prince george’s community college

fall 2003

 


 

System analysis

 CIS 284

 

course syllabus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructor: Sonia Washington

Office Location: M2013 inside M2011

Office Phone: (301) 322-0098

Email: washinsx@pgcc.edu

Office Hours:       

Course Reference No: 6790

Class Days/Room:            Mon. & Wed. Lanham 122

8:15am – 10:45am Lecture/LAB

 


 

SYSTEM ANALYSIS CIS 284

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required textbooks

System Analysis and Design Methods, 5th Edition, By: Jeffrey L. Whitten, Lonnie D. Bentley, Kevin C. Dittman

Learning objectives & Course description

This course is built around a major team project, which will require all of your lab hours as well as additional outside research.  The team project will account for half of your grade.  The entire team will receive the same grade as 50% of the overall project grade.  The other 50% of the project grade will be an evaluation of your own performance on the project.  Other team members will evaluate you as to your specific contributions to the project, willingness to participate in team functions, meeting deadlines, accuracy of your work, etc.  In addition to the team project, you will be graded on a research paper, oral presentations and written tests.

Proposal teams will be assigned early in the semester (no later than the third week).  Each team will then work toward the presentation and delivery of the completed project during the last weeks of the semester.

Class discussions will center on the Systems Development Life Cycle.  It is this highly structured process and the documentation that accompanies it that is the basis for effective systems analysis and design.  Since the success of the course depends on group participation, regular, punctual attendance is required.  It is a good idea to inform your team leader or myself of any planned unavoidable absences in order to be sure you do not miss the material presented.

 

 

 



 

expected course outcomes

COURSE SURVEY TOPICS:

q       Describe fundamental information system concepts using a basic computer information systems vocabulary.

q       Describe the principal characteristics of businesses as information systems and shared characteristics of systems and subsystems.

q       Describe the components of effective communications, interviews, and technical writing used by systems analysts.

q       Describe the purpose of the system team and identify the roles and responsibilities of the system team members.

q       Describe and construct multilevel data flow diagrams and data dictionaries.

q       Describe the phases of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC): Study Phase, Design Phase, Development Phase, and the Operational Phase.

q       Describe, develop, and evaluate Candidate Systems using weighted candidate evaluation matrices.

q       Describe the identification of system processing, control, and test requirements.

q       Describe the process of file normalization and its advantage.

q       List the major principles of input and output design.

q       List and describe the steps that are used by programmers to develop computer programs and to ensure that the programs function properly.

q       Define and distinguish between the four major stages of the operation phase and the difficulties of changeover and the challenges of routine operation.

Group Project Objectives:

q                Develop interactive group communications skills.

q                Develop the use of concepts of systems analysis learned in the course.

q                Develop the use of effective fact-finding skills.

q                Develop the use of effective presentation skills.

q                Develop an awareness of the benefits and difficulties in using the team concept.

 

exams and grades

Guidelines for the tests:

1.        A student never takes a test late.  However, if a foreseeable problem exists, I will try to arrange for you to take a test early.

2.        Tests are returned during the class session after the test is taken (or on another date that I announce).  Sometimes tests cannot be returned immediately because of time constraints.  In these circumstances, they will be returned at the next regular class session.

3.        During the class session in which we discuss a test or quiz, you may take any notes.

4.        All tests are returned to me and are college property.

5.        In general, tests are not cumulative.  That is, Test 2 covers material covered after Test 1.  The final test covers all chapters and material covered.

6.        The Student Review is conduct by the students.  Every student is to create a Question and Answer Test.  The Question and Answer Test consist of at least 3 questions from each chapter with the CORRECT answer.  This Review Sheet must be typed and ready to hand in during the assigned due date.  The Instructor will select one or two people to conduct the Student Review Session.  The Overall Questions will be typed in Microsoft PowerPoint.  The class will be put in groups and compete against each other without using any notes or textbooks.  SRQDue = Student Review Questions Due

7.        Cheating will not be tolerated.  Do not give reason for suspicion.

EXAMS AND GRADES

Work

Points

Team Project:: Project Score – 25%

250

Team Project:: Member Performance – 25%

250

Two Tests – 10% each

(100 points each test)

200

Final Test – 15%

150

Research Paper – 10%

100

Oral Presentation – 5%

50

Total Points

1000

 

FINAL GRADES are calculated based on total point accumulation as follows:

900 – 1000 = A             800-899 = B                 700 – 799 = C               600 – 699 = D              Below 600 = F

 

 

 

CIS 284 Course Outline- Tentative schedule – (Subject to change)

