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INFO201 Developing Information Systems 1

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Introduction to creating information systems, with particular focus on: the software development life cycle; eliciting, specifying, and modelling requirements; and modelling and implementing business processes and software designs.

When developing any information system, it is essential to understand the problem and associated context. This helps ensure development of the best computing solution. This paper covers the principles of analysis of user requirements and design of a system that satisfies these requirements using standard methods, notations and tools, with a strong focus on modern agile methodologies. Particular emphasis on both business process concepts and their modelling also help to define the problem domain more accurately.
Graduates with a background in developing information systems are in high demand as business analysts since they can apply their skills in capturing, documenting, analysing and modelling these requirements for an organisation.

Paper title Developing Information Systems 1
Paper code INFO201
Subject Information Science
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,858.95

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COMP 101 or BSNS 106
Pre or Corequisite
COMP 160
INFO 211
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Commerce, Science

Teaching staff

Dr Nigel Stanger, Gary Burrows, and Chris Edwards

Paper Structure

This paper covers the following themes:

  • The systems development life-cycle
  • Analysis, design, and modelling of information system requirements
  • Business process modelling

Textbook list to be advised.

Course outline
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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete INFO 201 will be able to
  • Explain the software development life cycle (SDLC) and the differences between traditional and agile methodologies
  • Explain principles of analysis and design including requirements traceability
  • Carry out analysis of information system requirements and design basic information systems using a modern programming language, frameworks and tools
  • Interpret business processes in a standard notation and use the notation to capture a business process
  • Explain the trade-off between buying and building an information system
  • Read and write basic SQL queries

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 9-12, 18-22
A2 Friday 12:00-13:50 9-12, 18-22
A3 Friday 14:00-15:50 9-12, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-12, 18-22
Thursday 16:00-16:50 9-12, 18-22