ASSESSMENT 2 BRIEF
Subject Code and Title MIS603_ Microservices Architecture
Assessment Business Proposal
Length 1500 words Proposal +/- 10%
Learning Outcomes The Subject Learning Outcomes demonstrated by successful completion of the task below include:
b) Discuss core concepts of microservices architecture within a context of a business case study and summarise the advantages and disadvantages of adopting microservices architecture.
c) Communicate the benefits of microservices architecture to a diverse stakeholder audience by addressing complex business needs and aligning strategies to business priorities defined by changing business requirements
d) Analyse and evaluate moral and ethical considerations in specific security and privacy issues while transitioning to new technologies.
Submission Due by 11:55pm AEST Sunday end of Module 3.2 (Week 6)
Total Marks 100 marks
This proposal should be approximately 1500 words (+/- 10%) excluding cover page, references and appendix. This proposal must be typed and clearly set out (presented professionally). You need to pay special attention to principles and key concepts of Microservices Architecture (MSA), service design and DevOps. The purpose of this assessment is to give you an opportunity to contextualise and convey to learning facilitator relevant knowledge based on “real-world” application. Particularly, the aim of this assessment is to enhance your employability skills through providing hands-on education and opportunities to practice real life experience. As a result, this assessment item is developed not only to evaluate your understanding of MSA application, but also to assist you practicing and improving your research skills. In doing so, this assessment will formatively develops the knowledge required for you to complete Assessment 3 successfully.
MSA have been getting more and more popular over the last year, and several organisations are migrating monolithic applications to MSA. A MSA consists of a collection of small, autonomous services that each service is a separate codebase, which can be managed by a small development team. A team can update an existing service without rebuilding and redeploying the entire application.
Services are responsible for persisting their own data or external state. This differs from the traditional model, where a separate data layer handles data persistence.
More recently, with the development of cloud computing, new ways of software development have evolved with MSA recognised as a cloud-native software development approach. As a professional, your role will require that you understand the principles of software development, especially in the field of cloud-based platforms, which are rapidly becoming the preferred hosting solution for many organisations. Having a working understanding of these concepts will enable you to fulfil many roles and functions, and be informed as to what factors influence decision making when software development architecture has been selected. Whilst you may not be a developer, it will enable you to have meaningful conversations about the principles of MSA and why certain decisions may be made in a certain way. This will support you to manage the bridge between IT and the business.
You are expected to address the following steps to fulfil this assessment task:
1. From the list below, select an organisation that you are familiar with and / or have enough data and information.
Here are list of organisations using microservices:
o Comcast Cable o Uber o Hailo o Netflix o Zalando o Amazon o Twitter o PayPal o Ebay o Sound Cloud o Groupon o Gilt
2. Discuss how MSA has transformed or revolutionised the operations of the organisation. Identify and analyse at least three business or organisational reasons for justifying your discussion.
3. Develop a business proposal to introduce the selected organisation, justify why you choose it and why microroservices is the best architecture in the selected organisation.
The report should consist of the following structure:
A title page with subject code and name, assignment title, student’s name, student number, and lecturer’s name.
The introduction (200–250 words) that will also serve as your statement of purpose for the proposal— this means that you will tell the reader what you are going to cover in your proposal. You will need to inform the reader of:
a) Your area of research and its context
b) The key elements you will be addressing
c) What the reader can expect to find in the body of the report
The body of the report (1000–1100 words) you are required to research and write a proposal focused on organisation using MSA as a software development philosophy. However, you are strongly advised to do some research regarding MSA in a “real-world” application.
The conclusion (200–250 words) will summarise any findings or recommendations that the report puts forward regarding the concepts covered in the report.
Format of the report
The report should use font Arial or Calibri 11 point, be line spaced at 1.5 for ease of reading, and have page numbers on the bottom of each page. If diagrams or tables are used, due attention should be given to pagination to avoid loss of meaning and continuity by unnecessarily splitting information over two pages. Diagrams must carry the appropriate captioning.
It is essential that you use appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research. Please see more information on referencing in the Academic Skills webpage.
You are strongly advised to read the rubric, which is an evaluation guide with criteria for grading the assignment—this will give you a clear picture of what a successful report looks like.
Submit Assessment 2 via the Assessment link in the main navigation menu in MIS603 Microservices Architecture. The Learning Facilitator will provide feedback via the Grade Centre in the LMS portal. Feedback can be viewed in My Grades.
All students are responsible for ensuring that all work submitted is their own and is appropriately referenced and academically written according to the Academic Writing Guide. Students also need to have read and be aware of Torrens University Australia Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure and subsequent penalties for academic misconduct. These are viewable online.
Students also must keep a copy of all submitted material and any assessment drafts.
Assessment Attributes Fail
(Yet to achieve minimum standard) 0-49% Pass
(Proficient) 65-74% Distinction
75-84% High Distinction
Visual appeal and presentation of content
Title page included. Adheres to the font, spacing, format, and
word count requirement.
Appropriate use of paragraphs, sentence construction, spelling, and grammar.
No title page. Incorrect font and size with poor line spacing and large gaps in pagination, tables, or diagrams.
Report is written as a block of text with no breaks in between ideas. Separate ideas cannot be clearly discerned.
Many errors in spelling or grammar. Does not adhere to the word count requirement.
