MBA607 Systems Analysis and Design

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MBA 607 Systems Analysis and Design


S2P 2011 DL


Stahl, Albert F.


Graduate Associate


Doctorate - Syracuse University
Masters -  Syracuse University
Bachelors - State University College at Buffalo

Office Location

Bluffton, S.C.

Office Hours


Daytime Phone

(248) 361-0819 (Verizon)


Semester Dates

March 15 - May 8, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

As Required


Admission to MBA program

Credit Hours



There is one textbook required for this course:

           Modern Systems Analysis and Design, Sixth Edition
Pearson/Prentice-Hall, 2011

ISBN 13: 978-0-13-608821-9
ISBN 10: 0-13-608821-X)

Authors: Jeffrey A. Hoffer,   Joey F. George, and Joseph S. Valacich. 



Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

In order to complete the Hands-On Exercises (Homework Assignments) during the term, you will need to have access to software tools to support the following activities:
  • Creation of project schedules, including Gantt Charts and Network Diagrams - Microsoft Project is the most common tool used for this purpose, but a number of alternatives are available, including Shareware and Freeware tools.
  • Creation of Data Flow Diagrams - Any drawing tool (including Microsoft Visio or the drawing features of Microsoft PowerPoint) can be used; a number of specialized process modeling tools are also available.
  • Creation of Conceptual Data Models - Again, any drawing tool (including Microsoft Visio or PowerPoint) can be used; specialized data modeling tools (such as ER/Win or similar products) could also be used.
  • Creation of UML Diagrams - A number of specialized tools are available, and the required drawing elements are included in Microsoft Visio Professional. Again, any drawing tool could be used, but you might need to create the required drawing symbols yourself.

In each case, your completed work must be submitted in either Microsoft Office (2003 or 2007 format) or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). So, do be certain that the tools you use can save to one of these formats, before you use it.

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Course Description:
MBA 607 Systems Analysis and Design: This course focuses on in-depth assessment of the methodology tools, and techniques involved in designing an information system for an enterprise, including a detailed study of the systems development life cycle. The course requires reviewing and analyzing cases and exercises. A final project will be required, including analysis and design of an actual information system.

Educational Philosophy:

Experience is a primary foundation for developing and acquiring knowledge.  Education is premised upon creating, establishing, and/or replicating experiences that have the capability of building and extending skills and capabilities in order to expand one's base of knowledge. Involvement is a key aspect of fostering experiences through which knowledge can be derived.  One learns best, by doing.  Active participation enhances learning. 
This course involves a variety of activities, which have been designed to provide experiences and insights that are "developmental building blocks" for professionals who will have organizational responsibility for Systems Analysis and Design within their careers. 

One of the most important aspects of instructor-led learning is the ability to interact with the instructor and other students in the class. Since online students are not together in the same room, we accomplish this interaction using tools available in the online classroom:
  • "In-Class" discussion takes place using Threaded Discussions.
  • Questions can be addressed through Threaded Discussions or e-mail (for more personal matters).
  • Group project work is facilitated by the Group tools (Group Document Sharing, Group Discussion Area, Group Chat sessions, and Group E-mail distribution lists).

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the seven phases of the systems development life Cycle;
  2. Summarize the different Software development methodologies, such as rapid Prototyping methodology; extreme Programming(XP) methodology; and Agile methodology
  3. Describe the desired features and operations of the system including screen layout, business rules, Process diagrams, Pseudo Code; and others documentations
  4. Cases will be reviewed and analyzed to reinforce lecture

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Students will be able to track their grade throughout the course.  Standards for each assignment will be given in advance.

Each student is responsible for:

  • Completing weekly Reading Assignments.
  • Submitting responses to the Weekly Discussion Questions, and performing "Peer Reviews" of other students' responses.
  • Submitting completed Hands-on Exercises.
  • Submitting individual and group assignments for the weekly Group Project assignments.
  • Completing Weekly Reading Review Quizzes.
  • Taking and completing both the Midterm and Final Examinations.
  • Completing a Final Project based upon the key concepts contained within the course.



Grading is based upon the following framework involving a potential of 1000 points for each student premised upon the following components:
       Activity Weekly Points Total Points Percentage
Participation * 25 200 20%
Assignments 25 175 17.5%
Weekly Quizzes 20 140 14%
Mid-Term 150 15%
Final Project 150 15%
Final Exam 185 18.5%
1000 100%


* Includes weekly attendance, active involvement in course functions, contribution to threaded discussions, and support of other classmates through Discussion and other in-class activities.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Each week's work must be completed by the due dates specified for that week. Assignments received after their stated due dates will incur a 10% reduction in your score for each three days (or fraction thereof) that your assignment is late.

ABSOLUTELY NO WORK can be accepted after the last day of the term.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week Topics
1 Chapter 1: The Systems Development Environment
Chapter 2: The Origins of Software
Chapter 3: Managing the Information Systems Project
Chapter 4: Identifying and Selecting Systems Development Projects
Chapter 5: Initiating and Planning Systems Development Projects
Chapter 6: Determining System Requirements
Chapter 7: Structuring System Process Requirements
4 Chapter 8: Structuring System Data Requirements
Midterm Examination
Chapter 9: Designing Databases
Chapter 10: Designing Forms And Reports
Chapter 11: Designing Interfaces and Dialogues
Chapter 12: Designing Distributed and Internet Systems
7 Chapter 13: System implementation
Chapter 14: Maintaining Information Systems 
Final Exam
Final Project

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 20


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 20

Carefully review the quote regarding Academic Honesty found in the Graduate Catalog. (pages 31 - 33 in the 2009-2010 Catalog).

In this course, a first violation will incur a minimum sanction of a zero (0) for the associated assignment(s). A second violation by the same student will result in a minimum sanction of a final grade of 'F' for the course.

In the event of serious or egregious violations, more severe sanctions may be recommended to the Dean of the School of Business.

Attendance Policy:

Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 24

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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