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CIS5302 Professional Skills for Business Analysis

Semester 1, 2015 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Management and Enterprise

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Examiner: Jeffrey Soar
Moderator: Jianming Yong


Co-requisite: CIS5100 and CIS5200

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 //


The Information Technology professional faces a climate of rapid technological and business change. Organizations demand flexible, high quality information systems that are well aligned with corporate goals and strategies. Even as clients become more demanding, Information Systems Architectures (ISA) become increasingly complex. Systems Professionals should develop a wide range of skills, including written and oral communication capabilities, the ability to identify business problems and opportunities and formulate Information Technology and related solutions to these, and the ability to implement and co-ordinate the delivery of IT projects. The Business Analyst acts as a liaison between the business side of the enterprise and service providers, including IT services. Traditionally, Business Analysts have liaised extensively with clients, gathered information, provided specifications and documented processes while Systems Analysts have focused on bridging the divide between business and technical solutions. Even as the Business Analyst career path becomes more commonplace and even dominant, it often takes on many aspects of the Systems Analyst role. In some organizations, the roles are virtually synonymous while in others their boundaries are clearly demarcated. In this course a Business Analyst is a professional who is focused on requirements and conceptual design but has a sufficient understanding of the bigger picture to manage the production of comprehensive and fully costed proposals and, where appropriate, aspects of the overall project.


This course focuses on developing key business analysis skills using object oriented methodologies, in particular the unified modeling language. Popular requirements, analysis and design specification methods are given detailed coverage and the issue of system acquisition via packages is also considered. The importance of written and oral communication skills is given due prominence. The course will enable students to understand the overall systems development lifecycle and contemporary approaches to systems design methodologies, as well as a range of tools and techniques. Students will learn about the importance of standards and will apply these in their assessment tasks. Major trends and issues affecting business analysis and design in the business sector are also studied.


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

  1. demonstrate an ability to address applied business problems and produce viable solutions using the techniques, methodologies and theories introduced in the course
  2. demonstrate sound research, communication and academic writing skills
  3. outline the phases in the design and development of a business system and describe the purpose of each
  4. apply some major activities and techniques relevant to business analysis
  5. discuss the major trends and issues associated with system design and package acquisition
  6. explain the project management issues associated with system design, development and package acquisition
  7. develop either a systems proposal or components thereof which demonstrates compliance with appropriate industry standards
  8. demonstrate knowledge of a number of selected topics of current relevance to Business Analysis.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Applied business analysis
  1. Communication and business problem solving skills
  2. Requirements modelling: UML modelling (in depth)
  3. SAD tools and techniques including: prototyping, JAD and CASE tools - theory and practice
2. Methodologies, techniques and issues
  1. The systems development life cycle, including project feasibility, with a focus on the design phase
  2. Contemporary system development methodologies including Agile/XP, Spiral, RUP and RAD
  3. Project management
  4. Package assessment and acquisition

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). (

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  • Satzinger, JW, Jackson, RB & Burd 2012, Systems analysis and design in a changing world, 6th edn, Course Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 30.00
Directed Study 65.00
Private Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASST 1 (ONLINE QUIZ) 100 5 13 Mar 2015
ASST 2 (WRITTEN REPORT) 100 25 12 Apr 2015
ASST 3 (WRITTEN REPORT) 100 30 17 May 2015
ASST 4 (CASE STUDY REPORT) 100 40 14 Jun 2015

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External/Online: 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.

    On-campus: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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. 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 //