Critical Systems Analysis and Design: A Personal Framework Approach [New edition] 0415332168, 9780415332163

Taking a unique approach to systems analysis and design, this insightful book provides learners with a critical personal

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Table of contents :
Book Cover......Page 1
Title......Page 4
Contents......Page 5
List of illustrations......Page 9
Preface......Page 12
Abbreviations......Page 16
Introduction......Page 17
Foundations for critical learning and teaching......Page 24
The PAC cycle......Page 26
Critical knowledge and practice framework......Page 51
IS, projects and application domains......Page 76
Systems analysis and design in concept and action......Page 78
Systems project management......Page 116
Systems analyst......Page 141
Systems analysis......Page 158
Requirements: the system to be (or not)......Page 160
Structured data modelling......Page 177
Structured process modelling......Page 194
Object modelling......Page 218
Systems design......Page 238
Interface, input and output design......Page 240
Systems design......Page 248
Criticality, paradigms and IS development......Page 264
Social action......Page 266
Critical reflection......Page 275
Ways of thinking and acting......Page 286
The future of IS development......Page 296
Making systems analysis and design inclusive......Page 298
Glossary......Page 306
Index......Page 311
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Critical Systems Analysis and Design

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As systems analysis and design is becoming increasingly concerned with the organization as a whole, systems analysts need to concern themselves with organization design as well as systems design. This book takes a unique look at systems analysis and design by using an approach that provides learners with a critical personal framework. This enables the reader to develop a personal method for critically considering and developing a knowledge and practice of systems analysis and design by contrasting the real world with the systems world, thus differentiating it from existing systems analysis books. Each chapter of this book begins by highlighting what can be learned by completion of the chapter and ends with a critical skills development section that contains activities, tasks and discussion questions. Chapters include: • systems analysis and design in concept and action; • structured data modelling; • making systems analysis and design inclusive.

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Although the discussion and examples in this text are drawn primarily from business information systems, the lessons apply to both government and healthcare information systems and to systems development in general. Critical Systems Analysis and Design makes a complex area of study accessible and relevant and as such is an indispensable textbook for both advanced students and professionals concerned with the innovation of information systems. Nandish V. Patel is Deputy Director of Studies on The Brunel MBA programme at Brunel University, Uxbridge.