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Information Sciences And Technology (IST)

IST 260W Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design (3) Introduction to systems analysis and design, stressing the process of requirements acquisition, specification, design, and implementation.

IST 260W Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design (3)

IST 260W is an introductory course to system analysis and design. It covers the process and is intended to be independent of the specific system, whether it be a hardware, software, telecommunication, logistics, or information system. This course can be used as a prerequisite to specific Associate degree system design courses. It can also be used for breadth for those IST students who do not pursue technical emphases. It serves as a writing across the curriculum course for the Information Sciences and Technology Associate degree. The course looks at two design paradigms. A small design project is included in the course.

The objectives of the course include: (1) teaching students the importance of teamwork, project management, and oral and written communication skills; (2) teaching students a systems design strategy that emphasizes customer requirements at all stages of the process; (3) introducing students to the object oriented design process; (4) giving students a full design experience on a small project such as designing an e-Commerce system; and (5) showing students examples of the writing required for systems design and requiring them to write individual and team reports as well as give oral presentations on their designs.

Students will be evaluated by examinations and by grading of their written reports and oral presentations.

System design courses are taught at the upper-division level in Engineering and Business departments. This is a lower-division course that serves as an introduction for Associate degree students to give them a background for project-level courses in their fourth semester. It will serve as a core requirement in the Associate degree program and act as a prerequisite for the design courses that are capstone courses in many of the Associate degree options. The course will be offered one semester each academic year.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: IST 110, IST 210, IST 220 andENGL 015

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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