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2024/2025  BA-BINTV2007U  Analysis and Design of Business Information Systems

English Title
Analysis and Design of Business Information Systems

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 50
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Jacob Nørbjerg - Department of Digitalisation (DIGI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Project and change management
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 23-01-2024

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Knowledge of methods, techniques, and tools for business analysis and requirements specification
  • Knowledge about alternative approaches to Information Systems analysis and design
  • Knowledge about methods and techniques for IT project planning and management
  • Ability to plan, execute and manage an IT analysis and design project
  • Ability to document the analysis and design process and its outcome
  • Ability to assess and select suitable processes, methods, techniques, and tools for a systems analysis and design project
Course prerequisites
Analysis and Design of Business Information Systems:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance, see also the rules about examination forms in the programme regulations.
Individual or group exam Individual oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 2-4
Size of written product Max. 30 pages
Assignment type Project
Release of assignment Subject chosen by students themselves, see guidelines if any
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The student can submit the original project report, a revised report, or a new report.
Description of the exam procedure

The exam begins with a short presentation of the project by the student followed by questions about the project and the course topics in general.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Modern businesses depend on IT for almost all aspects of their operation. Systems analysis and design aims to identify new or modify existing IT business needs and solutions. It is a complex undertaking that requires both IT and business knowledge and skills.

            This course provides students with a business background with the concepts, knowledge and skills required to analyse and design information systems. It concentrates on the early systems development activities and outcomes, i.e., needs analysis and requirements specification as well as alternative choices for analysis and design processes, e.g., agile and waterfall.

            The course does not advocate a specific approach to systems analysis and design but introduces different processes, techniques, and notations suitable for various situations and context. Thus, an important goal of the course is to enable the students to make informed choices when planning, managing, and executing a systems analysis and design project.

Description of the teaching methods
The course is taught as a combination of face-to-face lectures and exercises. The students complete a group project during the semester.
The lectures introduce concepts, techniques, and tools, based on the textbook and supplementary material. Students are expected to have worked through the readings prior to the lectures.
The exercises allow students to deepen their understanding of the content of the lectures, and to develop their skills in applying the concepts, techniques, and tools to practical problems. The exercises also provide opportunities to discuss and work on the semester project.
The students complete a systems analysis project in groups during the semester. In the project, the students plan, execute, and document a systems analysis and design process.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be provided in the following ways:
• Question and answer sessions during the lectures
• Feedback to their work with problems, and the semester project during exercises
• Workshops during the semester, where the groups present intermediary results of their semester project.
Student workload
Lectures 30 hours
Exercises 30 hours
Preparation 60 hours
Semester project 50 hours
Exam preparation and exam 36 hours
Expected literature

The literature can be changed before the semester starts. Students are advised to find the final literature on Canvas before buying any material.


Spurrier, G. and Topi, H. (2021) Systems Analysis and Design in an Age of Options, Prospect Press

Selected journal articles

Last updated on 23-01-2024