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INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND ORGANISATIONS 9TH SEPTEMBER 2012

Examination Paper
Answer QUESTION ONE any TWO further questions. Clearly cross out surplus answers. Failure to do this will result in only the first THREE answers being marked.

Time: 3 hours
Any reference material brought into the examination room must be handed to the invigilator before the start of the examination.

Emphasis is placed upon 'paper based' processes. in common with most such organisations. However. Criminology. including. hence unnecessary transcriptions of marks. reported at an examination board and the transcript sent to students. Forensic Science. There are many paper based stages and a lack of automation (for example no automation of the transfer of marks from electronically submitted marking into the student records system. such as.T. with faculties and schools. modern Languages and Philosophy I. Ecology and Environmental Science Around 10% of students are overseas students. The splitting of courses into modules has provided considerable flexibility of provision because of the ability to share the same module between several named courses. Humanities including English Literature . At one level it is efficient and makes for careful checking of marks and accuracy of record.CANDIDATES MUST ANSWER QUESTION ONE AND ANY TWO FURTHER QUESTIONS The questions are based around the following case organisation. senior managers at the University consider it over administrated and complex. some teaching only staff have been recruited. The organisation is managed in a traditional way. Recently. each having their own administrative support. Students study set modules at set times and summative assessment is completed within the semester. recorded. You should base your answers upon the information in the case. although there tends to be disquiet amongst staff about this development because they consider research led teaching to be essential to the student experience. Flexi Uni A medium sized university in a large country offers both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications subject areas. QUESTIONS CONTINUE ON NEXT PAGE Page 2 of 5 Information Systems and Organisations September 2012 Final NCC Education Ltd 2012 . Delivery of subject material follows a traditional pattern and includes lectures from subject specialists who are usually required to do research as well as teaching. Although these have gradually transformed into electronic documents over recent years. Part-time and flexible learners Students of all ages Students from any part of the world studying using on-line resources and methods of interacting with teaching staff Central to this is the Flexi Uni concept. in all departments. There are a number of manual processes involved in this and it has not changed significantly for many years. and Computer Science Business and Management Applied Sciences including Psychology. The university. adopts a 'batch' approach to course delivery and administration. Senior managers wish to introduce a new way of delivering courses to a wider range of students.) With the aim of transforming the scope and profitability of the University's activities.

T. (iii) Student communication and tutorial support by academic staff. i) Describe how I. Assessments may be submitted at any time. assignments and other forms of flexible assessment will be used. pre-recorded and live video lectures and video conferencing. In answering the question you MUST relate you discussion to the case by using evidence from the case and argument based upon it. chat rooms. systems will do. for example. (ii) Administration. Monitoring of student progression will be continuous and marks and feedback on assessment will be available 1 month after submission. using specific examples. including but not limited to. iv) Who are the main stakeholder groups in the case? Discuss their likely attitudes to the Flexi Uni initiative and what might be done to mitigate the effect of any resistance to proposed changes to working practices. Staff can no longer expect work to be predictable and regular since the timing of. Students decide how fast to study and how many modules they complete in any period of time. In particular. Flexi Uni will deliver. ii) Discuss how you would go about evaluating the success of the I. systems can make contributions in EACH of the THREE areas making clear. CANDIDATES MUST ANSWER THIS QUESTION QUESTION 1 Marks a) THREE areas where new I. marks recording and management of student records.T. systems are likely to have a big effect on the work of Flexi Uni compared to a more traditional university are (i) Delivery of learning materials to students.Flexi Uni is a bold initiative to develop a new revenue stream by providing flexible open learning for a large proportion of the degree courses they deliver. Delivery online may involve a variety of methods. systems you have described in (I) above. arrival or assessment and progression of students will now be driven by the students work rate and expectations. what I. Flexible enrolments allowing up to 4 modules at a time to be studied.T. iii) Under suitable headings. Working more un-social hours may be required of some staff because of students of Flexi Uni living in different time zones. There are no written examinations but on-line multiple choice tests.T. discuss the required changes in the organisation of Flexi Uni compared to that of traditionally organised university. QUESTIONS CONTINUE ON NEXT PAGE Page 3 of 5 Information Systems and Organisations September 2012 Final 6 8 8 8 NCC Education Ltd 2012 . The degree is awarded once the appropriate number of credits have been earned. New technology will be used by both academic and administrative staff. Existing staff and administrators will be required to perform their work in new and different ways for the Flexi Uni Concept to work effectively. discussion forums. Administration in the new model will require extensive automation rather than manual 'paper based' systems and processes running to fixed timescales and dates. enrolment of students.

Total 50 Marks CANDIDATES MUST ANSWER TWO FURTHER QUESTIONS QUESTION 2 a) The Flexi Uni type of organisation will be required to perform much more like a commercial 15 enterprise than a traditional university. Use theoretical and other materials from the module and examples from the case to illustrate and support your discussion. Discuss how management will have to change monitoring and control systems to meet this challenge. showing how the models can help design. tutorial and related academic activities may occur at any time in response to student’s activity and requirements. systems will be achieved within Flexi Uni. Using THREE (3) examples from the case. b) At present monitoring and control of activities in the University is achieved by a process 13 linked to regular timescales.Marks b) How can EACH of the following models be used to help plan for the success of I. marking. planning and implementation for I. 12 initiatives in support of Flexi Uni. Marking for example occurs at fixed times of the year.T. discuss how information systems at Strategic. Using the Anthony triangle and other models.T.T. discuss and illustrate how TANGIBLE benefits for I. Under Flexi Uni. Total 25 Marks QUESTIONS CONTINUE ON NEXT PAGE Page 4 of 5 Information Systems and Organisations September 2012 Final NCC Education Ltd 2012 . Illustrate your answers with specific examples from the case study. b) Explain and illustrate how the value chain of Flexi Uni will differ from that of a traditional 10 university. Technology Acceptance Model The DeLone and McLean model c) Discuss how the Flexi Uni approach may lead to differing forms of organisation to a 8 traditional university. systems. Tactical and Operational levels will support decisions at the different levels. How can a socio-technical approach to information systems implementation help as the university moves to the Flexi Uni model of delivery? Total 25 Marks QUESTION 3 a) There are a variety of criteria for evaluating information systems of which Tangible cost 12 benefit analysis is most closely associated with implementation of internal process improvements.

usability problems and HCI mean that the anticipated 15 benefits from information technology are difficult to obtain. 15 such as ERP. b) Discuss TWO (2) possible information system applications that might be useful 10 INTERNALLY (i. illustrate how EACH of these THREE (3) difficulties are typically felt. Total 25 Marks QUESTION 5 a) Apply the Balanced Score-Card to the Flexi Uni case. Total 25 Marks END OF PAPER Page 5 of 5 Information Systems and Organisations September 2012 Final NCC Education Ltd 2012 . Discuss.e. Show how a typical enterprise system. not directly used for students support) to Flexi Uni). Using examples drawn from the case or elsewhere.QUESTION 4 Marks a) Sometimes technical difficulties. b) Modern information technology and the Internet will render the traditional type of university 10 obsolete in a few years. could be expected to impact performance is 3 of the 4 aspects of the score-card.