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COIT20248 Information Systems Analysis and Design
Information Systems Analysis and Design
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General Information

Overview

Information systems analysis and design is a complex, challenging, and stimulating organisational process, that a team of business and systems professionals use to develop and maintain computer-based information systems. In this unit, you will learn the importance of responding to and anticipating problems through the innovative use of systems development process. You will learn how understanding user-centered design and task-centered design are fundamental to good systems design. In order to understand these concepts, you will study how to determine user-requirements and convert user requirements to system design. You will demonstrate this understanding by designing web-interfaces of given case studies and practical examples. You will study different phases of the systems development life cycle, which includes developing a system proposal, determining user requirements, designing a system, and applying key principles to the implementation of a system. You will also explore the organisational context and the iterative nature of systems analysis and design.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Anti-requisites: COIS20025 Systems Development Overview. Students who have studied COIS20025 in the past cannot take COIT20248.

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 - 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 Postgraduate 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. Project (applied)
Weighting: 30%
2. Project (applied)
Weighting: 30%
3. 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 Unit Coordinator reflections

Feedback

The time allocated to some topics (e.g. Agile) is too short to cover in sufficient depth.

Recommendation

Re-arrange the ordering of some topics (e.g. bring Agile earlier) and remove some content covered in later units (e.g. details of database design).

Feedback from Unit Coordinator reflections

Feedback

It is difficult for students to appreciate the importance of writing unambiguous requirements for systems.

Recommendation

Introduce a tutorial activity with peer review of requirements tasks, e.g. one team creates a requirements specification, which another team uses an input to create a design.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Develop requirements, specifications and provide academic and practical arguments to defend the solutions by employing core principles of information system analysis and design
  2. Develop prototypes for computer-based information systems demonstrating initiative and problem-solving judgement to meet client briefs
  3. Employ effective interpersonal and professional skills to collaborate with and influence team members to achieve a negotiated team outcome while maintaining responsibility and accountability for their own learning and work
  4. Analyse and evaluate to critically reflect on the alternative methodologies used in developing business information systems
  5. Critically analyse and evaluate different modelling techniques for developing business information systems.

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 Analytics (INAN)
  • Systems Design (DESN)
  • User Experience Design (HCEV)
  • IT Strategy and Planning (ITSP)
  • Systems Design (DESN)
  • Business Modelling (BSMO)

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 5
1 - Project (applied) - 30%
2 - Project (applied) - 30%
3 - Project (applied) - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Essentials of Systems Analysis and Design (Global Edition) 6th (2015)

Authors: J.S. Valacich, J.F. George, J.A. Hoffer
Pearson
Boston Boston , USA
ISBN: 1-292-07661-5
Binding: Paperback
Supplementary

Analysis and Design of Information Systems 3rd (2008)

Authors: Arthur M. Langer
Springer-Verlag
London London , UK
ISBN: 978-1-84628-654-4
Binding: Hardcover

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • MS Office
  • 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: 08 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Systems development environment; sources of software

Chapter

Chapters 1 & 2 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Managing the information systems projects; systems planning & selection

Chapter

Chapters 3 & 4 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Determining system requirements; use case modelling

Chapter

Chapter 5 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Structuring system requirements; process modelling

Chapter

Chapter 6 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 06 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 13 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Structuring system requirements: conceptual data modelling; object-oriented (OO) analysis & design

Chapter

Chapter 7 & Appendix A (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Designing the human interface; agile methodologies

Chapter

Chapter 8 & Appendix B (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Systems Analysis & Project Planning Due: Week 6 Monday (20 Dec 2021) 11:00 am AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 27 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 03 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Designing databases; data warehousing

Chapter

Chapter 9 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 10 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Systems implementation & operation

Chapter

Chapter 10 (Prescribed textbook)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 17 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Website design & architecture

Chapter

Chapter 16 (Analysis & Design of Information Systems, by Arthur M. Langer, 3rd edition, 2008, Springer)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 24 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Concepts of ISO9000

