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Mayagüez Campus

College of Business Administration




Instructor Information

Professor:                            María Larracuente Martínez .


Office:                          AE-324

Office Hours:              Tuesdays &Thursdays: 7:30-8:30am; 12:00-2:00pm

Academic Term:         2nd Semester 2011-2012


General Information

Course Code:      SICI 4087

Course Title:        Structured Information Systems Analysis and Design

Credit-Hours:      3


Course Description

This course covers structured analysis and design strategies for dealing with complex information systems.



SICI 3052 Program Development II

SICI 4085 Information System Analysis


Textbook and Other Resources

Kendall, K. and Kendall, J. (2010) System Analysis and Design, 8th Edition Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey:  Prentice Hall


Laboratory/Field Work

Students are required to participate when labs, corporate visits or fieldwork are scheduled during the semester, even if they are not specified in the calendar.


CBA’s Learning Outcomes Addressed in this Course

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

·    Interpersonal skills –Students will work together in groups in order to perform oral presentations, homework and solve case studies.

·    Information Technology Skills –The material and work in this course aims to develop technological skill specially related to the area of system design.

·    Ethical and Professional behavior –This topic will be discussed throughout the semester in the specific context of the development and administration of information systems.

·    Problem Solving –Students are challenged by case studies and assignments with situations that require the exercise of problem solving skills.

·    Business Major –this is a major course for students with a concentration in Information Systems.



Course General Learning Goals

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

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

  • Describe strategies to be applied in the analysis and development phases of the System Development Life Cycle.
  • Prepare system specifications, schedules, and activities related to the implementation of information systems in order to satisfy the user requirements.
  • Design good forms and screen
  • Describe the effect of output on users.
  • Explain the how the output method relates to the output content.
  • Design and develop a Web site including a Web-based form.
  • Demonstrate how to use the entity-relationship diagram to determine record keys, as well as providing guidelines for file/database relation design.
  • Explain the relevance of database design and how users use the database.
  • Describe how to design appropriate interface
  • Describe GUI design and innovative approaches to designing dialog boxes.
  • Describe structured software engineering and documentation.
  • Describe types of distributed systems.
  • Describe conversion and training strategies as part of the implementation of a system.
  • Explain the concepts involved in object-oriented systems.



Content Outline and Time Distribution

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

   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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Note: This outline is for planning purposes only. The actual schedule and content of each lecture may vary as the course proceeds.


Instructional Strategies

The presentation methods include lectures, computer presentations, Internet connection to web sites related to the course, computer exercises and practices and computer demonstrations among others.     Students’ activities include readings, homework, teamwork, questioning and active participation


Minimum Required or Available Resources

This course requires the use of computer resources. We will be using IBM compatible computers with Windows 7 as the operating system, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2010. Internet access is also necessary.


Assessment of Learning

During the semester we may be using several techniques to help determine your level of learning. The main purpose is to help students identify how much and how well they are 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. These activities will not affect the final grade.


Department/Campus Policies

Disabilities: According to Law 51: Students with disabilities, after identifying themselves to the instructor of the course and the Institution, will receive reasonable accommodations in their 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, Ext. 3250 or 3258.

Ethics: Any academic fraud is subject to the disciplinary sanctions described in Articles 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.


Evaluation/Grade Reporting

·   Three Midterms –300 pts

·   Final Exam –100pts

·   Class Assistance, Homework, Cases, etc. –100

·   Professional Development Project –100

         Total points: 600 pts ( this number may change)


·    The final exam is partial.

·    In addition to cumulative grades, student must pass the final exam in order to obtain a satisfactory grade in the course. Failing the final exam will lead to overall failure of the course.

·    The grading criteria, including items and/or points may change as the course proceeds.

·    Changes may reflect the need of a curve and/or extra items that the instructor may consider important to grade, such as extra credit assignments, class participation, etc.


Grading Scale




89.5 – 100


79.5 – 89.4


69.5 – 79.4


59.5 – 69.4


0 – 59.4


Course Policies

·    Each student is expected to do his or her own work. Assignments should be done individually, 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 and will be penalized according to the bylaws and policies of the University

·    Attendance is mandatory and will be taken each class. After the 1st absence, there will be a penalty of 5 points for each absence from the 50 allotted to daily attendance. Absences will be reported to the University and may have consequences in your final grade, scholarship, etc.

·    Students are required to come on time to class and stay in the classroom until the end of the lecture. Latecomers may be denied entrance. Likewise, leaving the classroom in the middle of a lecture is cause of dismissal and your overall grade will be lowered by no less than 10%.

·    No makeup exams, labs, presentations or quizzes will be offered. In case you can’t come the day of an evaluation, you must bring a written medical or legal excuse stating the reason why you could not come to class. Proof of absence must be brought to class no later than 1 weeks after the date of the evaluation! Excuses brought later than the specified period of time will not be considered.

·    Students must turn on the software SynchronEyes. The instructor may use it to take control of your station and/or display class material in your screen.

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

·    Smoking, eating and drinking are not allowed.

·    The use of cell phones is not allowed at all during the class. Cell phones must be turned off at all times during classes and exams.

·    Audible yawning or sleeping are not allowed and is cause of dismissal.

·    Any special accommodation or consideration should be discussed with the professor prior to any incident.

·    The use of computers is exclusive for class work. Other applications such as Facebook, email, chats or games among others are strictly prohibited and are cause of dismissal.

·    PowerPoint presentations are solely for class instruction and illustration of the lectures..

·    The professor will identify and address any other form of conduct that he considers detrimental to proper decorum.

Failure to observe the prior policies will result in lowering the course grade by no less than 10% and/or being asked to leave the classroom immediately.


Course Outline and Schedule

SICI 4087 COURSE OUTLINE (available on class’ Web site)

Note: This outline is for planning purposes only. The content of each lecture may vary as the course proceeds


Dennis, A., Wixom, B. and Roth, R. (2009) System Analysis & Design, 4th edition, Wiley

Kendall, K. and Kendall, J. (2010) System Analysis and Design, 8th Edition Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey:  Prentice Hall

Shelly, G., Cashman, T. and Rosenblatt, H. (1998) Systems Analysis and Design, 7th edition, Cambridge, Massachusetts:  Course Technology, ITP