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INS: 412 System Analysis and Design Seminar questions

1. Basing your discussion on Margaret Thatcher Library System, explain the types of
information systems available, and how such systems are meeting the information needs of different levels of managers. 2. Using appropriate examples, discuss the benefits of information systems to organizations.

3. As a system analyst from a reputable computer company, what are your roles, duties and
responsibilities? What knowledge and skills are you required to posses?

4. As a systems Manager in Moi University you established that the service requests made
by users of your information system merit further consideration. Using appropriate examples describe the criteria that you would recommend for evaluating the requests. 5. A team of Information Systems designers have concluded that the information system they were developing has failed. As a member of that team, discuss the various reasons behind the conclusion. 6. Basing you discussion on a named organization, discuss how prototyping method of systems development is applied in the design process. 7. a) Explain the term data dictionary/directory in the context of information system b) Describe the structure and role of data dictionary/directories 8. Assume that you are a database administrator at a reputable firm in Eldoret, describe your duties and responsibilities, the knowledge and skills you are required to have.

9. Explain what you understand by the term object oriented analysis and the benefits of this
analysis.. 10. Describe the various types of User Interfaces, illustrating your answers with examples. State the advantages and disadvantages of each.

11. Discuss the costs associated with the development of information systems. 12. a) State and explain what you consider as the main goals in designing a user interface. b) Discuss any five measurable factors that you consider if you were hired to evaluate a user interface. 13. Describe and where necessary illustrate the various considerations that you would take into account in the design of input and output of information system. 14. Selection of hardware and software is one of the main activities in the implementation phase of systems development. Discuss factors you will consider when undertaking this task. 15. Discuss the importance of general system theory or system approach in analysis and design of information systems. 16. Describe the content of the first two phases of systems analysis and design. 17. What is project management? Describe tools used in information systems project management.

18. Explain the importance of user-centered design approach in development of information


19. Describe any three process description tools used in systems analysis and design. 20. Describe the forms /strategies of information system testing with specific reference to
program testing. 21. Describe how you would use the following tools in systems analysis and design: Flow charts Action diagrams Entity life history

22. An Information system developed quickly and end up performing badly is a bad business investment. But so is a quality system whose development has taken so long that it is delivered after a key business has passed In light of this statement, discuss the approaches to systems development that ensures a balance between speed of delivery and the quality solution. 23. Explain what you understand by system documentation in context of system development and describe the main types of system documentation. 24. Explain what is meant by coupling and cohesion. Why is it important for programs to have loose coupling and high cohesion.

25. Discuss the various categories of CASE tools you would use as a system analyst stating their merits and demerits. 26. Citing appropriate examples explain the following concepts within the context of systems: Preferably Information systems, Feedback and Control, equilibrium, adaptation, entropy, interface, homeostasis, sub-optimality and synergy.

27. What management, organization and technological issues should be considered when selecting computer hardware and software for an organization. 28. Discuss the role of structured walkthroughs in the SDLC process. What precautions would you take, as an analyst, to ensure that walkthroughs work?

29. Examine the parts of a living system presented by Yourdon (1989:13). Using an information system you are familiar with identify and explain what constitutes its parts. 30. In your view, why do Information systems become obsolete. Describe the main symptoms of systems obsolescence.