• Class Number 2330
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • David Bryant
    • David Bryant
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
    • Wanxian Zeng
SELT Survey Results

This course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully undertake information systems analysis. Lectures and tutorials provide coverage of the concepts, skills, methodologies, techniques, tools and perspectives considered essential for systems analysts working with modern information systems and their development.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain basic systems theory and the context within which information systems analysis is carried out;
  2. Elicit information system requirements;
  3. Construct process, logic and data models using traditional modelling techniques;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of object-oriented modelling using UML; and
  5. Apply “Soft systems” aspects and techniques in systems analysis.

Research-Led Teaching

This course has readings that are a mix of research and industry publications that cover both theoretical concepts and practical application of the content.

Field Trips

Not relevant

Additional Course Costs

No additional cost

Examination Material or equipment

The exam is open book, any material is permitted, except electronic devices (laptops, phones etc)

Materials to be supplied: 1 x 20 page plain booklet

Students must return the examination paper at the end of the examination

Systems Analysis and Design, Global Edition

Author: Kendall, K. & Kendall, J.

Publisher: Pearson

Edition: 9th

ISBN: 9780273787105

Availability: Campus Bookstore & Online

Price: $50-$137.95



The course convener has requested that a copy of this textbook be reserved in the library for 2 hour short term loan.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals,

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lecture 1 - Course Administration & Introduction to Systems Analysis Read Ch1 of text, do tutorial work for Wk 2
2 Lecture 2 - Elements of Systems Theory & Concepts of Information Read lecture notes provided, do tutorial work for Wk 3
3 Lecture 3 - Project Selection, Feasibility and Management Read Ch3 of text, do tutorial work for Wk 4
4 Lecture 4 - “Soft” Techniques Read lecture notes provided, do tutorial work for Wk 5
5 Lecture 5 - Requirements Determination Read Ch4 & Ch5 of text, do tutorial work for Wk 6
6 Lecture 6 - Process Modelling Read Ch7 of text, do tutorial work for Wk 7
7 Lecture 7 - Process and Logic Modelling Read Ch9 of text, do tutorial work for Wk 8
8 Lecture 8 - Data (Entity-Relationship) Modelling - Part 1 Read Ch8 of text, do tutorial work for Wk 9
9 Lecture 9 - Data (Entity-Relationship) Modelling - Part 2 Read Ch8 of text & notes provided, do tutorial work for Wk 10
10 Lecture 10 - Object-oriented analysis & UML - Part 1 Re-read Ch2 & begin reading Ch10 of text, do tutorial work for Wk 11
11 Lecture 11 - Object-oriented analysis & UML - Part 2 Continue reading Ch10 of text, do tutorial work for Wk 12
12 Lecture 12 - Moving from Analysis to Design & System Development Methodologies Read Ch2 & Ch6 of text, and notes provided

Tutorial Registration

Register on the course Wattle site.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Weekly Tutorial 40 % * * 1,2,3,4,5
Final Examination 60 % 04/06/2020 02/07/2020 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Participation is expected is all classes and assessment


Examination information will be available closer to the examination period at https://exams.anu.edu.au/timetable/

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Weekly Tutorial

Due Date

The tutorial work comprises 40% of your final course mark. A set of questions will be assigned for each week of the semester and you are required to attempt to answer these questions individually and submit your answers to Wattle (turnitin) by Monday 9.00 am in the following week. Each week’s tutorial questions will deal with the lecture material presented during the previous week. Also note that the tutorial questions and work listed for each week should be done during that week, in preparation for discussion and submission in the following week’s classes. That is, for example, the work in Tutorial 1 (week 2) should be attempted during week 1, before the tutorial scheduled for week 2 where it will be discussed. The submission for assessment will be due on Monday at 9.00 am in week 2. 

Form of Submission

Weekly assessment tasks are to be submitted to Turnitin using the course Wattle site. Submitted assessment does not require a cover sheet. Please keep a copy of submitted work for your records. Note that your tutorial answers must be provided in word-processed or other appropriate electronically produced form. Unless specifically noted in the tutorial instructions, handwritten work will not be accepted or, if submitted, will not be marked. The expected length of each submission is typically 2 pages and you will be given guidance if more or less is expected.

Your tutor will rate your submitted tutorial work each week on a 0 to 4 point scale:

  • 0 = No work is submitted, or all of the answers are of an unacceptably poor standard.
  • 1 = Not all questions are attempted, or all questions are attempted but most or all of the answers are significantly or seriously flawed.
  • 2 = All questions are attempted but the quality of most of the submitted work is not much better than a barely acceptable standard.
  • 3 = All questions are attempted and the quality of the answers is generally good.
  • 4 = All questions are attempted and the quality of the answers is, on the whole, excellent.

Note that individual questions will not be marked. Nor should you expect there to be detailed written comments on your submitted work because you are expected to obtain this kind of feedback for yourself during the discussion in tutorial classes.

Once weekly assessment has been marked (typically before the tutorial in which the answers will be discussed or 1-2 days after), results will be released via the gradebook feature on Wattle.

You will have an opportunity to submit up to 11 pieces of weekly assessment to obtain the 40%, with each individual piece of weekly assessment being worth 4%. Therefore your best TEN pieces will be used to calculate this grade component.

All students will receive feedback on this assessment by the end of week 6.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 04/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final Examination

There will be a final examination, but no mid-semester examination for this course.

Due Date

The final examinations will be held during the Final Examination Period.

Form of Submission

The final examination will be of 3 hours duration, plus 15 minutes reading time, and will be open book. That is, no restrictions will be placed on the written material you may take into the examination with you. Do not, however, be misled into thinking that being “open book” means the examination will be a “walk over” since you can always refer to your text or notes if you get stuck. The two basic reasons for this are:

The type of questions you will be asked in the examination will not be such that you can simply “look up the answer” in the textbook or other notes or materials you may have brought in with you; and

If you are not already familiar with the material, you will simply not have enough time to find, read and understand what you need and still be able complete the required examination work.

The ANU Examinations Office will communicate the exam timetable.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

No hardcopy submissions will be required in this course.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. 

All requests for extensions to assessment in RSM courses must be submitted to the RSM School Office with a completed application form and supporting documentation. The RSM Extension Application Form and further information on this process can be found at https://www.rsm.anu.edu.au/education/education-programs/notices-for-students/extension-application-procedure/

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Please see relevant assessment task detail above

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Unless specified otherwise in the assignment requirements, resubmissions are permitted up until the due date and time, but not allowed afterwards.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
David Bryant

Research Interests

Distributed leadership, project management, ICT Governance

David Bryant

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Research Interests

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Wanxian Zeng

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Wanxian Zeng

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