Assignment Exercise

BSIS201 – Assignment Exercise 1 – Chapter 7 & 8 TOTAL: 45 MARKS

Due Date: 22 April 2020

Exercises – For marks, must be submitted! Moodle or One Drive – NO Email!!!


CASE STUDIES – Read from your textbook

Case study 7.3: Lascelles Fine Foods – (5 Marks)

1. Which method(s) of business systems software acquisition would you recommend to LFFL? Explain and justify your answer.

2. Assuming that LFFL decides to go down the route of purchasing off-the-shelf packages, what steps do you recommend it takes to ensure that the applications which are selected meet their requirements?


Self-assessment exercises [2 marks each] [20 marks]

1. Explain what the main similarities and differences are between bespoke development

and end-user development.

2. Why would a small business be more constrained in its choice of software

acquisition method than a large one?

3. What are the main differences between the analysis and design steps of the

traditional waterfall model of systems development?

4. What are the main components of the system build stage?

5. Explain how the application of the waterfall model differs between (a) the purchase

of an off-the-shelf package and (b) an end-user-developed application.

6. Briefly review the main advantages and disadvantages of bespoke development

when compared with off-the-shelf packages.

7. What is the purpose of the initiation phase of a project?


8. Summarize the differences between economic, operational, technical and organizational feasibility.

9. What is the purpose and outline contents of a ‘request for proposal’ or ‘invitation to tender’ document?


10. What is meant by the terms ‘intangible’ and ‘tangible benefit’?

Discussion questions [20 Marks]

In what circumstances do you think that rapid applications development would be (a) appropriate and (b) inappropriate when carrying out systems analysis and design? (10)

To what extent is the failure of many information system projects a consequence of too little time being spent on the initiation stage?

Discuss. (10)