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Systems analysis and design methods. 4th ed. (English) Zbl 0922.68144
Boston, MA: Irwin/ McGraw-Hill. xxii, 724 p. (1998).
System Analysis and Design Methods, fourth edition, is divided into five parts. Past experience indicates that instructors can omit and resequence chapters as they feel is important to their audience. Every effort has been made to decouple chapters from one another as much as possible to assist in resequencing the material – even to the extent of reintroducing selected concepts and terminology. The instructor’s Edition and the Instructor’s Guide should clearly indicate any exceptions to this general rule.
Part One, “The Context of Systems Analysis and Design Methods”, presents the information systems development situation and environment. The chapters introduce the student to systems analysts and the systems development team, information systems building blocks, and a contemporary systems development methodology. Part One has been redesigned so that it can be covered more quickly.
Part Two, “System Analysis Methods”, covers the front-end life cycle activities, tools, and techniques for analyzing business requirements for an improved system. Coverage can be restricted to either structured or object-oriented techniques, but both are recommended since industry is caught in what should prove to be a lengthy transition from structured methods to object-oriented methods. The network modeling chapter (7) is optional, but recommended in light of client/server application trends that will distribute data, processes, and objects throughout a distributed computing network.
Part Three, “Systems Design and Construction Methods”, covers the middle life cycle activities, tools, and techniques. It includes coverage of both general and detailed design with a particular emphasis on design decision making, human factors, and rapid application development.
Part Four, “Beyond Systems Analysis and Design”, is a capstone unit that places systems analysis and design into perspective by surveying the back-end life cycle activities. The systems implementation and support chapters (17 and 18) are intended primarily to bridge this textbook’s systems analysis and design coverage with the students’ prior programming experiences.
Part Five, “Cross Life Cycle Activities and Skills”, introduces material that spans multiple phases of systems development. Chapters are replaced by modules that can be interwoven into the course at various points in time (or assigned as supplemental reading). The modules include project and process management (A), fact-finding and information gathering (B), feasibility analysis and cost-benefit analysis (C), joint application development (D), and interpersonal skills and communications (E).

MSC:
68U99 Computing methodologies and applications
68-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to computer science
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