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FIT5130 Systems analysis and design - Semester 2, 2014

The unit introduces students to the key principles which underlie the analysis and design of information systems to support business and other organisational undertakings. It covers design and design thinking, requirements elicitation, consulting skills and conceptual and logical systems modelling.

Mode of Delivery

  • Caulfield (Off-campus)
  • Caulfield (Evening)
  • Malaysia (Evening)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour studio

(b.) Study schedule for off-campus students:

  • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and studio sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

FIT9030

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Sindy Madrid

Mark Creado

Malaysia

Eysin Chew

Your feedback to Us

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Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

This is the second offering of the unit and at the time of writing, student evaluations for the previous offering have not yet been released.

Based on informal feedback and a staff unit review, minor changes have been made to restructure the portfolio assignment to encourage student feedback to be spread out more evenly through the semester, as well as minor changes to a tutorial on narrative overviews.

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to
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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
  • select and use conceptual and logical modelling techniques to design an information system;
  • select and use techniques to elicit requirements for an information system design;
  • select and use approaches to the systems development lifecycle including the waterfall model and modern alternatives;
  • assess and discuss the capabilities and limitations of an information system;
  • communicate the requirements for the business functionality of an information system in terms of data required, data storage and processing to technical and non-technical stakeholders.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction to systems, design and design thinking Assignment 2 - Portfolio due various dates with final submission no later than the start of SWOT VAC
2 The design process and lifecycle models  
3 Conceptual Modelling and Writing the Design Specification  
4 Conceptual Modelling for Information Structures  
5 Conceptual Modelling for Processes  
6 Unified Modelling Language 1 - Activity Diagrams and Use Cases Assignment 1a - Draft narrative overview and design specification template due
7 Unified Modelling Language 2 - Class Diagrams  
8 Unified Modelling Language 3 - Use Case Realisation and Architecture Design  
9 Requirements Elicitation Assignment 1b - Draft design specification due
10 User Interface Design  
11 User-Centred Design  
12 Verification and Validation Assignment 1c - Final design specification due
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
academic/education/assessment/
assessment-in-coursework-policy.html

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Teaching Approach

  • Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
    This teaching and learning approach helps students to initially encounter information at lectures, discuss and explore the information during studio sessions, and practice in a hands-on environment.
  • Studio teaching
    This approach is hands-on learning where you interact with fellow students in a workroom.

Assessment Summary

Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1a - Draft narrative overview and design specification template 5% Week 6
Assignment 1b - Draft design specification 15% Week 9
Assignment 1c - Final design specification submission 20% Week 12
Assignment 2 - Portfolio 10% Various dates with final submission no later than the start of SWOT VAC
Examination 1 50% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Assignment 1a - Draft narrative overview and design specification template
    Description:
    This is an initial submission for a design specification for a case that will be provided to you.  You will produce a 'narrative overview' that outlines the design problem and proposed solution in plain language and introduces the design document.  You will also create a document structure with sections and headings that includes the overview, as well as placeholders for the design content that will be developed for submissions 1b and 1c later in the semester.

    The purpose of this submission is to provide feedback and advice to aid your learning of the design process.
    Weighting:
    5%
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. Quality of the narrative overview - does your understanding of the design problem accurately reflect the actual case and does your proposed solution address these requirements?
    2. Professionalism and presentation - is your document template, and the written expression and grammar of a standard acceptable in professional practice?
    Due date:
    Week 6
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Assignment 1b - Draft design specification
    Description:
    This submission builds on work from assignment 1a, incorporating feedback from the assessment of that work.  Your design specification will include an Entity Relationship model, a UML class model and UML use case models, as well as the narrative overview from 1a.

    This work is again intended to provide feedback for the final submission of the specification in 1c.
    Weighting:
    15%
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. Correctness of modelling techniques - have you correctly followed the rules of constructing the various models in the design specification?
    2. Quality of your design - how well does your model satisfy the business requirements of the case?
    3. Professionalism and presentation - is your specification presented to a standard acceptable to professional practice?
    Due date:
    Week 9
  • Assessment task 3
    Title:
    Assignment 1c - Final design specification submission
    Description:
    This is the final submission of your design specification, and incorporates the feedback from 1a and 1b submissions.
    Weighting:
    20%
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. Correctness of modelling techniques - have you correctly followed the rules of constructing the various models in the design specification?
    2. Quality of your design - how well does your model satisfy the business requirements of the case?
    3. Professionalism and presentation - is your specification presented to a standard acceptable to professional practice?
    Due date:
    Week 12
  • Assessment task 4
    Title:
    Assignment 2 - Portfolio
    Description:
    The portfolio assignment provides you the opportunity to get feedback throughout the semester by completing various learning activities from two categories: readings and modelling exercises.  Throughout the semester you will choose three activities from each category for submission and feedback.  Due dates for each activity will be specified in the assignment specification distributed in class and via Moodle.
    Weighting:
    10%
    Criteria for assessment:

    The overall assignment mark for the portfolio will be the average of the six marks for the various portfolio submissions.

    For readings activities, the assessment criteria are:

    1. Quality of reflection and analysis of the reading - to what extent does your reflection on the reading go beyond a basic overview to incorporate critique, reflection and integration of other material? Does your reflection demonstrate insight and understanding?
    2. Quality of written expression - does the piece use correct grammar, spelling and citation techniques?

    For modelling activities, the assessment criteria are:

    1. Correctness of the technique - have you followed the rules for drawing this kind of model?
    2. Quality of your design - how well does your model solve the design problem given?
    Due date:
    Various dates with final submission no later than the start of SWOT VAC

Examinations

  • Examination 1
    Weighting:
    50%
    Length:
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    None

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)
http://readinglists.lib.monash.edu/index.html

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

Feedback to you

Examination/other end-of-semester assessment feedback may take the form of feedback classes, provision of sample answers or other group feedback after official results have been published. Please check with your lecturer on the feedback provided and take advantage of this prior to requesting individual consultations with staff. If your unit has an examination, you may request to view your examination script booklet, see http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/procedures/request-to-view-exam-scripts.html

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Required Resources

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.

Readings will be assigned on Moodle each week, each of which will be available electronically through the library.  You must keep up to date with the prescribed readings.

Technological Requirements

Students should regularly use the unit web site and discussion forums hosted on Moodle.  Important information and learning material will be posted there on a regular basis.

On-campus students attending class may wish to bring their own laptop.  The unit will make use of Visio in studio sessions.  This is installed on all laboratory machines, but is also available for students to install on their own computers.  Students using non-Windows computers are free to use alternative diagramming software.  Contact the teaching staff to see if your software will be adequate for the unit.

Other Information

Policies

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Key educational policies include:

Faculty resources and policies

Important student resources including Faculty policies are located at http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/

Graduate Attributes Policy

Student Charter

Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis.

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