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Gregory Thomas Hay
INFO 380
Seattle Campus

Information Systems Analysis and Management

Examines the evolution of how information is defined and managed in order to add value to organizations. Views information management and the CIO as key facilitators in creating or improving relationships, processes, competitiveness, products, and services.

Class description

INFO 380 provides students with skills inherent in a systematic and structured information systems analysis effort in addition to becoming exposed to several common systems development and operations frameworks.

This course also provides students the opportunity to prepare a professional presentation and hone their oral presentation skills. Students will also be required to work in project teams allowing them to experience the dynamics (benefits and challenges) of group work and project management. Skills developed in this course should be useful in the capstone course.

This course focuses on the methods involved in a structured approach to information systems analysis. The primary teaching approaches are lecture and class discussion. The course culminates with each project team producing a professional project proposal for a client, based on their analysis.

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Class assignments and grading

Homework Assignments: Weekly Write-ups There will be weekly homework assignments in the form of ~500 word (1 page) ‘responses’ on topics covered in lecture or generated during class discussions. The purpose of these is to encourage students to ‘think like IT professionals’ and reinforce the need to quickly and independently become conversational on new topics. Topics will be assigned each Tuesday and are due the following Tuesday before class submitted online to the Catalyst drop box for the class. No late homework will be accepted.

There will be two pop quizzes and two exams. The quiz and exam will cover both reading and lectures. In the quizzes and exams, students are expected to do two things: they demonstrate their mastery of the concepts covered in the readings and lectures in short essays and problem-solving questions; and they write out short descriptions for the terms learned from the lectures. The final exam will be a comprehensive test covering the subject areas taught for the entire quarter.

If a student misses a quiz\exam, he/she will receive the failing grade.

Grading The course grading will be as follows: Weekly Write-ups (10 @1 % each): 10 % Quizzes (2 @ 2.5 % each): 5 % Midterm Exam: 15 % Final Exam (Comprehensive): 25 % Project: 45 %

Extra Credit: 5%

Project Description This course focuses on the methods involved in a structured approach to information systems analysis. This course provides students with skills inherent in a systematic and structured information systems analysis effort. It also provides students the opportunity to prepare a professional presentation and hone their oral presentation skills. Students will also be required to work in project teams allowing them to experience the dynamics (benefits and challenges) of group work. The skills developed in this course should be useful in the systems design and capstone courses offered later in their program. Student groups are required to submit the following deliverables at points throughout the quarter:

• Client Description: P/NP • Problem Statement: 5 % • Preliminary Data Set: P/NP • Use Case Analysis Report: 5 % • Feasibility Report: 5 % • Project Presentation: 5 % • Final Written Project Report: 25 %


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Gregory Thomas Hay
Date: 12/30/2010