Week of April 15th
Read chapter #12 and finish the book after you finish #10 and #11. Then move on and start reading the Toolkits - I want you to read all of them by the end of the semester.
You need to start getting me the systems flowchart for the dairy. When that is set, I want you to pull together a documentation package that will include the listing of input and output and files, the DFD, the systems flowchart and documentation. We will talk about what that means this week.
Evaluate two of the software packages I asked you to find (if you have not found them, now would be the time). You want to understand what functions they can accomplish (payroll, order entry, accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory etc.). You want to look at them related to the business notes I had you read and your own experience and evaluate whether they would work for a small company trying to set up a portion of their business with this software. Look at ease of use, whether the package works, whether it is flexible, whether in fact you could recommend it to a client.
Week of April 8th
| This week we will continue looking at systems design including systems flowcharts and other techniques and
standard business systems.
Please read chapter #10 in the text and start to read chapter #11.
Read the information on Systems Analysis and Design Toolkits part D which is on Internet Resource Tools. Pick one of the topics to do some research on.
Please write a short paper about the topic you picked from Internet Resource Tools.
I want you to continue working on the dairy system. This week I want you to draw the systems flowchart and explain briefly what each of the programs does.
Continue with New Century Health Clinic.
Week of April 1st
|Catch up week!
Week of March 25th
Please read chapter #9 in the text and start into the next chapter. We will still continue studying design, databases,
Do some research on what can go into a portfolio. I want a resume, information about you, examples of work in a variety of courses. You can see career services about a resume creating program and there is a resume writing seminar that I have sent you information about.
First, you need to design a DFD for this project and I want you to draw one.
Second, you are going to decide on the storage/database etc that will be needed. I want you to make a list of tables in third normal form including keys/indexes.
(Be sure to include fields)
Continue with New Century Health Clinic.
Start working on the portfolio.
Week of March 18th
|Thursday is open lab with me hopefully there from 9:30 until 2.
Please read chapter #8 and #9 in the text. We will continue studying design, databases, IO etc.
Dog Store Database assignment
We will be working on this via email for a couple of weeks. I would suggest that you make some time to go over this with me through email conversation or in person.
First, I want you to decide on the output and input that would be produce and give me a list.
Continue with New Century Health Clinic.
Week of March 4th
Please read chapter #7 in the text.
You should spend this week being sure you are comfortable with Access, relational databases and normalization - hopefully the assignment will have introduced you to the concepts.
You definitely need to do some research on relational databases and how they work.
Assignments: Send me a list with comments on three sites you found that helped you to understand the concepts of a relational database.
Credit Union Assignment
Continue with New Century Health Clinic. I want the essence of what the chapter goes over - not all the questions and not all the details.
Week of February 25th
| Please read chapter #6 in the text. You should also look at the additional information
about relational databases and normalization at this site.You need to spend
time on that this week.
Since most of you are comfortable with Access (if you aren't be sure to look at the Access tutorials), I am going to ask you to start thinking about normalization as you follow these two example/tutorials.
Assignments: Using Access, I want you to create the following two databases:
Student database example
Payroll database example
Continue working on the New Century Health Clinic at the end of the chapter.
Week of February 18th
|You can get books related to this course from the BCC LRC on line if you are looking for things to supplement. Contact the LRC and ask about how!
This week we are going to spend time on DFD diagrams.
Please go over the Systems Analysis and Design Toolkits for Communication Tools, Case Tools and Financial Analysis Tools in your textbook.
Links related to DFD:
Following a book order example
There are several helpful videos on YouTube that explain DFD - you might benefit from watching someone draw and explain.
Be sure to check for notes under notes and handouts that would be helpful in understanding the analysis phrase.
I decided to wait until next week to assign chapter #6.
Tickets DFD assignment
You need to send me a draft of your design and we need to go back and forth.
Week of February 11th
Please read chapter #5 in the text. Basically you should read a chapter every week
We will start focusing on Data Flow Diagrams.
I want you to spend a lot of time going over the examples in the text (chapter #4) and the example out on one of my presentations very carefully. Do a search on Data Flow Diagrams and see what you find. Some references:
Data flow diagram tutorial
Wikipedia on DFD
There are also a lot of videos on YouTube so I would check those out as well.
I want you to do a Data Flow diagram for something you are familiar with. Processes that you do at work would be ideal. Put together a diagram and send it to me with an explanation. I am not going to grade this assignment, I am just going to check it off (maybe a check plus for more details).
Continue answering the questions about the New Century Health Clinic at the end of the chapters.
Week of February 4th
|As you have probably gathered, we will use the text book as only one of our resources to
understand what analyzing a system is about. This week I would like you to read chapter #4 in
the text book.
I want you to look at decision tables this week. Please read the information posted under notes and handouts and do some research on the web. I also want you to look at the information about data flow diagrams very carefully and I would also like you to research them on the web as well.
Decision Table assignment
I want you to continue working on the New Century Health Clinic project in the back of the chapters. You do not have to answer all the questions in detail, you can just look at the questions and summarize so I know you understand the point.
I will get a copy for you.
Week of January 28th
|Remember that this is a capstone course - you should keep a portfolio of your work to pass in at
the end of semester (it should be web based). I would like you to upload
samples of things you have done during your studies in this major. We will look more at your final
portfolio later in the semester.
Read chapter #3 in the text.
I would like you to do some reading about copyright and fair use. Some suggested sites are:
Stanford Copyright and Fair Use
Copyright crash course
Medical Library Association on copyright and fair use
I would also like you to read some information on computer ethics:
The Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics
ACM code of ethics
Please take this quiz. This is a check off assignment and not a graded assignment so be honest and test yourself. Tell me which ones you got right and which ones you got wrong.
Quiz on copyright and fair use
Write a short paper explaining copyright, fair use and ethics in a way that could be put in a company handbook and that would apply to web development and Internet resources.
Work for chapter #3 New Century Health Clinic at the back of the chapter.
Week of January 21st
|Read chapter #1 and #2 in the text. I can ask the bookstore to order the text if you need me
Part of your work this semester will be to prepare a portfolio of your work. You should spend some time this week looking at sites that talk about what should be part of an electronic portfolio and figuring out what you want to have in yours.
While you are getting the textbook, please start with some research on ecommerce and some review of spreadsheets. If you are not comfortable with spreadsheets and need more information, let me know and I will find a text book for you to use.
First e-commerce assignment: eCommerce Can be delayed a week - next week is lighter.
Spreadsheet assignment: Southworth Nursery spreadsheet due in two weeks to give you time to learn or review Excel or a spreadsheet of your choice.
New Century Health Clinic is a case study that continues at the back of each chapter. I want you to do the work for the case study each week. Since I am asking you to read chapter #1 and chapter #2, I want you to do the assignments for these two chapters that are listed in the Case Study. These are check offs - I am looking for understanding of the concepts. I am not looking for an intense analysis.