MBIS602-21T1 (C) Term One 2021

Systems Analysis and Process Modelling

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 1 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 25 April 2021
Withdrawal Dates
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 14 February 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 19 March 2021


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.
*  Reflect on their performance, interactions and experience within organisations and communities.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00 Rehua 620
1 Feb - 7 Mar
15 Mar - 18 Apr
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 15:00 Rehua 329
8 Feb - 14 Feb

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00 Rehua 620
19 Apr - 25 Apr

Course Coordinator

Pan Zheng

Course Coordinator/Lecturer

Dr Pan Zheng
Phone +6433690271 (or Ext 90271)
Email: pan.zheng@canterbury.ac.nz


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 20%

2. Group Project, Reflection & Presentation 30%

3. Exam 50%

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.

For further information on the above please see Course Policies, which can be accessed on LEARN.

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.

Recommended Text:

Valacich, J. S. & George, J. (2017). Modern Systems Analysis and Design, 8e, Pearson.

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.
*  BABOK v3: A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (2015), IIBA Agile Extension to the BABOK Guide, Version 1.0. (2015), IIBA/Agile Alliance

Course links


Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,231.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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

  • MBIS602-21T1 (C) Term One 2021