INF SYS 3810 -- Information Systems Analysis
Syllabus -- Fall, 2017
- Hoffer, J.A., J.F. George and J.S. Valacich, Modern Systems Analysis and Design, Seventh Edition, Reading, MA: Pearson/Prentice Hall Publishing Company, 2013.
Gause, D.C. and G.M. Weinberg, Are Your Lights On? How to Figure Out What the Problem REALLY Is, New York: Dorset House, 1990.
Two copies are on Reserve at the library.
- Brooks, F.P., The Mythical Man-Month, Boston: Addison-Wesley, 1995.
Electronic copy is available under MyGateway and there is a copy on Reserve at the library.
- The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design (download for free)
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Prerequisites: INF SYS 3806 (Object Oriented Programming I), with
a grade of C- or better.
Drop Policy: For the purposes of this policy, the "effective drop date" is the date which I am
informed of the drop or the actual date of the drop, which ever is later. Students can and may inform me
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in person or over the telephone.
A student may drop this class until October 18 with a passing grade. (Note the University policy states
that you may drop until September 19 without receiving a grade; this policy is simply an extension of the
University policy.) Between October 19 and November 14, a student will receive either a passing grade
(excused) or a failing grade (F) depending upon his or her performance (current grade) in the course. A
student may withdraw after November 14 only with and solely with the approval of the dean of his or her
division. If you want to withdraw after this date, go directly to your dean; do not ask for my signature --
my signature is not needed and I will not provide it. Under no circumstance may a student drop this class
after December 6, 2017.
Class Objectives: Systems Analysis and
Design is the art of problem solving. Systems analysis is the study of a
current business system and its problems, the determination and
definition of business needs and information requirements, and the
evaluation of alternative solutions. Systems design (next semester) is
the general and detailed specification of a computer and human solution
that meets the requirements determined during systems analysis. During
the life of a system, a systems analyst may monitor or evaluate its
ability to continue to meet business requirements, and will design and
implement modifications and enhancements in response to end-user
requests and environmental changes.
The class Learning Objectives are:
Improve (creative) problem solving abilities
Improve ability to work in a group
Learn the foundations of systems analysis,
including methodologies, standards, and tools for data acquisition and
Successfully complete a systems analysis project
for a specific client by creatively applying methodologies, standards, and tools for data acquisition and documentation
Understand the differences associated with a transnational analysis project
Understand the application of ethics on an analysis project
Some of the specific concepts we will address:
Creatively problem solve
Learn from failures
Work successfully with a group of your peers on a common problem
Improve communication skills
Understand the principles of SAD
Understand SAD standards and measures thereof
Understand methodologies and the differences among them
Work with a variety of SAD methods, and tools
Understand CASE tools
Define object, data and process models
Understand and apply traditional process-oriented life cycle methods
Understand and apply data-oriented life cycle methods
Understand and apply agile development methods
Understand and apply human-centered design methods
Understand cost benefit analyses
Understand the role of risk in the process
Analyze an existing information system (whether manual or automated)
Document business processes
Measure and document and their many perspectives
Utilize observation, questionnaires and interview schedules to discover problems
Document information system requirements
Generate alternative solutions to an information systems problem and choose among them
Prototype a new system
Prepare and present a cost benefit analysis, including a risk assessment
Successfully make a business case for a technological solution
Successfully document and present a case for a client
I assume you are here to learn about systems analysis in preparation for your ultimate career. To accomplish that goal:
You must come to class prepared; you must read and think about the material before you get here.
You must practice critical thinking skills.
You must participate in class discussions and class activities.
You must participate fully in the class project.
This means that you will think about your project, go to group meetings,
participate in the data collection and analysis. Each person must
accept the responsibility for the project.
You must take responsibility for asking questions
in class or office hours when you are confused.
You must be courteous and respectful to me and your classmates, professionals who might attend class,
and to your clients.
You must write clearly, with a development of your concept, at the collegiate level
You must be respectful of others in the class in your use of
computers. I will not monitor your use of computers. You must pay
attention during class if you use computers.
Your success in this course is important to me. When
I believe that the programs offered by Student Retention Services (SRS)
will help you academically, I will send a referral via MyConnect, the
campus Academic Alert System. The SRS offers assistance tailored to
specific instructional needs. Learn about the MyConnect system in the
online Student Planner,
Classroom Courtesy: I realize
that I should not have to tell you these things, and I apologize to
those of you for whom this is unnecessary, but in the past few years I
have noticed a significant increase in bad classroom manners and
inconsiderate behavior. So please adhere to the following rules.
Repeated violations of these will be grounds for reducing your course
You must to adhere to the Student Conduct Code.
You must adhere to the Acceptable Use of Computing Code.
You must contribute to a climate for learning
characterized by intellectual diversity and a respect for each other,
and the contributions each person makes to class.
