Systems Analysis and Design in Polish Universities Curricula: Structured or Object-Oriented

Systems Analysis and Design in Polish Universities Curricula: Structured or Object-Oriented

Przemyslaw Polak
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-344-9.ch007
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Nowadays, there are two main information systems modeling methods: structured and object-oriented. The structured methods have been widely used since the 1970s, whereas recently the object-oriented methods have attracted more attention. This chapter analyses the methods that are taught on the courses of information systems analysis and design. The curricula of information systems and computer science studies in Polish higher education institutions are compared to the Association for Computing Machinery curricula recommendations. In both cases none of the methods is prevailing. Also, the program of introducing, at the Warsaw School of Economics, Poland, all management and business administration students to the basics of systems analysis and design is presented. Thus, students majoring in information systems learn both modeling methods, whereas only structured methods are introduced to all management students.
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Teaching Standards Of The Polish Ministry Of Science And Higher Education

The teaching standards published in 2002 by the Minister of National Education and Sport (pol. Minister Edukacji Narodowej i Sportu - MENiS)1 for unified first and second degree2 Informatics and Econometrics3 studies (MENiS 1st & 2nd I&E) among majors include a course on information systems design. Its suggested syllabus includes: ”Elements of theory of information systems. Types of information systems. Design, implementation and maintenance of information systems. Economical and organizational aspects on information systems. Computer laboratory: information system analysis – case study” (Decree of the Minister of National Education and Sport …, 2002). The syllabus does not mention any particular modeling methods. The syllabus of IS design suggests doing analysis of information system. It can be assumed that the course was intended to include both analysis and design, but it is not clearly stated, whereas phases of implementation and maintenance are mentioned in the syllabus.

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