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INFO201 Developing Information Systems 1

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. INFO 201 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.

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 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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(COMP 101 or BSNS 106) and one of (COMP 160, COMP 161 or COMP 162)
INFO 211
Recommended Preparation
COMP 162
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Commerce, Science

Teaching staff

Dr Nigel Stanger
Mark George
Chris Edwards

Paper Structure

This paper covers the following themes:

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

Two 1-hour lectures each week; one 2-hour lab each week


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Supplementary information is provided during lectures and laboratories.

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
  • Carry out analysis of information system requirements and design and construct basic information systems using a modern programming language, frameworks, and tools
  • Capture and interpret business processes in a standard notation
  • Explain the trade-off between buying and building an information system
  • Read and write SQL queries

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A2 Friday 12:00-13:50 9-13, 16-22
A3 Friday 14:00-15:50 9-13, 16-22
A4 Monday 14:00-15:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 16:00-16:50 9-14, 16-22