College of Business Administration

Spring 2017

 MIS 160-01     Systems Development Life Cycle I

Course Schedule:  Tuesday and ThursdayĖ 3:00-4:15 pm, AMD 152

Disclaimer: This syllabus and the schedule of readings, assignments, and activities may be changed by the instructor in order to maximize student learning needs and meet the objectives of the courses.

 I. Instructor Information


Spiros Velianitis, MS/MIS



Office Hours

Monday 4:30Ė6:00 pm, Tuesday 4:30-6:00 pm, and by appointment

Office Phone



Web Page  

Email access is essential in communicating with the instructor and your peers. Please activate your CSUS e-mail account and log on to the SacCT course regularly.

This course is offered in a traditional learning format.

II. Academic Learning Resources


1.      Hoffer et al. Modern Systems Analysis & Design, 7th edition, PEARSON EDUCATION, 2014 (required)

2.      OMG Unified Modeling Language (UML), Object Management Group (OMG), (required)

3.      OMG Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), Object Management Group (OMG), (required)

4.      Bourque, Pierre, and R. E. Fairley. SWEBOK: Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge. IEEE. Free download at (optional)

5.     Joint Task Force Transformation Initiative, Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations, National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST) U.S Department of Commerce, 2016. This publication is available free of charge from: (optional)


1. Project Management: Microsoft  Project 2007 or later

2. UML modeling: Microsoft Visio Professional 2007 or later

How to download the software tools?

The MIS area has subscription to the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN), which give faculty and students access to several titles of Microsoft software. Most of the software is downloadable, so there is virtually no cost to you. 

Please visit the following link to see a partial list of available software. 

III. Business Concepts

Keywords: Systems Development Life Cycle, Business Process Modeling, Business Process Management, Process Reengineering, Software Engineering.

IV. Instructional Design

Course Description: Business information system of moderate complexity will be analyzed and designed by student teams. Various analysis and design techniques will be studied and used in this project. Both oral and written reports are required. CASE methodology will be used. Note: The project will be continued in MIS 161; therefore, taking MIS 160 and MIS 161 in consecutive semesters is highly recommended.

 Prerequisites: MIS 101, MGMT 102

 Course Learning Goals and Objectives:

  1. Think and work as a professional consultant

  2. Become a dependable team player and a leader

  3. Learn to learn

  4. Prepare yourself for the "real world"

  5. Develop systems development  skills

  6. Synthesize skills and knowledge from other classes into an innovative technology solution

V. CBA Program-Level Learning GOALS

Goal 1 Fundamental Business Knowledge

Competence based on fundamental business knowledge.

1.1 Demonstrate understanding of fundamental business theories, concepts, and skills.

1.2 Ability to analyze business information in performing business related tasks.

Goal 2 Integrative Business Competence

Business competence integrated with other business knowledge areas and ethical responsibility.

2.1 Ability to identify factors contributing to a managerial problem from a variety of business perspectives.

2.2 Enumerate the costs and benefits that potential solutions will have on the interdependent stakeholders of a firm.

Goal 3 Effective Business Communication

Business communication utilizing contemporary and classic communication techniques and methods.

3.1 Convey information in a variety of business settings.

3.2 Evaluate the efficacy of business communications.

Goal 4 Applied Business Capability

Ability to translate knowledge of business and management into practice.

4.1 Create effective business solutions that are both ethically sound and socially responsible.

4.2 Generate innovative and effective solutions for problem solving and decision making.

VI. Program and Course Level Assessment of learning

Program Learning Goals

Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategy



Direct Assessment Measure




Develop systems development  skills



Scoring guide

1, 3, 4, 6

Synthesize skills and knowledge from other classes into an innovative technology solution



Systems Development Project (grading is below)

VII. Grading Criteria, Guidelines, and Assignments

 Systems Development Project

A Sacramento-area client has hired your project team to develop a web based Information System which will automate one or more business functions. You will conduct all activities and prepare all deliverable products associated with the development process. At the conclusion of your study, you will prepare a comprehensive, high-quality project report containing your results. You will also design and program a working prototype model of your system using the programming language of your choice.

Course Grading: I will give two in-class term examinations and one final. Each exam consists of twenty five multiple-choice questions, ten identification questions and two essay questions. You will need a scantron form 882 to answer the multiple-choice questions; I will provide you with paper for the identification and essay questions. Examination material will be drawn from the textbook reading, any other assigned readings, and class lectures and discussion. Emphasis will be placed on the conceptual understanding of the material and NOT on memory alone. Understanding the application of the concepts will greatly enhance your grade. 

No make-up examination will be given without the prior approval of the instructor. If you fail to take the exam, without valid documentation, I will prepare a different exam which you will take at 75% of its grade value.

Final grades will be assigned according to the total points you have obtained through exams and group homework assignments relative to the total possible number of points. 



System Development Project


3 Term Exams


Total Points


Your grade is also affected by the number of unexcused absences. You are allowed to have 3 unexcused absences. For each absence after your allowance, 10 points will be deducted. Note that absences are only excused for a valid reasons (health problems, jury duty etc.) and MUST be accompanied with documentation (i.e., health center note with a phone number to call for questions) provided within a week of returning to class.

Pluses and minuses will be awarded along the extremities (i.e., greater than 3% below the upper limit and less than 3% of the lower limit, respectively). 

Based on the total points, your grades will be assigned as follows:













Grading system may change for compelling reasons.

VIII. Weekly Outline: The schedule of readings, assignments, and activities may be changed by the instructor in order to maximize student learning needs and meet the objectives of the course.

