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COIT11226 Systems Analysis
Systems Analysis
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General Information

Overview

In this unit, you will develop skills in the planning, selection, and analysis phases of the systems development lifecycle (SDLC). Topics include feasibility studies, fact-finding techniques, system modelling, project planning, and user requirements.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 3 - 2019

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
3. Examination
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Have Your Say survey, direct student feedback, and staff discussion

Feedback

Part A in both the two assignments required students to complete the related online quizzes as well as to participate and complete all related tutorial tasks. Students felt a larger workload from the online quizzes in this unit and requested for the online quizzes to be removed.

Recommendation

Online quizzes will be removed in both assessments. Online quizzes will remain on the unit Moodle site for student practice to help the students improve performance.

Feedback from Have Your Say survey

Feedback

Task requirements in the two assessments need clarity.

Recommendation

Arrange two reviewers to check through both the two assessments to improve clarity.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe, discuss and apply fact-finding, feasibility study, project planning, and user requirements techniques
  2. Model the existing system/environment using appropriate techniques
  3. Document the analysis phase of the systems development lifecycle by preparing analysis and user requirements reports.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.

ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • Information Analysis (INAN)
  • Business Analysis (BUAN)
  • Data Analysis (DTAN)
  • Systems Design (DESN)

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Examination - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Examination - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Systems Analysis and Design in a Changing World 7th edition (2016)

Authors: John Satzinger, Robert Jackson, Stephen Burd
Cengage Learning
ISBN: 978-1-305-11720-4
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • MS Office or equivalent software
  • MS Project
  • MS Visio
  • For CQUniversity Student Emails and Moodle Forums, all students must always check university emails and read all types of forum messages
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing styles below:

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Pak Poon Unit Coordinator
p.poon@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 11 Nov 2019

Module/Topic

An Overview of Systems Analysis and Design

Chapter

Chapter 1 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 18 Nov 2019

Module/Topic

Approaches to Systems Development

Chapter

Chapter 10 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 25 Nov 2019

Module/Topic

The Role of the Systems Analyst

Chapter

Online Chapter A (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Dec 2019

Module/Topic

Project Planning and Project Management

Chapter

Chapter 11 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 09 Dec 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 16 Dec 2019

Module/Topic

Project Management Techniques

Chapter

Online Chapter C (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Dec 2019

Module/Topic

Investigating Systems Requirements

Chapter

Chapter 2 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Systems Development and Planning Due: Week 6 Monday (23 Dec 2019) 9:00 am AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 06 Jan 2020

Module/Topic

Identifying User Stories and Use Cases

Chapter

Chapter 3 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 13 Jan 2020

Module/Topic

Domain Modeling

Chapter

Chapter 4 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 20 Jan 2020

Module/Topic

Use Case Modeling

Chapter

Chapter 5 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 27 Jan 2020

Module/Topic

Designing the User Interface

Chapter

Chapter 8 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Systems Analysis: Techniques and Models Due: Week 10 Wednesday (29 Jan 2020) 9:00 am AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 03 Feb 2020

Module/Topic

Deploying the New System

Chapter

Chapter 14 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 10 Feb 2020

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

All previously covered chapters (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 17 Feb 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Dr. Pak Poon (Unit Coordinator)

Office: Room 6.15, Level 6, School of Engineering & Technology, 120 Spencer Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 (Melbourne Campus)

Phone: (03) 9616 0693

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Systems Development and Planning

Task Description

Imagine you have recently commenced a systems development project in the role of systems analyst. You will be provided with a Project Case Study. You are to identify critical elements, undertake analysis tasks and develop a report.

Your report will document aspects such as:

  • The rationale behind your selected systems development methodology;
  • Your project plan including a scheduling chart; and
  • A cost-benefit analysis.

You will be required to use software such as Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Project.

See the unit website for more details, including the case study.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (23 Dec 2019) 9:00 am AEST

Late submissions are subject to the university late submission penalty policies


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Monday (13 Jan 2020)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment consists of multiple questions. Each question will be marked separately based on the following:

  • Correctness: The answer should be technically correct. Justifications should explain the advantages and disadvantages.
  • Clarity: Explanations, formatting and diagrams should be clear, consistent and relevant.

The assessment criteria includes requirements regarding document layout, format, file types, and referencing.

The assessment marking criteria are available on the unit website.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
This assignment will be submitted online through unit website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe, discuss and apply fact-finding, feasibility study, project planning, and user requirements techniques
  • Document the analysis phase of the systems development lifecycle by preparing analysis and user requirements reports.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical practice
  • Social Innovation

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Systems Analysis: Techniques and Models

Task Description

Assessment 2 follows on from Assessment 1 and usually uses the same project case study. Assessment 2 requires you to apply techniques and models to complete systems analysis tasks. You will select, justify and use information-gathering techniques to identify, analyse and specify requirements of an information system. You will then design an information system using models such as use case diagrams, domain class models, activity diagrams and system sequence diagrams.

You will be required to use software such as Microsoft Visio to develop modeling diagrams.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Wednesday (29 Jan 2020) 9:00 am AEST

Late submissions are subject to the university late submission penalty policies.


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Wednesday (12 Feb 2020)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment consists of multiple questions. Each question will be marked separately based on the following:

  • Correctness: The answer should be technically correct. Justifications should explain the advantages and disadvantages.
  • Clarity: Explanations, formatting and diagrams should be clear, consistent and relevant.

The assessment criteria includes requirements regarding document layout, format, file types, and referencing.

The assessment marking criteria are available on the unit website.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
This assignment will be submitted online through the unit website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Model the existing system/environment using appropriate techniques
  • Document the analysis phase of the systems development lifecycle by preparing analysis and user requirements reports.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
40%

Length
180 minutes

Minimum mark or grade
You must obtain an exam mark of at least 20% to pass this unit.

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only
Closed Book
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Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

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