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TMC1013: Information Systems Concept & Methodology

Grades (28 March 2001)

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Course Code

 

TMC1013

 

 

Course Title

 

Information System Concept and Methodology

 

 

Credit Hours

 

3

 

 

Course Description

The aim of this course is to introduce to future IT specialists an appreciation of how organizations work and how information systems are developed and used to support organizational functions and end-user needs.  It introduces management-oriented systems building and technology management activities using a variety of software tools, analysis and design methodologies within the context of case studies, giving the student an essence of how these are used in software development for business applications. The lectures will be supplemented with case study discussions, tutorials and laboratories that use CASE/prototyping tools such as Power Builder and charting tools such as Visio.

 

 

Syllabus

This course covers the following topics:

- Introduction to Business Systems

Information as an organizational resource             
Information system components; Types of Information systems; Software development methodology; System development Life cycles; Role of the systems analyst
Organizations as Systems

- Preliminary investigation and determining  requirements     

Origination of systems projects; Evaluation of systems requests; Feasibility studies

- Determining requirements

Data sampling and investigation

Fact-finding techniques (interviewing, data collection, observation and questionnaires)

- Analyzing requirements

Data flow diagrams

Data dictionaries

Process specification

- Systems proposals

Needs

Cost-benefit analysis

Write-up and presentation

- Systems Design               

Program design--structure charts

Input-output design

File/database design

User interface design

Procedures

- Completing design and system security      

System design specification

Technical and management presentations

Packaging; Quality Assurance; Security

- Prototyping  

- System implementation  

Implementation and approaches; Training; Conversion

Post-installation evaluation

- System operation and office politics             

Information system maintenance; Systems operation management; Systems performance; System obsolescence

- Project management and accelerated development techniques               

Project planning, estimating and scheduling; Project monitoring and control

 

 

Capability Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will be capable of demonstrating understanding:

of the steps and techniques involved in the System Design life cycle.

 about project management and issues involved.

 

 

Assumed Knowledge

 

A student is assumed to have:

 

 

 

Course Requisites

 

Pre-requisite:        

Co-requisite:        

 

 

Recommended Learning Hours

 

Lectures

Tutorials

Closed Labs

Open Labs

Self Study

 

Hours per Week  

2

1

2

2

1.5

8.5

                               

 

 

Assessment

Assignments                - 20%

Project                          - 30%

Mid Semester Test     - 10%

End Semester Exam  - 40%

 

 

Resources

 

  1. Kendall & Kendall, Systems Analysis & Design, Fourth Edition, Prentice Hall, 1999
  2. Shelly, Cashman & Adamski. Systems Analysis & Design, Boyd & Fraser, Third Edition, 1999.   
  3. DeMarco, T. Structured Analysis & System Specification, Prentice-Hall, 1979.
  4. Yourdon, E & Constantine, L.L. Structured Design - Fundamentals of a Discipline of Computer Program & Systems Design, Prentice-Hall, 1979.

Computing Facilities & Software

Visio

CaseTools - PowerBuilder

Visible Analyst   

Lecture Notes

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Deva's HomePage

13 Nov 2000