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University of Puerto Rico

Mayagüez Campus

College of Business Administration 


Syllabus & Instructor Information Sheet Form


A. Course Syllabus

General Information:

     Course Number: SICI 4087


     Credit-Hours: 3 credit hours

      Academic Term: 2nd  Semester 2008-2009

 Course Description:


Pre/Co-requisites:  SICI 3052 (Program Development II) and SICI 4085 (Information System Analysis)

Textbook, Supplies and Other Resources:

Kendall, K. and Kendall, J. (2008)System Analysis and Design., Seventh Edition Pearson Education, Inc.Upper Saddle River, New Jersey:  Prentice Hall


This course is preparatory work in completing a bachelor's degree in Data Processing and Computerized Information Systems.

Course General Learning Goals:

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

Ö       Describe strategies to be applied in the analysis and development phases of the System Development Life Cycle.

Ö       Prepare system specifications, schedules, and activities related to the implementation of information systems in order to satisfy the user requirements.

Ö       Design good forms and screen

Ö       Describe the effect of output on users.

Ö       Explain the how the output method relates to the output content.

Ö       Design and develop a Web site including a Web-based form.

Ö       Demonstrate how to use the entity-relationship diagram to determine record keys, as well as providing guidelines for file/database relation design.

Ö       Explain the relevance of database design and how users use the database.

Ö       Describe how to design appropriate interface

Ö       Describe GUI design and innovative approaches to designing dialog boxes.

Ö       Describe structured software engineering and documentation.

Ö       Describe types of distributed systems.

Ö       Describe conversion and training strategies as part of the implementation of a system.

Ö       Explain the concepts involved in object oriented systems.

Learning Outcomes Addressed in this Course

This course is intentionally designed to enable students to develop the following competencies:

  • Interpersonal skills- Student will be actively working together in groups in order to perform oral presentations, homework and specially working to resolve a cases study.
  • Information Technology Skills – all the subject that are going to be discussed and the work in this course develop technological skill specially related to the area of design of systems.
  • Ethical and Professional behavior- this subject is discussed through the semester because in the specific context of the development and administration of information systems.
  • Problem Solving - Students are faced through the case study and assignments with situations that require problem solving.
  • Business Major- this is major course for the student on option of Information Systems.


Laboratory/Field Work (If applicable):

Radios, tape recorders, and other audio or video equipment are not permitted in the lab or classroom at any time.

Smoking, eating, and drinking is not permitted.


Content Outline and Time Distribution:

         Detailed Schedule will be posted on the class Web site


All students are expected to :

Ö       Do all assigned readings and related homework.

Ö       Come to class prepared to participate.

Ö       Come to class all the time and on time.

Ö       Pass all tests to receive credit for the course.

 Department/Campus Policies:

     a. Class attendance: Class attendance is compulsory. The University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, reserves the right to deal at any time with individual cases of non‑attendance. Professors are expected to record the absences of their students. Frequent absences affect the final grade, and may even result in total loss of credits. Arranging to make up work missed because of legitimate class absence is the responsibility of the student. (Bulletin of Information Undergraduate Studies, pp 39 1995-96)

     b. Absence from examinations: Students are required to attend all examinations. If a student is absent from an examination for a justifiable reason acceptable to the professor, he or she will be given a special examination. Otherwise, he or she will receive a grade of zero of "F" in the examination missed. (Bulletin of Information Undergraduate Studies, pp 39, 1995-96)

     c. Final examinations: Final written examinations must be given in all courses unless, in the judgment of the Dean, the nature of the subject makes it impracticable. Final examinations scheduled by arrangements must be given during the examination period prescribed in the Academic Calendar, including Saturdays. (see Bulletin of Information Undergraduate Studies, pp 39, 1995-96).

     d. Partial withdrawals: A student may withdraw from individual courses at any time during the term, but before the deadline established in the University Academic Calendar. (see Bulletin of Information Undergraduate Studies, pp 37, 1995-96).

     e. Complete withdrawals: A student may completely withdraw from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, at any time up to the last day of classes. (see Bulletin of Information Undergraduate Studies, pp 37, 1995-96).

     f. Disabilities:  After introducing and identifying himself/herself to the instructor and the institution as a student with disabilities, the student will receive reasonable accommodations in his/her courses and evaluations.  For additional information, contact Services to Students with Disabilities at the office of the Dean of Students (Q-019), 787-265-3862 or 787-832-4040 x 3250 or 3258.

     g. Ethics: Any academic fraud is subject to the disciplinary sanctions described in article 14 and 16 of the revised General Student Bylaws of the University of Puerto Rico contained in Certification 018-1997-98 of the Board of Trustees.  The professor will follow the norms established in articles 1-5 of the Bylaws.

