Stage 4:  Final System Report

Stage 4:  Final System Report
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  • Description

Before you begin this assignment, be sure you have read the Case Study and the feedback you received on your first three staged assignments.

Purpose of this Assignment

This assignment gives you the opportunity to explain and justify a system proposal to gain approval to proceed with the project.  This assignment addresses all of the course outcomes to enable you to:

  • plan, build, and maintain systems that meet organizational strategic goals by demonstrating the use of enterprise architecture and applying enterprise governance principles and practices need assessment
  • apply a systematic approach to translate requirements into an executable systems design
  • effectively communicate with stakeholders to determine, manage, and document business requirements throughout the SDLC
  • perform modeling to assist with analysis and decision making

 Assignment

The proposed systems design is documented in the form of a Final Systems Report. This report defines objectives and how the proposed system design will satisfy them. The primary purpose of the report is to inform and gain approval to proceed with the project. It should be presented in terms that management and users understand. The Final System Report will be compiled from the previously submitted Staged Assignments, supplemented with information about implementation personnel requirements and time and cost estimates.  Rather than paste together all of the previous assignments, the outline below should be followed and will require you to re-arrange sections of the previous assignments.

 

All of the information you need to complete the projects in this class is not provided in the case study.  In the discussion area of the classroom, there is a discussion titled “Case Study Interview Questions” where you can pose questions about the case study, as if you were interviewing the people in the case study organization.  Any information that you need that is not included in the case study should be asked about in this discussion.  Responses from the faculty member on behalf of the case study organization will be available for everyone in the class.

Use the case study and the Case Study Interview Questions discussion, your previously submitted staged assignments (including the feedback received), and resources and source documents (previously submitted documents, as corrected) listed below to create a Final System Report in the format provided.  Note that sections are re-organized and some paragraphs may need to be re-written using earlier content but presented as required here.  Items highlighted in yellow indicate sections that need to be added to or created for this Report.

Final System Report

  1. Introduction to the full systems study. (This section will come from your Stage 1: Preliminary Investigation Report, re-written or re-organized as appropriate.)

    1. An overview of the events leading up to the study
    2. The subject of the study
    3. The objective and scope of the proposed system
    4. A statement of recommendations and justifications for the proposed system

  2. Description of the current process/system (This section will come from your Stage 1 Assignment: Preliminary Investigation Report.)

    1. A brief description of the current process or the current system and how it is used
    2. The purpose of the current process or system
    3. The problems with the current process or system and the rationale for a new system
    4. The operating cost of the present system, if applicable

  • 3. Description of the proposed system (Sections A-E will come from your Stage 1 Assignment: Preliminary Investigation Report; other sections from sources as indicated.)

    1. An overview of the proposed system
    2. The scope of the project
    3. The tangible and intangible benefits of the proposed system
    4. Feasibility Analyses
    5. Time and cost estimates to implement the proposed system
    6. Requirements Checklist (Stage 2 assignment:  Requirements Specification)
    7. Data Models (Stage 2 assignment: Requirements Specification)
    8. Process Models (Stage 2 assignment: Requirements Specification
    9. System Design Specification (Stage 3 assignment: System Design Specification)
    10. Recommended Acquisition Strategy – Respond to each of the following and provide brief explanations of your choices. (New, to be developed) [Week 6 Content reading on Acquisition Strategy]

      1. Identify scope of what to buy

        1. Product or service?
        2. Commercial-off-the-shelf or custom?
        3. Use in-house or contractor support?

      2. Select hosting alternative (dedicated servers, data center, or cloud computing)

    11. Implementation Plan (New, to be developed)

      1. A list of personnel needs to develop, install and maintain the new system
      2. A proposed timetable for installing the proposed system and staff-hours required to complete the project

    12. Financial Information

      1. The operating cost of the present system, if applicable (from Stage 1)
      2. The estimated implementation cost of the proposed system (from Stage 1; updated with any new information)
      3. The estimated operating cost and the estimated useful life of the new system (New, to be developed)
      4. The tangible and intangible benefits of the proposed system (add to those listed in Stage 1 to include financial benefits)

    13. Summary – A summary with a positive statement for implementing the proposed system. The summary should include any concerns about the timetable, funds, software, hardware, or personnel available for the project. (New, to be developed)

Submitting Your Assignment

Submit your document via your Assignment Folder as Microsoft Word document, or a document that can be ready using MS Word, with your last name included in the filename.  Use the Grading Rubric below to be sure you have covered all aspects of the assignment.

GRADING RUBRIC: 

Criteria90-100% Far Above Standards80-89% Above Standards70-79% Meets Standards 60-69% Below Standards < 60% Well Below tandardsPossible Points
Introduction9-10 Points

Introduction includes a well-written overview of events and subject of the study, objective and scope, recommendations and justification of the proposed system, is derived from the Case Study, and demonstrates a sophisticated level of writing.

