Syllabus for CIS-320
SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN
Systems Analysis and Design provides students with concepts of the analysis and design processes and allows students to use industry standard methodology and framework to develop business information systems. The course combines terminology with conceptual and practical approaches to designing and implementing business systems. Analytical and problem-solving skills are developed through a modern integrated, structured approach. Predictive and adaptive approaches to systems development life cycle (SDLC) using an iterative approach are covered. The course contains the entire analysis and design process from conception through implementation, including training and support, system documentation and maintenance, and relevant project management techniques.
Tools and techniques to optimize performance and secure the system are introduced. Tools that optimize performance and secure the system include SDLC, Unified Process (UP), Extreme Programming (XP), and Scrum.
- Software development and systems analysis and design
- The system development life cycle (SDLC)
- Methodologies, models, tools, and techniques
- Agile development
- Iterative development
- Current development trends
- The analyst as a business problem-solver
- Systems that solve business problems
- Required skills of a systems analyst
- Analysis-related careers
- Analysis activities in more detail
- Functional and nonfunctional system requirements
- Stakeholders—the source of system requirements
- Techniques for information gathering
- Models and modeling
- Validating the requirements
- User goals, events, and use cases
- The entity-relationship diagram (ERD)
- The domain model class diagram
- Traditional views of activities/use cases
- Data flow diagrams (DFDs)
- Documentation of DFD components
- Locations and communication through networks
- Activity diagrams for use cases
- The system sequence diagram
- use cases and CRUD
- Project management perspective
- Deciding on scope and level of automation
- Defining the application deployment environment
- Choosing implementation alternatives
- The elements of design
- Design models
- Design activities
- System controls and security
- Anatomy of a modern information system
- Architectural concepts
- Three-layer design
- Architectural diagrams
- Designing application components
- Databases and database management systems
- Relational databases
- Data types
- Distributed database architectures
- Protecting the database
- Identifying and classifying inputs and outputs
- Understanding the user experience and the user interface
- Guidelines for designing user interfaces
- Documenting dialog designs
- Considerations for web-based application
- Smartphones and small mobile devices
- The system development life cycle
- Methodologies, models, tools, and techniques
- Agile development
- The unified process, extreme programming, and scrum
- Data conversion
- Training and user support
- Maintenance and system enhancement
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- Illustrate the duties and activities of a systems analyst.
- Explain the purpose and various phases of the systems development life cycle (SDLC).
- Demonstrate an understanding of project management.
- Assess analysis and design tools and techniques.
- Evaluate case studies for real-life aspects of systems analysis and design.
- Use one of the popular systems development processes.
- Evaluate the important aspects of training and user support.
You will need the following textbook to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
- Satzinger, John W., Jackson, Robert B. , & Burd, Stephen D. (2016). Systems Analysis and Design in a Changing World, 7th ed. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. ISBN-13: 978-1305117204
Book resources: Online Chapters
Systems Analysis and Design is a three-credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, textbook reading, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
- Module 1: Systems Analysis and the Systems Analyst
Course objectives covered in this module include CO 1, 2, 3
- Module 2: Systems Analysis—Defining the Requirements
Course objectives covered in this module include CO 2, 4, 5, 6
- Module 3: Systems Analysis—Justifying the Project
Course objectives covered in this module include CO 2, 3, 4
- Module 4: Systems Design—Elements and Approaches
Course objectives covered in this module include CO 1,2, 4, 5, 6
- Module 5: Systems Design—Databases and Interfaces
Course objectives covered in this module include CO 2,4, 5, 6
- Module 6: Implementation and Support
Course objectives covered in this module include CO 1, 2, 6, 7
For your formal work in the course, you are required to complete six written assignments, participate in six online discussion forums in addition to an ungraded introductions forum, take four online quizzes, and complete a final project. See below for more details.
Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.
Online Discussion Forums
In addition to posting an introduction to the class in Module 1, you are required to participate in six graded online class discussions.
Communication with your mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online class discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a discussion question and at least two subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate or your mentor, state and support your position. Remember, these are discussions. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, mature, and respectful.
You are required to complete six written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with each of the course's six modules.
Each module requires you to take a short online quiz based on the module's assigned reading. Each quiz consists of multiple-choice questions only. There is no time limit for taking each quiz. You can take each quiz an unlimited number of times, but the gradebook will only record your most recent score.
For the final course project, you will complete two reports covering eight steps in the systems analysis and design process. Each report is worth 16 percent of your course grade for a total of 32 percent. Project Report 1 (Steps 1–4) focuses on defining, justifying, and planning the project. Project Report 2 (Steps 5–8) focuses on some of the tasks associated with developing and implementing the plan proposed in Project Report 1. Both reports are based on Ridgeline Mountain Outfitters (RMO), a firm introduced in the textbook.
Please see the Final Project area of the course website for further details about the project.
See the Course Calendar for the due dates of each project report.
GRADING AND EVALUATION
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
- Written assignments (6)—30 percent
- Online discussions (6)—18 percent
- Quizzes (6)—18 percent
- Project report 1—17 percent
- Project report 2—17 percent
All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).
STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
- Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
- Take the time to read the entire Online Student Handbook in the General Information area of the course Web site. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, how to schedule exams and arrange for proctors, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State University.
- Familiarize yourself with the learning management system's environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
- If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.
Consider the following study tips for success:
- To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the Course Calendar. The calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
- Check the Announcements page and class Discussion Board regularly for new course information.
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If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.
If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.
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- Lower or failing grade for an assignment
- Lower or failing grade for the course
- Rescinding credits
- Rescinding certificates or degrees
- Recording academic sanctions on the transcript
- Suspension from the University
- Dismissal from the University
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