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This individual assignment is designed to develop student’s capability to manage the various aspect of information systems through information systems policies. Information system policy and procedures are developed, implemented and administered to help organisations to streamline the processes in the acquisition, development, implementation and operation of information systems adopted in the organisations and mitigate potential risks pertaining to the usage of information systems. Students are expected to consider the legal, ethical and social issues in the development of information system policies. Through this assignment, students will demonstrate not only their critical analysis skills but also the ability to formulate and pitch the same to the client through video presentation and a short policy write-up.
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ABC University (ABCU) has developed a sophisticated information system that exhaustively garners information about students and uses that information to identify students at risk. Information it gathers includes
•Students’ entire previous academic history;
•Students’ learning management system activity logs (for example, how often students visitBlackboard and how long they stay on the site);
•Students’ academic misconduct record;
•Students’ attendance for each class;
•Students’ marks for each assessment;
•Students’ campus activity logs (how often they visit campus and how long they stay oncampus);
•Students’ English level;
All the information is funnelled through a sophisticated intelligent algorithm that associates each student with a risk level and categorise all students into three classes: low-risk, medium-risk and high-risk. The collation of information pertaining to students’ all sorts of academic activities provides much greater insights of each student’s risk level which would otherwise not be possible with isolated information. Lecturers and other staff in academic management have access to each student’s label. ABCU claims that such an information system helps lecturers and academic management to better target students that are in need.
However, some students ABCU expressed concerns about this system, which has caused some discomfort among students. They feel that they are being subject to surveillance by the university and the university knows too much about them.
Are you concerned about the usage of such an information system at ABCU? Are there any ethical, legal and social concerns over the usage of such an information system? Would you introduce an information system policy to prevent the development and implementation of such information systems altogether?
Assessment Task
Part A requires you to pitch a policy that resolves a controversial issue. You may or may not use the fictitious scenario given in the background about ABCU. You have complete discretion to choose any areas of policy subject to two conditions:
(1)The policy must be pertaining to an aspect of information systems. For example, it can berelated to information system security, general operations of information system, or even thevendor selection for the development of an information system.
(2)It must be somewhat controversial, that is, the policy can be argued either way and can beviewed as a debate point. For example, you should not pitch a policy for not hacking others’password without any authorisation.
You should note that you are required to pitch a policy, not a procedure, that is, you need to pitch a principle rather than the implementation of that principle.
You are required to deliver and video record an oral short pre-prepared speech to pitch a policy. The purpose of both forms of policy pitch is to inform, persuade and ask the decision maker to buy in your proposal, therefore the language used (both oral and written) must be and analytical.