B. Instructor  Information Sheet


General Information:


 Instructor:  María de los A. Larracuente Martínez

Title: Associate Professor

Office:  AE-324

Phone: Ext. 5357

Office Hours:  M/W: 7:30-8:00am, M: 12:00-m-2:00pm; Tu/Th: 7:30am-8:30am, Tu: 1:15-2:15pm


Web Site:



Instructional Strategies:


The presentation methods include the followings: Lectures, computer presentations, summaries, Internet connection to web site related to the course, computer exercises and practices, computer demonstrations.  The WebCt platform will be used to provide students with additional resources related to the class and to facilitate communication among students and the professor.  Student’s activities include readings, homework, teamwork, questioning and active participation


Minimum Required or Available Resources:


This course requires the usage of computer resources.   We will be using IBM compatible computers with Windows XP as the operating system.   Microsoft Word2007, Microsoft FrontPage 2003, and Microsoft Access 2007, an Internet Browser  will be used to practice and develop the computer skills.  It is also necessary to have internet access in order to use the resources in the Course site.


Evaluation/Grade Reporting:


3 Exams - 50%

Homework, Projects, Quizzes, Case studies, Attendance, Participation, Behavior, etc. - 40%

Final Exam - 10%


Grade Reporting:

100 - 90 – A       79 - 70 - C

89 - 80 – B        69 - 60 – D       59 - 0 – F


Assessment of Learning:


During the semester we will be using several techniques that will help us determine your level of learning. Our main purpose is to help students identify how much and how well he/she is learning and to detect areas that may need reinforcement before the final grade is determined. These techniques will also help the professor use more effective teaching strategies. Among others, we will use “the muddiest point” and “direct paraphrasing”.  These activities will no affect the final grade.


Attendance, Behavior and Course Policies

Ö     Class Attendance is compulsory and the student must arrive to class on time.

Ö     Reposition tests will only be offered with an official medical excuse.

Ö     The student is responsible for the material covered in class during his absence.

Ö         Assignments must be presented at the beginning of class on the established date.  Late assignments will not be accepted.  A student is expected to do his or her own work.  The lab assignments should be done by each student and not in teamwork unless otherwise instructed.  If the work of others is submitted for evaluation, the student has committed plagiarism.  Cheating and plagiarism are not tolerated.

Ö         Labs are considered an important part of the class, and all students are expected to participate.

Ö     Radios, tape recorders, and other audio or video equipment are not permitted in the lab or classroom at any time.

Ö     Smoking is not permitted in any area other than those areas designated for

Ö     It is prohibited to turn on the computers during class period unless the instructor authorizes to do so.

















Course Outline And Schedule:


Introduction to the Class - Overview of Analysis Concepts


Designing effective output

   Output Design Objectives

   Relating output content to output method

   Realizing how output bias affects users

   Designing printed output

   Designing screen output

   Designing a Web Site

   Team Work/Assignment

   Output Technologies Oral Report

   Case Study Discussion


Designing effective input

   Input Design objectives

   Good form design

   Good screen and Web forms design

   Intranet and Internet page design

   Case Study Discussion


                                                                                                   EXAM #1



Designing database

   Design objectives

   Conventional files and databases


   Data Concepts


   Guidelines for file/ database relation design

   Making use of the database

   Computer Presentation/Lab work- Designing a Database


   Data Warehouses

   Publishing Databases on the Web


Designing User Interfaces

   User interface objectives

   Types of user interface

   Dialog and desktops

   Feedback for users

   Special Design Considerations for Ecommerce

   Designing queries

   Searching on the Web

   Data Mining

   Productivity and ergonomic Design


                                                                                                   EXAM #2



Designing Accurate data-entry procedures

   Data entry  objectives

   Effective Coding

   Effective and Efficient data capture

Assuring Data Quality through input validation

Computer Presentation- Input Validation

Accuracy, codes, and the graphical user interface

Accuracy Advantages in Ecommerce Environments


Quality Assurance through software engineering

   Approaches to Quality

   The total Quality Management Approach

   Software Engineering and Documentation

   Code generation and Design Reengineering

   Testing, Maintenance, and Auditing



                                                                                                 EXAM #3



Successfully Implementing the Information System

   Implementation Approaches

   Implementing Distributed Systems

   Training Users


   Security Concerns for Traditional and Web-Based   Systems

   Other Conversions Considerations


   Evaluating Corporate Web Sites


 Object-Oriented Systems Analysis and Design And UML

   The Object-Oriented Idea

   Object-Oriented Analysis

   Object-Oriented Design

   CRC Cards and Object Think

   Unified Modeling Language(UML)

   “THINGS”: The Primary Elements of UML

   “RELATIONSHIPS”: The Framework that holds things together

   “DIAGRAMS”: Describing Things and their relationships

   A proven  methodology: Putting UML to Work

   The Importance of using UML for Modeling

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11. Additional References:

Kendall, K. and Kendall, J. (2002)System Analysis and Design., 5th Edition Pearson Education, Inc.Upper Saddle River, New Jersey:  Prentice Hall

Shelly, G., Cashman, T. and  Rosenblatt, H. (1998) Systems Analysis and Design. Cambirdge, Massachusetts:  Course Technology, ITP

Shelly, G., Cashman, T. and  Rosenblatt, H. (2001) Systems Analysis and Design.  Fourth Edition. Cambirdge, Massachusetts:  Course Technology, ITP

Greg Holden (2001) E-commerce Essentials with Microsoft Frontpage version 2002.Microsoft Press, Redmond, Washington.

John G. Burch (1992) Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation, Boyd & Fraser, Boston MA