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Systems Development - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Information systems are the backbone of many businesses and organizations. In order to get an information system in place that works and functions, you must start with systems development. With the complex systems we have today, systems development is not something that is handled by a couple guys with IT degrees. It's a huge project that is undertaken by a group of trained individuals, and it requires some serious computer and development skills.
As you will learn in our video lessons, there are eight steps to systems development. The development process is usually guided by a life cycle, which you will explore in more detail. You'll get to see the methods of development, types of tools used and the different software development life cycle phases.
Project management and systems development often go hand-in-hand. We have a lesson on the project management tools that are used in systems development. There's also a lesson on the project roles played in systems development.
Check out our lesson that covers the development of a graphical user interface, also known as a GUI. You can learn about the logic and process of user interface design. Also catch our lesson covering application development processes. This lesson provides a discussion of internal and external approached to speed application development.
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1. Systems Development Methods and Tools
System development is the process of defining, designing, testing and implementing a software application. Learn about the phases of systems development and some of the specific tools used to support the activities of each phase in this video lesson.
2. Systems Development Life Cycles: Software Development Process
There are a number of models of software development, each with a somewhat different approach to implementing the various phases of the systems development life cycle. Learn about these models in this video lesson.
3. Developing a Graphical User Interface (GUI)
A computer system needs a user interface. Graphical user interfaces have become very popular due to their ease of use. Learn about the elements of user interfaces and how interfaces are developed to improve the usability of software applications.
4. Application Development Processes: Internal & External
Sourcing indicates who is responsible for system development. There are different types of sourcing, which vary in their use of internal and external resources. Outsourcing in particular has become popular for system development.
5. Project Roles in Systems Development in Organizations
A development team is responsible for delivering a system that meets the original objectives. A development team typically includes users, managers, system analysts, programmers, technical specialists and other stakeholders.
6. Project Management Tools for Systems Development
Project management consists of planning, scheduling, directing and controlling resources for a defined task. Learn about specific tools for project management, such as Gantt charts, the Critical Path Method and the Program Evaluation and Review Technique.
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- Hardware and Systems Technology
- Systems Software and Application Software
- Internet, Intranet, and Extranet
- Network Systems Technology
- Enterprise Business Systems
- Decision Support Systems and Specialized Information Systems
- Data Management
- Business, Social, and Ethical Implications and Issues
- Introduction to Programming
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