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ITECH1100 Understanding the Digital Revolution

Assignment – Formalwear Life


For this individual assignment, you will use skills acquired through practical laboratory exercises to automate a business process, and to visualize the impact of the automation.

You should use Microsoft Excel (or equivalent open-source software) for this assessment task.

Important: This assignment specification is generated just for you. Do not distribute this specification. If your personal specification is made publicly available online, academic misconduct charges may be applied.

Timelines and Expectations

Percentage value of task: 25%

Due: Refer to Course Description

Learning Outcomes Assessed

The following course learning outcomes are assessed by completing this assessment:

A1. Prepare a basic solution to a business problem;

A2. Select appropriate IT solutions for business functions;

A3. Apply business information software for data visualization and analysis purposes.

S1. Write basic programming logic;

S3. Interpret and construct representations of business data flow and processes;

K8. Outline the basic principles of programming.

Assessment Details

For this assignment, you will complete the following set of tasks using Excel, and create a report to describe your work.

Ensure you submit Excel files created for ALL tasks, along with your report.

Scenario details

Formalwear Life is a small clothing manufacturer, specializing in creating custom, one-of-a-kind formalwear. They exclusively sell their product through their online store.

Formal wear Life is run by a team of three staff members: Aiden, Bakari, and Chad.

Aiden and Bakari work together to manufacture formalwear. Chad manages orders, sales and delivery.

Team hours

Most of the time, team members work the following shifts:

Aiden works 7 hours on Mondays, Tuesdays;

Bakari works 7 hours on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and

Chad works 2.5 hours every weekday.

Additionally, Aiden and Chad share responsibility for managing the Formalwear Life social media presence, with Aiden working one extra hour in the evenings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and Chad doing the same on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


Aiden and Bakari, as skilled manufacturing staff, cost $26 per hour to employ. Chad, a part-time employee, costs $36 per hour to employ.

All staff are also entitled to four weeks of paid annual leave, during which a casual replacement is required at a cost of $39 per hour.

Fixed costs such as rent and insurance are $21000 per year, and utilities costs are $320 per month.

Task 1 – Costs of operating the business

Using Excel, create a spreadsheet called operating_costs.xlsx that calculates the projected annual outgoing costs of running Formalwear Life.

Your spreadsheet should be configured such that the working hours, hourly rates, and fixed and utility costs can be varied easily.

Document your findings in your report (approximately 100 words).

Manufacturing formalwear

Formalwear Life receive requests through their online store, and Chad responds with a quote, after consulting with a member of the manufacturing team. If the customer confirms their order, Aiden and Bakari manufacture the ordered products, and Chad organizes delivery.

Currently, the process for generating a quote is entirely subjective, based on the requested material and formalwear size. Staff members quote an amount based on their personal experience.

For several months, staff have been keeping track of the quote date, material, size, quote amount, and manufacturing cost for each order in a spreadsheet. As each product is hand-made, the manufacturing cost may vary between similar orders.

If a quote was not accepted by the customer, then manufacturing cost is not included. This spreadsheet is available for download on Moodle.

Task 2 – Order information

Using Excel, process the history of orders spreadsheet and use appropriate charts to visualize:

How some aspect of quoting or manufacturing has changed over time; and

How the quote amount differed for each staff member.

You will need to find a way to use Excel to associate each quote with a staff member. Describe your approach and your findings in your report (approximately 250-400 words).

Task 3 – Price consistency

Using Excel, analyse the historical data you have available, and create a spreadsheet that allows a member Ensure that you include enough text and formatting to make your spreadsheet usable by a member of the Formalwear Life team (or by a University lecturer).

You may base your quote amount either on historical averages, or to ensure that Formalwear Life makes a profit.

Validate your quoting approach by applying your formula to historical data.

Justify your approach in your report (approximately 150 words).

Process improvement

The team want to improve their quoting process to reduce time spent waiting for customers to approve quotes.

They would like to start manufacturing immediately for orders that they might be able to sell in future, even if the customer does not go ahead with the order.

Task 4 – Process improvement

Extend your spreadsheet page from task 3 to automate the above processes, allowing a member of the team to enter the formalwear material and size, and in addition to the quote amount indicate whether to start manufacturing immediately.

It is up to you how to determine which items are popular.

Justify your approach in your report (approximately 150 words).

Bonus challenge task (optional!)

Disclaimer: This task is 100% optional, and you can receive full marks without attempting or completing it. It is intended to be a challenge if you are interested in such things, and the marks available do not reflect the significant research and effort required to implement it correctly. Tutors will not provide significant assistance for this challenge task.

Optional task 5

Reimplement Tasks 1, 3 and 4 using either Python or HTML+JavaScript.

Write a brief overview of how to run your solution, and attach a zip file containing your code submission.

There are no partial marks awarded for this bonus task – you must complete all features to attain the bonus marks.

It is possible to attain full marks for this assignment without completing this challenge task.

Further details

Assignment support

This assignment is supported by the first 10 lectures and labs. Work on the assignment should be spread over several weeks after the relevant lab has been mastered.


All files should be submitted to Moodle by the due date and time.

To be eligible for assessment, submissions must include an Excel spreadsheet (or spreadsheets) containing the calculations for each task that is included in the assignment report. Each task in the spreadsheet (or spreadsheets) must be clearly identified.

Marking Criteria/Rubric

Refer to the attached marking guide.


Feedback will be supplied through Moodle. Authoritative marks will be published through fdlMarks

Academic Integrity

To submit your assessment task, you must indicate that you have read and understood, and comply with, the Federation University Australia Academic Integrity and Student Plagiarism policies and procedures (

You must also agree that your work has not been outsourced, and is entirely your own except where work quoted is duly acknowledged. Additionally, you must agree that your work has not been submitted for assessment in any other course or program.

Marking Guide: Processes and Automation

  Operating costsAppropriate projection calculation3 
Configurable hours, rates, fixed annual and monthly costs 2
Description of findings 2
Uses hand-calculated values (-1)
  VisualizationVisualization of changes over time3 
Visualization of staff member differences 3
Description of approach and findings 1
  Price consistencySpreadsheet interface for pricing2 
Validation of approach based on historical data2
Justification of automation 2
Unclear instructions (-1)
Process improvementAppropriate identification of popular item combinations  2 
Use of formula to indicate whether to start manufacturing 2
Justification of strategy 1
  Miscellaneous penaltiesPoor grammar or written English(-2) 
Indecipherable file naming scheme (-1)
Bonus optional challenge taskFaithful reimplementation of tasks 1, 3 and 4 using Python or HTML+JavaScript  (+2) 
Total: 25