Instructor: Dr. Kailash Joshi

Office: 207 CCB

Tel: 516-6123 E-mail: joshi at usml

Office Hours: 6.00 - 6.55PM; T

Text: 1. Modern Systems Analysis and Design - Hoffer, George, and Valacich: Prentice Hall (the edition used for Systems Analysis IS6840 can be used for the class).

Description: This course provides an opportunity to integrate the skills and concepts learned in systems analysis, database design, and programming courses to design and develop an information system for an organization. Students are assigned 7 to 9 milestones for designing systems for a given application environment. Each milestone involves a detailed presentation in the class and a professional quality written report. Students are required to work in groups.

Grading: The following grading scheme will apply.

Assignments: 45%

Exam: 45%

Paper on Systems Design Related Topic: 10%

The course uses problem based learning (PBL) approach. It provides an opportunity to integrate knowledge acquired in previous MIS classes to analyze and design a work system to solve business problems in an organization. 

The paper should be about 10 pages, double spaced, and provide discussion or tutorial on one of the contemporary topics on information systems/systems design. One or more academic/ journal papers or white papers on the topic can be utilized to provide a lucid overview of the topic to the reader. As the last month will be taken for the design project examination, the paper should be completed by March end and is due on the first Tue in April.

1. All written reports must be of professional quality. Only typewritten and suitably bound reports will be accepted. The reports must be turned in on the due date before any presentations are made. After a presentation has been made by one of the teams, no points will be given for a late report. However, reports for all milestones must be turned in even if zero points are assigned for being late. If any report is not completed by a group, an automatic failing grade will be assigned. If any group fails to make a scheduled presentation at any time during the semester, an automatic failing grade will be assigned to all members of the group, with the exception that a withdrawn grade may be permitted in the first four weeks.

2. Initially students will receive the same grade as their team. At the end of the semester students will be asked to provide feedback on the effort put in by other members of their team. This feedback will be used to reduce the points assigned to a student, if her/his effort is reported to be less than 100%. However, there would be no upward revision in the grade assigned to a student.

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