A description of the business and system under study (including the work system snapshot).
Students are expected to prepare an analysis of a work system in an existing organization.
This project is intended to provide exposure to the basic concepts discussed in the course and textbook, to
show their relevance, and to practice the techniques learned. In the past, students have found the term
project very useful in clarifying the issues raised, practicing the methods and techniques learned, and as a
The project is to be undertaken in groups of four students. Students will form the project groups during the
first week (and second week, if necessary) of classes. The instructor can assist if need be.
This document describes the schedule we intend to follow during the term and suggests some techniques
you may find useful in completing the work.
The Work System
Among your group members, friends, relatives, acquaintances, or whomever, there are probably several
organizations (especially charities or non‐profits organizations, and small businesses) that may be willing to
have you study one of their systems.
You should always approach someone in the organization who has the authority to decide to assist you.
Remember that this project should be mutually beneficial – and make sure you tell your “client” this. You as
students will have the opportunity to practice information systems analysis. You should present a copy of
your final report to your client – and make sure it is delivered. Failure in delivering a satisfactory final report
to the client can result in a failing grade for the course.
What kind of project should you choose? Ideally, the work system you study will have several people
involved and possibly could be done (or is being done) by computer.
The following are examples of typical projects:
1. Computerizing a given business system (e.g., inventory, sales)
2. Evaluating an existing business system (either computerized or manual) and recommending changes and
modifications or even a new system.
3. Computerizing a firm (usually small), which had not been computerized before.
4. Selection of software for a particular system.
Whatever the organization, an important lesson is that you should not bite off more than you can chew. You
may find fairly early that the project is too large. In this case, perhaps a subsystem of the original proposal
can be chosen. This will be done in consultation with your instructor or your project supervisor.