Faculty of Technology – Course work Specification 2017/18 Module name: Management of Information Systems Module code: IMAT5206 Title of the Assignment: Critical Analysis of a Chief Information Officer’s (CIO’s) Strategy This coursework item is: (delete as appropriate) Summative This summative coursework will be marked anonymously Yes The learning outcomes that are assessed by this coursework are: 1. Have a comprehensive understanding of the purpose of information systems within organisations and IS/IT departments in order to analyse given scenarios and propose evaluated solutions to given problems. 2. Critically analyse concepts within information systems selection, evaluation and deployment. 3. Review and assess information sources within IT management literature, both trade and academic. This coursework is: Individual This coursework contributes 40% to the overall module mark. Date Set: January 31, 2018 (week 18) Date & Time Due: May 4, 2018 (week 31) The ‘normal’ coursework return date for this work is: June 1, 2018 When completed you are required to submit your coursework via: Blackboard and Turnitin Late submission of coursework policy: Late submissions will be processed in accordance with current University regulations which state: “the time period during which a student may submit a piece of work late without authorisation and have the work capped at 50% if passed is 14 calendar days. Work submitted unauthorised more than 14 calendar days after the original submission date will receive a mark of 0%. These regulations apply to a student’s first attempt at coursework. Work submitted late without authorisation which constitutes reassessment of a previously failed piece of coursework will always receive a mark of 0%.” Academic Offences and Bad Academic Practices: These include plagiarism, cheating, collusion, copying work and reuse of your own work, poor referencing or the passing off of somebody else's ideas as your own. If you are in any doubt about what constitutes an academic offence or bad academic practice you must check with your tutor. Further information is available at: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/dmu-students/the-student-gateway/academic-support-office/academic-offences.aspx and http://www.dmu.ac.uk/dmu-students/the-student-gateway/academic-support-office/bad-academic-practice.aspx Tasks to be undertaken: 1. Select a Chief Information Officer (CIO) interview from Computer Weekly (see http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450403681/Top-10-CIO-interviews-of-2016 for examples). 2. Read carefully and reflectively and identify themes and views 3. Investigate and briefly overview company’s recent IT history prior to the interview. 4. For each theme: a. Explain the theme, clarify and define any terms; b. Expand with reference to stories and tasks; c. Set in the context of recent IT history of company; d. Critically appraise the CIO’s view, strategy and approach to the stated theme. What do you think about what is said? What are the positive and negative points about the theme? 5. From investigating the background of the management of information systems in the company identify any issues and problems, which you think the CIO should be addressing, i.e., What is not said? The CIO will wish to be seen in a positive light and there may be issues that are not mentioned. 6. Give suggestions for future strategy and direction that you think the CIO should pursue. Notes: Use the most recent CIO interviews e.g. 2016, 2017. If using an older interview, reflect briefly in the future strategy section on progress made since the interview. You must demonstrate critical appraisal of the CIO’s ideas and beliefs. You must address themes with reference to stories and sets presented in the module. Deliverables to be submitted for assessment: The essay should be between 1500 and 2500 words. It should be sectioned: Introduction to IT at the company. Theme sections. Missing Issues. Future direction. How the work will be marked: See marking grid below. Module leader/tutor name: Efpraxia Zamani Contact details: [email protected] ? Marking Criteria Criteria 0 to 39% 40 to 49% 50 to 59% 60 to 69% > 70% Analysis of CIO interview and identification of themes. Cursory, no careful reading of interview Basic understanding Overall good. Good set of themes. Very good. Wide range of themes. Excellent. Comprehensive and complete set of themes. Explanation of concepts and definition of terms. None. Terms clearly not understood. Some basic definitions which do not demonstrate clear understanding. Good. Most terms defined. Very good. All terms defined. Clear understanding expressed. Excellent. Give alternative definitions. Shows deep understanding and reflection. Critical appraisal and analysis. Absent Mostly a descriptive report. Good. Critical statements provided, but some are not backed up and feel like anecdotal opinion. Very good. Well argued, insightful. Excellent. Set in context, insightful. Giving range of arguments, referring to material outside case study,. Reference to stories and sets None Mentions some titles and ideas, but not clear if relevant stories and sets have been read. Good, Correct references to stories and sets which add to understanding of themes, Very good. Comprehensively integrating stories and sets into the themes. Excellent. Reflection on stories and sets used to enhance critical analysis of themes and provide creative insights. Recommendations Limited One or two obvious recommendations, a little irrelevant. Good, solid, common sense recommendations, but not really inspiring. Recommendations show understanding of the themes and should be addressed by the CIO. Recommendations are insightful, creative and get to the heart of the critical themes and issues. They bring novel vision. Quality of writing Badly expressed, at points incoherent, leaving the reader in the dark. Superficial, a pedestrian. Sometimes difficult to understand what is meant. Good. Clear, practitioner relevant language, readable, analysis of themes reads well. Clear layout. Very good. Writing is clear and engagement. Well presented, easy and attractive to read. Excellent Demonstrates not only mastery of the themes but an ability to communicate enthusiasm and leaves the reader both inspired and guided.