Systems Design Project Instructions

For your final assignment in this course, you will create a project using the requirements outlined below. You may use your own place of business (preferred) or an existing business that will allow you to perform these exercises. This project should be supported by both the textbook and peer reviewed research that addresses relevant systems analysis and design for the specific business problem chosen.  Scholarly research should exist performed within the last few years that develop timely and appropriate procedures for an information systems analysis and design.  In addition, your project should follow the general steps you learned within the textbook and your mini case assigments.  This includes appropriate business requirements methods, valid UML-based systems analysis diagrams, and applicable systems design diagrams.  No project will be accepted that does not have screenshots of the systems analysis, design, and interface design on the student’s personal computer with an operating system date/time in the background.  The project will be submitted in one (1) Microsoft Word document with the writing and embedded screenshot images.  Projects without appropriate screenshots will receive an automatic zero (0).

Final Project Requirements

The following is mandatory:

1.      General requirements

a.       APA formatted paper using the appropriate margins, double-spacing, appendixes for the diagrams, and a references page

b.      A minimum of 5 double-spaced APA formatted pages excluding title, table of contents, systems analysis and design diagrams/appendixes, and reference pages that support the process

c.       A minimum of 5 peer reviewed references with appropriate systems analysis and design supporting processes, procedures, and diagrams

d.      Appropriate supporting frameworks and models for systems analysis and design relevant in industry today

e.       Work breakdown structure that details the project

f.        A minimum of 5 different types of information systems analysis diagrams that use appropriate UML syntax

g.      A minimum of 2 types of design diagrams

h.      Screenshots with an operating system date/time in the background of these

i.        1 Microsoft Word Document with all project elements

2.      Planning Phase

a.       Create an entire SDLC process that will bring added value to a business.

b.      Identify the project—what is it supposed to do?

c.       Determine the methodology to be used; describe, in detail, why you chose this methodology

d.      Define/determine business requirements and describe the techniques you will use to gather this information

e.       Develop a work break down structure with appropriate time and dollar estimations

3.      Analysis Phase

a.       Describe how this project will bring added value to the business and provide an analysis of the information system desired by your customers.

                                                              i.      Determine who the key players are

                                                            ii.      Describe any known or possible issues that might arise as to why the project will not be approved

b.      Determine the hardware and software requirements

                                                              i.      Will the existing infrastructure support the project?

1.      If not, describe in detail what will be needed.

                                                            ii.      Is new hardware required?

                                                          iii.      Is new software required?

1.      If new software is required, how will it be obtained?

2.      Is the existing database adequate?

                                                          iv.      What are the associated costs?  Provide a recommendation based upon customer needs and relevant research

c.       Along with the outline, justify, support, and develop a minimum of 5 different and unique analysis diagrams that use appropriate UML syntax.  In other words, 5 diagrams of the same type is insufficient to show the entire analysis process.  Select 5 different diagrams from the following options that best analyze the system:

                                                              i.      Fully detailed use case descriptions

                                                            ii.      Activity diagrams

                                                          iii.      Class diagrams

                                                          iv.      Entity relationship diagrams for any necessary databases

                                                            v.      Object diagrams

                                                          vi.      Sequence diagrams

                                                        vii.      State machine diagrams

d.      The analysis should follow the proper order and sequence per the textbook recommendations

4.      Design Phase

a.       Design your information system with a minimum of 2 diagrams and/or graphical user interfaces.  You can choose from the following diagrams:

                                                              i.      A front-end UI proto-type (the back-end code is not necessary)

1.      You can use a web language to design the web front-end such as HTML, JavaScript, and/or PHP

2.      You can use a VB, C#, Java, or alternative programming IDE to design your front-end, the code is unnecessary, only the UI design

3.      You can use Adobe Photoshop or a similar front-end design application

                                                            ii.      Package diagrams

                                                          iii.      Infrastructure diagram / hardware / data center / network model

1.      You can use Visio or a similar application for designs that involve networks or systems, for example

5.      Implementation Phase and overall project summary

a.       Describe how the system is to be implemented; Phased? Turn key? Mirrored? Parallel?

b.      Describe why the implementation you chose is the best for this project.  

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