Systems Analysis is all about problem solving.
These are the fundamental questions whether you’re fixing a broken information system, adding new functionality to an existing system, or designing an entirely new system. The purpose of this course is to provide the knowledge, tools, and skills you need to answer these questions and design effective information systems.
The material is covered includes the theories that help explain information systems and people’s interaction with them, tools and techniques for analysis and design, and best practices for systems analysis projects. Class readings include research articles, case studies, and documentation for specific modeling techniques. A major part of the work for this class is analyzing an information system problem and designing a solution for a real client. This group project gives real-life experience in information system problem solving. Individual assignments provide additional practice on specific techniques.
Class meetings will be a combination of lecture and discussion, walking through examples, and in-class exercises. In general, the teacher will introduce system concepts or analysis models and techniques in a brief lecture, and show an example of their application. Then we will do an in-class exercise (usually in small groups) to let you apply what you’ve learned, and discuss your questions and observations. We will also discuss case studies of systems analysis projects, to let you explore important concepts in other settings.
Course sessions may include lecture, demonstration, supervised hands-on projects, and independent problem solving sessions, online web-based learning and student presentations. Delivery of course materials, assignments, and tests will vary from course to course based on in-class and on-line course types. Students should expect that work outside of class is a requirement to complete the assignments.
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