INFS 622 Syllabus

 

Instructor:

Office:

Phone:

E-mail:

Office Hours:

C. Randall Howard, Ph.D.

Volgeneau Engineering Building Room 5323

(703) 899-3608

choward@gmu.edu

by appointment

Graduate Assistant:

Office:

Phone:

E-mail:

 

Office Hours:

Dalal Al-Arayed

 

 

dalaraye@gmu.edu

dalal.alarayed@gmail.com

by appointment

 

 

Course #: INFS 622

Course Title: Systems Analysis and Design

Term: Fall, 2010

 

Section: 002

Time: Wednesday, 19:20-22:00

Room: Art and Design Building L008

 

Prerequisites: INSF 501, 515 and 590 or equivalent.

 

Textbooks:

 

Course Description:

Integration of computing technologies, system analysis, system design practices, and management criteria in the design of large-scale information management and decision support systems.

 

Grading:

Item

Percentage

Individual Assignments

10%

Midterm Exam

15%

Analysis Proposal Project

20%

Design Proposal Project

25%

Final Exam

15%

Professor's Discretion

15%

 

Grading Scale:

Letter Grade

Numerical Range

A+

97-100

A

92-96

A-

90-91

B+

88-89

B

82-87

B-

80-81

C+

78-79

C

72-77

C-

70-71

 

Individual Assignments:

Assignments are announced during class. The assignments are individual unless otherwise specified. Assignments will be graded on correctness as well as style and presentation. Each assignment is due on the announced date before 12 midnight. There will be a strictly enforced 10% penalty per day for late submissions unless otherwise specified.

 

Group Project:

There will be a group research project. Each team is responsible for developing an integrated requirements specification and design document. Each group will select a team coordinator who will help coordinate the overall progress of the team. Each team member's individual contribution to the final documents and models must be clearly identified. At the end of the semester each group will have a presentation session.

 

Exams:

There will be a midterm exam and a final exam covering lectures and readings. The final exam (comprehensive) includes topics covered in the entire semester. Exams must be taken at the scheduled time and place unless prior arrangements are made. Missed exams cannot be made up.

 

NOTE: All submissions file names need to indicate student or group names. All submissions should be in MS Word, unless otherwise specified.

 

Honor Code Statement:

As with all GMU courses, INFS 622 is governed by the GMU Honor Code. In this course, all assignments, exams, and project submissions carry with them an implicit statement that it is the sole work of the author, unless joint work is explicitly authorized. Help may be obtained from the instructor or other students to understand the description of the problem and any technology, but the solution, particularly the design portion, must be the student's own work. If joint work is authorized, all contributing students must be listed on the submission. Any deviation from this is considered an Honor Code violation. ( Jeff Offutt) . For more information, see http://honorcode.gmu.edu/.

 

Schedule:

       Order is re-arranged to facilitate more time to apply the discussion to the project artifacts

       Project Artifacts w/in Lectures are highlighted in yellow.

       Schedule WILL change as needed to facilitate learning

 

Week

Date

Lecture Focus

Project Deliverables

Assignments

Week 1

September 1

       Course Overview

  Text

  Group Project

       Chapter 1: The Systems Development Environment

       Architectural Approaches, Supplemental Text

 

VW Case Study Assigned (Read & Prepare to Discuss)

 

September 3

 

Students: Member Profiles & Group Subject Requests Due

 

 

September 5

 

Professor: Group Assignments Confirmed

 

Week 2

September 8

       Review Project Deliverables & Base for Lectures

       Chapter 3: Managing the Information Systems Project

  Project Plan

  Project Schedule

  Cost/Benefit Analysis

  Risks

       Preview Homework #1

       Groups Develop Project Charter

 

 

 

September 9

 

Groups: Project Charter "Strawman" or Analysis Section 2.0 Submitted

 

 

September 11

 

Professor: Group Subject & Charter Confirmed

 

Week 3

September 15

       Guest Speaker on Project Management

       Chapter 7: Structuring System Process Requirements

  DFD

  Use Cases

  Activity Diagrams

       Project Time

  Review Project Charters

  Project Work

 

 

Week 4

September 22

       Chapter 2: The Origins of Software

       Chapter 4: Identifying & Selecting Systems Development Projects

       Presentation Tips

       Project Time

 

 

Discuss VW Case Study

Homework #1 Assigned

 

Week 5

September 29

       Chapter 5: Initiating and Planning Systems Development Projects

       Chapter 6: Determining System Requirements

       Preview Midterm

Deliverable #1 Due

Midterm Posted

 

October 2

Saturday Work Sessions for Product #1

 

 

Week 6

October 6

       Review Deliverable #1

       Chapter 8: Structuring System Logic Requirements

  Data Model

  Class Diagram

       Chapter 9: Designing Databases

       Homework #2 Reviewed

 

Homework #1 Due

 

Week 7

October 13

       Project Work

 

 

Week 8

October 20

       Analysis Proposal Presentations Round 1

Analysis Proposal Product & Presentation Due

 

Week 9

October 27

       Guest Speaker

       Chapter 10: Designing Forms & Reports

       Chapter 11: Designing Interfaces & Dialogues

       Review Midterms

       Homework #2 Preview

 

       Midterm Due

       Homework #2/EC Assigned

Week 10

November 3

       Review Adjustment of Analysis Project

       Chapter 12: Designing Distributed & Internet Systems

 

 

Week 11

November 10

       Review Deliverable #2

       Group Work

Deliverable #2 Due

 

Week 12

November 17

Thanksgiving Break

 

 

Week 13

November 24

       Review Deliverable #3 per feedback on Deliverable #2

       Go-over Homework #2,

       Final Exam Preview

Deliverable #3 Due

Homework #2/EC Due

Final Exam Posted

 

December 1

       Chapter 13: System Implementation

       Chapter 14: Maintaining Information Systems

       Wrapup

 

 

Week 14

December 4

Saturday Work Sessions for Product #2

 

 

Week 15

December 9

Design Proposal Presentations

Design Proposal Product & Presentation Due

 

Week 16

December 16

Final Exam

 

Final Exam Due