Data and System Integration

Data and System Integration

Task 1


Submit your assignment to Blackboard Task 1. Please follow the submission instructions in Blackboard.

The assignment will be marked out of a total of 100 marks and forms 20% of the total assessment for the course. ALL assignments will be checked for plagiarism by Safe Assign system provided by Blackboard automatically.

Refer to your Course Outline or the Course Web Site for a copy of the “Student Misconduct, Plagiarism and Collusion” guidelines. Academic Integrity Information.

The assignment will be assessed according to the marking sheet. Late submission will be penalised according to the policy in the course outline. Please note Saturday and Sunday are included in the count of days late.

Requests for an extension to an assignment MUST be made to the course coordinator prior to the date of submission and requests made on the day of submission or after the submission date will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Assignment submission extensions will only be made using the official Faculty of Arts, Business and Law Guidelines.

Background: EVoting

In 2013, there was a loss of ballot papers during the federal election. As a result, there has been significant discussions and investigations about the incident. Several enquiries have been made about the improvements to the electoral system through the use of technology that would reduce the chance of this sort of incident happening again.

A report on the inquiry into the conduct of the 2013 federal election noted that “There can be little disagreement with the idea that the electoral system needs to harness the technology available to it, and there are many aspects of the electoral system where these reforms can be introduced, including building capability in electronic support for voting”(Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, 2014, p. 1).

Prior to and subsequent of this incident, a wealth of scholarly articles has been written in respect to electronic voting, including the benefits for government decision making, benefits to the society and the challenges of implementing an eVoting system.

It is recommended that you undertake your own review of the current literature to gain insights into designing an EIA for electronic voting.

Assignment Task

You are to prepare a preliminary report for the Australian Federal Government describing the benefits of an Enterprise Information Architecture Reference Architecture (EIA RA) for developing a national eVoting system. Attention should be made to an information centric design and how to best achieve this.

The intended audience for this report are government officials who may have knowledge of the electoral system but limited computing knowledge.

Your report should follow the following template:

Executive Summary

Table of Contents

Table of Figures

Table of Tables (if needed)

1.0 Introduction

2.0 Enterprise Information Architecture Reference Architecture

Discuss the benefits an EIA RA approach can provide to guide development of an eVoting system. This discussion should expand on at least three of the identified benefits and should include at least one diagram providing an overview of the proposed system.

3.0 Information Management and Integration

The disparate nature of entities and systems within government, the volume of structured and unstructured data, and the sensitivity of that data pose challenges for data management and integration.

You are to describe several of these challenges and propose strategies to overcome them.

4.0 Conclusion

5.0 Recommendations


Report Format

Your report should be no less than 2,000 words and it would be best to be no longer than 3,000 words.

The report must be formatted using the following guidelines:

        Paragraph text 12-point Calibri single line spacing

        Headings Arial in an appropriate type size

        Margins 2.5cm on all sides

     Title Page is not to contain headers, footers, or page numbering

        Header is to display the Report Title (excluding the title page)

     Footer to display your name and the page number (excluding the title page)

      Title Page – Must not contain headers or footers. Include your name as the report’s author.

        Page numbering

o      Executive summary to the last page of Table of Figures / Table of Tables to use

roman numerals (i, ii, iii, iv)

o      Introduction and onwards to use conventional numerals (1, 2, 3, 4) starting at page 1 from the introduction

        The report is to be created as a single Microsoft Word document (version 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, or Office 365). No other format is acceptable and doing so will result in the deduction of marks.

        The report must use the built-in features of Microsoft Word to create page numbers, section numbers, citations, cross referencing of sections, figures and tables, table of contents, table of figures, table of tables, and bibliography.

Please follow the conventions detailed in:

Summers, J. & Smith, B., 2014, Communication Skills Handbook, 4th Ed, Wiley, Australia.


The report is to include (at least 5) appropriate references and these references should follow the Harvard method of referencing. Note that ALL references should be from journal articles, conference papers, technical papers or a recognized expert in the field. DO NOT use Wikipedia as a reference. The use of unqualified references will result in the deduction of marks.

Assignment Return and Release of Grades

Assignment grades will be available on the blackboard in two weeks after the submission. An electronic assignment marking sheet will be available at this time. Where an assignment is undergoing investigation for alleged plagiarism or collusion the grade for the assignment and the assignment will be withheld until the investigation has concluded.

Assignment Advice

1.  The task of developing an EIA for eVoting would in practice would take a team of IT professionals hundreds of hours to complete. It is acknowledged that your time is constrained to several weeks and approx. 20 hrs work on this assignment, and as such this assignment is not so much about completing it but seeing how far you get.

2.   Whole text books have been dedicated to the topic of EIA RA, thus in your discussion of EIA RA you will need firstly to be succinct, and secondly to be selective in describing aspects of EIA RA significant to an eVoting system.

3.     It is not expected that you become an expert in eVoting, but it is expected that you demonstrate your research into the field as it pertains to EIA

4.  As this is a master’s level course, you will be graded on your ability to put forward an argument supported by scholarly articles. Simply regurgitating the text book is not sufficient.

5. There is no correct answer and it is expected that students’ answers will vary greatly, thus there is little chance of accidental plagiarism.

6.  Ensure that you clearly understand the requirements for the assignment – what must be done and what are the deliverables.

7.    If you do not understand any of the assignment requirements – Please ASK your tutor.

8.     Each time you work on any aspect of the assignment reread the assignment requirements to ensure that what is required is clearly understood.

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