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Building on its continued success this text has been revised to provide the most comprehensive, balanced and up-to-date coverage of systems analysis and design available. The Fourth Edition maintains the dual focus on the concepts and techniques from both the traditional, structured approach and the object-oriented approach to systems development. Instructors have the flexibility to emphasize one approach over the other, or both, while referring to one integrated case study that runs through every chapter.
PART 1: THE SYSTEMS ANALYST. 1: The World of the Information Systems Analyst. 2: Approaches to System Development. 3: The Analyst as a Project Manager. PART 2: SYSTEMS ANALYSIS TASKS. 4: Beginning the Analysis: Investigating System Requirements. 5: Modeling System Requirements. 6: The Traditional Approach to Requirements. 7: The Object-Oriented Approach to Requirements. 8: Evaluating Alternatives for Requirements, Environment, and Implementation. PART 3: SYSTEMS DESIGN TASKS. 9: Moving to Design . 10: The Traditional Approach to Design. 11: The Object-Oriented Approach to Design: Use Case Realization. 12: Designing Databases. 13: Designing the User Interface. 14: Designing System Interfaces, Controls, and Security. PART 4: IMPLEMENTATION AND SUPPORT. 15: Making the System Operational. 16: Current Trends in System Development.
Posted August 30, 2008
If you want to make the subject of Systems Analysis and Design appear to be more daunting than it really is, then read this book! There is no doubt that the authors know their subject, but they seem to have no idea of how to clearly explain the concepts. The real issue appears to be a 'disconnection' between the author's knowledge and how that translates into a clear explanation for somebody who is new to this subject. To explain this better, many concepts are introduced in early chapters, and then again in more detail in later chapters. Sounds logical right? Well, sometimes. What you find here is that you quickly become overwhelmed with briefly introduced concepts, acronyms, descriptions, foot-notes, side-notes, best practice notes, headings, subheadings, dot-points, highlighted-text, diagrams and tables 'that often only make sense in subsequent pages', and most of all: repetition. Lots of repetition... Only to read about it all over again in later chapters. They really have just thrown as much information into the book as they could, but with little thought put into making the subject flow 'and make sense'. Some concepts like the IE SDLC are explained in detail in chapter 2, but then you discover a LOT more information about IE in chapter 6! It's almost like the authors split the subjects between them and threw the book together without bothering to collaborate. Consequently the book could be half the size. Some concepts are over-explained and others are under-explained. Given that the subject matter focuses heavily on the concept of 'flow', I'm completely underwhelmed by the author's ability to introduce flow in their written explanations! I'm using it with my course at the moment 'not through choice', and I am finding myself using Google all the time now to supplement my understanding of the concepts in the book. Don't buy it 'unless you really have to'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.