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IS208: Analysis of Information Organizations and Systems

Text Information & Tentative Schedule (Spring 2000)


Texts & Software:

Required:

Alan Dennis & Barbara Haley Wixom, Systems Analysis and Design (John Wiley, 2000).
(This link is to the textbook web site.)

A course reader with many of the assigned articles is available at Copy Central.

Recommended:

SPSS 9.0 for Windows, Student Version (Prentice-Hall, 1999). (Do not purchase before obtaining additional information at the first class.)

Other useful software:

(Both are available in the lab; you may want to acquire your own copies, but this is completely optional.)

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Topics and Schedule

This is a tentative list. Last updated February 9, 2000. See below for due dates for all assignments.
 
DATE
TOPIC
PROFESSOR
18-Jan
Introduction Yale Braunstein
20-Jan
Project Identification and Selection Yale Braunstein
25-Jan
Goals Requirements and Objectives Yale Braunstein
27-Jan
Constraints Yale Braunstein
1-Feb
SA Study, Project Reports Yale Braunstein
3-Feb
Project Management Yale Braunstein
8-Feb
Gathering Information Quantitative Methods Peter Lyman
10-Feb
Gathering Information Qualitative Methods Peter Lyman
15-Feb
Statistical Analysis Yale Braunstein
17-Feb
Statistical Analysis Yale Braunstein
22-Feb
Statistical Analysis Yale Braunstein
24-Feb
Cost Analysis Yale Braunstein
29-Feb
Cost Analysis Yale Braunstein
2-Mar
Budgeting Peter Lyman
7-Mar
Budgeting & Planning Peter Lyman
9-Mar
Flow Charts Yale Braunstein
14-Mar
Decision Tables Yale Braunstein
16-Mar
Data Flow Diagrams Yale Braunstein
21-Mar
Implementation & Evaluation Peter Lyman
23-Mar
Knowledge Management Peter Lyman
4-Apr
KM & Intellectual Property Peter Lyman
6-Apr
Knowledge Work Peter Lyman
11-Apr
Knowledge Work Peter Lyman
13-Apr
Knowledge Work Peter Lyman
18-Apr
Working with Change Peter Lyman
20-Apr
Working with Change Peter Lyman
25-Apr
Working with Change Peter Lyman
27-Apr
Student Presentations
2-May
Student Presentations
4-May
Student Presentations

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Assignments & Due Dates

Last updated March 9, 2000.  Follow the links for a detailed explanation of each assignment.
 
 
Thursday
February 3
Thursday
February 10 
Tuesday
February 15 
Thursday March 2 Statistics Assignment
Thursday March 9 Budget Assignment
Tuesday
March 21
Flow Chart or Data Flow Diagram
Thursday March 23 Revised GANTT Chart
Tuesday April 4 Progress Reports Due
Thursday April 6 Exercise: UC DMCA compliance policies
Thursday April 13 Facilitating Groups Exercise
Thursday April 20 Presentations Exercise
Thursday May 4 Final Project Reports Due

Project description & MGO: One-page description of your proposed project.  For group projects, turn in one description for the entire group and include a brief description of how the work-load will be allocated.  At the same time turn in two short (approx. 2 pages) statements of mission, goals, and objectives, one for your system and one for the parent organization.

GANTT chart: Show the major tasks necessary to complete your project and your projected schedule.  For a group project show your initial labor loadings.  Be certain to include the key dates of April 4 (progress report) and May 4 (final report).

Flow chart or DFD: Detailed, annotated flow chart of one operation of your system OR data flow diagram for one aspect of your system, preferably at two levels.

Revised GANTT chart: We are now approaching the half-way point.  Update your GANTT chart to reflect both the past as it actually occurred and the future that will be necessary to complete your project.  Hand in both the original and the revised charts.

Progress report: (Please note that is the first class after Spring Break.) The progress report should include at least the following:


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