FIT9130 Systems Analysis and Design

FIT9130 Systems Analysis and Design
By Dr Rob Meredith
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Monash University's postgraduate unit on information systems design. Lectures, tutorials and other material will be posted here.
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Oct. 17, 2017
This lecture looks at the process of ensuring that designs and resulting artefacts correctly address the proper design problem.  While testing has been a recognised part of software development for a long time, the objective of making sure that the final artefact is effective in solving the design problem requires the testing of everything from the initial requirements definitions through to the final artefact itself.  In other words,  we test our assumptions, understanding, designs and solutions throughout the design process.  We use the concepts of validation and verification from the PMBOK to describe checking our designs and testing the artefact respectively. Oh, and we also talk about the upcoming exam.
Oct. 10, 2017
Participatory design is a significant shift in the approach to design that has occured over the last 40 years.  In this lecture we look at the concept of participatory design, as well as examples of participatory design approaches from outside of IT (empathic design) as well as within IT (human centred computing, user-centred design and user experience design).  We look at the challenges this poses for the role of the designer and the different levels of creative engagement on the part of users and other stakeholders.
Oct. 3, 2017
This week we look again at physical modelling, but rather than focusing on the design of the system internals, we look at perhaps the most important part of systems design in terms of designing: the user interface.  To most users, the interface is the system, and getting the user interface right can make or break a good design.  We look at various UI design principles, as well as discuss the implications for UML models like the sequence diagram and class diagram.  However, we only scratch the surface of this complex topic, with interested students encouraged to read authors like Donald Norman and Jakob Nielson, as well as study the UI design elective unit.
Sept. 19, 2017
We transition from conceptual/logical design to physical design with UML, folliowing a use case-driven approach.  We look at physical versions of class diagrams and sequence diagrams.  We also introduce collaboration diagrams and package diagrams, and discuss three-layer architecture design.
Sept. 12, 2017
This week we look at the main structural diagram for UML: class diagrams. We also complete a modelling exercise.
Sept. 5, 2017
We look at UML modelling, with a short overview of the approach, and then look at three different types of UML models for modelling processes: Use Case Diagrams, Activity Diagrams and Sequence Diagrams.
Aug. 29, 2017
This lecture introduces process modelling.  We start by looking at business process modelling in general, then move on to information systems process modelling, with a variety of techniques including event tables, functional decompositions, and data flow diagrams.
Aug. 22, 2017
In our first look at specific design techniques, we cover modelling of information structures using Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERDs).  Our focus is on conceptual modelling, covering the basics as well as a couple of advanced conceptual modelling techniques.
Aug. 22, 2017
A recording from 2015 of discussion in one of Rob's studio classes, discussing conceptual, logical and physical modelling, as well as narrative overviews.
Aug. 15, 2017
In this week's lecture we finish discussing requirements elicitation techniques, and then take a look at the idea of conceptual, logical and physical modelling.  We also discuss the design specification report.