Critical writing in information systems for tourism,hotel and event mgt

Assessment 1: A critical analysis
Total weighting: 40%
Part 1a a Two topics
Due: In class during Week 5
Weighting: 20% (20 marks)
Length: Maximum of 600 words for each topic analysis (not including references)
Overview
The objective of this assignment is to allow you to study and learn from the literature
(academic, popular and web-based) about information systems (IS), and information
and communication technologies (ICTs). Using the topics from our Semester schedule
(see later in this booklet), this assessment task requires you to build a a?databasea of
material that relates to concepts, ideas and practicalities relating to IS and ICTs and the
tourism, hospitality and events management sector.
This assessment item provides you with a certain amount of freedom to choose
the materials that you feel are relevant to the assessment task, and which are most
interesting to you, personally.
For each topic you may choose to undertake either a broad consideration of the topic,
or to focus on a specific a?narrowa element of that topic area to research in a more
targeted manner.
Your task
Total for Part A and Part B (40%)
You are to choose four (4) topics from our study period schedule (two (2) for
Assessment 1a and two (2) for Assessment 1b). Of the four topics, one MUST be
ICTs in management and strategy.
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a? For EACH of the four topics you are to locate three articles:
A A at least two (2) articles MUST be from the academic literature
A A at least one (1) article MUST be from popular literature (magazines,
newspapers, websites, and so on)
A A ALL items you use MUST be found through the Internet/Intranet/online
databases.
a? For each topic, you are to
A A provide a critical annotation of each item
A A link the three items together
A A justify your selection in relation to the topic.
An example of a critical annotation, is provided at the end of this section.
A maximum of 600 words (not including a reference list) is allowed for each topic
analysis. Thatas about two pages of writing, using 11-point Times Roman font, 1.5
spacing with 1a page margins. Do not add words simply to pad out to this word count!
Submitting your assignment
You are to provide an electronic version of your final written portfolio. You will
do this through MySCU a via the Assignment Function (more on this later).
ALWAYS KEEP A COPY OF YOUR WORK!!
So, your portfolio should include, but not be limited by the following elements:
1. an SCU Assignment Cover Sheet a properly completed
2. a couple of pages for each topic. One-and-a-half line spacing please, with plenty
of margin space, so we can write comments!
3. each new topic to have the topic title as the page heading
4. do not attach pages from the items you are using in your critical analysis
5. each topic to be numbered as per the semester schedule
6. academic referencing protocols are expected: note electronic referencing
protocols
7. you may use headings where appropriate
8. include a footer on your submission that includes your name and page numbers
9. please make sure you save your work as a Rich Text File (RTF), before you
upload to the Assignment area. This will ensure that we can all read you work,
regardless of which word processing program you have used. If youare unsure
about how to do this, please ask us.
Marking criteria a Assessment 1
Marks will be allocated as follows, for each topic (total of 40 marks allocated; divided
by two to give you a net mark out of 20 for Part A and Part B):
Research (5 marks for each topic)
a? evidence of adequate research
a? evidence of breadth and depth of research for the topic
a? referencing
a? relationship and relevance of articles to the topic.
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Content (10 marks for each topic)
a? clear understanding of the topics
a? adequate analysis/annotation of each topic theme
a? critical discussion of each topic, demonstrated through the articles located
a? clear link(s) drawn between all article.
Presentation and clarity (10 marks, for the finished portfolio)
a? logical layout, organisation and structure
a? expression/grammar/spelling
a? strength of writing style for fluidity and cohesiveness.


How to write a critical annotation
An annotation is a brief description of a work such as an article, chapter of a book,
book, website, or movie. An annotation attempts to give enough information to
make a decision as to whether or not to read the complete work. Annotations may
be descriptive or critical. For this assignment you are expected to write critical
annotations.
What an annotation should include
a? complete bibliographic information
a? some or all of the following:
A A information to explain the authority and/or qualifications of the author. For
example: Dr. William Smith, a history professor at XYZ University, based his
book on twenty years of research
A A scope and main purpose of the work
A A any biases that you detect
A A intended audience and level of reading difficulty
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A A the relationship, if any, to other works in the area of study
A A a summary comment, e.g. a?A popular account directed at educated adults.a
a? the annotation should be about 100 to 200 words.
The following is an example of a descriptive annotation. It describes the content of
the work without judging it and points out the distinctive features:

London, Herbert. a?Five Myths of the Television Agea. Television Quarterly 10(1)
Spring 1982: 81a 89.
Herbert London, the Dean of Journalism at New York University and author of
several books and articles, explains how television contradicts five commonly
believed ideas. He uses specific examples of events seen on television, such as
the assassination of John Kennedy, to illustrate his points. His examples have
been selected to contradict such truisms as: a?seeing is believinga; a?a picture is
worth a thousand wordsa; and a?satisfaction is its own reward.a

Descriptive annotations are informative but do not meet the requirements of this
assessment task. The following is an example of a critical annotation. It is identical
to the descriptive annotation shown but the bolded parts show the critical elements
added. It evaluates the usefulness of the work for a particular audience or situation:
London, Herbert. a?Five Myths of the Television Agea. Television Quarterly 10(1)
Spring 1982: 81a 89.
Herbert London, the Dean of Journalism at New York University and author of
several books and articles, explains how television contradicts five commonly
believed ideas. He uses specific examples of events seen on television, such as
the assassination of John Kennedy, to illustrate his points. His examples have
been selected to contradict such truisms as: a?seeing is believinga; a?a picture is
worth a thousand wordsa; and a?satisfaction is its own reward.a London uses
logical arguments to support his ideas which are his personal opinion, as
he doesnat refer to any previous works on the topic. The article clearly
illustrates Londonas points, but does not explore their implications, leaving
the reader with many unanswered questions. However, Londonas style and
vocabulary would make the article of interest to any reader.
Critical annotations will receive far higher marks than descriptive annotations,
which receive only minimal marks.


Two Topic which I had choosen are :
1) ICTs in tourism**
This topic provides students with an overview of the impact of ICTs within tourism
organisations. It is important to be able to place ICTs in the accommodation sector
in some sort of context a the wider tourism environment. We cover the advantages
of ICTs within tourism and some of the barriers that impact organisations, in terms
of ICT implementation. The topic examines the impact that information technology
systems have had on the tourism industry. W