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ARAB OPEN UNIVERSITY
FACULTY OF BUSINESS STUDIES
SYS210 – BUSINESS DRIVEN TECHNOLOGY
Completing and sending your assignments
Read carefully the following instructions, and then answer the questions in an essay
format. To support your analysis use relevant material from SYS210 covered so far and
other resources such as AOU e-library articles.
Cut-off date: Submit this assignment no later than May 5, 2020.
Word count: you should discuss the questions in no more or less than the number
of words mentioned for each question (plus or minus 10%).
Plagiarism: Remember that you should work the information from references into
your own original thoughts and INTO YOUR OWN WORDS. Plagiarism will
lead to a significant loss of marks. Extensive plagiarism could mean that you
failed your THE. (Refer to AOU definitions of cheating and plagiarism at the end
of this document)
Essay guidance: Your response to each question should take the form of a full
essay format. Avoid using subheadings and bullet points. Use SYS210 textbook,
slides, case study, and E-Library. Plan what you will write, and have a wellorganized outline.
Using PT3 form: When you have completed your TMA, you must fill in the
assignment form (PT3) posted on your moodle account, taking care to fill all
Turn it-in upload: A soft copy of your THE and PT3 form should be uploaded to
turn it-in via the link posted on your moodle account, within the cut-off date.
The Arab Open University Definitions of cheating and plagiarism
According to the Arab Open University By-laws, “The following acts represent cases of
cheating and plagiarism:
Verbatim copying of printed material and submitting them as part of
without proper academic acknowledgement and documentation.
Verbatim copying of material from the Internet, including tables and graphics.
Copying other students’ notes or reports.
Using paid or unpaid material prepared for the student by individuals or firms.
Utilization of, or proceeding to utilize, contraband materials or devices in
Penalty on plagiarism
The following is the standard plagiarism penalty applied across branches as per Article 11
of the university by-laws:
1) Awarding of zero for a THE wherein more than 30% of the content is plagiarized.
2) Documentation of warning in student record.
3) Failure in the course to dismissal from the University.
All University programs are required to apply penalties that are consistent with the
Examples of Plagiarism
Copying from single or multiple sources, this is where the student uses one or more of the
following as the basis for the whole, or a good part, of the assignment:
1. Published or unpublished books, articles or reports
2. The Internet
3. The media (e.g.TV programs, radio programs or newspaper articles)
4. An essay from an essay bank
5. A piece of work previously submitted by another student
6. Copying from a text which is about to be submitted for the same assignment
THE assesses your understanding of the core concepts of Business Driven Technology. It
tackles different dimensions of the concepts of Business strategies and MIS.
You are advised to use the AOU e-library to locate additional relevant resources, which
can support your analysis and argument.
THE evaluates the following:
1- Your knowledge and understanding of the basic course concepts covered in the
first four chapters and the concept of business driven technology.
2- Your ability to search for, identify, and use relevant information related to the
3- Your ability to communicate ideas clearly, and to follow good academic practice
in citing sources of information properly.
Answer all the following questions, using essay format
Pick a firm/company/organization from your country that you are familiar with
Question 1(50 Marks)
Business strategy allows organizations to develop a clearer understanding of their
own organization and what’s required for them to succeed.
a- Explain what business strategy is and discuss why the competitive advantages are
temporary along with the four key areas of a SWOT analysis.
b- Give an example to show how you may apply the SWOT. (1000 Wards 50 Marks)
Question 2 (50 Marks)
Define critical success factors (CSFs) and key performance indicators (KPI)
Explain how managers use them to measure the success of MIS projects. (1000
Wards 50 Marks)
General Mark’s deductions of 20% as follows
PT3 Form: failure to complete the PT3 form correctly, (deduct up to 10%
THE Presentation and Structure, and word count: untidy presentation, work way
below or above the word count i.e. 15% more or less than the word counts, not
displaying of word count (deduct up to 10% marks).
Best of Luck
Arab Open University
Take Home Exam (THE)
Final Exam replacement
Program: Business Administration/ System Track
Course Title: Business Driven Technology
Course Code: SYS210
Presentation (including PT3
form) (up to 5 marks deduction)
(up to 5
Total of 100%
(up to 10
Notes on plagiarism:
A. According to the Arab Open University By-laws, “the following acts represent cases of cheating and
Plagiarism: ▪ Verbatim copying of printed material and submitting them as a full answer of THE.
▪ Verbatim copying of material from the Internet, including tables and graphics.
▪ Copying other students’ notes or reports.
▪ Using paid or unpaid material prepared for the student by individuals or firms.
B. Penalties for plagiarism ranges from failure in THE to expulsion from the university.
Declaration: I hereby declare that the submitted THE is my own work and I have not copied any other person’s work
or plagiarized in any other form as specified above.