8 Points

Introduction includes an overview of events and subject of the study, objective and scope, recommendations and justification of the proposed system, is derived from the Case Study, and demonstrates a clear understanding of the course concepts.

7 Points

Introduction includes an overview of events and subject of the study, objective and scope, recommendations and justification of the proposed system, and is related to the Case Study.

6 Points

Introduction may not include an overview of events and subject of the study, objective and scope, recommendations and/or justification of the proposed system; and/or may not be derived from the Case Study.

0-5 Points

Introduction, or significant portions of the introduction, not included, or demonstrates little effort.

 

10
Current Process or System14-15 Points

The description of the current process or system includes what its purpose is and how it is used, the problems and rationale for a new system, and current operating costs.  These are clearly stated, are convincing, and are logically derived from the Case Study, and demonstrate a sophisticated level of writing.

12-13 Points

The description of the current process or system includes what its purpose is and how it is used, the problems and rationale for a new system, and current operating costs.  These are clearly stated and are logically derived from the Case Study, and demonstrate effective writing.

10-11 Points

The description of the current process or system includes what its purpose is and how it is used, the problems and rationale for a new system, and current operating costs.

 9 Points

The description of the current process or system may not include all of: what its purpose is and how it is used, the problems and rationale for a new system, and current operating costs.

0-8 Points

The description of the current process or system is not provided, is very minimally provided, or little effort is demonstrated.

15
Proposed System27-30 Points

The description of the proposed system contains all the requisite sections from Stages 1, 2 and 3, and the acquisition strategy and implementation plan are well thought out, thoroughly explained, and relevant to the Case Study; demonstrates a sophisticated level of analysis and writing.

24-26 Points

The description of the proposed system contains all the requisite sections from Stages 1, 2 and 3, and the acquisition strategy and implementation plan are well thought out, and relevant to the Case Study; demonstrates effective analysis and writing.

21-23 Points

The description of the proposed system contains all the requisite sections from Stages 1, 2 and 3, and the acquisition strategy and implementation plan are provided, and relate to the Case Study.

18-20 Points

The description of the proposed system may not contain all the requisite sections from Stages 1, 2 and 3; the acquisition strategy and implementation plan may be inadequate or not included; may not relate to the Case Study.

0-17 Points

The description of the proposed system is severely limited or missing; or little effort is demonstrated.

30
Financial Information23-25 Points

The financial information includes the current operating costs; estimated implementation and operating costs, and useful life of the proposed system; tangible (including financial) and intangible benefits; is highly relevant to the Case Study and demonstrates a sophisticated level of analysis and writing.

20-22 Points

The financial information includes the current operating costs; estimated implementation and operating costs, and useful life of the proposed system; tangible (including financial) and intangible benefits; is relevant to the Case Study and demonstrates accurate analysis and effective writing.

18-19 Points

The financial information includes the current operating costs; estimated implementation and operating costs, and useful life of the proposed system; tangible (including financial) and intangible benefits; and is appropriate to the Case Study.

15-17 Points

The financial information may not include all of:  the current operating costs; estimated implementation and operating costs, and useful life of the proposed system; tangible (including financial) and intangible benefits; may not relate to the Case Study.

0-14 Points

The financial information provided is severely limited or missing; or little effort is demonstrated.

25
Summary9-10 Points

The summary is clear and convincing, and strongly justifies the recommendation to implement the system; is directly tied to the Case Study and demonstrates a sophisticated level of analysis and writing.

8 Points

The summary is clear and convincing, and justifies the recommendation to implement the system; is directly related to the Case Study and demonstrates a effective analysis and writing.

7 Points

The summary provides a rationale for implementing the proposed system and is relevant to the Case Study.

6 Points

The summary does not provide sufficient rationale for implementing the proposed system, or is not relevant to the Case Study.

0-5 Points

The summary is not included, or demonstrates little effort.

10
Final System Report Format9-10 Points

Final System Report includes all required sections, effectively organized and presented in a sophisticated manner; follows instructions provided; uses correct structure, grammar, and spelling; presented in a professional format; any references used are appropriately incorporated and cited using APA style.

8 Points

Final System Report includes all required sections, appropriately organized and presented in a professional manner; follows instructions provided; uses correct structure, grammar, and spelling; any references used are appropriately incorporated and cited using APA style.

7 Points

Final System Report includes all required sections; follows instructions provided; contains minimal grammar and/or spelling errors; and follows APA style for any references and citations.

 

6 Points

Final System Report may not include all required sections; may not be well organized, and/or does not follow instructions provided; and/or contains grammar and/or spelling errors; and/or does not follow APA style for any references and citations. May demonstrate inadequate level of writing.

0-5 Points

Document is extremely poorly written and does not convey the information.

 

10
    

TOTAL Points Possible

100

 

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