MBA607 Systems Analysis and Design

for S2P 2012

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MBA 607 Systems Analysis and Design


S2P 2012 MB


McVicker, Michael J.


Adjunct Faculty


Masters of Business Administration
Bachelor of Science

Office Location

Parkville Classroom (By Appointment Only)

Office Hours

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Before Class)

Daytime Phone



Web Page

Semester Dates

March 19 - May 13 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM



Credit Hours


Hoffer, Jeffrey A,. Valacich, Joe, George, Joey. Modern Systems Analysis and Design, ed. 6TH 2011, Prentice Hall, Inc. Hardback, ISBN-100-13-608821-X or ISBN-13978-0-13-608821-9

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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:
Grading points A= 1000-900 points, B=899-800, C=799-700, D=699-650, F=649-0



Weekly Points

Total Points


Participation *




Assignments (7)




Weekly Quizzes (7)







Final Project



Final Exam





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.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Online Etiquette: All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course. What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism. Netiquette is a set of guidelines for how individuals communicate over the Internet. The important concept here is that students respect one another. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week #  /   Topics

1 (Week)
Chapter 1:
The Systems Development Environment
Chapter 2: The Origins of Software
Chapter 3: Managing the Information Systems Project

2 (Week)

Chapter 4: Identifying and Selecting Systems Development Projects
Chapter 5:
Initiating and Planning Systems Development Projects

3 (Week)

Chapter 6: Determining System Requirements
Chapter 7: Structuring System Process Requirements

4 (Week)
Chapter 8:
Structuring System Data Requirements
Midterm Examination

5 (Week)

Chapter 9: Designing Databases
Chapter 10:
Designing Forms And Reports

6 (Week)

Chapter 11: Designing Interfaces and Dialogues
Chapter 12:
Designing Distributed and Internet Systems

7 (Week)
Chapter 13:
 System implementation
Chapter 14: Maintaining Information Systems 

8 (Week)

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 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21


Plagiarism is 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 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

Attendance Policy:

Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 25

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: .

I am a former Chief Information Officer (CIO) for a telecommunications company in the Kansas City area. I have over 25 years of IT experience in a diverse background of business. I have been in the education, aviation, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, and consulting fields. I have several years of teaching and curriculum development experience at the university level.


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