Study Guide Unit 4
This assignment requires that you develop and submit the following items for selected aspects of the proposed Car Sharing IS:
1. System inputs description and controls
2. System outputs description and controls
3. Storyboard design
Text should be submitted in MS-Word (or Word-compatible) or PDF (or PDF compatible) format.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION AND REQUIREMENTS
PART A: SYSTEM INPUTS, SYSTEM OUTPUTS AND STORYBOARDS
1. System inputs. For the reservations use case:
a. Identify all input mechanisms and devices.
These requirements are explained in more detail on page 210 of the textbook.
2. System outputs.
a. For the reservations use case, create a list and descriptions of outputs.
b. Create a sample of a report for any output needed in the proposed Car Sharing IS. Add a brief description of your report to explain what it shows.
These requirements are explained in more detail on pp. 211–218 of the textbook.
3. Design a storyboard for the reservation use case. Please find further details on
pp. 199–201. Figure 7-7 is a good example of a storyboard.
Part A is worth 80 marks. Marking criteria are completeness and correctness of
system inputs (16 marks)
system outputs (32 marks)
storyboard (32 marks )
The organization and presentation of information are part of the interpersonal and communication skills required of systems analysts.
PART B: ESSAY QUESTION
What is the difference between systems analysis and systems design? First discuss the aims of each of them (systems analysis and systems design) and how these aims are achieved. Then discuss how they are related to each other and how they are different from each other.
Please answer the questions above, using overall 200–300 words. Being able to answer questions precisely is part of the interpersonal and communication skills required of systems analysts; therefore, meeting the word limit is important.
Answers consisting of more than 300 words will be marked with 0 points, and answers of less than 200 words will receive reduced marks proportionate to the length of the answer.
Make sure that your answer is written in your own words rather than being copied either from the textbook or from another source! Cite the sources you use in your answer, and provide references. There should be at least two references in your answer, and at least one of them should not be the textbook. If you are not sure how to list and cite sources, please read “How to Cite Correctly” in the Important
Resources block on the right side of the course home page.
Part B is worth 10 marks. Marking criteria are
completeness and correctness (9 marks)
presentation – readability, use of references, etc. (1 mark)
The organization and presentation of information are part of the interpersonal and
communication skills required of systems analysts.
PART C: REFLECTION ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE ASSIGNMENT
In this part of the assignment, you are asked to reflect on the activities that you have completed for Assignment 3. Use your blog to reflect on your problems, insights, and contributions during and after your task-related activities. For example, you could ask yourself the following questions: What was easy and what was difficult in this assignment? What causes/caused me problems (and why)?
Which solutions or approaches have I found/tried that could also be useful for my colleagues? Where was I unable to find a solution (and why)? How do/did I approach the current problem? etc.
Do not include any concrete, specific solutions from your assignment in your reflection message! The goal of this activity is to write and reflect from a generic point of view rather than discussing concrete solutions!
The minimum requirement for this assignment is one blog posting of at least of
300 words. You are, of course, encouraged to post longer messages as well as more often!
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