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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 - 2021

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. 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)

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

Additional Textbook Information

Both paper and eBook versions can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code).

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: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

An Overview of Systems Analysis and Design

Chapter

Chapter 1 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Approaches to Systems Development

Chapter

Chapter 10 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

The Role of Systems Analyst

Chapter

Online Chapter A (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Project Planning and Project Management

Chapter

Chapter 11 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Project Management Techniques

Chapter

Online Chapter C (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Investigating Systems Requirements

Chapter

Chapter 2 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Individual Assignment 1: Systems Development and Planning Due: Week 6 Wednesday (25 Aug 2021) 11:00 am AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Identifying User Stores and Use Cases

Chapter

Chapter 3 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Domain Modelling

Chapter

Chapter 4 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Use Case Modelling

Chapter

Chapter 5 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Designing the User Interface

Chapter

Chapter 8 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Individual Assignment 2: Systems Analysis and Modelling Due: Week 10 Wednesday (22 Sep 2021) 11:00 am AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Deploying the New System

Chapter

Chapter 14 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

All previously covered chapters (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Individual Assignment 3 Due: Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:00 am AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

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 (or other designated times) in Week 4, 7, 9 and 11.


Number of Quizzes

4


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Quizzes will be held in Weeks 4, 7, 9, 11. Late submissions are not possible for quizzes. Supplementary quizzes will only be arranged under very exceptional circumstances (e.g., illness supported by a medical certificate).


Return Date to Students

Within 2 weeks from the quiz date.


Weighting
10%

Assessment Criteria

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


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline Online

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
Individual Assignment 1: Systems Development and Planning

Task Description

Imagine you have recently commenced a systems development project in the role of a systems analyst. You will be provided with a Project Case Study. You are required to identify critical elements of the project, undertake analysis tasks and prepare a report. Your report will document aspects such as:

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

You will need to use software such as MS Excel and MS Project.



Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Wednesday (25 Aug 2021) 11:00 am AEST

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


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Wednesday (8 Sep 2021)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria will cover the contents and the presentation/format of the submission. In addition, all the different parts of the assessment should be written in a professional and coherent manner. A detailed marking template will be available along with the assignment details on the Moodle unit webpage.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

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
Individual Assignment 2: Systems Analysis and Modelling

Task Description

This assignment follows on Assignment 1 and uses the same Project Case Study. Assignment 2 requires you to apply the relevant analysis and modelling techniques. You will select, justify and use information-gathering techniques to identify, analyze and specify the requirements of an information system. You will then design an information system using techniques such as use case diagram, domain model class diagram, activity diagram and system sequence diagram. You will need to use software such as MS Visio to develop the required modelling diagrams.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Wednesday (22 Sep 2021) 11:00 am AEST

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


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Wednesday (6 Oct 2021)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria will cover the contents and the presentation/format of the submission. In addition, all the different parts of the assessment should be written in a professional and coherent manner. A detailed marking template will be available along with the assignment details on the Moodle unit webpage.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

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
Individual Assignment 3

Task Description

This individual project follows Assignments 1 and 2. It focuses on system implementation, testing, training, deployment and other related issues.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:00 am AEST

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


Return Date to Students

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


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria will cover the contents and the presentation/format of the submission. In addition, all the different parts of the assessment should be written in a professional and coherent manner. A detailed marking template will be available along with the assignment details on the Moodle unit webpage.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

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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