INFS 622 Syllabus v1.1: Initial Syllabus Revised

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: Spring, 2011

 

Section: 002

Time: Monday, 19:20-22:00

Room: Art and Design Building 2026

 

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%

Analysis Proposal Project

20%

Design Proposal Project

25%

Exams

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

January 24

         Course Overview

  Text

  Group Project

         Architectural Approaches, Supplemental Text

 

VW Case Study Assigned (Read & Prepare to Discuss)

 

January 26

 

Students: Member Profiles & Group Subject Requests Due

 

 

January 30

 

Professor: Group Assignments Confirmed

 

Week 2

January 31

         Review Project Deliverables & Base for Lectures

         Chapter 1: The Systems Development Environment

         Chapter 3: Managing the Information Systems Project

  Project Plan

  Project Schedule

  Cost/Benefit Analysis

  Risks

         Groups Develop Project Charter

 

 

 

February 3

 

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

 

 

February 6

 

Professor: Group Subject & Charter Confirmed

 

Week 3

February 7

         Guest Speaker on Project Management

         Chapter 7: Structuring System Process Requirements

  DFD

         Project Time

  Review Project Charters

  Project Work

 

 

Week 4

February 14

         Preview Homework #1

         Project Time

  Review Level-0 DFD Diagrams

  Project Work

         Chapter 3: Managing the Information Systems Project

  Risks

         Chapter 7: Structuring System Process Requirements

  Decision Tables

  Use Cases

  Activity Diagrams

         Chapter 4: Identifying & Selecting Systems Development Projects

  Multi-Criteria Analysis Table

         Chapter 5: Initiating and Planning Systems Development Projects

  Breakeven Analysis

  Risk Mitigation Table

         Presentation Tips

 

 

Homework Assigned

 

Week 5

February 21

         Preview Midterm

         Chapter 2: The Origins of Software

         Chapter 4: Identifying & Selecting Systems Development Projects

         Chapter 6: Determining System Requirements

         Project Time

Deliverable #1 Due

Discuss VW Case Study

 

 

February 26

Saturday Work Sessions for Product #1

 

 

Week 6

February 28

         Review Deliverable #1

         Chapter 8: Structuring System Logic Requirements

  Data Model

  Class Diagram

 

 

Week 7

March 7

         Guest Lecturer

 

 

Week 8

March 14

SPRING BREAK

 

 

Week 9

March 21

         Analysis Proposal Presentations Round 1

Analysis Proposal Product & Presentation Due

 

Week 10

March 28

         Guest Speaker: Andrew Lopresti

         Chapter 10: Designing Forms & Reports

         Chapter 11: Designing Interfaces & Dialogues

         Review Adjustment of Analysis Project

 

Homework Due

Week 11

April 4

         Review Midterms

         Chapter 7b & c: Structuring System Process Requirements

  Use Cases

  Activity Diagrams

         Chapter 9:

  Designing Databases

         Project Group Work

 

 

Week 12

April 11

         Homework #2 Review (not being assigned)

         Chapter 12: Designing Distributed & Internet Systems

         Project Group Work

 

 

Week 13

April 18

         Final Exam Preview

         Project Group Work

 

Final Exam Posted

Week 14

April 30

         Chapter 13: System Implementation

         Chapter 14: Maintaining Information Systems

         Wrapup

 

 

 

May 2

Saturday Work Sessions for Product #2

 

 

Week 15

May 9

Design Proposal Presentations

Design Proposal Product & Presentation Due

 

Week 16

May 16

Final Exam

 

Final Exam Due