In this course, we study information analysis and specifications of the information systems development process. The course covers fundamental topics on two main stages of information systems development life cycle: analysis, and design. Students will become familiar in techniques to investigate, collect, organize, and structure requirements for an information system as well as understanding how to design different component of the information system to satisfy the requirements.


The course does not have any prerequisites; Come to class with passion to learn new topics!


The course does not require any textbook. The course materials will be from Modern Systems Analysis and Design and Systems Analysis and Design in a Changing World plus Web materials. All lecture notes will be posted on Courseweb before each class



Tuesday 9:00-11:00, 709 Information Science Building (135 North Bellefield Avenue) or by appointment.



1Aug 31, 2015Introduction and overviewIntroduction to course
Course logistics
Students' introduction
2Sep 7, 2015No classLabor day
3Sep 14, 2015Investigating System RequirementsFunctional and technical requirements
Techniques for information gathering
Build prototypes
Validating requirements
4Sep 21, 2015Modeling system requirements
Assignment 1 posted
Purpose of modeling
Three types of models
Events and Items
5Sep 28, 2015Modeling system requirementsData model
E-R Diagram
Class Diagram
6Oct 5, 2015Traditional approach to requirements
Assignment 1 Due
Assignment 2 posted
Traditional methods for determining system requirements
Joint Application Design
Data Flow Diagrams
Documentation of DFD
7Oct 12, 2015Object-Oriented approach to requirementsUnified Modeling Language
Class diagram
Object interactions
Object behavior
8Oct 20, 2015Agile Methodologies
Assignment 2 Due
Class meets on Tuesday
Requirement determination
Agile user-centered design
eXtreme programming
9Oct 25, 2015Understanding elements of designInputs and outputs
The system flowchart
The structure chart
Module algorithm design: pseudocode
Object-oriented approach to designing
10Nov 2, 2015Project dayIn-class working on project
11Nov 9, 2015Designing databases
Assignment 3 posted
Databases and database management systems
Relational databases
Object-Oriented databases
Data types
Distributed databases
12Nov 16, 2015Designing forms and report
Final Project Step 2 Due
Formatting forms and reports
Assessing usability
13Nov 23, 2015Designing user interfaces
Assignment 3 Due
Understanding and guidelines for user interfaces
Designing interfaces and dialogs
Interaction methods and devices
Graphical environment
14Nov 30, 2015Designing system interfaces, controls and securityIdentifying system interfaces
Designing system inputs and outputs
Desiging controls: integrity and security
15Dec 7, 2015Final presentationPoster and demo session


Academic Integrity: You are expected to be fully aware of your responsibility to maintain a high quality of integrity in all of your work. All work must be your own, unless collaboration is specifically and explicitly permitted as in the course group project. Any unauthorized collaboration or copying will at minimum result in no credit for the affected assignment and may be subject to further action under the University Guidelines for Academic Integrity. You are expected to have read and understood these Guidelines. A document discussing these guidelines was included in your orientation materials.

Attendance: Class attendance, while not mandatory, is required if you want to succeed in this course, especially since the course does not have any course book and it involves a lot of in-class discussions. If you have missed the lecture, make sure that you have a copy of the slides. All the lecture materials will be uploaded online. The class participation credit is engineered to encourage your attendance.

Late Submissions: Homework or projects submitted after due date will be accepted, but your objective grade will be scaled so that you lose 10% of the grade for every late working day. I.e., if you will submit your work one week late, you will lose 70% of the grade.

Concerning Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and Disability Resources and Services, 216 William Pitt Union, (412) 648-7890/(412) 383-7355 (TTY), as early as possible in the term. DRS will verify your disability and determine reasonable accommodations for this course.

An important note on plagiarism: Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students caught cheating or plagiarizing will receive no credit for the assignment on which the cheating occurred. Additional actions -- including assigning the student a failing grade in the class or referring the case for disciplinary action -- may be taken at the discretion of the instructors. You may incorporate excerpts from publications by other authors, but they must be clearly marked as quotations and properly attributed. You may obtain copy editing assistance, and you may discuss your ideas with others, but all substantive writing and ideas must be your own or else be explicitly attributed to another, using a citation sufficiently detailed for someone else to easily locate your source.