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Enterprise Architecture Framework Research Paper

Purpose of this Assignment

This assignment gives you the opportunity to apply your research skills, analysis, and critical thinking skills to describe one of the enterprise architecture (EA) frameworks. This will provide you an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of one of the frameworks commonly used. This assignment specifically addresses the following course outcomes:

  • describe enterprise architecture (EA), the appropriate application of EA frameworks, and an overall ongoing EA program
  • analyze and examine how enterprise architecture and enterprise systems influence, support, and enable an organization's ability to contribute to strategic decision making and to respond and adapt to the business environment

Assignment

Select one of the enterprise architecture frameworks listed below:

  • Zachman Framework
  • The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF)
  • Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF)
  • DoD Architecture Framework (DODAF)
  • Treasury Enterprise Architecture Framework (TEAF)

Research and write a paper that describes the chosen framework. Your description should include the framework’s purpose, scope, principles, and the kinds of structures it uses, as appropriate to the framework.  Then, explain the framework’s strengths and weaknesses.  You should find at least two examples of organizations that have used the framework and briefly discuss them.  (NOTE:  More than two examples are required to receive all possible points; see Grading Rubric below.)

Your paper will be graded on both the accuracy and completeness of your description; it needs to clearly and completely define the framework and its strengths and weaknesses. Illustrations will enhance your paper if they contribute to an understanding of the framework.

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. (NOTE: More than three external resources are required to receive all possible points; see Grading Rubric below.)  You should use scholarly journals (rather than Wikipedia and authorless website postings). 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.

 

 

Criteria

 

90-100%

Far Above Standards

 

80-89%

Above Standards

 

70-79%

Meets Standards

 

60-69%

Below Standards

 

< 60%

Well Below Standards

 

Possible Points

Introduction

5 Points

 

A sophisticated introduction sets the stage for the paper.

4 Points

 

A well-written introduction sets the stage for the paper.

3.5 Points

 

The introduction adequately sets the stage for the paper.

3 Points

 

The introduction does not adequately set the stage for the paper.

0-2 Points

 

No introduction included.

5

Description of Framework -Quality

18-20 Points

 

Description of framework is clear and thorough and demonstrates sophisticated understanding of course concepts.

16-17 Points

 

Description of framework is clear and complete and demonstrates good understanding of course concepts.

14-15 Points

 

Description of framework includes the main points, and demonstrates adequate understanding of course concepts.

12-13 Points

 

Description of framework may be incomplete, and/or may not demonstrate adequate understanding of course concepts.

0-11 Points

 

Description of framework is not included or little is presented.

20

Description of Framework -Coverage

27-30 Points

 

Sophisticated description covers purpose, scope, principles, types of structures used, as appropriate to the selected framework.

24-26 Points

 

Clear and complete description covers purpose, scope, principles, types of structures used, as appropriate to the selected framework.

21-23 Points

 

Description adequately covers purpose, scope, principles, and types of structures, as appropriate to the selected framework.

18-20 Points

 

Description may not adequately cover purpose, scope, principles, and/or types of structures, as appropriate to the selected framework.

0-17 Points

 

Little or no coverage of these areas is provided.

30

Strengths and Weaknesses of Framework

9-10 Points

 

Strengths and Weaknesses identified are clear, compelling, and directly related to the framework, demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of course concepts, analysis, critical thinking, and synthesis.

8 Points

 

Strengths and Weaknesses identified are clear, and are directly related to the framework, demonstrating a good understanding of course concepts, analysis, critical thinking, and synthesis.

7 Points

 

Description of strengths and weaknesses are related to the framework; demonstrate adequate understanding of course concepts, analysis, and critical thinking.

6 Points

 

Description of strengths and weaknesses may not be clear, may not be directly related to the framework; and/or may not demonstrate adequate understanding of course concepts, analysis, and critical thinking.

0-5 Points

 

Few or no strengths or weaknesses identified and explained.

10

Examples of Use

9-10 Points

 

More than two examples of organizations that have used the framework are identified and clearly pertinent points are included in the discussion, using sophisticated writing.

8 Points

 

More than two examples of organizations that have used the framework are identified and pertinent points are included in the discussion, using clear writing.

7 Points

 

Two examples of organizations that have used the framework are identified and their use of the framework is adequately discussed.

6 Points

 

Two or fewer examples of organizations are identified and/or their use of the framework may not be adequately discussed.

0-5 Points

 

No examples of use of the framework are identified or minimal effort is demonstrated.

10

External Research

9-10 Points

 

More than three scholarly sources other than the class resources are incorporated and used effectively, contextualized, appropriately researched and supported, and synthesized with original arguments. Sources used are credible, relevant, and timely.  Proper APA style is used for citations and references.

8 Points

 

More than three scholarly sources other than the class resources are incorporated and used effectively, appropriately researched and supported, and support original arguments. Sources used are credible, relevant, and timely.  Proper APA style is used for citations and references.

7 Points

 

Three scholarly sources other than the class resources are properly incorporated and used.  Uses APA format for references and citations.

6 Points

 

Three or fewer sources other than the class resources may be used; may not be scholarly sources; may not be properly incorporated or used to support arguments; may rely too heavily on the reporting of external sources, and/or are not effective or appropriate; and/or are not credible, relevant, or timely. May not use APA format.

0-5 Points

 

No external research is incorporated or reference listed is not cited within text.

10

Conclusion

5 Points

Conclusion is convincing, effective and relevant. Demonstrates sophisticated analysis and critical thinking.

4 Points

Conclusion is effective and relevant. Demonstrates analysis and critical thinking.

3.5 Points

Conclusion is provided and is relevant.

3 Points

Conclusion is somewhat effective and/or relevant.

0-2 Points

No conclusion provided, or minimal effort demonstrated.

5

Format

9-10 Points

Paper reflects effective organization and sophisticated writing; follows instructions provided; is written in third person; uses correct structure, grammar, and spelling; double- spaced and presented in a professional format using Word.

8 Points

Paper reflects effective organization; follows instructions provided; is written in third person; has few errors in sentence structure, grammar, and spelling; double-spaced, and presented in a professional format.

7 Points

Paper has some organization; may have some errors in sentence structure, grammar and spelling. Is double spaced and written in third person.

6 Points

Paper is not well organized, and/or contains several grammar and/or spelling errors; and/or is not double-spaced and written in third person.

0-5 Points

Paper is extremely poorly written, has many grammar and/or spelling errors, or does not convey the information.

10

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL Points Possible

100

 

 

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