Professional skills in information communication technology
This assignment is designed to encourage the development of professional skills through the completion of weekly activities relevant to the role of an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professional. Please refer to the course profile to see how this assessment item relates to the course learning outcomes.
Participation Activity 1
Using the guidelines in ‘How to email your lecturer’ which is in the Week 2 Tutorial on the Moodle website, write and send an email to your local lecturer. The body of the email should have two parts: a Personal Biography; and your thoughts about this course. The email should be written in first person as you are writing about yourself. The message should include conventional elements such as a greeting at the beginning, a salutation at the end and a signature containing your full name, student number and program of study. Note that a copy of the email MUST be uploaded into Moodle for marking purposes.
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Part A – Personal Biography
You need to include in the email awell-structured”Personal Biography” (approximately 250 words). The biography should contain an overview of your education, work experience and achievements. Some tips on writing a biography can be found through this link:
You may have gone straight from school to undergraduate study then onto postgraduate study at university and have no work experience. If that is your situation then you should explain why you have no work experience and describe your plans for work in future. Similarly, this applies for achievements also.
Part B – Professional Skills in Information Communication Technology
The email should also describe what you would like to achieve by studying this course and any questions or suggestions you may have about this course. This section should be about 150 words.
– Recommend use of headings and paragraphs to clearly identify separate elements
– A copy of the email has to be uploaded into Moodle to be marked.
– Word count 400 words
Participation Activity 2
Complete the on-line. All questions relate to Information Literacy Skills.
Participation Activity 3
By now you should have started organising your ideas and arguments for the Report (Assessment item 3). To ensure that you submit the best Report possible it is important that you seek constructive feedback from your local lecturer. This PA requires you tosubmit an early draft of your Report – 1000 words. This will be marked and returned to you in time for you to use the feedback to improve your Report.The draft should include:
– Title page of the PA3 assessment
– Report Title page -This should be as per the Requirements in the Report (Assessment 3) specification.
– Three to five sentences describing the organisationwhich is the case study in the Report. Read the Report (Assessment 3) specification to see the details of the case study. Note that you will have to make some assumptions about the organisation.
– Three to five sentences stating the aim/purpose of your Report. Should discuss the overall purpose and all key task requirements in the report specifications.
– Outline the sections/headingsand the content that you will include in the body of the Report.This outline should be a brief analysis (around 350 words) based on 3 to 4 academic references that you have sourced for the report. The focus of the analysis could be the key issues (three tasks) in the report specification. This section needs to have headings and subheadings (numbered) and the references need to be properly cited and referenced.
– Three to fivesentences about your findings/conclusions.This must relate to the main points covered in your outline.
– A summary of at least three of your recommendations.Should be formatted as per the textbook.
– Reference list
This draft Report MUST RELATE to the case study described in Assessment 3 – Report. That is, your submission needs to be specific to the case study.DO NOT just provide generic details about what to include in a report.
Participation Activity 4
Complete the on-line Quiz. All questions relate to working in a globalised world.
Please refer to the course profile to see how this assessment item relates to the course learning outcomes.
This assignment is designed to stimulate critical thinking outside of the classroom by requiring students to write a formal academic report. You will need to follow the ARE process described in chapters 2 and 3 of Your Business Degree2(prescribedtextbook for COIT20249)to analyse the assessment task, research relevant information and evaluate the information you find. This information should be used to write an academic report in which you present your findings or outcomes and make recommendations for future practice Professional writing and writing reports are described in chapters 4 and 5 of Your Business Degree2.This assessment task will assess your skills in critical thinking, researching information, forming an opinion, academic writing, logical ordering of ideas and your ability to support your arguments with quotes from literature.These objectives will be measured by the ‘closeness of fit’ to meeting the assessment task, assessment requirements and assessment criteria listed below.
Please note that there is a wealth of material available on the Moodle course websitethat you should use to help you through the process of searching for andgatheringrelevant information,evaluating that informationand writing yourreport.
Students are required to write an academic report as per the format outlined in chapter 5 of the textbook. Thereport must follow the APA referencing style.Please note that the prescribed textbook uses APA referencing guidelines. See also the Referencing Style subsection below.
The report is to be based on the following case study scenarioabout the Internet of Things.
The Internet of Things (IoT)is a term that was invented by Kevin Ashton in 1999 to describe a system where the Internet is connected to the physical world via sensors. In the last decade the concept of IoT has expanded torefer to situations where physical devices, vehicles, buildings and machines are embedded with electronics, sensors andsoftware that support network connectivity which allow these objects to collect and exchange data. The IoThas been made possible by the use of cloud computing and networks of data-collecting sensors. Examples of the IoT include the recent trend of smartphones and wearable data collection devices being connected to each other and to the Internet. People wear devices which track physical activity and sleep patterns. Using Bluetooth this data is then synced to an application on a smartphone. The application on the smartphone then sends the data to a central database stored in the Cloud. This database could contain data collected from thousands of individuals.
The IoT has the potential to revolutionise how we live. Smart refrigerators could sense when you run out of groceries such as milk and cheese and create a shopping list for you. Sensors in the home could detect changes in the temperature and then turn on or turn off heaters and or air-conditioners to maintain a constant temperature. People with chronic illnesses could have sensors implanted that send data to a doctor who could then send back data to change the dose of medication being administered automatically by a medical device. There are also applications in business, in particular,manufacturing and production industries where sensors could detect low stock levels and reorder supplies or indicate when machines need to be repaired.
