COIT20248 - Information Systems Analysis and Design

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
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).

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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.

Assessment Tasks

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 45.16% response rate.

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.

Source: Through Moodle site
Students requested more constructive feedback.
All tutors and markers will be asked to provide detailed constructive feedback so that students can learn from it.
Action Taken
Instructions have been given to all tutors to provide detailed constructive feedback through emails for marking moderation.
Source: Through Moodle site
Some students sought additional help with academic writing.
Invite Academic Learning Center (ALC) to run workshop in class and to provide tips on academic writing.
Action Taken
Students were given detailed instructions in assessment descriptions, citation help documents, and report writing samples.
Source: 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).
Action Taken
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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