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Modern Systems Analysis and Design, 3rd edition Instructor’s Manual Chapter 5 Initiating and Planning Systems Development Projects Instructional Objectives Specific student learning objectives are included at the beginning of the chapter. From an instructor’s point of view, the objectives of this chapter are to : 1. Illustrate the steps involved in the project initiation and planning process. 2. Explain the need for and describe the contents of a Statement of Work and Baseline Project Plan. 3. Provide a comprehensive overview of the various methods for assessing project feasibility. 4. Explain the differences between tangible and intangible benefits and costs and between one-time and recurring benefits and costs. 5. Illustrate how to perform cost-benefit analysis and describe what is meant by the time value of money, present value, discount rate, net present value, return on investment, and break-even analysis. 6. Describe how to evaluate the technical risks associated with a systems development project. 7. Explain the activities and participant roles within a structured walkthrough. 8. Prepare your students to develop a plan for conducting a term project involving several phases of systems development using the SDLC or other methodologies. 9. Compare and contrast the initiation and planning of Internet-based electronic commerce applications to the initiation and planning process for more traditional applications. Classroom Ideas 1. Chapter 6 introduces several concepts and terms central to understanding the project initiation and planning process. Ask your students to review this chapter’s key terms. Use Review Question 2 to assess whether your students understand the chapter material. 2. During your lecture, use this chapter’s tables and figures to illustrate the chapter’s major concepts. Link the processes described in the chapter to a specific example, such as Pine Valley Furniture. This is a good way for students to understand the chapter’s more abstract concepts. Given the interrelatedness of Chapters 6 and 7, you may want to blend the tables and figures from these chapters. As part of your lecture, have students suggest various costs and benefits that might arise with specific systems. One alternative is to briefly describe a systems development project with which you have been involved and ask the students to list the possible costs, benefits, and risks that would be part of a feasibility assessment for that system. 54
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Modern Systems Analysis and Design, 3rd edition Instructor’s Manual 3. An alternative to lecturing on this chapter is to lecture from the Review Questions, Problems and Exercises, and Field Exercises. Pose selected questions to your students, focusing the discussion on specific, important concepts. Problems and Exercises 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are good problems to work in class.

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