GEOG 468
GIS Analysis and Design

Lesson 8: Geospatial Systems Analysis and Fact-Finding


This lesson builds on the introduction to spatial system development from the previous lesson. Specifically, this lesson provides a more detailed look at the phases that are collectively called systems analysis. This analysis process reinforces the information system building blocks that were developed previously. Included is a look at the requirements gathering, and analysis concepts, tools, and methods. Whitten addresses the seven common fact-finding methods (Sampling, Research, Observation, Questionnaires, Interviews, Prototyping, Joint Requirements Planning) which are introduced as a means to discover requirements.

Lesson Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate the importance of the human component to design.
  • Describe systems analysis.
  • Describe the difference between functional and nonfunctional requirements.
  • Explain when to use the key system analysis approaches.


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