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Information System Description Assignment
Business Information Systems 100 School of Information Systems 17/3/10 v1

Introduction
This assignment for BIS100 requires you to use the Information System Description Framework discussed in the Lecture 2 and practised in Workshop and Worksheet 3 to describe an information system you choose from your own world (e.g. from your work, home, community, or elsewhere). For more information on how to do information systems description and what is required in an information system description please also see the unit materials and especially the "Information Systems Description Framework" document as well as the sample(s) of information systems description using this framework. The assignment also involves the use of a Web-based (or cloud) word processing and and drawing tool called "Google Docs" that is introduced in the Workshop and Worksheet 4. Your assignment will be submitted by sharing it with your Workshop Leader's Google account (details given below).

Due Date and Marks
This is an individual assignment and is worth 15% of your final mark in BIS100. This assignment is due by the Friday of week 6 of the semester (which includes the study break week). Do not leave this work or the assignment submission to the last moment. It will take some time to understand the concepts and learn the process to produce your solution. It is suggested you adhere to something like the following timeline for the assignment: Week 2 - Choose Information System Week 3 - General Description of Information System Week 4 - External Description and View Diagram Week 5 - Internal Description and View Diagram Week 6 - Final Check and Submission There are penalties for late assignments, assignment that are modified after the due date, and academic misconduct. See the unit outline and University documentation for details of these.

Learning Outcomes
This assignment is assessing your ability to achieve the following learning outcomes that you have been taught in the lectures or workshops and practised in the workshops and in the worksheets. Students should be able to · · · · Apply the information system description framework Use a Web-based (or cloud) productivity tool (word processor and drawing program) As part of the first learning outcome above, students should be able to analyse an information a general description of an information system

system and provide

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an external description of an information system a diagram representing the external view of an information system an internal description of an information system a diagram representing the internal view of an information system

Remember, when describing the externals of an information system is is important not to include the information and communication technology infrastructure used to implement it (e.g. hardware or software). When you describe the internals of an information system you will describe the information processors and information stores i.e. the information and communication technology infrastructure. Remember, not all information and communication technology infrastructure is computerised, people are information processors too (like computers), and filing cabinets can store information (like databases)

Assignment Tasks
Task 1. Choose an information system in your world that meets the information system choice constraints (see below). If you are in doubt please discuss this with any unit staff member as soon as possible. Task 2. Follow the information system description framework as taught and practised in the unit to describe your information system and do this work using Google Docs (see below) and one of the templates provided. Task 3. Submit your assignment by sharing it with your Workshop Leader (see below)

Information System Choice Constraints
You can choose you own information system to describe (one that you see around you in your daily life or have been exposed to previously - don't...
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