However, IoTcould also bring significant risks. The IoT relies of the sharing of data which means that it is essential to ensure the security of that data both when it is being sent between devices and when it is being stored in the Cloud. A computer hacker could potentially intercept sensitive data and use that against an individual or an organisation. Alternatively the data could be corrupted when it is sent between devices or from the device to the Cloud which could lead to harm to an individual or an organisation.
You are the ICT manager of a small research and development company based in Melbourne. Your organisation is very interested in the potential applications of the IoT and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)has asked you to research potential IoT applications that could be developed by your organisation. He is interested in finding at least two new IoT applications that your organisation could develop in the next five years. It is essential for the organisation’s survival that these new IoT applications have commercial potential both locally and globally. The CEO is also concerned about any possible negative impacts on your organisation.Hence your report should discuss data security and privacy issues for each potential IoTapplication. You are to write a report to be presented at the next executive meeting. The report should address the following tasks:
1. What are IoTs and how are they currently being used?You should explore a range of applications of IoT,for example, in areas such as healthcare, manufacturing and production.
2. Discussat least two potential IoT applications that could be developed by your organisation in the next five years. You should explore ways that those two IoT applications could be used to provide opportunities to expand your business both locally and globally. Analyse potential options that could lead to recommendations at the end of your report.
3. Assess the advantages and disadvantages of IoTs. Consider the current IoT applications and the two potential IoT applications to be developed by your organisation (see tasks 1 and 2 above). Explore the ethical, social and legal considerations, and the potential positive and negative impacts your organisation should consider. These should lead to some recommendations at the end of your report.
Your report should conclude with a list of recommendations for your organisation with respect to the two potential IoT applications and the current and future use of IoT applications. Make sure that the specific recommendations at the end of your report have been evaluatedas a part of your report discussion.
Please note that you will need to make some assumptions about the organisation in order to write this report. These assumptions should be incorporated in the introduction to your report when you describe the organisationand outline the problem to be solved.Relevant assumptions should be incorporated when addressing tasks 2 and 3 above. Do not make assumptions that are not relevant or will not be used in your report discussion.
Specifically your report should include the following (word count details are approximate guidelines only):
1. Title page:course code, assessment number, assessment title, student name, student number, email address, assessmentdue date, campus lecturer/tutor, course coordinator and word count.If applicable, add extension request ID and the new due date. Not counted in the word count.
2. Executive summary:should include the purpose of the report, the problem and how it was investigated, your findings and your recommendations.Should be approximately 300 words.
3. Table of Contents (ToC): should list the report topics using decimal notation. Needs to include the main headings and subheadings with corresponding page numbers, using a format that makes the hierarchy of topics clear. Because you are including a ToC the report pages should be numbered in the footer as follows: title page has no page number; and main text to have Arabic numerals commencing at 1.Create the ToC usingMS Word’s ToC auto-generator rather than manually typing out the ToC. Instructions can be found here https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/Create-a-table-of-contents-or-update-a-table-of-contents-eb275189-b93e-4559-8dd9-c279457bfd72#__create_a_table.Not counted in the word count.
4. Introduction:provide a brief description of the organisation, a concise overview of the problem you have been asked to research,the objectives to be achieved by writing the report and how you investigatedthe problem. Provide an outline of the sections of the report. Note that you will have to make assumptions about what type of organisation you are working for in this case study. Should be approximately 400 words.
5. Body of the report (use appropriate headings in the body of the report.): Define key terms you will use in your report, such as what is meant by ‘IoT’. Present your ideas on the topic and discuss the information you found in your research that was relevant to the report’s objectives.Provide an analysis of the information that you gathered. Ensure that you explore the three tasks listed in the case study scenario. In your discussion, examine the issues from a global perspective as well as from the local perspective (of the fictional organisation that is the centre of this report).
Do NOT use ‘Body of the Report’ as a heading. Create meaningful headings that reflect the content of your report. Should be approximately 1600 words.
6. Conclusion: based on your research and analysis. Explain the significance of your findings and your discussion. State if your report has achieved its objectives.Should be approximately 300 words.
7. Recommendations:(must be based on your findings) what would your recommendations be to your CEO and the executive management teamin this situation? Provide some guidelines for the organisation with respect to the development and use of IoT applications. Should beapproximately 400 words.
8. Reference list.Not counted in the word count.
9. Appendices if necessary.Not counted in the word count.
Note:Additional information regarding this assignment may be placed on the course website as required.
Check the course website at least once a week for further information relating to the report. Regular access to the course website is a requirement of this course.
Your response should be structured as a report (chapter 5 of textbook), written in accordance with standard academic writing principles (chapter 4 of textbook).The report must be written using your own words with any in text citations clearly marked (see Referencing Style subsectionbelow). You may discuss the assessment task with other students and the lecturing staff but you must WRITE the report YOURSELF in your own words.
You will need to conduct research to support yourarguments using atleastten(10) references. Note that all the references you chose to use should have been evaluated using the Triple-R framework in the research stage of preparing your Report. One of the references could be your set textbook (if you reference the textbook you must include it in the reference list). You must have a minimum of ten (10) references in your reference list. At least six (6) of these references should be from refereed academic journals and books. All sources should be current that is,dated 2011 or later. You are encouraged to use more than the minimum requirements for a better quality outcome to your report.
The assignment should demonstrate a logical flow of discussion,be grammatically correct and free from typographical, spelling and grammaticalerrors. It should be prepared in MS-Word (or equivalent) using 12 point font, 1.5 line spacing and margins of 2.54 cm.