Syllabus for CIS-320



Systems Analysis and Design provides students with concepts of the analysis and design processes and allows students to use industry standard methodology and framework to develop business information systems. The course combines terminology with conceptual and practical approaches to designing and implementing business systems. Analytical and problem-solving skills are developed through a modern integrated, structured approach. Predictive and adaptive approaches to systems development life cycle (SDLC) using an iterative approach are covered. The course contains the entire analysis and design process from conception through implementation, including training and support, system documentation and maintenance, and relevant project management techniques.


Tools and techniques to optimize performance and secure the system are introduced. Tools that optimize performance and secure the system include SDLC, Unified Process (UP), Extreme Programming (XP), and Scrum.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Illustrate the duties and activities of a systems analyst.
  2. Explain the purpose and various phases of the systems development life cycle (SDLC).
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of project management.
  4. Assess analysis and design tools and techniques.
  5. Evaluate case studies for real-life aspects of systems analysis and design.
  6. Use one of the popular systems development processes.
  7. Evaluate the important aspects of training and user support.


You will need the following textbook to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

        Book resources: Online Chapters


Systems Analysis and Design is a three-credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, textbook reading, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

Course objectives covered in this module include CO 1, 2, 3

Course objectives covered in this module include CO 2, 4, 5, 6

Course objectives covered in this module include CO 2, 3, 4

Course objectives covered in this module include CO 1,2, 4, 5, 6

Course objectives covered in this module include CO 2,4, 5, 6

Course objectives covered in this module include CO 1, 2, 6, 7


For your formal work in the course, you are required to complete six written assignments, participate in six  online discussion forums in addition to an ungraded introductions forum, take four online quizzes, and complete a final project. See below for more details.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Online Discussion Forums

In addition to posting an introduction to the class in Module 1, you are required to participate in six graded online class discussions.


Communication with your mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online class discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a discussion question and at least two subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate or your mentor, state and support your position. Remember, these are discussions. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, mature, and respectful.

Click to view Online Discussion Grading Rubric that will aid in the grading of online discussions.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with each of the course's six modules. Click the link below for an evaluation rubric that will aid in the grading of written assignments.


Each module requires you to take a short online quiz based on the module's assigned reading. Each quiz consists of multiple-choice questions only. There is no time limit for taking each quiz. You can take each quiz an unlimited number of times, but the gradebook will only record your most recent score.  

Final Project

For the final course project, you will complete two reports covering eight steps in the systems analysis and design process. Each report is worth 16 percent of your course grade for a total of 32 percent. Project Report 1 (Steps 1–4) focuses on defining, justifying, and planning the project. Project Report 2 (Steps 5–8) focuses on some of the tasks associated with developing and implementing the plan proposed in Project Report 1. Both reports are based on Ridgeline Mountain Outfitters (RMO), a firm introduced in the textbook.

Please see the Final Project area of the course website for further details about the project.

See the Course Calendar for the due dates of each project report.

Click the links below for evaluation rubrics that will aid in the grading of Project Reports 1 and 2.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a non-area of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.


Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at




Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism 

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin


Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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