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


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.


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 2 - 2022


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


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


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


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


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
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources



Essentials of Systems Analysis and Design (Global Edition)

Edition: 6th (2015)
Authors: J.S. Valacich, J.F. George, J.A. Hoffer
Boston Boston , USA
ISBN: 1-292-07661-5
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

This book is available to read online through the Library website. If you would like your own copy, you can purchase either paper or eBook copies at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code).

IT Resources

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