Throughout history Information Systems have had an impact on jobs performed in society as well as the workforce. The use of Information Systems within business has many positive impacts including efficiency gains, new products, safer environments to name a few. For example, Amazon has introduced one of the world’s most advanced shopping technology. For more information, you can refer to a case study on Amazon Go. There have been negative impacts to the workforce including lost job categories, the need for higher skill levels and displacement. Going forward the rate of change is likely to increase – different job categories will be created and many of the current jobs will cease to be available. For more information on “Jobs of Tomorrow”, see this report published by the World Economic Forum.
You are asked to write a report that discusses how Information Systems will impact a job category of your choosing. You will need to research the current way the job is performed, describe how Information Systems will impact this job and then outline the positive and negative impacts of this change (to businesses, employees, society). Specifically:
1. Choose a job category from the following industries: construction, retailing, visual entertainment, agriculture, education or transportation. Describe the job category you chose and why you chose it. [Hint: – Identify business problems, stakeholder interests, decision-making process]
2. Describe how Information Systems will impact this job in the future. Discuss the positive and negative aspects of the change in this job. [Hint: Solutions to business problems, digital storage issues, cultural diversity in a business context]
1. In construction, the method of building a home has not changed for many years – bricklayers arrive on site after the foundation and place brick by brick for the walls. Companies are working on ways to prefabricate walls for placement on-site. Another example is the use of robotics. The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (Australia) has also published a report on FastBrick Robotics. For more information, you can refer to a case study on Robotics and Automated systems in construction.
The rubric describes how marks are allocated. Ensure you review this so that you cover all the expectations. You should focus in on evidence rather than opinion.
Marks will be given for report layout, the use of proper document formatting, cross referencing and the use of figures/graphs. You are required to follow the formatting guidelines.
• Title Page – Must not contain headers, footers, or page numbering. Include your name and student ID.
• Header – Report title
• Footer – your name and the page number
• Paragraph text – 12-point Times New Roman/Calibri/Arial single line spacing
• The report is to be created as a single Microsoft Word document (version 2007 or later). Other formats are not acceptable.
• The report length should be 1,500 words (+/-10%), including in-text references, but excluding reference list, tables and figures.
• Figures/graphs – must include student generated graphs (obviously with referenced data sources)
• Either APA or Harvard referencing style (Word build-in referencing) must be used.
You are required to follow the report headings below which will help you format your report.
Title Page (no page number)
Executive Summary (page no as Roman numeral i.e. i, ii)
Table of Contents (automated, page no as Roman numeral)
Table of Figures/Tables (automated, page no as Roman numeral)
1. Introduction (page no as Arabic numerals from here on i.e. 1, 2)
1.1 Authorisation and purpose
2. Job Category Chosen and Reasons
3. The Future Job
4. The Impact of Information Systems
5. Positive and Negative Impacts of the Change
Appendices (figures or tables created using excel)
Amazon. (2006, December), Introducing Amazon Go and the world’s most advanced shopping technology. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrmMk1Myrxc
Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. (2020). Fastbrick Robotics. Retrieved from https://www.industry.gov.au/data-and-publications/fastbrick-robotics
Delgado, J. M. D., Oyedele, L., Ajayi, A., Akanbi, L., Akinade, O., Bilal, M., & Owolabi, H. (2019). Robotics and automated systems in construction: Understanding industry-specific challenges for adoption. Journal of Building Engineering, 26, 100868.
FastBrick Robotics. (2020). Innovation in the Making. Retrieved from https://www.fbr.com.au/view/hadrian-x
Ives, B., Cossick, K., & Adams, D. (2019). Amazon Go: Disrupting retail?. Journal of Information Technology Teaching Cases, 9(1), 2-12.
World Economic Forum (2020). Jobs of Tomorrow Mapping Opportunity in the New Economy. [White paper] http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Jobs_of_Tomorrow_2020.pdf