MBIS602-19T1 (C) Term One 2019

Systems Analysis and Process Modelling

15 points
28 Jan 2019 - 07 Apr 2019


This course covers key concepts, processes, tools, techniques, and frameworks used to analyse and specify the design of information systems, business process and data modelling, the role and responsibilities of the systems analysts, and challenges of IS development.

The aim of this course is to help students develop an understanding of how business information systems solutions are developed through the activities of systems planning, analysis, design and implementation, and of the issues that impact the IS development process.  Key concepts, modeling techniques and tools applicable to different systems development approaches including agile development, are also introduced.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this course, it is expected that students should be able to:

  •  Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts, frameworks, methodologies, tools, techniques, and theories that underpin the development of an information system and apply these in an organisational setting.

  •  Distinguish a key issue that arises in relation to IS development, and evaluate and report on current research on the issue.

  •  Identify and evaluate opportunities for how IS can be used to redesign and manage business processes.

  •  Analyse and model business processes, validate these models against business objectives and system requirements, and represent their outcomes in a business case

  •  Analyse a business need for information and develop a suitable strategy to solve the problem and recommend the requisite information solution.

  •  Develop a prototype of an IS solution.

  •  Use various tools and techniques (e.g. MS Project, MS Visio) to help support the planning, analysis and representation of IS project business solution.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 E16 Lecture Theatre 28 Jan - 7 Apr
Presentation A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 16:00 Music 205 1 Apr - 7 Apr
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 14:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 465 18 Feb - 10 Mar

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Saturday 14:00 - 18:00 E9 Lecture Theatre 1 Apr - 7 Apr

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Annette Mills

Annette Mills (AM)
email: annette.mills@canterbury.ac.nz
Phone: 369 3831 or Ext 93831


A summary of the assessment for MBIS602 is given below. Note that all the material presented in all lectures, tutorials and referenced in the required texts, is examinable.

1.  Individual Assignment/Essay
2.  Group Project & Presentation
3.  Exam

To pass MBIS602 you have to:

a)  gain a mark for the semester as a whole of 50% or more. (But the department reserves the right to move this 50% threshold slightly up or down to ensure fairness.)

b)  satisfy the ‘45% rule' of the ACIS department. This means that in order to pass the course as a whole you must average not less than 45% over the invigilated components of your assessments. For the course as a whole you could get more than 50% yet still be awarded a D grade (a fail)! In MBIS602 the invigilated assessment is the final exam.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Valacich, Joseph S.,1959- , George, Joey F; Modern systems analysis and design; Eighth edition, Global edition ;

Regular reading is strongly advised. The following are the recommended texts and reference sources. Additional materials (incl. academic and practitioner artciles, case studies etc) will be provided via LEARN or otherwise notified to the class. Note that all assigned readings are examinable including handouts and supporting materials.

Additional Resources (available in the library):

Kendall, K. E. & Kendall, J. E. (2014). Systems Analysis and Design, 9th Edition, Pearson

Satzinger, J. W., Jackson, R. B & Burd, S. D. (2016). Systems Analysis & Design in a Changing World, 7th Edition, Course Technology/Cengage Learning

Stober, T & Hansmann, U. Agile Software Development: Best Practices for Large Software Development Project, Heidelberg [Germany]; New York: Springer, c2010.

Course links


Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,193.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Department of Accounting and Information Systems on the department and colleges page.

All MBIS602 Occurrences

  • MBIS602-19T1 (C) Term One 2019