Last updated Thursday, October 10, 2002

CMIS 407 - Systems Analysis and Design

Fall 2002
Monday evenings, 6:30-9:20 pm

John Smiley
       Home Office Phone: (856)786-4216. If I'm not there, identify yourself as a studnet, and leave a message. Be sure to leave a return phone number. 
Required Text:
Modern Systems Analysis and Design. 3rd Edition by Hoffer, George and Valacich   Website for the Textbook
Other readings (short articles) may also be distributed.

Course Objective:
Study of the systems development life cycle approach to solving corporate problems, with a primary focus on the entire cycle from work request to implementation of data-management procedures and maintenance of the system. Use of modern analysis tool provides hands-on experience.

Academic Integrity:
Holy Family College expects of its students the highest standards of integrity in performance of academic assignments. Dishonesty in college work, whether it be quizzes, laboratory work, term papers, examinations, etc. is regarded as a serious offense and may result in failure in the course and dismissal from the college. Anyone who willfully assists another in the breach of integrity is held equally responsible and subject to the same penalty.

The components which will determine your grade for the course are:
	Midterm Examination 		                      35%
	Final Examination		                      35%
	Several unannounced quizzes                          10%
            Homework Assignments/Presentations             10 %
            Systems Design Project                                   10%
Student Responsibilities:
Homework Assignments:
Read the assigned chapter prior to coming to class. 

Holy Family College does not recognize the cut system. Students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory sessions regularly and may not absent themselves except for illness or some other serious matter. Attendance is especially important during the first three weeks of classes. Students may not extend their vacation beyond the date assigned for return to college without the approval of the associate provost for academic student services. Students who do not attend classes during this period may jeopardize their enrollment and may be administratively withdrawn from classes. Such actions may jeopardize their financial aid status as well.

Instructors maintain a record of class attendance. All students are expected to meet their usual class responsibilities until the hour set by the college calendar for the beginning of a vacation period. In any semester, absences equal to twice the number of weekly contact hours of a given class are deemed excessive. Final grades and/or the receipt of academic credit may be effected by excessive absences. In any case in which absences exceed the allotted number, the instructor and the associate provost for academic student services will determine whether circumstances warrant an exception to policy.
Grading System (from the college catalog):
A    94-100                 Outstanding master of the subject
B+   90-93.99             Superior; above-average mastery of the subject
B     86-89.99    
C+    81-85.99             Average; satisfactory mastery of the subject
C     77-80.99    
D+    73-76.99             Passing; showing deficiency in ability or industry; not transferable; not acceptable in major area of study
D     70-72.99              Not acceptable in major field of study
F      69.99 and below   Failure; credit can be earned only by repeating the course

Listen on KYW 1060 radio for the Holy Family Snow number = 2124. We will not have class if school is closed. Class is usually rescheduled for later in the term.

If you are having problems in the course, it is your responsibility to discuss these difficulties with me in a timely manner.

Reading Requirements / Meeting Dates Outline:
9/09/2002 Introductions, Course Overview, Course Requirements, the Systems Development Environment, Succeeding as a Systems Analyst
Read: Chapters 1 and 2.
9/16/2002 Managing the Information Systems Project, Automated Tools for Systems Development
Read: Chapters 3 and 4.
9/23/2002 Identifying and Selecting Systems Development Projects, Initiating and Planning Systems Development Project
Read: Chapters 5 and 6.
Submit and or email the answer to one of these review questions: Chapter 2, #8. Chapter 3, #1. Chapter 4, #6. 
Be prepared for a possible unannounced quiz on Chapters 5 AND 6.
9/30/2002 Determining System Requirements
Read: Chapter 7.
Be prepared for a possible unannounced quiz on Chapter 7.
Complete: Visible Analyst Lessons 1 and 2
10/07/2002 Process Modeling
Read: Chapters 8.
Be prepared for a possible unannounced quiz on Chapter 8.
Complete: Visible Analyst Lessons 3, 4  and 5
10/14/2002 Logic Modeling
Read: Chapters 9
Submit your real-world DFD and Level-0 diagram.
Be prepared for a possible unannounced quiz on Chapter 9.
Complete: Visible Analyst Lessons 6 and 7
10/21/2002 Midterm Examination (Chapters 1 through 9)
10/28/2002 Conceptual Modeling
Read: Chapters 10
11/04/2002 Selecting the Best Alternative Design Strategy
Read: Chapter 11
Complete: Visible Analyst Lessons 8 and 9
11/11/2002 Designing Databases
Read: Chapter 12
Complete: Visible Analyst Lessons 10 and 11
11/18/2002 Designing Forms and Reports, Designing Interfaces and Dialogues
Read: Chapters 13 and 14
11/25/2002 Finalizing Design Specifications
Read: Chapter 15
Complete: Visible Analyst Lessons 12 and 13
12/02/2002 Designing Distributed and Internet Systems
Read: Chapter 16
Complete: Visible Analyst Lessons 14 and 15
12/09/2002 System Implementation, Maintaining Information Systems
Read: Chapters 17 and 18
12/16/2002 Final Examination (Chapters 10-18)

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Revised - September 30, 2002