In this individual assignment you will investigate process re-design and develop implementation guidelines for an industrial internet-of-things (IoT) application of your choice. You could find this application by looking at websites such as www.informationweek.com and www.rfidjournal.com. In writing your report you may not have sufficient information on technologies and processes and it is fine to make some assumptions, as long as these are clearly stated and justified.
Your report should include the sections as follows:
1. Literature review, in which you introduce the topic chosen by citing appropriate academic and practitioner sources. (20 marks)
2. Business processes before implementation, in which you describe the processes where the chosen technologies will be applied. You should use business process diagrams, including decision flow-charts, to describe the processes. (20 marks)
3. Technology description, in which you identify where and how the technologies will be used. You should use a diagram to explain how the technologies work.
4. Business processes after implementation, in which you describe how processes should change after implementing the application. You should update the diagrams you introduced in section 2. (10 marks)
5. Benefits and costs, in which you make a short business case for the implementation of the application in organisations. (20 marks)
6. Implementation guidelines, in which you may take into account technical and organisational limitations for example by mapping the possible interactions among technologies and people. (10 marks)
Where diagrams are used these should normally be included in the main body of your work. If they are located in the appendix they will not have a role in the assessment – examiners are under no obligation to read appendices.
Overall word limit: 3,000 words maximum.
Your completed assignment must be uploaded to DUO
no later than 12:00 midday on25 April 2016.
A penalty will be applied for work uploaded after 12:00 midday as detailed in the Programme Handbook. You must leave sufficient time to fully complete the upload process before the deadline and check that you have received a receipt.
An IDENTICAL paper copy should be placed in the post box outside the Undergraduate Office in the Business School no later than 15:00 (3 pm).Work will not be marked unless this identical paper copy is received.
Assignments should be typed, using 1.5 spacing and an easy-to-read 12-point font. You should use double-sided printing, and ensure that assignments are securely bound.Written assignments and dissertations/business projects must not exceed the word count indicated in the module handbook/assessment brief.
The word count should:
Include all the text, including title, preface, introduction, in-text citations, quotations, footnotes and any other items not specifically excluded below.
Exclude diagrams, tables (including tables/lists of contents and figures), equations, executive summary/abstract, acknowledgements, declaration, bibliography/list of references and appendices. However, it is not appropriate to use diagrams or tables merely as a way of circumventing the word limit. If a student uses a table or figure as a means of presenting his/her own words, then this is included in the word count.
Examiners will stop reading once the word limit has been reached, and work beyond this point will not be assessed. Checks of word counts will be carried out on submitted work, including any assignments or dissertations/business projects that appear to be clearly over-length. Checks may take place manually and/or with the aid of the word count provided via an electronic submission. Where a student has intentionally misrepresented their word count, the School may treat this as an offence under Section IV of the General Regulations of the University. Extreme cases may be viewed as dishonest practice under Section IV, 5 (a) (x) of the General Regulations.
Very occasionally it may be appropriate to present, in an appendix, material which does not properly belong in the main body of the assessment but which some students wish to provide for the sake of completeness. Any appendices will not have a role in the assessment – examiners are under no obligation to read appendices and they do not form part of the word count. Material that students wish to be assessed should always be included in the main body of the text.
Guidance on referencing can be found in the programme handbook and on DUO.
Performance in the summative assessment for this module is judged against the following criteria:
• Relevance to question(s)
• Organisation, structure and presentation
• Depth of understanding
• Analysis and discussion
• Use of sources and referencing
• Overall conclusions