understanding of the principles of programming in .NET, exploring the object oriented nature of the language and the multi-platform versatility.
Scenario West London College of Business and Management Sciences (WLCBMS) decided to introduce database systems to keep the students record. WLCBMS appoint you as a software developer and you have been asked to design, create and test the software. Personal information of each student such as First Name, last Name, Date of Birth, Student ID Number, Mobile Number, Address and the course they are enrolled should be recorded. Your program should enable the user to do the following: 1. Display record 2. Add record 3. Delete record 4. Update record Your program should be able to handle the error in case of any inappropriate data entry and display a message for the user regarding correct data and will ask to re-enter the correct data type. Task 1 1.1 Discuss the principles, characteristics and features of programming in .NET. 1.2 Critically evaluate the environmental flexibility of programming in .NET. 1.3 Critically evaluate the components that support the .NET framework Task 2 2.1 Design a .NET programming solution based on the above scenario. 2.2 Explain the components, data and file structures required to implement a given design.

2.3 Evaluate potential delivery environments and interaction Task 3 3.1 Implement a .NET programming solution based on a prepared design. 3.2 implement event handling using control structures to meet the design algorithms 3.3 identify and implement opportunities for error handling and reporting3.4 make effective use of an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) including code and screen templates. Task 4 4.1 Critically review and test a .NET programming solution. 4.2 Analyse test results against expected results to identify discrepancies. 4.3 Evaluate independent feedback on a developed .NET program solution and make recommendations for improvements. 4.4 Create user documentation for the development of .NET programming solution. 4.5 Create technical documentation for the support and maintenance of a .NET programming solution

Learning outcomes: On successful completion of this unit a learner will: Assessment Criteria Evidence required to obtain a Pass The learner must: Evidence required to obtain a Merit The learner can: Evidence required to obtain a Distinction The learner can:

LO1: (Task 1)

Understand the

principles of

programming in

.NET 1.1: Discuss the principles, characteristics and features of programming in .NET 1.2: Critically 1.1: To achieve this criteria you should consider Versions: current version; backwards compatibility; design considerations; alternative implementations and design features: interoperability, common runtime engine, language independence, base class library, deployment, security, portability. 1.2: Take into

evaluate the environmental flexibility of programming in .NET 1.3 Critically evaluate the components that support the .NET framework consideration .NET languages: eg C#, C++, F#, J#, PowerShell, JScript .NET, IronPython, IronRuby, Visual Basic, IronLISP, L#, P# 1.3: You will need to consider Architecture: Common Language Infrastructure (CLI), assemblies, metadata, security, class library, memory management; framework versions (architecture) eg 3.5, 3.0, 2.0; common language runtime and the .NET framework class libraries

LO2: (Task 2)

Be able to design

.NET solutions

2.1: Design a .NET programming solution to a given problem 2.2: Explain the components and data and file structures required to 2.1: This should include Selection: identification of .NET compatible programming language, identification of .NET programming libraries, selection of development environment and Design methodology: reuse of existing system, adaptation of code, GUI template, graphical interface, design guides, state and interaction diagrams, screen layouts, data storage, event procedures and descriptions. 2.2: Including specification: input, output, processes, user need, purpose and M1: Relevant theories and techniques/process have been applied for the development of the solution. Appropriate methods have been used to meet all requirements for the given task. M2: Determine and use suitable evaluation techniques/methods by providing your reasoning for your selection of the algorithm. D2: Activities and proper investigations have been used to understand and explain the algorithm used to solve the problem.

implement a given design 2.3: evaluate potential delivery environments and interaction Creation of application: use of development environment; debugging 2.3: Here you will need to consider the delivery environment: mobile, handheld, web based, desktop, dedicated device, server and interaction: exchange of data, compliance, compatibility, recognition of standards employed, environment

LO3: (Task 3)

Be able to

implement .NET

solutions

3.1 Implement a .NET programming solutions based on a prepared design 3.2 Implement event handling using control structures to meet the design algorithms 3.3 Identify and implement opportunities for error handling and reporting 3.4 Make effective use of an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) including code and screen templates 3.1: Your solution should include Tools and techniques: use of tool boxes and controls, selection, loops, event handlers, event driven triggers, listeners, objects and object properties, menus, debugging tools. 3.2: Implement event handling using control structures to meet your chosen design. 3.3: This includes Data: variables, data types, declaring variables, scope of variables, constants 3.4: Programming: use of methods, use of ‘traditional coding’ Complexity: multiple .NET classes; multiple code elements

LO4: (Task 4) Be able to test and document .NET solutions 4.1 Critically review and test a .NET programming solution. 4.2 Analyse test results against expected results to identify discrepancies 4.3 Evaluate independent feedback on a developed .NET program solution and make recommendations for improvements 4.4 Create user documentations for the development .NET program solution. 4.5 Create technical documentation for the support and maintenance of a .NET program solution 4.1: This should include Impact testing: range testing, input testing, load testing, system compatibility and Error handling: management of extremes, use of system imposed statements, interaction between .NET classes. 4.2: Mechanisms: valid declarations; debugging code; comment code; naming conventions; checking functionality against requirements; documentation. 4.3: Feedback: record feedback, eg surveys, questionnaire, interviews; analyze feedback; present results. 4.4: Your documentation should include: user onscreen help to assist users of the programme, pop-ups, help menu, hot-spot. 4.5: Your documentation should include: designs, delivery system, platform, environment, file structures, coding, constraints, documentation for maintenance of programme. M3: Show appropriate method have been used to build the right algorithm to solve the problem Appropriate method has been used to test the result and technical language has been used to document the outcome. D1: Critical analysis has been provided for the result as well as the test evaluation report by highlighting their weaknesses and strengths D3: Critical analysis has been provided to produce the documentation for the development .NET program solution Appropriate analysis has been provided for creating technical documentation for the support and maintenance of a .NET program solution

Submission Requirements:

1. An electronic copy of your report

2. Professional Structured report

3. Word count guide ~ 3-4000 words

 Managing the Railway Business

You, as Engineering Director, are responsible for a rail depot refurbishment and the introduction of new equipment. Identify and evaluate the potential impact on the business and the key elements that should be included within your project plan.