Credits: 6

Schedule: 08.01.2019 - 21.02.2019

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Instructor’s contact information:

Riitta Hekkala;

Office: G5.05 at Chydenia

Office Hours: by appointment

Instructor’s Webpage:

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

Overview: This course introduces the information system development process to the students. During course the students will learn about the main development frameworks (e.g. waterfall, agile) and different ways of defining the system requirements as well as modelling the data flows and their organisation in an information system. After the course, the students know the basics of the main tasks in the information systems development processes. They will also understand the multidisciplinary nature of this work and how the different tasks may be orchestrated to work together. Students will also learn to apply the knowledge they have learned to real-world problems.

Learning outcomes: After the course, the students can describe the main tasks of an information systems development process. They can evaluate the pros and cons of different IS development process models. They can use the basic system development modelling techniques that are common in multi-disciplinary software projects. These contents will be concretised in the exercises.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

Grading: Assignments (20% assignments/ a project work in 2-3 person groups; Grading follows Bachelor's Capstone Evaluation Rubric). + exam (80%). Each assignment will be graded, and 5/5 must be passed. 

In order to pass the course, the student must have a minimum of 50% points from the exam to pass the course. Maximum score from the exam is 30/30 points.

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

- Lectures: 22h - participation is optional

- Exercise lectures: 10h - participation is optional

- Assignments: 78h (e.g. case studies; a project work)

- Exam preparation: 44h

- Exam: 4h

- Total 160h (6 ECTS)

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Avison, D. and Fitzgerald, G.: Information systems development. Methodologies, techniques & tools., 2006

Hoffer, J.A., George, J.F. ja Valacich, J.S., Modern Systems Analysis and Design, 4. edition, 2005; 5. edition 2008; Pearson Prentice-Hall.

Additional information for the course (applies in this implementation): 


There are five assignments that reflect the contents of the lectures.

1. The teacher will provide the necessary instructional content for the exercises in advance through the MyCourses page.

2. The exercises are completed, in teams of 2 or 3 people, outside of the teaching hours. Teams cannot be changed during the course.

3. The exercise lectures on Thursdays are intended for clarifications and advice. The groups deliver their assignments electronically through MyCourses.

Timing of each assignment:

• The teacher will publish the weekly assignments on Tuesdays. The instructional material may be available already earlier.

• Exercise lecture on Thursday is for those who want to ask for advice and clarifications.

• Assignment must be returned electronically as a PDF document on Sunday 23:59.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

The tentative schedule of this course: 






Assignment Due Date

Lecture 1

10 Jan 2019

Introduction & Organization of the course



Lecture 2

15 Jan 2019

Software engineering processes: Waterfall model and iterative development models/LEAN/TEAL 

Hoffer et al. ch. 1 & Avison et al. ch. 3


Lecture 3

17 Jan 2019

Determining system requirements/ Use Cases

Hoffer et al. ch. 6 and p. 225–9


Exercise lecture 1

17 Jan 2019

Use Cases

Will be published 15 Jan at latest

20 Jan 2019

Lecture 4

22 Jan 2019

Object oriented analysis (OOA)            

Data flows: Hoffer et al. ch 7; OOA: Avison et al. ch. 13 & 22


Lecture 5

24 Jan 2019

Understanding obstacles in enterprise architecture development



Exercise lecture 2

24 Jan 2019

Object oriented-based architecture

Will be published 22 Jan at latest

27 Jan 2019

Lecture 6

29 Jan 2019

Entity-relationship (ER) model

Hoffer et al. ch. 9


Lecture 7

31 Jan 2019

Working as a software developer in an ISD project 



Exercise lecture 3

31 Jan 2019


Will be published 29 Jan at latest

3 Feb 2019

Lecture 8

5 Feb 2019

Relational model + Normalization

Hoffer et al. ch. 10


Lecture 9

7 Feb 2019

Alternative approaches to ‘data federation’ and their theoretical basis 




lecture 4


7 Feb 2019

From ER-model to relational

model / Normalization


Will be published

5 Feb at latest

10 Feb 2019

Lecture 10

12 Feb 2019

A case study on software development processes 



Lecture 11

14 Feb 2019

Agile way of working in an information system project + Final notes

Avison et al. ch. 7 & Hoffer et al. ch. 13 (p. 456–458)


Exercise lecture 5

14 Feb 2019

Planning an information system development project

Will be published 12 Feb at latest

17 Feb 2018



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