WEEk

DATE

TOPIC

 

READING

assignments

5 mins. Oral Presentation Case #

1

08/25/03

08/27/03

Syllabus, Paper Selections, Profile,Ch1

Players in the Systems Game and Information System Building Blocks

Syllabus – CH1 and 2

CH 3 and 4

 

2

09/01/03

09/03/03

College Closed – LABOR DAY

Information System Development and Project Management

 

CH 5

 

1

3

09/08/03

09/10/03

Systems Analysis

Requirements Discovery and Exercise (Teams Assigned)

CH 6

SQRDue#1

 

2

3

4

09/15/03

 

09/17/03

Student Review for Test 1 & Read Project

TEST 1 (CH 1-6) & Project LAB Begins

 

 

 

CH 7

4

 

 

5

09/22/03

09/24/03

Data Modeling and Analysis

Process Modeling

CH 8

CH 9

5

6

6

09/29/03

10/01/03

Feasibility Analysis/ System Proposal

System Design

CH 10

CH 11

7

8

7

10/06/03

 

10/08/03

Application Architecture/Modeling

 

Database Design & Student Review for Test 2

CH 12 &  SQRDue#2

 

R. Paper Due

 

9

 

10

8

10/13/03

10/15/03

TEST 2 (CH 7-12)  

Output Design & Prototyping

CH 13

CH 14

 

9

10/20/03

10/22/03

Input Design & Prototyping

User Interface Design

CH 15

CH 16

 

10

10/27/03

10/29/03

System Construction/Implementation

No CLASSES – Professional Day!

CH 17 &  SQRDue#3

 

 

11

11/03/03

 

11/05/03

System Operations and Support & Student Review for Test 3

Final Test 3 (CH 1-17)

 

 

12

11/10/03

11/12/03

GROUP PROJECT

GROUP PROJECT

 

 

13

11/17/03

11/19/03

GROUP PROJECT

GROUP PROJECT

 

 

14

11/24/03

11/26/03

GROUP PROJECT

GROUP PROJECT

 

 

15

12/01/03

12/03/03

GROUP PROJECT

COMPLETED NOTEBOOKS DUE!

 

 

Final

12/8 to 12/14

Dec 12 TEAM PRESENTATIONS – Turn in DISKS/other Information

 

 

general class policies

Attendance: 

Research on college success demonstrates that class attendance is a significant factor in student success.  Considerable material will be covered during each class session.  There will be discussion of assignments, and handouts, will be distributed.  If a student must miss class, it is his/her responsibility to get the notes and assignments from a classmate and check with the instructor regarding any handouts, etc., preferably before the next class period.  The class begins at 8:15AM.

 

Remember, 50% of your grade is dependent upon you and your teammate efforts.  Whenever you miss a class or are late, you are not only affecting your grade but the grade of your teammates.

 

WRITTEN WORK:

All written assignments must be typed.  Must use a word processor.  Must use Microsoft Word 97, 2000 or 2002.  Must turn in both a printout and an electronic copy, prepared with Microsoft Word.  Include footnotes/endnotes, and follow APA guidelines for citations.  Note the rules concerning plagiarism.  All assignments are due in the beginning of class.  No assignments are except after 15 minutes of class.

 

PAGES AND CELL PHONES

Pages should be non-audible.  Cell phones should be turned off.

 

TAPE RECORDERS

Tape recorders may only be used with the prior consent of the instructor.

 

EATING AND DRINKING IN CLASS

Eating in the classroom is forbidden.  Drinks will be allowed as long as care is exercised.  Eating and drinking are absolutely forbidden in any of the computer labs.

 

STUDENT HANDBOOK

The Prince George’s Community College Student Handbook contains official policies and procedure regarding student conduct, academic integrity, and related matters.  You are responsible for conducting yourself in accordance with those policies.  The Student Handbook also contains a wealth of information designed to help students achieve success.  Please pick up your free copy from the College Life Office in the Largo Student Center (near the bookstore).

 

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Prince George’s Community College is committed to a policy of reasonable accommodation and services to persons with disabilities.  In order to receive services, students with disabilities mist register with Disability Support Services.  Call between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, 301-322-0838 to schedule an appointment.

 

CLASSROOM

If you do not understand or having problems with the concepts or flow of the class, please see the instructor in her office.  Class time is for lecturing and exercises.  We must use our time wisely. 

 


 

 

general project guidelines

REQUIRED COMPUTER SOFTWARE

All of the computer projects required in this course must be accomplished using Microsoft Office 2002.  Any of the software located on the PGCC Lab computers are available for use by the Systems Analysis Class.

