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Systems Development: A Project Management Approach

Raymond McLeod Jr., Eleanor Jordan

ISBN: 978-1-119-08492-1 December 2014 544 Pages


One semester, Jr/Sr/Grad course in systems analysis and design, or capstone course in MIS departments where students work on a project or extensive case. McLeod and Jordan's text is ideal for courses where student teams develop and implement software systems in real organizations, or where students develop software to solve problems in written cases. The text is organized into nine chapters and eight supporting technical modules: the chapters provide a unique, thorough coverage of the entire system development life cycle (SDLC), and a strong foundation in systems concepts and systems methodologies, while the technical modules provide the tools students need to implement and apply the concepts. The goal of the text is to provide a strong foundation of the concepts, with emphasis on the later phases of actual implementation and design, providing the methodologies and tools necessary to complete a systems project in a real organization, including installation of operational software. It has been successfully class-tested by over 400 students.

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Case Study Installment 1
Forming the Client Project Team

Chapter 1. Introduction to Systems Development

Case Study Installment 2.
Managing the ASTA Project

Technical Module A
Data Modeling

Technical Module B
Process Modeling

Technical Module C
Object Modeling

Chapter 2 . Systems Concepts

Chapter 3. Systems Development Methodologies

Technical Module D
Project Planning and Control

Technical Module E
Computer-Aided Software Engineering


Chapter 4. Primary Investigation

Technical Module F
Economic System and Project Justification

Case Study Installment 3
Analyzing the ASTA System

Chapter 5. Systems Analysis

Technical Module G
Evaluation of Systems Alernatives

Case Study Installment 4
Designing the ASTA System

Chapter 6. Systems Design

Technical Module H
Web and Graphical User Interface Design

Case Study Installment 5
Preliminary and Final Construction of the ASTA Stystem

Chapter 7. Preliminary Construction

Chapter 8. Final Construction

Chapter 9. System Test and Installation



  • Organization and coverage. Modular organization allows flexibility for the instructor. McLeod emphasizes the entire cycle with more coverage of the phases that follow analysis and design including construction, installation and post implementation activity.
  • Project management emphasis. The text is ideal for courses that assign real client projects. Students have the responsibility of managing their projects, and the text describes the planning and control mechanism used for PM, covering tools such as Gantt charts, network diagrams (CPM, PERT), and milestone charts. A "PM Toolbox" feature is integrated into each chapter, as well.
  • Knowledge, tools, skills approach. The combination of chapter topics with supporting technical modules provide students with what they need to know in developing software-based systems. Real forms and templates are provided for students to use with their clients.
  • Integrated case (Advanced Systems Technology Associates or ASTA) throughout the book helps students apply every concept. For courses where students do not work with real clients, the extended case introduces students to the project management issues, tools and techniques.
  • Equal coverage of both structured and object-oriented programming gives instructors the flexibility to choose which methodology to emphasize.
  • Coverage of web-based system design.