You must commit to a positive learning environment by
respecting that University policy. I expect you to make a similar
commitment. In particular, I refer you to the Universitys Collected Rules
200.015, which says, Information about student views, beliefs, and
political associations that fellow students acquire in the context of
course discussions should be handled responsibly. Students are
encouraged to be sensitive to the potential that dissemination of
information about fellow students derived from course discussions may be
perceived as defamatory and/or may subject them to ridicule, harassment
or reprisal from those who do not agree with the views, beliefs or
political associations expressed in the course.
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and other electronic devices before entering class; do not talk on the
phone in class.
You must come to class on time. In those rare cases
where being late is unavoidable, please enter the classroom quietly
(preferably by the north entrance) and take a seat as close to the door
as possible. If the class period is more than half done, dont bother to
come to the class. Once in class, do not get up and leave unless it is
truly an emergency; talking with friends and even relatives rarely
constitute an emergency.
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before class starts. If you eat during class, please do so quietly.
Clean up afterwards; wipe up spills and throw away trash.
You must keep talking with your neighbor to a minimum
as it creates difficulty for participants to hear what is being
discussed in class. If you are confused about something in class, please
ask me - that is my job and I am happy to answer questions.
You must use computers quietly.
You must pay attention, not talk with your neighbors,
and not use computers improperly when we have guest speakers.
You must bring a handkerchief or tissue to class to blow your nose in the event that you get the sniffles.
You must pay attention in class; I am not going to
supervise your attention in class. However, you are responsible for all
the material covered in class -- if you do not pay attention and miss
important material, I am not going to go over it again.
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The Board of Curators recognizes that academic honesty is essential for the intellectual life
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Furthermore, note that the University's Collected Rules 200.010 B.1
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instructor shall make an academic judgment about the student's grade on
that work and in that course. The instructor shall report the alleged
academic dishonesty to the Primary Administrative Officer."
For the purposes of this class, cheating will include: plagiarism (using the writings of another without
proper citation), copying of another (either current or past student's work), working with another on
individually assigned work or exams, unauthorized marking on a graded paper or exam, or in any other
way presenting as one's own work that which is not entirely one's own work. It is unacceptable to seek the help of another (whether in the class or not) for help on an exam; this is considered academic dishonesty.
Further definitions and clarifications can be found in the University guidelines.
Any student who is caught cheating on any assignment or exam will receive a grade of zero (0) for that
assignment or exam. Further, a recommendation will be made to the appropriate university officials that
additional disciplinary action be taken.
If you are unsure what plagiarism is, perhaps the image below can help you. Original discussion was on CNN.com, July 19, 2016.
Assignments and Items that are Graded: see assignments page.
As you consider written materials you might provide this semester, please check the writing rubric.
Exams: There will be two exams.
- First Exam: October 9
- Second Exam: November 6
Make-up exams will be provided only for those students who have spoken with the professor prior to the
exam and who have a justifiable reason for missing the exam. In ALL other cases, the student will receive
a grade of zero (0) on the exam. NO late exams (if it is a take home exam) will be accepted.
Grading Policy: The following proportions will be used for grading.
So, to compute your grade, you will take the grades (as described in the
previous sections) and substitute them into this equation:
Grade = .05*(Networking Activities) + .10*(Class Participation) + .10*(Homework)
Progress Reports) + .20*(Analysis Project) + .20*(Exam 1) + .20*(Exam 2)
Substituting the points computed in the individual sections,
assuming a 67 on your midterm, an 81 on your project, and a 77 on your
final, you would compute
Grade=.05*(100) + .08*(52) +.10*(55) +.15*(70.8) +.20*(81) +.20*(67) + .22*(77) = 71.82
This will give you a number between 0 and 100. Grades may be
curved from the standard normal curve based upon the difficulty of my
grading (not on the performance of the class).
Approximate letter grades will be assigned when exams and projects are returned. Students should
remember, however, that the term average is a weighted average of the numerical grades, not an
average of the approximate letter grades.
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creating an inclusive campus community that values and respects all its
members, and achieves educational excellence through diversity and
nondiscrimination. This includes supporting students regardless of their
religious affiliation or non-affiliation. I will make a good faith
effort to accommodate your religious practice or belief, unless such
accommodation would create undue hardship.
Accommodations for makeup assignments, presentations, homework,
quizzes, or exams should be arranged with me early in the semester and
well in advance of the anticipated class absence and requested
accommodation. To request an accommodation for a religious observance,
submit the form
to me as the semester begins and no later than two weeks prior to the
religious observance. Submit a separate form for each observance.
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special accommodations should meet with me during office hours so that
we can discuss how to meet your needs this semester. Prior to our
meeting be sure you have met with someone in the campus offices that
supports student with disabilities (MSC 144). If, during the semester,
you are experiencing a serious emotional trauma, please inform me of
this before taking an exam; once an exam is taken the grade must be
counted and no "retake" is possible.