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Business Systems Analysis and Development

Course Details

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Spring 2016
Dillard College of Business Administration
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MW 5:30 - 6:50pm

Jiaxi Jesse Luo (view Profile)
Course Objectives

The major goal of this course is to learn the basics of systems analysis and design. Modern businesses need information systems to support their business processes. Whether one options for custom application development, or off-the-shelf information systems, it is important to understand the particular needs of a business to deliver a solution tailored to its requirements. The specification of a business’ information needs is a non-trivial and complex task, and is hardly an exact science. Fortunately, several tools exist that can guide the modern systems analyst in this job. This course introduces the systems analysis and design process, and the various tools that have been traditionally used to come up with the specification of the information needs of a business (or a business division) that drives the development of the particular information system(s). To reinforce the concepts, the students will form small teams and analyze and design a business information system of their choice. Details regarding the course contents, critical deadlines, etc. can be found in the following sections.

Course Expectations

Learning Goals


I.      General Learning Goals:   


·       Our students will be effective at problem solving and decision making.

Objective: Our graduates will demonstrate problem solving and decision making abilities through the critical analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of business information.

·       Our students will be effective communicators.

Objective: Our graduates will be able to demonstrate a competency in speaking and writing for common business scenarios.

2a: Our graduates will be able to demonstrate a competency in speaking for common business scenarios.

2b: Our graduates will be able to demonstrate a competency in writing for common business scenarios.

·       Our students will be technologically prepared.

Objective: Our graduates will be able to utilize available technology for business applications.

·       Our students will be ethical decision makers.

Objective: Our graduates will demonstrate ethical reasoning skills within a business environment.

·       Our students will be effective team members.

Objective: Our graduates will know how to use team building and collaboration to achieve group objectives.

·       Our students will be multicultural and globally aware.

Objective: Our graduates will have an understanding of the influence of global and multicultural issues on business activities.


These general learning goals are among those established by the Dillard College of Business Administration.  General learning goals represent the skills that graduates will carry with them into their careers.  While assessing student performance in obtaining these general learning goals, the Dillard College is assessing its programs.  The assessments will assist us as we improve our curriculum and curriculum delivery. 

II.     Course Specific Learning Goals:  After completing this course, students should be able to:


·       Describe the different phases of the system development life cycle.

·       State expected benefits from systems projects.

·       Explain three ways in which information systems support business requirements.

·       Describe how systems analysts interact with users, management, and other information systems professionals.

·       Develop data flow diagrams and decision tables.

·       Perform a feasibility study.

·       Evaluate systems development alternatives.

·       Solve realistic systems analysis problems.

·       Determine methods for evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of a system.

·       Work as an effective team member on assigned projects.

Grading Standards

Student's performance will be assessed using the following elements.


·       Exams (3):  All exams are close-book close-notes exams.  Exams will cover assigned chapters, in-class lectures, videos, and any assigned readings.  Students are responsible for all assigned textbook material, even if it is not directly discussed in class.


·       Team Project:  All students will participate in a team project.  Details of the assignment will be provided and team formation will be accomplished.


·     In-class Activities: Only your direct participation in class activities DURING class meeting times counts toward these points! Any points not assigned during the semester will be removed from the total possible for the course when calculating grade percentages.


·     Quizzes: Quizzes will generally not be announced in advance. Any points not assigned during the semester will be removed from the total possible for the course when calculating grade percentages.


·     Homework: 100 points will be assigned to homework. Homework assignments are due before the beginning of class on the specified due date. There is NO PROVISION for late work on any assignment. All homework assignments are individual homework (not team/group/collaborative homework), unless otherwise specified by the instructor. 

Final Exam 05/11/2016 8:00-10:00pm
Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
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Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Writing Proficiency Requirement

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