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ToS;DR - Marking Guidelines and Sample Answers

posted Oct 7, 2012, 6:16 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 8, 2012, 1:06 PM by Eddie Woo ]
Marking Criteria
Question: (a)
Criteria

Marks

Explains how ToS;DR operates as a decision support system, referring to at least TWO specific qualities in detail.

2

Explains how ToS;DR operates as a decision support system, referring to only ONE specific quality or referring to TWO qualities in poor detail.

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Question: (b)
Criteria

Marks

Describes three social and ethical issues for ToS;DR specifically related to decision support systems, giving evidence from the article.

3

Describes three social and ethical issues for ToS;DR, not necessarily related to decision support systems, or not giving evidence from the article.

2

Describes two or less social and ethical issues for ToS;DR, giving a low amount of depth and not giving any evidence from the article.

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Question: (c)
Criteria

Marks

Describes at least two advantages and two disadvantages of the letter grading system in detail, eventually giving an overall in-depth judgment. Response must also give examples relating to already given ratings.

4

Describes two advantages and disadvantages of the letter grading system, eventually giving a judgment. Response also somewhat relates to gradings already given out to various internet services.

3

Describes one advantage and disadvantage of the letter grading system, eventually giving a judgment. Response also somewhat relates to gradings already given out to various internet services.

2

Describes one advantage or disadvantage of the letter grading system. No judgment or poor judgment response given without appropriate justification. There is no reference to examples to already given ratings.

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Question: (d)
Criteria

Marks

Correctly classifies the data analysed as semi-structured, and provides a strong justification explaining at least two key characteristics of a semi-structured situation.

3

Correctly classifies the data analysed as semi-structured, and provides a justification explaining one key characteristics of a semi-structured situation.

2

Correctly classifies the data analysed as semi-structured, and provides a weak justification of their response.

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Question: (e)
Criteria

Marks

Critically analyses all the data and information requirements for this system with a high level of detail, references at least three different processes in relation to the requirements. The response must be clear, in-depth and also appropriately justifies their analysis.

6

Critically analyses all the data and information requirements for this system with a substantial level of detail, referencing two or three processes in relation to the requirements. The response is clear, structured and justifies their analysis to a degree of detail.

5

Analyses all the data and information requirements for this system, with a satisfactory level of detail, referencing two processes in relation to the requirements. The response is somewhat structured, and some justification is provided in their analysis.

4

Analyses the data and information requirements for this system, with a satisfactory level of detail, referencing one or two processes in relation to the requirements. The response is satisfactory, and a shallow level of justification is provided in their analysis.

3

Analyses some data and/or information requirements for the system. Response references one or two processes in relation to the requirements. The response is satisfactory, and a shallow level of justification is provided in their analysis.

2

Analyses little or no data and information requirements for the system. Response may or may not reference any processes in relation and the justification is non existent or extremely shallow.

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Sample Answers:


(a) ToS;DR operates as a decision support system as the system provides overviews of the terms of service that various online companies have, emphasising important points that concern issues such as privacy and copyright. These overviews guide web users in their use of web services, as it clarifies what the terms of service is actually specifying. ToS;DR operates as an expert system, providing insight for uses which normally require the services of an expert, who analyses the data given to give a useful grade for the end-users.

(b) Social and ethical issues may include, but not limited to:
  • Accuracy of data - web users are providing incorrect data.
  • Privacy - the web users’ personal details may be used in ways that the individual may not be aware of .
  • Copyright - the web users’ intellectual property may be used by companies without giving credit to the individual, due to provisions in the ToS that the user may not have understood or recognised.

(c) The use of the letter grading system on ToS;DR has various advantages and disadvantages. The letter grading system is simplistic and user-friendly - it provides a distinct classification of the company’s terms of service for users, making it impossible to become confused about the results of the internet service. Furthermore, the system is unbiased, as it all the letter gradings are based upon a set of predetermined standards, thus, providing a fair analysis of the internet service/website, allowing end-users to have access to a reliable grade. On the other hand, the letter grading system may not fit to a certain criteria. Using five letters may not be complex enough for many end users, and not all their needs may be met by such a simple letter grading system.

(d) The data analysed by ToS;DR is semi-structured data.The content analysed is structured, but it requires an individual to decide what level of service it is providing to its users. Although there are predetermined standards which define the letter values to be assigned to websites, it requires human intelligence to recognise what letter value the website’s ToS should be given.

(e) Answers may include but not be limited to:

Displaying: Report cards
  • Letter value given the website.
  • Specific provisions within the company’s terms of service that the user may want to be aware of.
Organising: Formatting the data/information.
  • Provisions within the company’s ToS
  • Provisions which breach privacy laws
  • Standards which define each letter value


Analysing: Analysis of the company’s ToS.
  • Legal restrictions upon commercial usage of an individual’s data and information

sorry for the low-depth sample answer for part e :(
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