 Please look at the schedule.htm for our detailed weekly schedule.  

IX. Course Time commitment

Contact Hours and Assignments

Contact Hours

Face-to-face Lectures & Online Meetings



45 hours

(3 unit course)

Out of Class

Homework Assignments



6-9 hours per week


Reading Assignments


Group Project & Presentation



Total Hours per Week

9-12 hours /week

X. Sacramento State Academic Honesty Policy and Regulations excerpt ďDefinitions of Academic DishonestyĒ

Cheating. At Sacramento State, cheating is the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work through the use of any dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means. Cheating at Sacramento State includes but is not limited to:

o    Copying, in part or in whole, from anotherís test or other evaluation instrument.

o    Using crib notes, "cheat sheets," or any other device, including electronic devices not permitted by the instructor as an aid in writing an examination.

o    Submitting work previously graded in another course unless doing so has been approved by the course instructor or by department policy.

o    Submitting work simultaneously presented in more than one course, unless doing so has been approved by the respective course instructors or by the department policies of the respective departments.

o    Altering or interfering with grading or grading instructions.

o    Sitting for an examination by a surrogate, or as a surrogate.

o    Any other act committed by a student in the course of his or her academic work that defrauds or misrepresents, including aiding or abetting in any of the actions defined above.

Plagiarism. Plagiarism, as a form of cheating, is the use of distinctive ideas or works belonging to another person without providing adequate acknowledgement of that personís contribution. Regardless of the means of appropriation, incorporation of anotherís work into oneís own requires adequate identification and acknowledgement. Plagiarism is doubly unethical because it deprives the author of rightful credit and gives credit to someone who has not earned it. Acknowledgement is not necessary when the material used is common knowledge. Plagiarism at Sacramento State includes but is not limited to:

o    The act of incorporating into oneís own work the ideas, words, sentences, paragraphs, or parts thereof, or the specific substance of anotherís work without giving appropriate credit thereby representing the product as entirely one's own. Examples include not only word-for-word copying, but also the "mosaic" (i.e., interspersing a few of oneís own words while, in essence, copying anotherís work), the paraphrase (i.e., rewriting anotherís work while still using the otherís fundamental idea or theory); fabrication (i.e., inventing or counterfeiting sources), ghost-writing (i.e., submitting anotherís work as oneís own) and failure to include quotation marks on material that is otherwise acknowledged; and

o    Representing as oneís own anotherís artistic or scholarly works such as musical compositions, computer programs, photographs, paintings, drawing, sculptures, or similar works.

XI. Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Services to Students with Disabilities (SSWD)  offers a wide range of support services and accommodations for students in order to ensure students with disabilities have equal access and opportunity to pursue their educational goals. 

Services and accommodations are provided to students with visual, hearing, mobility impairments, specific learning disabilities, psychiatric disorders, and/or other types of disabilities. Students must submit medical or professional documentation prior to meeting with a counselor for a needs assessment and accommodation plan. 

XII. Student Resources

  1.  CBA Tutoring Center Ė TAH 3067.  Contact the Office of Student Engagement (TAH 1040) for tutoring schedules.

  2. University Reading and Writing Center (URWC) - provides encouraging, focused, and non-judgmental one-to-one tutorials in reading and writing for any undergraduate or graduate student at CSUS.

  3. The Peer and Academic Resource Center (PARC) - major services include Supplemental Instruction; Supplemental Instruction Plus, Workshops & Individual Tutorials; and Peer Led Advising for college Experiences.

XIII. Other Information

Late and Make-up Policy:  The general policy for this course is to require completion of assignments as specified in the class schedule.  All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period. If the assignment is submitted after the beginning of the class, there will be a 5% deduction. If the assignment is submitted on the same day, but after class, there will be a 10% penalty. If the assignment is submitted within a week, there will be a 20% penalty. No late assignments will be accepter after 1 week.  All assignments should be printed and stapled together with the cover letter statement (click for sample) on the top. If you have an emergency or other extenuating circumstances that will affect your ability to turn in an assignment or complete an exam, please contact me as soon as possible to discuss. 

Incomplete: An incomplete grade (I) will only be issued in accordance to College of Business Administration policy. Among the conditions imposed by the instructor that must be met are: (1) a current passing grade (70 percent or better), (2) the successful completion of all prior assignments and exams, and (3) an unforeseen and unusual event beyond your control which prevents you from completing the semester, and can be documented and verified (employment-related events do not qualify). (4) An incomplete will only be considered after it has been determined that a withdrawal (W) cannot be issued. If you do not meet (1) through (4), you do not qualify for an incomplete. As stipulated by the University, an incomplete cannot be assigned when it is necessary for the student to attend additional class meetings to complete the course requirements.

Unauthorized Withdrawal (WU) indicates that a student did not officially withdraw from the course but failed to complete it. Among the conditions imposed by the instructor that must be met are: (1) a passing grade (70 percent or better) at the time that the student stopped attending classes, (2) attendance stopped before the 11th week of the semester. If you do not meet (1) and (2), you do not qualify for an unauthorized withdrawal (WU) grade and as a result you will be assigned a failing (F) grade.

Laptop and cell phone regulation: No photographing, recording or text messaging is allowed without permission of the instructor.

A disruptive student is a student who engages in classroom behavior that interferes with the process of teaching and learning. If a student is disruptive to my class, I will follow the Procedures for dealing with incidents of disruptive behavior described in the DEALING WITH INCIDENTS OF DISRUPTIVE STUDENT BEHAVIOR IN THE CLASSROOM document