What are the principal risk factors in information systems projects?
INF6320 Assignment Details
Content and Marking Scheme
The coursework for this module consists of an individual report (worth 100% of the
marks, 3000 words in total).
You are required to answer two questions out of five. The answers for each question
is 1,500 words in length and will be marked out of 50, with the final mark of the
coursework being the total of the two marks.
At the postgraduate level you are expected to use a wide range of materials such as
books, journal articles, newspapers, reports, etc. Heavily relying on web materials
(except articles in digital journals downloaded from the university library) is not
considered a good academic practice therefore should be avoided. Details of the
citation method can be found in the Student’s Handbook.
Organisation of the submission
When preparing your submission:
• You should include a cover sheet which clearly indicate your student number
and total word counts. You must not include your name in any part of the
• The bibliography should be included at the end of each essay question.
• The word count should exclude title, abstract, and bibliography, but include all
quotations and citations within the text; you should provide a wordcount for
each of the two questions.
• The file name of the digital copy of your work should be the same as your
student number. Do not save the file using your name.
Your coursework must be submitted electronically via Turnitin by, at the very latest,
14.00 on Friday 16th December 2011, with delay in submission of either component
being treated as late submission of the entire coursework
1. How important is information management to organizations?
• Compare and contrast two information management models
o How does each model define information management?
o Describe each model
o Compare and contrast the strengths and weakness of each model
• Based on the above explain why information management is important to
2. Which features of organizations do managers need to know about to build and use information systems successfully? What is the impact of information systems on organizations?
• Define an organization and compare the technical definition of organizations with the behavioural definition
• Identify and describe the features of organizations that help explain differences in organisations’ use of information systems
• Describe the major behavioural theories that help explain how information systems affect organizations
• Explain why there is considerable organizational resistance to the introduction of information systems
3. What are the principal risk factors in information systems projects?
• Identify and describe each of the principal risk factors in information
• Explain why builders of new information systems need to address implementation and change management
• Explain why eliciting support of management and end users is so essential for successful implementation of information systems projects
4. What are the possible risks associated with outsourcing an IT project to a third party?
• Identify the key reasons why an organizations should make its own
• Identify the key reasons why an organizations should outsource IT project
to a third party
• Identify the organisational considerations associated with outsourcing
5. What strategies are useful for managing project risk and system
• Identify causes for information systems failures from the organizational and people management, project management, and technological perspectives
• Identify and describe the strategies for controlling project risk
• Identify the organizational considerations that should be addressed by
project planning and implementation