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IS 315 Computer Systems Analysis and Design I
Garner, Jerald L.


Course # IS 315
Course Title: Computer Systems Analysis and Design I
Instructor: Jerald L. Garner
Home 843-4745/Work (501)-450-1406/Cell 944-2967
E-mail–jlgarner@centurytel.net or garner@hendrix.edu
Term Dates: 11 January – July 11
Meeting Time: Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 - 9:00PM

Course Description:
This course presents various philosophies, terminology, and techniques used in the analysis and implementation of the system development life cycle. The student will investigate such areas as project proposals, logical systems, flow diagrams, data modeling, dictionaries, and documentation. The student will learn how to use a CASE tool. Prerequisite: CS 205.

Incoming Competency of Students:
Students will be expected to have the ability to analyze and understand the complexities of, Systems Analysis and Design Methods. Written and oral communications skills at the graduate level are required and expected.

Statement of Course Objectives:
Provide students with a strong knowledge base in the field of Computer Systems and there Life cycle.

Learning Objectives:
Students will be prepared to discuss current events at the beginning of each class session. Students will be required to complete a three page report, 10 questions, outline, and 1 to 1 1/2 hour round table discussion or presentation (NOTE: Team must turn in a PowerPoint Presentation on CD or Disk!) on assigned cases or projects.(instructors approval). Each student will be given a work assignment or will work with other students as a team (5 teams with 4 members) on assignments.

Course Arrangements:
Group discussions, current Technology examples, and lectures will be used. Students will be required to use the Internet to locate articles on the latest Technology Trends and Computer Systems Headline News and present them in class. Students will be exposed to different cases dealing with Systems Life Cycles and daily Systems Analyst duties.

Course Requirements:
Class preparation: Problems will be announced in class, students must be prepared to discuss assignments at each class session. Students will be required to complete a term paper and presentation of material, and complete two examinations.

Required Textbook:
Systems Analysis and Design Methods, Jeffery L. Whitten, Lonnie D. Bentley and Kevin C. Dittman, 6th Ed.

Supplemental Materials:
Films, computer systems, software, and Internet Access. Any materials needed to bring the latest trend setting information to the classroom.
Required Literacies:
Critical literacies - is applicable to this course due to the requirement for analytical thought, information gathering and analysis, problem resolution and presentation, both oral and written, of a solution or solutions to a problem that effects a business enterprise. Science literacies - applies to principles and methods of dealing with Systems Analysis and Design.
Class Meeting and Examination Schedule
Session 1 11 January -Introduction. Chapt 1 Players in the Systems Game. Current Technology Discussion. Select Paper Topics.
Session 2 Chapt 2 Information System Building Blocks.
Session 3 18 January - Chapt 3 Information Systems Development.
Session 4 Chapt 4 Project Management
Session 5 25 January Chapt 5 Systems Analysis
Session 6 Chapt 6 Fact Finding Techniques/Requirements History
Session 7 Febuary 1 / (REVIEW) Open Discussion
Session 8 Mid Term Work on papers.
Session 9 Febuary 8 Chapt 7 Modeling Systesm Requirements
Session 10 Chapt 8 Data Modeling and Analysis

Session 11 15 Febuary Work on papers and do research.
Session 12 Chapt 9 Process Modeling
Session 13 22 Febuary Chapt 10 Feasibility Analysis and the System Proposal
Session 14 Chapt 11 Object-Oriented Analysis and Modeling/Present Papers
Session 15 1 March Present Papers / Review
Session 16 8 March Final Test

Class Policies:
Students are expected to attend class, homework and papers will be completed by due dates and academic honesty is strictly enforced.
Grading Policies:
Class participation - 15%, Mid Term - 30%, Report - 20%, and Final - 35%. A 90-100, B 80-89, C 70-79, D 60-69 and F 0-59.