School of Information and Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
INLS 162, Systems Analysis
Office: 210 Manning Hall
Phone: 962-8072 or 962-8366 (SILS office); 968-3018 (home)
Tuesday & Thursday, 11:00-12:15; 208 Manning Hall
This course will introduce the basic concepts underlying
systems analysis, focusing on contextual inquiry/design and data modeling, and
the application of those analysis techniques in the analysis and design of organizational
Textbook and readings
Beyer, H., & Holtzblatt, K. (1998). Contextual Design:
Defining Custom-Centered Systems. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann.
Additional readings are on electronic reserve or available
via the World Wide Web.
Assignments and grading
The course grade will be based on five individual assignments
(45%), a team project (45%), and class participation (10%).
- The five individual
assignments will cover problem definition, flow/sequence/task models,
artifact/cultural/physcial models, entity-relationship diagrams and data dictionaries,
and budgeting and scheduling. They will be due throughout the semester, as
noted on the class schedule.
- The team project
will be the development of system specifications in a realistic setting. The
team will hand in, for my review, an information gathering plan, draft models
of the system (work models, semantic model), and preliminary design ideas.
The teams will then integrate their analyses and complete their design specifications.
Their designs will be formally presented to the class on December 2 or December
4; the final specifications will be due at 3:00pm on December 11.
- Each student's participation
in online and face-to-face discussions will be evaluated as part of the course
Library and lab resources
You will be using SILS library
and lab resources during the
course of the semester. Please remember that many of your fellow students also
need to use the same material. Follow the proper checkout procedures and return
materials promptly to be a good SILS citizen.
The Honor Code
The UNC Honor Code, which prohibits
giving or receiving unauthorized aid in the completion of assignments, is in
effect in this class. The Instrument of Student Judicial Governance gives examples
of actions that constitute academic
There are some specific guidelines
for this class.
- You may give and receive assistance
regarding the use of hardware and software.
- I encourage you to discuss issues
raised in class or by the readings with each other. You may also ask your
classmates for clarification on class notes.
- Individual homework assignments
are to be done individually. You may consult the course readings, your notes,
and even other print or web sources. (Keep in mind, however, that what you
find in other sources may not be consistent with what I want you to do.) You
may not consult your classmates or other people; all questions should
be addressed to me.
- Team assignments are to be done
as a team, with the team taking responsibility for all products. Work on the
project shoudl be distributed equitably among team members. I expect team
members to discuss, consult, and even debate with each other about the project
throughout the term.
Other course policies
- You are encouraged and expected to participate in discussions,
both during class sessions and on the Web-based discussion forum.
- Reading assignments should be done before class so that
you can ask questions and participate in discussions.
- All cell phones and beepers should be turned off during
- If there is something you don't understand, ask a question!
If you don't want to ask during class, come to my office.
- If your team is having difficulty with some aspect of
your project, please come to see me. One of the educational outcomes of this
class should be an increase in your effectiveness in getting advice from more
- Homework assignments must be turned in at the beginning
of the class in which they are due.
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