Chapter

Chapter 17 (Analysis & Design of Information Systems, by Arthur M. Langer, 3rd edition, 2008, Springer)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 31 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Business process reengineering (BPR)

Chapter

Chapter 13 (Analysis & Design of Information Systems, by Arthur M. Langer, 3rd edition, 2008, Springer)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Systems Design Due: Week 11 Monday (31 Jan 2022) 11:00 am AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 07 Feb 2022

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

All the book chapters previously covered

Events and Submissions/Topic

Systems Testing & System Changeover Due: Week 12 Monday (7 Feb 2022) 11:00 am AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Feb 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Associate Professor Pak Poon (Unit Coordinator)

Email: p.poon@cqu.edu.au

Tel: + 61 (0)3 9616 0693

Office: Room 6.15, Level 6 (Melbourne Campus)

Assessment Tasks

1 Project (applied)

Assessment Title
Systems Analysis & Project Planning

Task Description

Assignment 1 is an individual assessment. You will plan & manage the project as well as investigate & document its systems requirements. In Assignment 1, you will produce a business report in accordance with the tasks given. The structure of the report & the case study will be provided to you in Moodle in Week 1 or 2. This assignment will assess the unit knowledge gained between Weeks 1 & 5 about the different facets of systems development.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (20 Dec 2021) 11:00 am AEST

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


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Tuesday (18 Jan 2022)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria cover the following issues:

a) The relevance and correctness of the answers with respect to each task related to systems analysis, and in the specific context of the given business case.

b) The accuracy of the numerical calculations related to Cost-Benefit Analysis.

c) The soundness of project management scheduling.

d) The professional layout/format of the report.



Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Assignment 1 is an individual assessment to be submitted online via Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop requirements, specifications and provide academic and practical arguments to defend the solutions by employing core principles of information system analysis and design
  • Critically analyse and evaluate different modelling techniques for developing business information systems.

2 Project (applied)

Assessment Title
Systems Design

Task Description

Assignment 2 is a group exercise. Your unit knowledge gained about how to model the systems requirements in both the object-oriented & traditional approaches will be assessed in this assignment, You need to submit a design of a web-based system. Your design should include various elements such as critical use cases, data flow diagrams & entity-relationship diagrams. During Week 11, there will be a group presentation based on the case study. Please refer to the Unit Moodle page for more details about this assignment.


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Monday (31 Jan 2022) 11:00 am AEST

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


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (11 Feb 2022)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria cover the following issues:

a) The relevance and correctness of the various technical diagrams drawn for systems analysis and design.

b) The rationale and discussion given to support the technical diagrams.

c) The professional layout/format of the report.



Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Submission Instructions
Assignment 2 is a group exercise to be submitted online via Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop prototypes for computer-based information systems demonstrating initiative and problem-solving judgement to meet client briefs
  • Employ effective interpersonal and professional skills to collaborate with and influence team members to achieve a negotiated team outcome while maintaining responsibility and accountability for their own learning and work
  • Analyse and evaluate to critically reflect on the alternative methodologies used in developing business information systems

3 Project (applied)

Assessment Title
Systems Testing & System Changeover

Task Description

Assignment 3 is an individual assessment and follows Assignments 1 & 2. It tests your knowledge about how to perform system testing to assurance the quality of the new system. It also tests your knowledge on the various approaches for system changeover.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Monday (7 Feb 2022) 11:00 am AEST

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


Return Date to Students

Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria cover the following issues:

a) The relevance and correctness of the answers with respect to system testing, system cutover and user training, and in the specific context of the given business case.

b) The ability to explain and justify the chosen methods in (a) above.

c) The professional layout/format of the report.



Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop requirements, specifications and provide academic and practical arguments to defend the solutions by employing core principles of information system analysis and design
  • Analyse and evaluate to critically reflect on the alternative methodologies used in developing business information systems

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