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IS208A: Analysis of Information Systems

Instructor, Text Information &  Schedule (Spring 2004)

Important Notes

This year we are splitting what was a 4-unit course into two 2-unit courses.  Both courses are still required for first-year MIMS students.  See the detailed FAQ for additional information on the change. [Link removed 12/8/04 as its contents are now out-of-date.]


Yale M. Braunstein
203B South Hall -- 642-2235
e-mail: yale@sims.berkeley.edu

Office Hours (Spring 2004): Mon-Tue 2-3 and by appointment

Texts & Software


Alan Dennis & Barbara Haley Wixom, Systems Analysis and Design - Second Edition (John Wiley, 2003). (This link is to the textbook web site.) The ASUC bookstore should have a special package with the text and bundled software (student versions of MS Project and SPSS); the ISBN of the package is 0-471-66040-X .  The book alone is also available from other sources; its ISBN is 0-471-07322-9.

Useful software:

(All 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 and only covers IS 208A. Last updated 3/3/2004. See below for due dates for all assignments. (Links are to the Powerpoint files for each lecture.)


21-Jan Systems & Systems Analysis
26-Jan Systems & Projects
Project Management-1
2-Feb Project Management-2
4-Feb Process Analysis   (Flow Charts, Data Flow Diagrams, etc.)
9-Feb Intro. to Statistical Analysis
11-Feb Statistical Analysis - 2
University holiday
18-Feb Statistical Analysis & SPSS
23-Feb Cost Analysis
25-Feb Cost Analysis
1-Mar Accounting & Planning
Oral Progress Reports
8-Mar Budgets
10-Mar thru 28-Apr
3-May Student Presentations
5-May Student Presentations
10-May Student Presentations & Wrap-up

Spring 2004
Assignments & Due Dates

Last updated 4/16/2004.  Follow the links for a detailed explanation of each assignment.
Important Message about the Assignments:

Some assignments are individual and some may be done in a group, and they will be labeled, but in every case all those who did the work should sign the work.  Please review the excerpt from the Campus Code of Student Conduct that is reproduced at the bottom of this web page. 


Feb. 9
Project Description & Organizational Analysis
Feb. 9
Feb. 23
Statistics Assignment [Individual work]
Wednesday March 3
Brief Oral Project Description & Progress Report (5 minutes; primarily so class members can get an idea of the variety of projects this semester)
Monday March 8 Written Progress Reports  (include revised Gantt chart)
Monday March 8 Economic Feasibility Analysis
Monday March 8 Flow Chart or Data Flow Diagram [Individual work]
May 14 Final Project Reports due  (Oral reports: May 3 -10)

Project Description & Organizational Analysis: This assignment consists of three parts. (There are four "deliverables" as the second part requires two separate statements.)

Progress reports: The progress report consists of four parts, at least one of which is individual work.

Final Report: The final report for your project is to written as a report (not a PPT presentation) in standard business English, portrait mode.  A brief document with a default table of contents as well as notes on both the report and the final presentation is available on the course web site.

The following is an extract from the Berkeley Campus Code of Student Conduct:

B. Academic Violations

1. Cheating. Cheating is defined as fraud, deceit, or dishonesty in an academic assignment, or using or attempting to use materials, or assisting others in using materials which are prohibited or inappropriate in the context of the academic assignment in question. This includes, but is not limited to:
a. Providing answers to or receiving answers from others for any academic assignment. In "group assignments" and "cooperative learning" situations, it is the responsibility of the student to ascertain from the instructor to what degree the work must be done exclusively by the student or may be done in collaboration with others;
b. Using notes, information, calculators, or other electronic devices or programs during exams or for assignments from which they have been expressly or implicitly prohibited;
c. Improperly obtaining or using improperly obtained information about an exam or assignment in advance of its availability to other students, or assisting others in doing so;
d. Putting one's name on another student’s exam or assignment; or
e. Altering previously graded work for purpose of seeking a grade appeal.
2. Plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as the use of intellectual material produced by another person without acknowledging its source. This includes, but is not limited to:
a. Copying from the writings or works of others into one's academic assignment without attribution, or submitting such work as if it were one's own;
b. Using the views, opinions, or insights of another without acknowledgment; or
c. Paraphrasing the characteristic or original phraseology, metaphor, or other literary device of another without proper attribution.
3. Furnishing false information in the context of an academic assignment. This includes, but is not limited to:
a. Writing an exam or term paper for another student;
b. Soliciting another person to take an exam or write a paper for one's own class;
c. Submitting the same piece of work as partial fulfillment of the requirements in more than one course without permission of the instructor;
d. Representing oneself as another person, or failing to identify oneself forthrightly and honestly in the context of an academic obligation; or
e. Representing, explicitly or implicitly, that work obtained from another source was produced by oneself.