HI5031 Professional Issues in IS Ethics and Practice

HI5031 Professional Issues in IS Ethics and Practice Research Paper

Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines

Assessment Type:Group Assignment% of total:65%
Assessment Date:Draft – week 7

Presentation + Research Paper – week 13
Learning Outcomes:3,4&5
Summative:YesDuration/Word Length:3000 words
Assessment Title: Assessment 3, Group Research Paper

Submission Guidelines:
All work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed Assignment Cover Page.

The assignment must be in MS Word format, 1.5 spacing, 11-pt Calibri (Body) font and 2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings.

Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list using Harvard referencing style.

Assessment Design – Adapted Harvard Referencing:

Holmes will be implementing as a pilot program a revised Harvard approach to referencing. The following guidelines apply:

Reference sources in assignments are limited to sources which provide full text access to the source’s content for lecturers and markers.

The Reference list should be located on a separate page at the end of the essay and titled: References.

It should include the details of all the in-text citations, arranged alphabetically A-Z by author surname. In addition, it MUST include a hyperlink to the full text of the cited reference source.

For example;
P Hawking, B McCarthy, A Stein (2004), Second Wave ERP Education, Journal of Information Systems Education, Fall,  http://jise.org/Volume15/n3/JISEv15n3p327.pdf

All assignments will require additional in-text reference details which will consist of the surname of the author/authors or name of the authoring body, year of publication, page number of contents, paragraph where the content can be found.
For example;
“The company decided to implement a enterprise wide data warehouse business intelligence strategies (Hawking et al, 2004, p3(4)).”

Non-Adherence to Referencing Guidelines

Where students do not follow the above guidelines:

Students who submit assignments.which do not comply with the guidelines will be asked to resubmit their assignments.

Late penalties will apply, as per the Student Handbook each day, after the student/s have been notified of the resubmission requirements.

Students who comply with guidelines and the citations are “fake” will be reported for academic misconduct.

Assignment Description:

You are expected to complete a critique and conduct a literature review to discuss a contemporary issue which an IS professional may experience and identify appropriate approaches to address this issue. The topic is “Success factors in eGovernment transformation/ implementation”. You need to search in the literature and find at least ten (10) academic research papers (references) related to this topic. (Academic papers can be found in ProQuest. ProQuest instruction can be found in below. Please contact Liberian if you have further question).

A draft of the research paper (discussing the key points/headings in one paragraph for each reference) will be submitted in session 7 whereby each group can receive feedback. Then each group should submit the final research paper in the Blackboard by session 13. The group will present the key elements of their research in the format of short video and submit it in the BB along with the assignment file, maximum 10 minutes per group (instruction will be given by the lecturer).

ProQuest login:

Go to: http://www.holmes.edu.au/ > Login > Proquest

USERNAME: holmes2004

PASSWORD: holmes

The final report submission structure is as follow:

What you need to submit for final submission:

  1. Assignment File: You need to submit the final version of your assignment in session 13. The final submission must comply with the draft structure and draw heavily from the key references. The structure of the final submission is headings and in discussion critically analyse each reference and discuss how these references reflecting the ““Success factors in eGovernment transformation/ implementation”.


  • Introduction: State the purpose and objectives of the report.
  • Discussion: Discuss the references, one paragraph for each reference, and critically analyse them and discuss how they reflect the ““Success factors in eGovernment transformation/      implementation
  • Conclusion: Summarise your findings, consolidating and drawing attention to the main points of the report.
  • Referencing: reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list using Harvard referencing style.
  • Academic References: The academic papers and references that are used in the assignment need to be posted on BB along with your assignment file (in PDF files).

10% marks deduction if the final submission does not include references files.

  • Presentation Video: The group will present the key elements of their research in the format of short video and submit it in the Blackboard along with the assignment file, maximum 10 minutes per group (instruction will be given by the lecturer). The final video should contain the presentation slides and the face of the presenter. You can use any video conferencing or video editing tool for this.


  • All assignments must be submitted electronically ONLY, uploaded to Blackboard and Submission of SafeAssign. Submission deadlines are strictly enforced and a late submission incurs penalties.
  • DO NOT SHARE YOUR ASSIGNMENT WITH OTHER STUDENTS under no circumstances even after the deadline and after you submitted it in the Blackboard or even after you have marked. If there will be any similarity detected by SafeAssign or the marker, it is an academic misconduct case and BOTH of the students will not be marked and reported to the institution for further investigation.
Marking CriteriaWeighting
Draft5 marks
Presentation Materials (visual aids)5 marks
Presentation quality10 marks
Report structure, Layout, Grammar and spelling, Written style and expression5 marks
Quality of evaluation and critically exploring the references25 marks
Recommendations and justification10 marks
Referencing5 marks
TOTAL Weight for this assignment marking  65 marks

H5031 Professional Issues in IS, Ethics & Practice


Your submission document should be a single word or pdf document containing your report.

All submissions are to be submitted through the safeAssign facility in Blackboard. Submission boxes linked to SafeAssign will be set up in the Units Blackboard Shell. Assignments not submitted through these submission links will not be considered.

Submissions must be made by the due date and time (which will be in the session detailed above) and determined by your unit coordinator. Submissions made after the due date and time will be penalized per day late (including weekend days) according to Holmes Institute policies.

The SafeAssign similarity score will be used in determining the level, if any, of plagiarism. SafeAssign will check conference web-sites, Journal articles, the Web and your own class members submissions for plagiarism. You can see your SafeAssign similarity score (or match) when you submit your assignment to the appropriate drop-box. If this is a concern you will have a chance to change your assignment and resubmit. However, resubmission is only allowed prior to the submission due date and time. After the due date and time have elapsed your assignment will be graded as late. Submitted assignments that indicate a high level of plagiarism will be penalized according to the Holmes Academic Misconduct policy, there will be no exceptions. Thus, plan early and submit early to take advantage of the resubmission feature. You can make multiple submissions, but please remember we only see the last submission, and the date and time you submitted will be taken from that submission.

Academic Integrity

Holmes Institute is committed to ensuring and upholding Academic Integrity, as Academic Integrity is integral to maintaining academic quality and the reputation of Holmes’ graduates. Accordingly, all assessment tasks need to comply with academic integrity guidelines. Table 1 identifies the six categories of Academic Integrity breaches. If you have any questions about Academic Integrity issues related to your assessment tasks, please consult your lecturer or tutor for relevant referencing guidelines and support resources. Many of these resources can also be found through the Study Sills link on Blackboard.

Academic Integrity breaches are a serious offence punishable by penalties that may range from deduction of marks, failure of the assessment task or unit involved, suspension of course enrolment, or cancellation of course enrolment.

Table 1: Six categories of Academic Integrity breaches

PlagiarismReproducing the work of someone else without attribution. When a student submits their own work on multiple occasions this is known as self-plagiarism.
CollusionWorking with one or more other individuals to complete an assignment, in a way that is not authorised.
CopyingReproducing and submitting the work of another student, with or without their knowledge. If a student fails to take reasonable precautions to prevent their own original work from being copied, this may also be considered an offence.
ImpersonationFalsely presenting oneself, or engaging someone else to present as oneself, in an in- person examination.
Contract cheatingContracting a third party to complete an assessment task, generally in exchange for money or other manner of payment.
Data fabrication and falsificationManipulating or inventing data with the intent of supporting false conclusions, including manipulating images.