MIS603_Assessment_1 A_Brief_Case Study_Module 2.2 Page 1 of 6 Task Summary

MIS603_Assessment_1 A_Brief_Case Study_Module 2.2 Page 1 of 6
Task Summary
For this assessment, you are required to write an individual report of 1000 words (+/- 10%) on the
key principles and concepts of microservices architecture and discuss the advantages and
disadvantages of adopting microservices architecture for businesses in general. This assessment is
intended to build your fundamental understanding of these key concepts to enable you to respond
to a case study as presented in Assessment 1 Part B. In doing so, it will formatively develop the
knowledge required for you to apply to the case presented in Part B.
Context
Microservices architecture has emerged as an evolution of software development patterns and
techniques. Previous software development techniques for self-contained monolithic applications
and service-oriented architecture have been longstanding. More recently, with the development of
cloud computing, new ways of software development have evolved with microservices architecture
recognised as a cloud-native software development approach.
ASSESSMENT 1 PART A BRIEF
Subject Code and Title MIS603 Microservices Architecture
Assessment Microservices Case Study – Part A
Individual/Group Individual
Length 1000 words (+/- 10%)
Learning Outcomes The Subject Learning Outcomes demonstrated by successful
completion of the task below include:
a) Undertake research to demonstrate an understanding
of microservices and how they contribute to business
processes.
b) Discuss core concepts of microservices architecture
within a context of a business case study and summarise
the advantages and disadvantages of adopting
microservices architecture.
c) Communicate the benefits of microservices architecture
to a diverse stakeholder audience by addressing
complex business needs and aligning strategies to
business priorities defined by changing business
requirements.
Submission Due by 11:55pm AEST Sunday end of Module 2.2 (Week 4)
Weighting 25%
Total Marks 100 marks
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As a professional, your role will require that you understand the principles of software development,
especially in the field of cloud-based platforms, which are rapidly becoming the preferred hosting
solution for many organisations. Having a working understanding of these concepts will enable you
to fulfil many roles and functions, and be informed as to what factors influence decision making
when software development architecture has been selected. Whilst you may not be a developer, it
will enable you to have meaningful conversations about the principles of microservices architecture
and why certain decisions may be made in a certain way. This will support you to manage the bridge
between IT and the business.
Task Instructions
1. Write a 1000-word report to demonstrate your understanding of the theoretical concepts of
microservices architecture in two specific areas:
a. What are the key principles and concepts of microservices architecture?
b. What are the advantages and disadvantages of microservices architecture?
Please note that this is intended to allow you to develop a strong theoretical understanding,
which you will then apply to a specific case shared with you in Part B of this assessment. The
aim is to allow you to progressively develop a foundational knowledge of the topic, which
you will then extend by demonstrating how your knowledge can be applied in the case
context.
2. Whilst most of the material to support your development of knowledge for this assessment
can be found in the Essential Resources listed in the module content, you are encouraged to
do further research in this topic area to broaden your knowledge.
Perform additional research in the area of investigation and select five additional sources
that will add value to your report in the relevant area of investigation.
3. The report should consist of the following structure:
A title page with subject code and name, assignment title, student’s name, student number,
and lecturer’s name.
The introduction (75–100 words) that will also serve as your statement of purpose for the
report—this means that you will tell the reader what you are going to cover in your report.
You will need to inform the reader of:
a. Your area of research and its context
b. The key concepts you will be addressing
c. What the reader can expect to find in the body of the report
The body of the report (800–850 words) will need to cover two specific areas:
a. What are the key principles and concepts of microservices architecture?
Please use a paragraph to cluster similar concepts and principles together in
structuring your report.
b. What are the advantages and disadvantages of microservices architecture?
A comparative table followed by a brief explanation is required in this section.
The conclusion (75–100 words) will summarise any findings or recommendations that the
report puts forward regarding the concepts covered in the report.
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4. Format of the report
The report should use font Arial or Calibri 11 point, be line spaced at 1.5 for ease of reading,
and have page numbers on the bottom of each page. If diagrams or tables are used, due
attention should be given to pagination to avoid loss of meaning and continuity by
unnecessarily splitting information over two pages. Diagrams must carry the appropriate
captioning.
5. Referencing
There are requirements for referencing this report using APA referencing style. It is expected
that you reference any lecture notes used and five additional sources in the relevant subject
area based on readings and further research.
It is essential that you use the appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research.
Please see more information on referencing here:
http://library.laureate.net.au/research_skills/referencing
6. You are strongly advised to read the rubric, which is an evaluation guide with criteria for
grading the assignment—this will give you a clear picture of what a successful report looks
like.
Submission Instructions
Submit Assessment 1 Part A via the Assessment link in the main navigation menu in MIS603
Microservices Architecture. The Learning Facilitator will provide feedback via the Grade Centre in the
LMS portal. Feedback can be viewed in My Grades.
Academic Integrity Declaration
I declare that, except where I have referenced, the work I am submitting for this assessment task is
my own work. I have read and am aware of the Torrens University Australia Academic Integrity
Policy and Procedure viewable online at http://www.torrens.edu.au/policies-and-forms
I am aware that I need to keep a copy of all submitted material and their drafts, and I will do so
accordingly.
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Assessment Rubric
Assessment
Attributes
Fail
(Yet to achieve
minimum standard)
0–49%
Pass
(Functional)
50–64%
Credit
(Proficient)
65–74%
Distinction
(Advanced)
75–84%
High Distinction
(Exceptional)
85–100%
Visual appeal and
presentation of content
Title page included.
Adheres to the font,
spacing, format, and
word count
requirement.
