School of Information
and Library Science
University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill
INLS 162, SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
Class meetings: Monday, Wednesday, 12:30-1:45;
307 Manning Hall
Office: Math/Physics Library, 3rd floor,
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8-9, or
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 information systems.
Textbook and readings
Beyer, H., & Holtzblatt, K. (1998). Contextual
Design: Defining Custom-Centered Systems. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann.
Additional readings on 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 and team participation (10%).
You are encouraged and expected to participate
in discussions, both during class sessions and on the Web-based discussion
Reading assignments should be done before class so that
you can ask questions and participate in discussions.
Homework assignments must be turned in at the beginning
of the class in which they are due.
The Honor Code, which prohibits giving or receiving
unauthorized aid in the completion of assignments, is in effect in this
class. In the case of the team project, this policy implies that each team's
work should be independent. It should be noted, however, that students
are expected to receive (and provide) some assistance regarding the use
of hardware and software in the computer lab. Students should NOT receive
(or provide) major creative assistance or continuous minor support.