FOLDERS/3RING BINDERS/PLASTIC PROTECTIVE SLEEVES

All projects must be submitted in an approved folder (a 9”x11.5” folder with pockets).  On the outside of the folder, print your name, the course name, meeting days/times, and the name of your instructor.  You need a 3 hole plastic protective sleeve sheets & (qty: 2-3) 3 Ring Hard Binders.

LATENESS POLICY

Any project not turned in when it is due is late, regardless of the reason that it is late will receive a zero.  No tears, no excuses, and no exceptions.

CAVEAT CONCERNING CHEATING

No cheating!  Any student caught looking at someone else’s assignment or cheating in any way will receive a zero (0) for that assignment.

 

Learning outcomes

By the conclusion of the course, students will have demonstrated mastery of the Systems Development Life Cycle by:

1.        Successful performance on Exams

2.        The completion of a marketable systems proposal which includes the feasibility of the proposed system, the selection of an appropriate candidate, the design, development and demonstration of the proposed system, giving evidence to the skills learned in the course.

Text Box: Study
Phase 
Text Box: Development Phase
Text Box: Operational Phase
Text Box: Design Phase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

for your information

IMPORTANT DATES

Aug. 25, 2003

Classes Begin – Fall 2003

Aug. 30-Sept 1

College Closed – Labor Day

Oct. 3, 2003

Last Day to withdraw from 1st half-semester classes

Oct. 13, 2003

Last Day to change from “credit” to “audit” or from “audit” to “credit” for 15 week classes

Oct. 15, 2003

Midterm/End of 1st half-semester classes

Oct. 16, 2003

Beginning of 2nd Half Semester classes

Oct. 29, 2003

Professional Development Day – No Classes

Nov. 21, 2003

Last day to withdraw from 15-week classes

Nov 27-Nov 30

College Closed – Thanksgiving Day

Dec 8-14, 2003

Final Examination period/last week of classes

Text Box: Get Ready to Work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

How do you prepare for the future?

Start working on the present assignments!

How do you prepare for the future?  Start working on the present assignments!

Oral Presentations – (50pts) length 5pts, eye contact 5pts, organized 5pts, professional attire 5pts, content & beyond the instructions 30pts.

Research Paper – (100pts) cover page 5pts, table of contents 10pts, double space pages 10pts, footnote 5pts, 4 bibliography 10pts, Content Information 60pts.

CODE RULES in effect as of September 22, 2003

CODE RED: If a student is late for class, 2 points will be deducted from their grade.

CODE GREEN: If a student leaves the class early during a group meeting before class is over 2 points will be deducted from their grade.

 


 


 

Research Paper Topics

 

This is to be a paper written like any standard research paper.  It will have a cover page, table of contents, contain a minimum of 8 double space typed pages on the chosen subject, be footnoted, and contain a bibliography of at least 4 references.  Consult any style manual (Prentice-Hall Handbook for Writers is one) or make an appointment for free help at the college writing center on the third floor of Accokeek Hall for assistance.

 

This paper will be due on October 8, 2003.  NO EXCEPTIONS OR EXTENSIONS.  

 

You must select one item from the following list of topics for your paper.  No topic can be selected by more than three students a category.

 

The copy of your Research Paper that is submitted will not be returned.  It is recommended that you make a copy of your report that you retain.

 

To encourage early submission of your paper:

If turned in before or by 9/17/03, you can earn 10 extra points.  If turned in after 9/17, before or by 9/24/03, you can earn 5 extra points.

 

Research Paper Topics
System Analyst

1.

Systems Development Life Cycle

2.

Expert System

3.

Presentation Date: 9/3/03

Computer-Assisted Systems Engineering (CASE)

1.

Application Development Environment (ADE)

2.

Model Driven Development (MDD)

3.

Presentation Date: 9/8/03

Computer Security

1.

2.

3.

Presentation Date: 9/10/03

 

1.

2.

3.

Presentation Date: 9/15/03

 

1.

2.

3.

Presentation Date: 9/22/03

 

1.

2.

3.

Presentation Date: 9/24/03

Databases

1.

2.

3.

Presentation Date: 9/29/03

WEB Pages (Development)

1.

2.

3.

Presentation Date: 10/1/03

Computer Crime

1.

2.

3.

Presentation Date: 10/6/03

Future Directions, Computers/Computing

1.

2.

3.

Presentation Date: 10/8/03

 

Each person will present Creative & Interesting Presentations for 4-5 minutes.  The Paper is due October 8, 2003.  If for any reason, class is delayed, please be ready to present the next class along with the scheduled presentations.