Students enrolled in these courses explore the strategies and methods of designing systems to meet the various needs of businesses. Courses and training in system analysis and design are available at several universities as part of associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in information science and technology, computer information systems or a related field. Undergraduate courses typically introduce the subject and teach fundamentals, while graduate courses commonly cover more advanced topics, such as design techniques, problem solving and system decomposition.
Careers related to analyzing and designing computer information systems typically require the minimum of a bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology or engineering. However, some employers may desire applicants with degrees in business-related areas, such as business administration or management systems. Most professionals in this career field are expected to take continuing education courses, since technology continues to change.
Students in system analysis and design courses may also learn about the following topics:
- Computer programming languages
- Analytics and data mining
- Database types and management
- Information security technologies
- Networking and communications
List of Common Courses
Introduction to Computer Information Systems Course
This course introduces students to the core elements of information systems, along with what they consist of and how they function. Emphasis is placed on the human connection to computer hardware, software and system architecture. Students gain an understanding of how such information systems integrate and interact with businesses and other aspects of society.
Information Technology in Business
Students delve further into the ways in which computer information systems connect with businesses and contribute to strategies and goals. Topics focus on various types of system design, human usability of computing tools and a general overview of system trends related to the ways businesses interact with information.
System Analysis and Design Course
This course provides an introduction to the analysis of business needs in order to set requirements for the construction of information systems. Students gain an understanding of the development process that takes into consideration user functionality and the construction of applicable models.