Computer concepts and applications final project
This course culminates with the creation of a recommendation for a complete information system for a medium-sized manufacturing company. The final project should demonstrate understanding of the reading assignments and labs as well as the implications of new knowledge. The project should integrate scholarly research, readings, and your class discussions and assignments into the final product.
The purpose of the final project is for you to showcase the learning you have achieved in the course by describing your understanding and application of the knowledge you have gained.
You have been hired by a medium-sized widget manufacturing company (approximately 200 employees) to do a complete evaluation of their computer needs and make recommendations to them about an information system to support their business. Currently several of their support departments are using manual processes, and they wish to automate their accounting and human resources business processes. They also want to harness the power of the Internet in their business.
Your recommendation to the widget manufacturing company will consist of the following three components:
Excel spreadsheet detailing the costs of the information system components
PowerPoint presentation that you will present to the company executives
Details for all three components of your recommendation are provided below. You will work on producing your Excel Spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentation as part of your coursework in Modules 4 and 5.
Note: Although the spreadsheet and presentation created in Modules 4 and 5 can be used as a starting point for this project, your final Excel spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentation should coincide with the information presented in your essay.
Submit the following three components to your mentor for grading: Written report, Excel spreadsheet, and Powerpoint presentation. The final project counts as 30 percent of your total grade. Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.
Your written report should be a five- to eight-page, double-spaced report in APA format and using Microsoft Word in which you address the following topics, giving support to your recommendations:
The components of the system that you recommend including input devices, output devices, and storage
The operating system, utility, and application software that you recommend
The company’s communication and network needs
The database management system that you recommend
Information about development of the information system
The enterprise integration of the new information system
Your plan for the company’s utilization of cloud storage
Your recommendations for harnessing the power of the Internet and the World Wide Web to give the company a competitive advantage
Next, you will conduct research to determine the cost of the various components that you are recommending and create a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that displays this information clearly to the company executives. Your spreadsheet should calculate a total cost of the information system and display the costs of individual components in a graph. For further details of what this component involves and how to produce it, consult Module 5.
Create a presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint that will present information about the components of the system that you recommend as well as the cost data to the company executives. For further details of what this component involves and how to produce it, consult Module 4.