1. Academic Performance Assessments

 

Section

Individual Based

Team Based

Exam

Section Report

Action Learning Exercises

1

8/30-9/29

Quiz1

Report 1

ALE 1

2

10/04-27

Quiz2 & 3

Report 2

ALE 2

3

11/01-22

Quiz4 & 5

Report 3

ALE 3

4

11/29-12/13

Quiz 6,

Final Exam

 

 

Credits

120 points

90 points

90 points

 

2. Assignment Formats

Assignment

Descriptions

Action Learning Exercises

General Process

1.       Role playing

2.       Presentations & discussions

3.       Summarization and report via TTU’s Blackboard system (http://www.blackboard.ttu.edu)

Grading policy

1.       Participation - Attendance & avtiveness

2.       Timeliness – must be done before the scheduled deadline

3.       Quality – the delivered summary

Section Reports

1.       Individual based

2.       Report size: 4-6 pages

3.       Contents

a)          Cover page: Title, Team#, Name, Section#

b)         Business background

c)          Problems to be addressed

d)         Logical inference, arguments, results, etc.

e)          Conclusion

Term Reports

To be announced on a separate webpage

Business Contexts

1.       Texas Tech University

2.       Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

3.       Hospital (such as Covenant HealthCare)

4.       Bank (such as University Credit Union)

5.       Hotel (Such as Holiday Inn)

6.       Public transportation (Such as city bus system)

7.       City utility services (such as Lubbock Power & Light)

8.       Real estate services (such as REMAX, 21th Century)

9.       Web2.0 based e-commerce (such as AirBNB, Uber, etc. Recently a start-up company launched UBER-like mobile-based multi-language translation services)

10.   Others

Information Technologies

Mobile services, cloud computing, online sale, ePayment, open source software, social network, Hadoop/MapReduce, BI, ERP, data warehouse, RFID, targeted advertising, business analytics, iBeacon, etc.

 

3. Section Assignments

ALEs

Delivering Value with IT

ALE 2-3

11/10

Objectives (for Chapter 16-18 & Section III Mini cases):

1. Review the main concepts in Chapter 16-18

2. Understand the contexts in the four Mini Cases

3. Clarify the knowledge structure presented in three chapters.

Steps:

1. Outline the framework of four chapters one by one. Provide the constructive logic modules in each chapter, and (1) main concepts, (2) theories, and (3) methods in the chapters.

2. Answer the following questions. Mark the answers for each question one by one to ease grading:

1) Review Chapter 16, based on the experience in using Blackboard system in this class, comment on the advantages and disadvantages in using IT enabled collaborative learning, specifically ALEs. Apply the concepts in Chapter 16 to explain 2-3 situations in the context.

2) Discuss Mini Case "Mini Case Innovation at International Foods" & "Consumerization of Technology at IFG". ANswer the following two questions:

- In discussion with Josh, Tonya foreshadows 'some serious obstacles to overcome.' Describe these obstacles in detail."

- "Describe the problem at IFG as succinctly as you can. Use this description to identify the main stakeholders."

3) APM is the keyword in Chapter 17. Each group may take a student's IT tools and skills investment and management as a miniature of APM to verify the concepts and theories in this chapter.

4) According to the contents in Chapter 18, find a case of IT demand management, and identify the tools used and the driving enablers.

3. Based on the above discussions, work out the Quiz 5 questions according to assignment explained in the email. 

·         Group 1 - Chapter 17 & 18;    

·         Group 2 - Chapter 16 & the first two mini cases of Section III; 

·         Group 3 - Chapter 16 & 17;    

·         Group 4 - Chapter 18 & the first two mini cases of Section III;

·         Group 5 - Chapter 16 & 18;    

·         Group 6 - Chapter 17 & the first two mini cases of Section III;

·         Group 7 - Chapter 17 & the last two mini cases of Section III;

·         Group 8 - Chapter 18 & the last two mini cases of Section III.

This portion is due on this Sunday before 6p. There will be another uploading entry in Blackboard system.

Submission:

Answers to the above discussion assignments must be compiled in a Word file and delivered via the Blackboard system for grading. Due 11/11, Friday, midnight.

ALE 2-2

10/27

Objectives (Chapter 12-15):

1. Understand the general concepts in IT enabled innovations.

2. Identify the most promising IT enabled innovations and their up-to-date status.

3. Learn how to follow the procedure for implementing IT enabled innovations in an organization om the role of IT manager.

Steps:

1. Outline the framework of four chapters one by one. Provide the constructive logic modules in each chapter, and (1) main concepts, (2) theories, and (3) methods in the chapters.

2. Answer the following questions. Mark the answers for each question one by one to ease grading:

1) Find a case of IT enabled innovation. Draw a paragraph for its origin, adoption benefits, and current status

2) Figure out how to facilitate the innovation in the context the case.

3) Find the evolutionary path of social computing to current concepts of social media and social networks. 

4) Use Palantir, Uber, or AirBNB as an example to figure out the relationship between social computing and big data. Comment it with a value-building example using a couple of sentences.

5) What are customers referred to in Chapter 14? How to please these customers regarding their experience in innovative IT?

6) List 8-12 components in all the courses you have learned that could be a building blocks of BI (e.g. dimensional modeling, visualization), mark the courses containing the components, and group them into 3-4 categories with a short description for each.

7) What is the main difference between BI applications and previous software applications?

3. Based on your knowledge and the lectures, try to extend the contents in the textbook with the latest innovative progresses.

1) The latest trend in social computing

2) The latest trend in big data

3) The latest trend in business intelligence

4) Discover the relationships between BI and big data. Provide an example.

