CQUniversity Unit Profile
COIT11226 Systems Analysis
Systems Analysis
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General Information

Overview

In this unit, you will explore problems that require technological solutions as systems analysis involves determining what a system needs to accomplish. This unit covers concepts such as systems feasibility, user requirements elicitation, and systems modelling. You will learn how to analyse systems requirements, select and plan how to take the system through all stages of the system development life cycle.

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 2 - 2020

Brisbane
Cairns
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

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. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 10%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
4. Project (applied)
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 Staff

Feedback

Quizzes as part of the assessments are helpful in student learning, yet scoring high marks in quizzes requires more effort.

Recommendation

Review the workloads required and assessment weights of the quizzes.

Feedback from Staff

Feedback

Week 4 and 5 topics (cost-benefit analysis and economics of Project management) do not align with any of the ULOs. These topics are covered in depth in COIT12208.

Recommendation

Revise weekly contents to remove redundant topics (covered in other units) and to ensure the contents are aligned with the unit’s learning outcomes.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain systems analysis concepts, terminologies, system analysis tasks, models, tools, techniques, and methodologies
  2. Select and plan appropriate models, tools, techniques, and methodologies in the systems analysis phase of a systems development project
  3. Apply information gathering techniques to derive system functionalities
  4. Construct modelling diagrams to depict system functionalities for users' requirements.

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 SFIA7 code is included:

  • Business Analysis (BUAN)
  • Requirements Definition and Management (REQM)
  • Business Modelling (BSMO)
  • Data Modelling and Design (DTAN)

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 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 30%
4 - Project (applied) - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 30%
4 - Project (applied) - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

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

Authors: Satzinger, Jackson & Burd
Cengage
Boston Boston , MA , USA
ISBN: 9781305117204
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

All students MUST use only the 7th edition of the prescribed text book.

If you prefer to study with a paper copy, they are available at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code).

eBook copies can be purchased from the publisher's website here: https://www.cengagebrain.com.au/shop/isbn/9781305117204?cid=aussearchpage

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
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Pak Poon Unit Coordinator
p.poon@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 13 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

An Overview of Systems Analysis and Design

Chapter

Chapter 1 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 20 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Approaches to Systems Development

Chapter

Chapter 10 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 27 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

The Role of Systems Analyst

Chapter

Online Chapter A (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 03 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Project Planning and Project Management

Chapter

Chapter 11 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Project Management Techniques

Chapter

Online Chapter C (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 17 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 24 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Investigating Systems Requirement

Chapter

Chapter 2 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1: Systems Development & Planning Due: Week 6 Wednesday (26 Aug 2020) 11:00 am AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 31 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Identifying User Stories and Use Cases

Chapter

Chapter 3 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 07 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Domain Modeling

Chapter

Chapter 4 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 14 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Use Case Modeling

Chapter

Chapter 5 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Designing the User Interface

Chapter

Chapter 8 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2: Systems Analysis - Techniques and Models Due: Week 10 Wednesday (23 Sep 2020) 11:00 am AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Deploying the New System

Chapter

Chapter 14 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 05 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

All previously covered chapters (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 3: Student Project Due: Week 12 Friday (9 Oct 2020) 11:00 am AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 19 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Associate Professor Pak Poon (Unit Coordinator)

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

Email: p.poon@cqu.edu.au

Phone: (03) 9616 0693


Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quizzes

Task Description

There will be four quizzes to assess your understanding of the unit materials. The quizzes will be held during the tutorial sessions in Weeks 4, 7, 9 and 11.


Number of Quizzes


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

Late submissions might not be possible for online quizzes. Late submissions where possible (only under very exceptional circumstances) are subject to the university's late submission penalty policies.


Return Date to Students

Within 2 weeks from the due date or within 2 weeks of submission (whichever is the later)


Weighting
10%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment consists of multiple questions. Each question will be marked according to its correctness.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit your answers to the online quizzes via Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain systems analysis concepts, terminologies, system analysis tasks, models, tools, techniques, and methodologies
  • Select and plan appropriate models, tools, techniques, and methodologies in the systems analysis phase of a systems development project


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 1: Systems Development & 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 required 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.




Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Wednesday (26 Aug 2020) 11:00 am AEST

Late submissions are subject to the university's late submission penalty policies


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Wednesday (9 Sep 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/charts should be clear, consistent and relevant.

The assessment criteria will also cover document layout, format, file types, and referencing. Furthermore, all the different parts of the assessment should be written in a report in a coherent manner.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

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

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Select and plan appropriate models, tools, techniques, and methodologies in the systems analysis phase of a systems development project
  • Apply information gathering techniques to derive system functionalities


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

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 2: 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 (23 Sep 2020) 11:00 am AEST

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


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Wednesday (7 Oct 2020)


Weighting
30%

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/charts should be clear, consistent and relevant.

The assessment criteria will also cover document layout, format, file types, and referencing. Furthermore, all the different parts of the assessment should be written in a report in a coherent manner.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

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

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply information gathering techniques to derive system functionalities
  • Construct modelling diagrams to depict system functionalities for users' requirements.


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

4 Project (applied)

Assessment Title
Assessment 3: Student Project

Task Description

This individual project covers all the topics taught from Week 1 to Week 11, and is also based on the Case Study used for Assessments 1 and 2. While Assessments 1 and 2 focus on individual phases of the software development life cycle, Assessment 3 will cover the entire life cycle (including the activities to be performed during or after system cutover).

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Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (9 Oct 2020) 11:00 am AEST

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


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Monday (19 Oct 2020)

Expected to return to students no later than 2 weeks after submission due date.


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/charts should be clear, consistent and relevant.

The assessment criteria will also cover document layout, format, file types, and referencing. Furthermore, all the different parts of the assessment should be written in a report in a coherent manner.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

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

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain systems analysis concepts, terminologies, system analysis tasks, models, tools, techniques, and methodologies
  • Construct modelling diagrams to depict system functionalities for users' requirements.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical practice

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