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CIS2000 Systems Analysis and Design

Semester 3, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Information Systems
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Jeffrey Soar
Moderator: Charmaine Ryan

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


This is the initial information systems course and it introduces students to the fundamental concepts and terminology used in business systems analysis and design by examining procedures, systems, the components of information systems, common business information systems, types of information systems, and organizational levels. Case studies are used to apply the concepts and techniques involved.


One of the major strands in the information technology field is that of systems analysis and design. The analysis of case studies requires effective listening and reading skills. The students will study analysis techniques and then design appropriate solutions. The design requires the production of accurate, understandable and efficient systems requirement documents using formats which will maximize effective communication. Some typical business information systems will be studied. A CASE product will be utilized.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. define and demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts and terminology used in business systems analysis and design
  2. identify the basic assumptions and controls involved in the analysis and design of typical business application
  3. outline and demonstrate an appreciation of the functions and inter-relationships of typical business applications
  4. develop competence in the definition and design of process models based on appropriate data models
  5. demonstrate an appreciation of sound computer interface principles
  6. effectively communicate ideas using tools and techniques of systems analysis and design.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The systems development life cycle 5.00
2. Enterprise modeling 40.00
3. Object-oriented tools 15.00
4. Data design 15.00
5. CASE tools 5.00
6. Financial analysis tools 10.00
7. Project management tools 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Lahey, H (ed) 2000, Information systems developers handbook: a road map for students, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland.
    (This handbook is available on the USQ website at
  • Shelly, GB & Rosenblatt, HJ 2012, Systems analysis and design, 9th edn, Thomson Course Technology, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Summers, J & Smith, B 2010, Communication skills handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Booch, G 2007, Object-oriented analysis and design with applications, 3rd edn, Addison-Wesley Professional, Reading, Massachusetts.
  • Date, CJ 2004, An introduction to database systems, 8th edn, Pearson/Addison-Wesley, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Hawryszkiewycz, IT 2001, Introduction to systems analysis and design, 5th edn, Prentice Hall, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales.
  • Kendall, KE & Kendall, JE 2010, Systems analysis and design, 8th edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
  • Whitten, JL & Bentley, LD 2007, Systems analysis and design methods, 7th edn, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, Boston, Massachusetts.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 65.00
Private Study 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE TEST 1 5 5 02 Dec 2013
A1 - PLANNING AND ANALYSIS 100 20 16 Dec 2013
ONLINE TEST 2 5 5 23 Dec 2013
ONLINE TEST 3 5 5 20 Jan 2014
2-HOUR EXAMINATION 100 45 End S3 (see note 1)

  1. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date after the timetable has been finalised.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a restricted examination. Candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the examination for this course are:
    1. writing materials. These must be non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination.
    2. translation dictionary. With the examiner's approval, candidates may, take an appropriate non-electronic translation dictionary into the examination. This will be subject to perusal and, if it is found to contain annotations or markings that could give the candidate an unfair advantage, it may be removed from the candidate's possession until the appropriate disciplinary action is completed
    3. calculator which cannot hold textual information. The student must indicate on the examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) used during the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Assignments:
    1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the examiner.
    2. Students must retain a copy of each assignment submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner.
    3. In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.
    4. The examiner will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media.
    5. Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner to negotiate such special arrangements.
    6. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience.

  2. Course weightings:
    Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks allocated to questions testing those topics in an examination paper.

  3. Referencing in assignments:
    Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at

  4. Make-up work:
    Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study.

  5. Deferred work:
    Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at