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Purpose of this Assignment

This assignment gives you the opportunity to apply your
research skills, analysis, and critical thinking skills to compare and contrast
two different system development life cycle (SDLC) models. This will provide
you an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of this important IT
governance and management tool. This assignment specifically addresses the
following course outcome:

· Identify,
define, and explain the concepts of information technology governance and
management.

Assignment

You will conduct some research to learn about the Waterfall
Model of SDLC and another model of your choosing. You will then describe both
models and compare and contrast them. Select one of the SDLC models listed
below:

· Spiral Model

· Agile
(Extreme Programming) Model

· Evolutionary
Prototyping Model

· Iterative
and Incremental Model

Research and write a paper that describes the Waterfall
Model and your chosen model. Your descriptions should include each model’s
purpose and structure (or characteristics) along with its strengths and
weaknesses. It should describe the types of system development efforts for
which it is most appropriate. Then, compare and contrast your selected model
with the Waterfall Model. Finally, you will document the conclusions you
reached from your research, which may include such things as which model is
“better,” when each model should be used, whether one or the other
should not be used, or whether it makes any difference which one is used. The
conclusions are your own and will be assessed according to how well you defend
them and how convincing your arguments are.

Your paper should be structured as follows:

I.
Introduction

II.
Waterfall Model (description, purpose, structure/characteristics,
strengths and

weaknesses)

III. Chosen
Model (description, purpose, structure/characteristics, strengths and

IV.

weaknesses)

Comparison of the Two Models (compare and contrast)

V.
Conclusion (conclusions you drew from your research on the two models)

Your paper will be graded on both the accuracy and
completeness of your descriptions; it needs to clearly and completely define
each model and its strengths and weaknesses. The comparisons will be graded
based on the extent to which they are supported by facts and are drawn from the
descriptions. The conclusions should be well justified, and drawn from the rest
of the paper. Illustrations will enhance your paper if they contribute to an
understanding of the model.

Your paper should be 3-5 pages in length (not counting any
cover sheet or reference pages). The use of at least three external scholarly
resources (other than class materials) is required. You should use scholarly
journals (rather than authorless website

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postings). If you need assistance with determining what a
scholarly journal is, the UMUC library is a very good source of information,
accessed via the following link:
http://www.umuc.edu/library/libhow/articles.cfm. Remember to correctly cite and
reference all sources using APA format.

Submit your paper in Word format via your Assignments Folder
as an attached document with your last name included in the filename.

Grading Rubric

Use the rubric below to be sure you have covered all aspects
of this assignment.

90-100%

80-89%

70-79%

60-69%

< 60% Criteria Far Above Above Meets Standards Below Well Below Standards Standards Standards Standards 5 Points 4 Points 3.5 Points 3 Points 0-2 Points A sophisticated A well-written The introduction The introduction No Introduction introduction sets introduction sets adequately sets does not introduction the stage for the the stage for the the stage for the adequately set included. paper. paper. paper. the stage for the paper. Possible Points 5 18-20 Points 16-17 Points 14-15 Points 12-13 Points 0-11 Points 20 Description of Description of Description of Description of Description of waterfall model waterfall model waterfall model waterfall model waterfall is accurate and is correct and includes may be model is not thorough; complete; description, incomplete, included or includes includes purpose, and/or may not little is Description description, description, characteristics, demonstrate presented. purpose, purpose, strengths and adequate of Waterfall characteristics, characteristics, weaknesses; and understanding Model strengths and strengths and demonstrates of course weaknesses; and weaknesses; adequate concepts. demonstrates and understanding of sophisticated demonstrates course concepts. understanding of good course concepts. understanding of course concepts. 18-20 Points 16-17 Points 14-15 Points 12-13 Points 0-11 Points 20 Description of Description of Description of Description of Description of chosen model is chosen model is chosen model chosen model chosen model Description accurate and correct and includes may be is not included of Chosen thorough; complete; description, incomplete, or little is Model includes includes purpose, and/or may not presented. description, description, characteristics, demonstrate purpose, purpose, strengths and adequate characteristics, characteristics, weaknesses; and understanding strengths and strengths and demonstrates 11/24/2016 2 Criteria Comparison of the Two Models Conclusion 90-100% 80-89% 70-79% 60-69% Far Above Above Meets Standards Below Standards Standards Standards weaknesses; and weaknesses; adequate of course demonstrates and understanding of concepts. sophisticated demonstrates course concepts. understanding of good course concepts. understanding of course concepts. 23-25 Points 20-22 Points 17-19 Points 15-16 Points The comparison The comparison The comparison of The comparison of the two of the two the two models is of the two models is clear, models is clear, related to the models may not compelling, and and is directly models; be clear, may directly related related to the demonstrates not be directly to the models, models, adequate related to the demonstrating a demonstrating a understanding of models; and/or sophisticated good course concepts, may not understanding of understanding analysis, and demonstrate course concepts, of course critical thinking. adequate analysis, critical concepts, understanding thinking, and analysis, critical of course synthesis. thinking, and concepts, synthesis. analysis, and critical thinking. 9-10 Points 8 Points 7 Points 6 Points Conclusion is Conclusion is Conclusion is Conclusion is convincing, somewhat effective and provided and is effective and effective and/or relevant. relevant. drawn from the relevant. Demonstrates paper. analysis and Demonstrates critical thinking. sophisticated analysis and critical thinking. < 60% Possible Well Below Points Standards 0-14 Points 25 Few or no comparisons are provided. 0-5 Points 10 No conclusion provided, or minimal effort demonstrated. 11/24/2016 3 9-10 Points 8 Points 7 Points 6 Points 0-5 Points 10 Three scholarly Three scholarly Three scholarly Three or fewer No external sources other sources other sources other than sources other research is than the class than the class the class resources than the class incorporated resources are resources are are properly resources may or reference incorporated and incorporated incorporated and be used; may listed is not used effectively, and used used. Uses APA not be scholarly cited within contextualized, effectively, format for sources; may text. appropriately appropriately references and not be properly researched and researched and citations. incorporated or External supported, and supported, and used to support Research synthesized with support original arguments; may original arguments. rely too heavily arguments. Sources used on the reporting Sources used are credible, of external are credible, relevant, and sources, and/or relevant, and timely. Proper are not effective timely. Proper APA style is or appropriate; APA style is used used for and/or are not for citations and citations and credible, references. references. relevant, or timely. May not use APA format. 9-10 Points Paper reflects effective organization and sophisticated writing; follows instructions provided; is written in third Format person; uses correct structure, grammar, and spelling; double- spaced and presented in a professional format using Word. 8 Points 7 Points 6 Points 0-5 Points 10 Paper reflects Paper has some Paper is not well Paper is very effective organization; may organized, poorly organization; have some errors and/or contains written, has follows in sentence several many instructions structure, grammar grammar provided; is grammar and and/or spelling and/or written in third spelling. Is double errors; and/or is spelling person; has few spaced and not double- errors, or errors in written in third spaced and does not sentence person. written in third convey the structure, person. information. grammar, and spelling; double-spaced, and presented in a professional format. TOTAL 100 Points Possible 11/24/2016 4

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