Deliverable:

Answers to the above must be compiled in a Word file and delivered via the Blackboard system for grading. Due 10/28, Friday, midnight.

ALE 2-1

10/13

Objectives (Chapter 9, 10 & 11):

1. Understand the process of IT budgeting and main issues in the process

2. Understand the concepts of IT risk management and the approaches to conduct effective IT risk control

3. Understand the concepts of information management and the elements in information management

Steps:

1. Outline the framework of three chapters one by one. Provide the constructive logic modules in each chapter, and (1) main concepts, (2) theories, and (3) methods in the chapters

2. Answer the following questions:

1) Differentiate fiscal IT budget and functional IT budget in two columns of a table

2) What are differences between operational costs and strategic investment?

3) Why do we say “risk management”? How could IT risk be reduced? Provide a live example of risk management in the IT context.

4) What is difference between information and knowledge?

3. Using the 2016 US presidential election as the case (or another case with enough background information), to analyze risk management (RM) and information management (IM).

1) Provide an incident of risk in the campaign, check how the relevant candidate team manage the risk. Present the story, risk control strategy, and effectiveness of the strategy.

2) Review the video script of Wikileaks and Russian hacking, discuss the following questions

(a) How could this kind of information means be manipulated to affect the presidential election process?

(b) How did and will two sides take strategic efforts to minimize the negative effects of the incident to their competence in the election?

Deliverable:

Answers to the above must be compiled in a Word file and delivered via the Blackboard system for grading. Due 10/14, Friday, midnight.

ALE 1-4

10/06

Objective:

This short ALE is intended for the group discussions before the quiz immediately follows. It will provide the opportunities for students to get better understanding of the contents to be tested

Steps:

1. Review Chapter 7 & 8 and outline the main topics in these two chapters.

2. Provide cases for each of the four sourcing channels: in-house, insource, outsource and partnership

 

Deliverable: Answers to the above must be compiled in a Word file and delivered via the Blackboard system for grading. Making up information could be input before midnight. Due 10/07, Friday, midnight.

ALE 1-3

9/29

No official class meeting on 9/29. Students will conduct discussions anywhere in any format, and submit the reports by Friday midnight.

Objectives:

1.       Understand key concepts regarding IT based communications and leadership regarding IT

2.       Be able to explain the concepts of communication and adopt right leadership strategies in a given business context

 

Steps:

1.       Review Chapter 5 & 6 and answer the following questions based on your selected business context and IT topic(s):

a)          Watch YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iibedok4Bvo

How could social media could improve the communication between the IT you applied and your boss in the selected business context?

b)         Find and watch a video (3-6 minutes) from YouTube regarding leadership styles, and provide your comments regarding effectiveness of the leadership styles in your business context.

2.       Read the first mini case in Section 1: “Delivering Business Value with IT at Hefty Hardware” and discuss the two questions for the case:

a)          Overall, how effective is the partnership between IT and the business at Hefty Hardware? Identify the shortcomings of both IT and the business.

b)         Create a plan for how IT and the business can work collaboratively to deliver the Savvy Store program successfully.

3.       Read the third mini case in Section 1: “IT Planning at ModMeters” and discuss the two questions for the case:

a)          Develop an IT planning process for ModMeters to accomplish the demands as set out above

4. Deliverable: Answers to the above must be compiled and delivered via the Blackboard system for grading. Making up information could be input before midnight. Due 9/30, Friday, midnight.

 

 

ALE 1-2

9/15

Objectives:

1. Group topic focusing

2. Get touch to the tools for IT measurement: Balanced scorecard, modified scorecard, etc.

3. Understand key concepts in IT relationship to business

4. Know how to strengthen the relationship between business and IT

 

Steps:

1. Read the slides and texts of Chapter 3 & 4 before the class meeting

2.Focus on only one business context and 1-3 IT topics for this ALE

3. Explain the concepts of the following

1) What are key business metrics for IT?

2) What is the nature of business-IT relationship?

3) What is the foundation of a strong business-IT relationship?

4. Create your company’s balanced scorecard based on the company’s context and adopted IT.

5. Find a business case from the web and discuss how to measure IT values in its context. The following is the information to be included in the report

1) The business name, website, nature of the business, the focused IT

2) Provide the evidence for the foundation of the business’s relationship to IT.

6. Deliverable: Answers to the above must be compiled and delivered via the Blackboard system for grading. Making up information could be input before midnight.

ALE 1-1

9/08

Objectives:

1.      Group activities initiated

2.      Getting familiar with ALE

3.      Identify the strategy for IT value realization in a specific business context

Steps:

1.       Read the slides and texts of Chapter 1 & 2 before the class meeting

2.       Group meeting in the class meeting time, 3:30-4:50p or before midnight the same day with the instructor’s grant.

3.       Pick a business context & an IT to be adopted in the context. Project groups are encouraged to apply the Delphi decision method to choice an IT topic.

a)           Each group member picks 3-5 IT topics back-to-back.

b)          Put the selected topics together and rank them according to their votes

c)           Vote on the top most three to make the decision.

4.       Check in to TTU’s blackboard system for the above information, with starting and ending time and participant names

5.       Discussion questions based on the adopted IT in the selected business context

a)          What is the business strategy and business model in the selected context?

b)         Based on the selected IT, explain what, where, when regarding IT value realization

c)          How to realize the value of the selected IT?

d)         How to deliver the value of the selected IT?

e)          How do you define the relationship between business and IT strategies in your company?

f)           Figure out the success factors in the specific business context of IT

6.       Deliverable: Answers to the above must be input to the Blackboard system for grading. Making up information could be input by midnight in next day.

7.       Evaluate performance of the team members, but no need to submit the result this time. The format is to be clarified later.