Appropriate use of
paragraphs, sentence
construction, spelling,
and grammar.
20%
No title page. Incorrect
font and size with poor
line spacing and large
gaps in pagination, tables,
or diagrams.
Report is written as a
block of text with no
breaks in between ideas.
Separate ideas cannot be
clearly discerned.
Many errors in spelling or
grammar. Does not
adhere to the word count
requirement.
Title page is included. Missing
most information. Incorrect
font and size is used or poor
line spacing and large gaps in
pagination.
Paragraphs are used but large
blocks of text with long
sentences make it difficult to
understand the ideas being
conveyed.
Spelling or grammar has
errors but meaning remains
clear. Does not adhere to the
word count requirement.
Title page is included but is
missing key information.
Some errors in font use and
line spacing. Some
pagination problems.
One idea or concept per
paragraph. Some
paragraphs could be more
succinctly written.
Minor spelling or grammar
errors. Adheres to the word
count requirement.
Title page is included with
most required information.
Minor errors in font,
spacing and format.
One idea or concept per
paragraph with 3–4 wellconstructed sentences per
paragraph.
No errors in spelling or
grammar. Adheres to the
word count requirement.
Title page is included with
all required information.
Font, spacing, and format
are in accordance with the
requirements of the
assignment brief.
Expert use of paragraphs
with 3–4 well-constructed
sentences per paragraph
that follow logically from
each other.
No errors in spelling or
grammar. Adheres to the
word count requirement
Knowledge and
understanding
Understanding of the
key concepts and
principles of
microservices
architecture and
comparative
advantages and
disadvantages of
Lack of understanding of
the required concepts and
knowledge. Key
components of the
assignment are not
addressed.
Lack of application and
analysis of information to
provide clear
recommendations.
Limited understanding of
required concepts and
knowledge. Some of the key
components of the
assignment are not
addressed.
Limited application and
analysis to provide clear
recommendations.
Adequate knowledge or
understanding of the
required concepts. A
reasonable capacity to
explain and apply relevant
key concepts.
Supports opinion and
information substantiated
by evidence from research
to provide
recommendations.
Thorough understanding of
the key concepts.
Discriminates between
assertion of opinion and
information substantiated
by robust evidence from
the research/course
materials and extended
reading.
Well-demonstrated
capacity to apply and
Highly developed
understanding of the field
or discipline/s.
Systematically and critically
discriminates between
assertion of opinion and
information substantiated
by robust evidence from
the research/course
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microservices
architecture.
50%
analyse relevant
information to provide clear
recommendations.
materials and extended
reading.
Recommendations are
clearly justified based on
the application and analysis
of information.
Use of academic and
discipline conventions
Formal tone. No use of
first-party perspective.
Meets the assignment
brief regarding
introduction, body, and
conclusion.
Appropriate use of
credible resources.
Correct citation of key
resources using APA
style of referencing.
30%
Does not adhere to the
assignment brief of the
requirements for a short
business report. Poorly
written with informal tone
using first person
pronouns (I, my, we, me,
us).
No introduction
attempted. Conclusion
not attempted.
Demonstrates
inconsistent and
inadequate use of goodquality, credible, and
relevant resources to
support and develop
ideas.
No use of in-text
references, or no
reference list at the close
of the report. There are
many mistakes in using
the APA style.
Written according to
academic genre as per the
assignment brief. Minor
errors in the use of firstperson pronouns (I, my, we,
me, us).
Introduction attempted but
very generic, and does not
clearly state the purpose of
the report and what the
reader should expect to find
in the body of the report.
Conclusion attempted but
does not include summation
of key concepts discussed in
the report and/or key
conclusions or
recommendations.
Demonstrates consistent use
of credible and relevant
research sources to support
and develop ideas, but these
are not always explicit or
well-developed.
Written according to
academic genre as per the
assignment brief.
Sound use of the
introduction but does not
clearly state either the
purpose of the report or
what the reader should
expect to find in the body
of the report.
Sound use of the conclusion
and succeeds in either the
summation of key concepts
discussed, or key
conclusions or
recommendations, but not
both.
Demonstrates consistent
use of credible and relevant
research sources to support
and develop ideas.
Good use of in-text
referencing and
appropriate number of
Well-written and adheres to
the academic genre as per
the assignment brief.
Good use of the
introduction, which clearly
states the purpose of the
report and what the reader
should expect to find in the
body of the report.
Good use of the conclusion
and succeeds in summation
of key concepts discussed
and key conclusions or
recommendations.
Consistently demonstrates
expert use of good quality,
credible, and relevant
research sources to support
and develop appropriate
arguments and statements.
Shows evidence of reading
beyond the key reading.
Very good use of in-text
referencing. All in-text
Expertly written and
adheres to the academic
genre as per the
assignment brief.
Excellent use of the
introduction, which secures
the attention of the reader,
clearly states the purpose
of the report and what the
reader should expect to
find in the body of the
report.
Excellent use of the
conclusion, which succeeds
in confident summation of
key concepts and
conclusions and gives the
reader a clear sense of next
steps required.
Demonstrates expert use of
high-quality credible and
relevant research sources
to support and develop
arguments and position
statements. Shows
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Little use of in-text
referencing, or inadequate
references consulted and
added to references at the
close of the report. There are
some mistakes in using APA
style.
references used and listed
in the reference list. There
are only minor errors in
using the APA style.
references match with
references listed in the
reference list. There are no
mistakes in using the APA
style.
extensive evidence of
reading beyond the key
reading.
Excellent and meticulous
use of in-text referencing
with all in-text references
matching with references
listed in the reference list.
There are no mistakes in
using the APA style.

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