Title page is included. Missing most information. Incorrect font and size is used or poor line spacing and large gaps in pagination.
Paragraphs are used but large blocks of text with long sentences make it difficult to understand the ideas being conveyed.
Spelling or grammar has errors but meaning remains clear. Does not adhere to the word count requirement.
Title page is included but is missing key information. Some errors in font use and line spacing. Some pagination problems.
One idea or concept per paragraph. Some paragraphs could be more succinctly written.
Minor spelling or grammar errors. Adheres to the word count requirement.
Title page is included with most required information. Minor errors in font, spacing and format.
One idea or concept per paragraph with 3–4 wellconstructed sentences per paragraph.
No errors in spelling or grammar. Adheres to the word count requirement.
Title page is included with all required information. Font, spacing, and format are in accordance with the requirements of the assignment brief.
Expert use of paragraphs with 3–4 well-constructed sentences per paragraph that follow logically from each other.
No errors in spelling or grammar. Adheres to the word count requirement.
Knowledge and understanding
Select the right organisation, discuss how MSA has transformed the operations.
Identify and analyse of at least three business or organisational reasons for justifying your discussions, understanding of the key concepts of MSA and justify them.
50% Lack of understanding of the required concepts and knowledge. Key components of the assignment are not addressed.
Select the wrong organisation, lack of analysis of information to demonstrate MSA and justifications.
Limited understanding of required concepts and knowledge. Some of the key components of the assignment are not addressed.
Limited understanding and analysis to demonstrate MSA including at least three reasons.
Adequate knowledge or understanding of the required concepts. A reasonable capacity to explain and apply relevant key concepts.
Supports opinion and information substantiated by evidence from research to demonstrate MSA including at least three reasons.
Thorough understanding of the key concepts. Discriminates between assertion of opinion and information substantiated by robust evidence from the research/course materials and extended reading.
Well-demonstrated capacity to apply and analyse relevant information to demonstrate MSA including the reasons.
Highly developed understanding of the field or discipline/s.
Comprehensive insight demonstrated in the analysis of elements and reasons for justifying your discussions.
The arguments are well articulated and based on research.
Use of academic and discipline conventions
Formal tone. No use of first-party perspective.
Meets the assignment brief regarding introduction, body, and conclusion.
Appropriate use of credible resources. Does not adhere to the assignment brief of the requirements for a short business report. Poorly written with informal tone using first person pronouns (I, my, we, me, us).
No introduction attempted. Conclusion not attempted.
Written according to academic genre as per the assignment brief. Minor errors in the use of firstperson pronouns (I, my, we, me, us).
Introduction attempted but very generic, and does not clearly state the purpose of the report and what the reader should expect to find in the body of the report. Written according to academic genre as per the assignment brief.
Sound use of the introduction but does not clearly state either the purpose of the report or what the reader should expect to find in the body of the report.
Well-written and adheres to the academic genre as per the assignment brief.
Good use of the introduction, which clearly states the purpose of the report and what the reader should expect to find in the body of the report.
Good use of the conclusion and succeeds in summation Expertly written and adheres to the academic genre as per the assignment brief.
Excellent use of the introduction, which secures the attention of the reader, clearly states the purpose of the report and what the reader should expect to find in the body of the report.
Correct citation of key resources using APA style of referencing.
30% Demonstrates inconsistent and inadequate use of goodquality, credible, and relevant resources to support and develop ideas.
No use of in-text references, or no reference list at the close of the report. There are many mistakes in using the APA style.
Conclusion attempted but does not include summation of key concepts discussed in the report and/or key conclusions or recommendations.
Demonstrates consistent use of credible and relevant research sources to support and develop ideas, but these are not always explicit or well-developed.
Little use of in-text referencing, or inadequate references consulted and added to references at the close of the report. There are some mistakes in using APA style.
Sound use of the conclusion and succeeds in either the summation of key concepts
discussed, or key conclusions or recommendations, but not both.
Demonstrates consistent use of credible and relevant research sources to support and develop ideas.
Good use of in-text referencing and appropriate number of references used and listed in the reference list. There are only minor errors in using the APA style.
of key concepts discussed and key conclusions or recommendations.
Consistently demonstrates expert use of good quality, credible, and relevant research sources to support and develop appropriate arguments and statements. Shows evidence of reading beyond the key reading.
Very good use of in-text referencing. All in-text references match with references listed in the reference list. There are no mistakes in using the APA style.
Excellent use of the conclusion, which succeeds in confident summation of key concepts and conclusions and gives the reader a clear sense of next steps required.
Demonstrates expert use of high-quality credible and relevant research sources to support and develop arguments and position statements. Shows extensive evidence of reading beyond the key reading.
Excellent and meticulous use of in-text referencing with all in-text references matching with references listed in the reference list. There are no mistakes in using the APA style.
The following Subject Learning Outcomes are addressed in this assessment
SLO b) Discuss core concepts of microservices architecture within a context of a business case study and summarise the advantages and disadvantages of adopting microservices architecture.
SLO c) Communicate the benefits of microservices architecture to a diverse stakeholder audience by addressing complex business needs and aligning strategies to business priorities defined by changing business requirements.
SLO d) Analyse and evaluate moral and ethical considerations in specific security and privacy issues while transitioning to new technologies.