A topic analysis will help you to clarify and understand what your assessment question is asking you to do.
You will generally be given three key pieces of information:
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Assessment item 3 asks you write a 1,500 word business report on the following:
Barbara from Bee Aussie was impressed by the systems documentation you prepared for Assessment Item 2. As she continues to research and plan for the implementation of a new system, Barbara has engaged you to review Bee Aussie's proposed revenue cycle, focussing on the processes from order to invoicing, and to undertake research into systems implementation and potential issues. To facilitate this, Barbara has provided you with an overview of the revenue cycle, available in your Interact site under Assessment Resources, Assessment Item 3 as well as a 2020 article she read in CIO magazine (https://bit.ly/33uKnLo).
Using the information provided to you and undertaking research as required, prepare a business report for Barbara including the following:
(See your Subject Outline for full details of the assessment and marking criteria.)
|Instruction words||Critical analysis, recommend, advise, review|
|Qualifying words & phrases||Proposed revenue cycle, order to invoicing, systems implementation|
|Key concepts||Internal controls, internal control weaknesses, Systems Development Life-cycle, Enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, ERP implementation|
Dictionaries and encyclopaedias can help you to find additional keywords and get an overview of the concept.
Oxford Reference Online is a huge repository of subject-specific dictionaries, encyclopaedias, and other reference-type material.
Write down the key concepts from your topic and have a go at brainstorming as many alternative keywords and phrases as possible.
Thinking about your topic in this way forces you to describe your topic in "other words", which will provide you with some useful keyword alternatives as well as help you to cement your understanding of the topic.
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