INFS 3700
Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design
3 Credit Hours

Course Information
Course Description: In this course, students will explore and become familiar with various concepts, principles, and stages of computer-based information systems analysis and design. Students will be exposed to and learn about the groups of people involved in systems development and the different methods, tools, and techniques used in systems analysis and design. Feasibility study, requirements definition and design and development documentation will be covered. The system development life cycle, prototyping, data modeling, and user involvement will also be covered.
Course Objectives: 1. To learn and demonstrate an understanding of systems analysis and design principles, concepts, and evaluation.
2. To gain an appreciation for the scope of systems analysis and design in a business organization context
Prerequisites and Corequisites: 1.Working knowledge of some type graphic tool (i.e. PowerPoint). This will be used for any type modeling done in the course.
2. Management of Information Technology (PTMA 3020-R50). This course will provide the students with the basics of information systems components and vocabulary.
Course Topics: Tentatively, course material will be presented and covered on a chapter-by-chapter basis. The instructor will announce any deviation from this well in advance.
Specific Course Requirements: Knowledge of an automated graphics tool. This will be used throughout the course for modeling purposes.
Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements
Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course:

Supplementary Materials: Notes, handouts, presentations as posted on the bulletin board.
Hardware Requirements: See RODP Minimum Requirements;
Software Requirements: See RODP Minimum Requirements--Microsoft Office 97/2000/XP is required.
Assessment and Grading
Testing Procedures: Tests, assignments, and homework will be on an individual basis. The time and place for these items will be posted on the bulletin board and will be made well in advance of due dates. All items must be turned in on time to receive credit.
Grading Procedure: Grades will be based on performance on tests, assignments, and homework.
Grading Scale: Total points will be determined for tests, assignments, and homework. Of the total points available, the following percentages will be used to determine the grade for the course.
90%-100%---A 80%-89%----B
70%-79%----C 60%-69%----D
Assignments and Participation
Assignments and Projects: TBA
Class Participation: 1. Students must check course bulletin board at lease 2-3 times per week.
2. Students must participate in collaborative or chat room sessions.
3. Students must communicate with the instructor on a regular basis.
4. Students must participate in any interactive aspects of the course.
Punctuality: 1. Students are expected to meet any required deadlines (i.e. assignments) on time.
2. Students are expected to be on time for any collaborative assignments or sessions.
Course Ground Rules
1. Copying/cheating will not be tolerated and will result in a grade of "F" for the course.
2. Missed assignments will not be tolerated and will not receive credit unless agreed to by the instructor.
3. It is the student's responsibility to provide suitable documentation to the instructor before consideration of missed work will be given.
4. It is the student's responsibility to communicate with the instructor in advance of any problems or concerns.
5. All tests, assignments, homework, etc. must be typed.
6. Unless otherwise stated, all tests, assignments, and homework will be submitted electronically.
Guidelines for Communications
Email: 1. Always include a subject line.
2. Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
3. Use standard fonts.
4. Do not send large attachments without permission of the instructor.
5. Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
6. Respect the privacy of other class members.
Discussion Groups: 1. Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
2. Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
3. Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group.
4. Be respectful of other s ideas.
5. Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
6. Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
7. Be positive and constructive during group discussions.
8. Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Chat: 1. Introduce yourself to the other learners in the chat session.
2. Be polite. Choose your words carefully. Do not use derogatory statements.
3. Be concise in responding to others in the chat session.
4. Be prepared to open the chat session at the scheduled time.
5. Be constructive in your comments and suggestions.
Web Resources: All web-based TBR student oriented web sites are available to the students.


The Tennessee Board of Regents Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in the Regents Degree Program. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading must be included in all courses. 

Students With Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.

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