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MIS 3510,Section A01
Information Systems for Management
530 Drake Centre, Monday & Wednesday 1-2:15 pm
Dr. Bob Travica
478 Drake Centre
Tuesday 12-2 pm, and by appointment
Modern organizations are critically dependent on information systems. It is difficult to find any organizational unit, process, or task that does not rely on some sort of information system (IS, system). Systems enable organizations to perform efficiently and effectively as well to run business globally and to engage in new ways of organizing. Examples include systems for managing purchasing orders, customer relationships, inventory, production, human resources, accounting, supply chains, and various Internet-based systems for supporting electronic commerce.
This course educates students in fundamentals of systems analysis and design (SA&D). The analysis part in SA&D aims at understanding organizational processes and their informational aspects in order to define possibilities of improving process efficiency and effectiveness. The design part in SA&D is focused on creating solutions for the improvement of processes and supporting IS.
SA&D can be a particular job performed by a systems analyst, a special occupation in the systems area. SA&D is also useful for other professionals in the systems or related area, such as business analyst, data analyst, database administrator, end-user specialist, decision analyst, software engineer, and various Internet-centric jobs. Other management disciplines benefiting from SA&D, include supply chain, operations management, human resources, marketing, etc.
After completing the course, the students will be able to use the knowledge of SA&D both in the professional context and in everyday life. The course will combine lecturing, class discussion, class exercises, and lab practice. The course uses the modern SA&D methodologies based on object orientation and Unified Modeling Language.
With completion of the course, the students will be able
- To use process and data analysis in organization;
- To understand relationships between IS and organization;
- To understand systems development methodologies;
- To use object orientation and other IS modeling techniques;
- To create various system diagrams for creating SA&D documentation;
- To conduct application software domain analysis and define IS requirements;
- To design processes, data, user interface and other IS aspects;
- To assess feasibility of IS;
- To use software for managing system development projects;
- To use software for creating documentation for SA&D.
Satzinger, J., Jackson, R., and Burd S. Object-Oriented Systems Analysis and Design with the Unified Process. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, 2005. Second-hand copies available in the university bookstore or on the Internet (check Amazon, etc.).
Class notes (slides) and other course materials are accessible via links in this document.
To facilitate the achievement of the course’s goals, these study activities and assignments will be deployed:
· Lecturing and class discussion based on the readings and student interest.
· Class exercises on analysis and diagramming (not graded, but essential to completing the learning cycle).
· Hands-on training in the computer laboratory for using a system analyst’s software.
Detailed instructions for each of the above will be released on appropriate dates via the links displayed in Calendar.
ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING
Your final grade will be based on these components:
The final grade will be based on a sum of normalized grades on the evaluation criteria. Any assignment containing characteristics of plagiarism will be graded with an F. If a student is not sure what constitutes a plagiarized content, the student should consult with the instructor. Assignments used in other courses, whether in this or other schools/departments cannot be reused in this course.
Late assignments, unless justified 48 hours prior to their deadlines, will receive negative points of -10% per day (the late day starts with the due date and time of the respective assignment). Make-up exams can be allowed only in exceptional situations, such as a serious illness.
Do not download all class notes right away – wait for updates!
Assignment or Reminder
Introduction into course
Fundamental system concepts (Ch. 1)
Journal assignment released
Making a business case for a system (Ch. 1)
Systems Development Life Cycle & systems development methodologies (Ch. 2)
Determining system requirements (Ch. 4)
Analyzing organizational processes and system processes: Activity Diagram
Exercises on creating Activity Diagrams
Analyzing system processes: Use Case Diagram (Ch. 5: 164-177, 197-201);
Thanksgiving – no class
Lab: Software for creating project documentation
Meeting in Asper’s computer lab
Analyzing system processes: Use Case Description
Analyzing system data: Class Diagram (Ch. 5: 178-196
Homework due start of class
Analyzing system data: Class Diagram
Milestone I: Preparations for midterm exam
Designing object interaction: Sequence Diagram
Journal Diagramming assignment released
Exam day, no class – office hours 1-5 pm
6-8pm, Drake 117
User interface (Ch. 11)
User interface (Ch. 12)
Remembrance Day – no class
System interfaces (Ch. 12)
Lab: Software for project management (Ch. 3)
Meeting in Asper’s computer lab
System architectures (Ch. 7);
System implementation and deployment
Journal Diagramming assignment due
Never SA&D topics
Milestone II - preparation for the final exam;
Course summary and evaluation
Project report due 6 pm
E2-130 EIT Complex, Seats 1-32
STUDENT ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES
Any student who, because of a disability of any kind, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact Student Accessibility Services at 474-6213 as soon as possible in order to make the necessary arrangements.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES
AACSB Assurance of Learning Goals and Objectives
The Asper School of Business is proudly accredited by AACSB. Accreditation requires a process of continuous improvement of the School and our students. Part of “student improvement” is ensuring that students graduate with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their careers. To do so, the Asper School has set the learning goals and objectives listed below for the Undergraduate Program. The checked goal(s) and objective(s) will be addressed in this course and done so by means of the items listed next to the checkmark.
Goals and Objective in the Undergraduate Program
Goals and Objectives
Addressed in this Course
Course Item(s) Relevant to these Goals
A. Determine which quantitative analysis technique is appropriate for solving a specific problem.
Project management topic;
B. Use the appropriate quantitative method in a technically correct way to solve a business problem.
Project management topic;
C. Analyze quantitative output and arrive at a conclusion.
A. Use correct English grammar and mechanics in their written work.
B. Communicate in a coherent and logical manner
C. Present ideas in a clear and organized fashion.
A. Identify ethical issues in a problem or case situation
B. Identify the stakeholders in the situation.
C. Analyze the consequences of alternatives from an ethical standpoint.
D. Discuss the ethical implications of the decision.
Core Business Knowledge