• Class Number 4167
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Amir Riaz
    • Dr Amir Riaz
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
    • Pradip Bhandari
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;
  5. Apply “Soft systems” aspects and techniques in systems analysis;
  6. Apply principled investigation and ethical judgment in systems analysis, consistent with the ACS Code of Ethics.

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). Students must return the examination paper at the end of the examination. More information on examination will be made available on Wattle at least 2 weeks before the examination period.

Systems Analysis and Design, Global Edition

Author: Kendall, K. & Kendall, J.

Publisher: Pearson

Edition: 10th

ISBN: 9781292281476

Availability: Campus Bookstore & Online

  • $65 for the eBook/eText version from publisher
  • $120-130 from Zookal


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

Please also note that previous editions 9th and 8th are also accepted.

 It is essential that you have ready access to a copy of this text or an appropriate alternative

  • This is the second year the 10th edition is being used, so buying second-hand 9th edition is a good alternative.
  • 8th edition is also acceptable

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 Course Administration & Introduction to Systems Analysis Read Chapter 1 of text, do tutorial work for Week 2
2 Elements of Systems Theory & Concepts of Information Read lecture notes provided, do tutorial work for Week 3
3 Project Selection, Feasibility and Management Read Chapter 3 of text, do tutorial work for Week 4
4 “Soft” Techniques Read lecture notes provided, do tutorial work for Week 5
5 Requirements Determination Read Chapter 4 & Chapter 5 of text, do tutorial work for Week 6
6 Process Modelling Read Chapter 7 of text, do tutorial work for Week 7
7 Process and Logic Modelling Read Chapter 9 of text, do tutorial work for Week 8
8 Data (Entity-Relationship) Modelling - Part 1 Read Chapter 8 of text, do tutorial work for Week 9
9 Data (Entity-Relationship) Modelling - Part 2 Read Chapter 8 of text & notes provided, do tutorial work for Week 10
10 Object-oriented analysis & UML - Part 1 Re-read Chapter 2 & begin reading Chapter 10 of text, do tutorial work for Week 11
11 Object-oriented analysis & UML - Part 2 Continue reading Chapter 10 of text, do tutorial work for Week 12
12 Moving from Analysis to Design & System Development Methodologies Read Chapter 2 & Chapter 6 of text, and notes provided.Prepare for exam during examination period.

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Tutorials will be available on campus and live through scheduled Zoom sessions. Information regarding enrollments for these options will be provided on Wattle during O-week, prior to the start of the semester.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Weekly Tutorial 40 % * * 1,2,3,4,5
Course Reflection Assignments 20 % 28/03/2024 19/04/2024 1,2,3,4,5
Final Examination 40 % * 27/06/2024 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.


The teaching mode for semester 1, 2024 will be face-to-face, on campus. All course materials related to the lectures and tutorials will be made available on Wattle course sites. Participation is expected in all classes and assessment.

Attendance at seminars, lectures, and tutorials, while not compulsory, is expected in line with "Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning," Clause 2 paragraph (b). Where students will not be able to attend a seminar, lecture and tutorial, they should advise the Convenor and discuss how to otherwise address the learning materials.


More information on examination will be made available on Wattle at least 2 weeks before the examination period. 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. The questions are short answer type questions. 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 submissions should contain the following declaration:

I declare that this work:

  • upholds the principles of academic integrity, as defined in the University Academic Misconduct Rule;
  • is original, except where collaboration (for example group work) has been authorised in writing by the course convener in the course outline and/or Wattle site;
  • is produced for the purposes of this assessment task and has not been submitted for assessment in any other context, except where authorised in writing by the course convener;
  • gives appropriate acknowledgement of the ideas, scholarship and intellectual property of others insofar as these have been used;
  • in no part involves copying, cheating, collusion, fabrication, plagiarism or recycling.

All students will receive feedback on this assessment on a weekly basis starting in Week 2.

Marking criteria and Rubrics will be made available by Week 2 on Wattle

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 28/03/2024
Return of Assessment: 19/04/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Course Reflection Assignments

There will be two reflection assignments, each comprising 10% of your total mark, making it 20% of your final mark.

Due Date

Due date for course reflection assignment 1 is week 6 - Thursday, 2024 at 23:00 Canberra Time

Due date for course reflection assignment 2 is week 12 - Friday, 2024 at 23:00 Canberra Time

Form of Submission

For course reflection assignment 1, you should submit one-page reflection essay on topics discussed before the mid semester break (weeks 1 - 6, inclusive).

For course reflection assignment 2, you should submit one-page reflection essay on topics discussed after the mid semester break (weeks 7 - 12, inclusive).

Submission Method

Soft copy (pdf) via Wattle TurnItIn

Marking criteria and Rubrics will be made available by Week 2 on Wattle

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Return of Assessment: 27/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final Examination

There will be a final examination in 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.

While the textbook is expected to be the open book, if other sources are used, citation should be as per http://www.anu.edu.au/students/learning-development/academic-integrity/referencing

More information on examination reflecting online mode will be made available on Wattle at least 2 weeks before the examination period. The ANU Examinations Office will communicate the exam timetable.

Marking criteria and Rubrics will be made available by Week 2 on Wattle

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

All requests for extensions to assessment in RSM courses must be submitted through the CBE extension request portal: CBE Assessment Extension Request Form. Further information on this process can be found at https://rsm.anu.edu.au/study/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).
Dr Amir Riaz

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Dr Amir Riaz

Tuesday 15:00 16:00
Wednesday 15:00 16:00
By Appointment
Dr Amir Riaz

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Dr Amir Riaz

Tuesday 15:00 16:00
Wednesday 15:00 16:00
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Pradip Bhandari

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Pradip Bhandari

Wednesday 16:00 17:00

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