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CIS2000 Systems Analysis and Design

Semester 3, 2021 Online
Short Description: Systems Analysis and Design
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020305 - Systems Analysis and Design
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 28 October 2021


Examiner: Xujuan Zhou


Pre-requisite: CMS1000 or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: UCCC

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


To meet the demands of the Information and communication technologies (ICT) profession, Information Systems professionals need a wide range of skills, including written and oral communication capabilities, identification of business problems and opportunities, and formulation of ICT solutions. This work is encompassed by the role of the business analyst (BA), who liaises between the business side of the enterprise and its service providers, including IT services. The client focussed role of the BA has merged with that of the more technically focussed Systems Analyst. This course applies systems analysis and design methods and techniques to real world problems. Information systems analysis and design methods and techniques are presented, in the context of the information systems development lifecycle. Requirements analysis, project planning and cost estimation, design specification methods, and system acquisition (via software packages) are examined. Key concepts and issues concerning the implementation and maintenance of information systems are explored. The course follows the entire design process through planning analysis design and implementation to testing and maintenance with an emphasis on ethics and professional expectations throughout. Students need to develop the knowledge and skills for determining requirements. They also need to develop design and project management skills in the context of information systems


Typical business information systems will be studied via in real world case studies which will require students to develop effective listening and reading skills. A CASE (Computer Aided Software Engineering) tool will be used for various aspects of systems modelling. Learners will also experience project management software, and use it to put project management theory into practice. Students will be assessed the application of contemporary systems analysis and design methods and techniques to real world problems. This will be done via the assignments and the final examination. Professional ethics will be explored via formative assessment. The course draws on the Business Analysts Body of Knowledge as prescribed by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA).


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

  1. analyse a business case in terms the various dimensions of feasibility and Interpret results of economic feasibility studies via financial analysis tools;
  2. apply project management tools such as PERT/CPM to real world problems;
  3. describe the factors a business should consider in a make (bespoke) or buy (packaged) software acquisition decision;
  4. fully explain the phases in the design, development, testing and maintenance of a business system and describe the purpose of each phase;
  5. apply systems analysis and design concepts, modelling and project management techniques to real world case studies;
  6. appraise ethics and ethical standards in relation to Systems and Business Analysis;
  7. effectively communicate how systems analysis and design methods and techniques are applied to real world problems.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The systems development life cycle 5.00
2. System planning and project management 20.00
3. Systems analysis 30.00
4. System design 20.00
5. Systems implementation 10.00
6. Systems analysis and design and project management tools 10.00
7. Ethics and Professional responsibilities 5.00

Text and Materials

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Tilley, SR & Rosenblatt, HJ 2020, Systems analysis and design, 12th edn, Course Technology Cengage Learning, Boston, 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.
International Institute of Business Analysis 2015, BABOK: a guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge, Version 3 edn, International Institute of Business Analysis, Toronto.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 30.00
Independent Study 99.00
Online Lectures 24.00
Online Tutorials 12.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 20 24 Dec 2021
WORKSHOP ACTIVITIES 15 15 21 Jan 2022 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 20 28 Jan 2022
ONLINE EXAMINATION 100 45 End S3 (see note 2)

  1. The workshop activities consist of 5 online quizzes Week 3,5,7,9,11.
  2. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: 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 for that item.

  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:
    An Online Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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

Date printed 28 October 2021