Systems Analysis and Design

PART OF: Computer Based Information Systems

Course description

How do we make information systems work better for users? What are the best practices for understanding business needs and designing effective systems?

Work with a data scientist, otherwise known as a systems expert, who will introduce you to the methodologies in system design. You will gain a comprehensive introduction to systems analysis and design and a working knowledge of its relationship to mainstream business and project management.

Learn about:

  • the practice of systems methodologies
  • the roles and elements involved in system development, implementation and support 
  • how to avoid the common causes of project failure

Complete applied assignments to learn how to select a project from a portfolio and propose appropriate methodologies and management techniques for its implementation.

The online format of the course lets you study from anywhere, anytime.

Text: Web-based readings only.

Learning objectives

  • Explain and apply structured data and functional analysis to understand existing information systems and use creative approaches with structured data and functional modeling for designing new or reengineered information systems.
  • Develop skills and abilities for identifyinig information needs and applying information technology to satisfy project goals based on corporate problems or opportunities.
  • Develop and experiment with information technology in effecting executive business decisions when selecting information system alternatives.
  • Develop skills for working effectively in and with multi-disciplinary project teams to justify, develop and implement information systems solutions to organizational challenges and opportunities as reflected in the analysis of existing or proposed systems.
  • Identify, evaluate and recommend opportunities for business process and data organization reengineering based on leveraging the value of existing or planned information systems.
  • Apply hands-on experience using business information systems analytic and design tools.
  • Apply the concepts of traditional and object-oriented analysis and design.

 

Required equipment/software

  • reliable internet connection
  • Windows or Apple OS X computer
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher (or LibreOffice)

Recommended web browsers

Windows computers:

  • Internet Explorer: latest version
  • Mozilla Firefox: latest version
  • Google Chrome: latest version

For Apple computers:

  • Mozilla Firefox: latest version
  • Apple Safari: latest version
  • Google Chrome: latest version

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