ASSIGNMENT 1 THE BUS INESS CASE AND BUS INESS EVENTS

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ASSIGNMENT 1
THE BUS INESS CASE AND
BUS INESS EVENTS
When you have completed this assignment, you should have an excellent
understanding of the Car Sharing Information System (IS) proposal.
Weight: 15% of the total course grade
Due: Week 4
All parts of your assignment should be submitted as one document in Week 4. Use
the following sequence:
Start Part A after you have completed Unit 2 and Unit 3, Section 1 and 2.
Start Part B after you have completed Unit 3, Section 2.
Start Part C after you have completed Part A and Part B of this assignment.
Start Part D after you have completed Part C of this assignment.
You need to achieve a mark of at least 50% on each assignment to pass
COMP 361.
REFERENCES
 Study Guide Unit 2
 Study Guide Unit 3 (Section 1 and 2)
DELIVERABLES
 All documents should be submitted in one document in MS-Word (or Wordcompatible) or PDF (or PDF-compatible) format.
 Part A should be set up as a report, with an introduction and appropriate
headings reflecting the topics and tasks. Use the headings from the detailed
assignment description below to organize your report.
 Part B should be set up as a table.
 Part C and Part D should be in regular text format.
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Before you proceed, check the COMP 361 General Discussion Forum for any
clarifications, modifications, or other news regarding this assignment.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION AND REQUIREMENTS
PART A: DESCRIBE THE BUSINESS CASE FOR CAR SHARING IN
FUTUREVILLE
This assignment requires you to write a report dealing with the issues listed and
described below. Schedules and cost estimates are not required for the very good
reason that they involve an imprecise process that is part of project management
rather than an analysis and design activity.
Part A should be set up as a report, with an introduction and appropriate headings
reflecting the topics and tasks below.
Before you proceed, read (if you have not already done so):
 “Activities of Core Process 1: Identify the Problem and Obtain Approval” on pp.
262–271 of the textbook.
 “Stakeholders” on pp. 46–48 of the textbook.
Also, download the files on the Car Sharing case study from the Important
Resources block on the right of the course home page, and read through them.
Carefully review the definition of all terms and concepts in the detailed instructions
below!
Your report should be set up as follows:
I. The Business Environment
This section of the report should provide sufficient background information to allow
someone not familiar with the business situation to understand the justification for
this project.
Start by addressing the following tasks:
1. Identify the business need for the Car Sharing IS project.
2. Consider the needed interfaces to other systems.
3. Analyze the system stakeholders, and briefly describe their “stakes.”
Stakeholders include the project sponsor and internal and external users. The
textbook provides an example for the RMO case. See p. 49 of the textbook, and
especially Figure 2-7.
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II. The System Vision
The system vision clearly describes how the information systems development
project and new system will contribute to the strategic direction of the Car Sharing
organization and pilot project (see Figure 9-5 on p. 264 of the textbook).
Specifically your report should address the following issues:
1. What are the system objectives for the Car Sharing IS?
2. What business benefits are to be obtained from the Car Sharing IS?
3. What system capabilities are required?
III. Risks and Feasibility
This section of your report identifies risks and confirms the feasibility of the
information systems development project. Project feasibility analysis verifies
whether a project may be started and successfully completed. Your report should
address the feasibility issues listed below. Start by clearly describing what issues
are addressed by each feasibility category (see the relevant definitions in the
textbook), and discuss the feasibility of the project with respect to each category.
1. Determine organizational and cultural feasibility. This evaluates organizational
and cultural issues to identify potential risks for the new system. See pp. 269–
270 of the textbook for examples of potential issues.
Note: the textbook does not provide an exhaustive list of possibilities!
Note: ‘organization’ in this context refers to the Car Sharing community—all
stakeholders, but particularly members and prospective members.
2. Assess technological feasibility. See p. 270 of the textbook.
3. Assess resource feasibility. See p. 270 of the textbook.
4. Assess schedule feasibility. See pp. 270–271 of the textbook.
Part A is worth 55 marks. Marking criteria are
 completeness and correctness of the information presented (50 marks)
 organization of the report – structure, headings, etc. (2.5 marks)
 presentation – look, readability, etc. (2.5 marks)
The organization and presentation of information are part of the interpersonal and
communication skills required of systems analysts.
PART B: USE THE EVENT DECOMPOSITION TECHNIQUE TO IDENTIFY USE
CASES FOR THE CAR SHARING IS
 Before you proceed, you should review “Use Cases and Event Decomposition” on
pp. 70–76 of the textbook.
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Virtually all approaches to systems development begin the modeling process with
the concept of the use case. The textbook recommends several techniques for
identifying use cases.
For this assignment, you are required to use the event decomposition technique to
identify use cases. Develop a table for all events relating to
 membership – from recruitment to termination.
 accounts and billing.
 reservations.
 inventory – vehicles and locations.
 vehicle usage (completed trips).
The table should include three columns:
 Event Name
 Event Type (external, temporal, state)
 Use Case Name
When creating the table, keep related events (e.g., all events pertaining to
membership activities) together.
Part B is worth 25 marks. Marking criteria are
 completeness and correctness (22 marks)
 presentation– look, readability, etc. (3 marks)
PART C: ESSAY QUESTION
How do the report and table created in Part A and Part B of this assignment help in
the system development process of an information system for car sharing in
Futureville? What problems can occur if these documents are not created or are
inaccurate?
Answer the questions above, using overall 200–300 words. Being able to answer
questions precisely is part of the interpersonal and communication skills required of
systems analysts; therefore, meeting the word limit is important.
Answers consisting of more than 300 words will be marked with 0 points, and
answers of less than 200 words will receive reduced marks proportionate to
the length of the answer.
Make sure that your answer is written in your own words rather than being copied
either from the textbook or from another source! Cite the sources you use in your
answer, and provide references. There should be at least two references in your
answer, and at least one of them should not be the textbook. If you are not sure
how to list and cite sources, please read “How to Cite Correctly” in the Important
Resources block on the right side of the course home page.
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Part C is worth 10 marks. Marking criteria are
 completeness and correctness (9 marks)
 presentation – readability, use of references, etc. (1 mark)
PART D: REFLECTION ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE ASSIGNMENT
In this part of the assignment, you are asked to reflect on the activities that you
have completed for Assignment 1. Use your blog to reflect on your problems,
insights, and contributions during and after your task-related activities. For
example, you could ask yourself the following questions: What was easy and what
was difficult in this assignment? What causes/caused me problems (and why)?
Which solutions or approaches have I found/tried that could also be useful for my
colleagues? Where was I unable to find a solution (and why)? How do/did I
approach the current problem? etc.
Do not include any concrete, specific solutions from your assignment in
your reflection message! The goal of this activity is to write and reflect from a
generic point of view rather than discussing concrete solutions!
The minimum requirement for this assignment is one blog posting of at least of
300 words. You are, of course, encouraged to post longer messages as well as
more often!
Post your message to your blog on The Landing and also upload a copy of your
posting for Assignment 1.
Part D is worth 10 marks. Marking criteria are
 level of reflection (9 marks)
 presentation – readability, etc. (1 mark)
The organization and presentation of information are part of the interpersonal and
communication skills required of systems analysts.

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