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SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN ( M I S 322)- SECTION 0 1 Washington State University Spring 2011 (MW 2:50 P.M. to 4:05 P.M. - Todd 203) Instructor: Saonee Sarker, Ph.D. Teaching Assistant: Alex Wang E-Mail: [email protected] Email: [email protected] Office: Todd 440G (Ph: 335-1183) Office: Todd 437F Office Hours : 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. Mondays (or please send e-mail to set up time) Office Hours: TBA Class web-site: TBA Course Content The analysis of an organization and the subsequent design of computer systems to meet business requirements is at the heart of the information systems (IS) field. This course addresses the multiphased process for developing information systems by following the systems development life cycle, although alternative methodologies are also covered (e.g. object-oriented methodology, agile methodologies). The course concentrates on methods, techniques, and tools used to determine information requirements and to document these requirements in a thorough and unambiguous form. The course introduces computer-aided software engineering (CASE) technology, and students learn the discipline of systems analysis and logical design through a real-world project approach. Information systems have long been used to automate processes and improve organizational productivity and memory. Managers are currently employing business process reengineering, organizational downsizing or rightsizing, total quality management, and a host of other management techniques, which utilize information systems as the engine of productivity and the enabler of organizational change and competitive advantage. Now more than ever, the strategic management of information systems is key. Consequently, the purpose of this course is to help you to learn the knowledge, skills, methodologies, techniques, tools, and perspectives essential to successfully conceptualizing and designing information systems in conjunction with team- members. Broadly speaking, there are three important aspects of this course. First, because systems development is firmly rooted in an organizational context, this is not merely a "technical" or "computer" course; remember, this is a "business" course which involves the application of technical skills. Systems development is increasingly becoming more strategic and intertwined with the social systems in organizations, so this course will have a "strategic business" and "sociotechnical" rather than a purely technocentric perspective. Second, it must be noted that success in systems analysis and design requires not only skills in systems methodologies and techniques, but also in the management of people and projects. Thus, this course will focus on the roles, responsibilities, and mindset of the systems analyst as well as the systems project manager rather than those of the programmer. Third, at a very fundamental level systems development involves identifying problems/opportunities in the worlds of certain stakeholders, solving problems and communicating problem diagnoses and solutions to others. You will do a great deal
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