Analysis of questions for ISAD (Information System Analysis and Design)

Questions for ISAD (Information System Analysis and Design)

There has been too many rants about the past experiences of students who have taken the ISAD course which is Information System Analysis and Design. In this post, I had enumerated all the possible questions, there references and later I would post a detailed information on what points one should consider when preparing to pass the examinations. Rememeber, these are my own analysis from the past question papers and I am in no way eligible to promote future upcoming questions. If these questions repeat, it’s purely co-incidential and if not, I am not responsible. It’s only a quick was to make you prepared in 5 days!

So my list of questions for the upcoming (2014 onward) and beyond goes here!

  • What is meant by the term risk management?
  • What is meant by risk containment?
  • What is clean decmposition and neat arrangement in modular design approach?
  • What are the different approaches in Software design?
  • What are the shortcomings of a Data Flow Diagram (DFD[s])?
  • What are the differences in a flow chart and a structural chart?
  • What is software documentation?
  • What are the different types of Software Documentation?
  • What are the disadvantages of Classical waterfal model?
  • Discuss about the prototype model.
  • Compare and explain briefly different life cycle models (SDLC models)
  • Write the names of different types of software testing with it’s definitions.
  • Write different types of unit testing.
  • Explain Quality Assurance (QA).
  • What is quality factor in Quality assurance?
  • What are open and closed systems?
  • Define System with an example.
  • What is a sub-system?
  • Name the different typpes of systems.
  • What is an ER-Diagram? Give an example.
  • What is system testing and prototyping?
  • What is meant by user interface design?
  • Explain DSS
  • What are the important elements of a system?
  • What is a spiral model?
  • State advantages of Spiral model.
  • What is DFD? Discuss different symbols in DFD
  • Explain Generalizationa and Specialization.
  • What is post-implementation review? explain!
  • Why is system training essential to implement a new system?
  • What are the differences between a logical and a physical design?
  • Define pseudo code with an example.
  • State the merits and the de-merits of decision table.
  • State the general guidelines for writing structure english procedure.
  • Explain feasibility study of a project.
  • What are the uses of feasiblity study?
  • Write down the major steps of documentation.
  • What is meant by coupling and cohesion?
  • What are the different types of Cohesion?
  • What are the different types if coupling?
  • When is a module called functionally independent?
  • What is meant by incremental model? Give an example.
  • What is black-box testing?
  • What is white-box testing?
  • How is black-box testing different from a white-box test?
  • What is meant by physical and logical DFD?
  • What are context diagrams?
  • What are the major responsibilities of a system analyst?
  • What is a model?
  • List out different system development models.
  • What are the various types of spiral model?
  • Why is spiral model called meta-model?
  • What is meant by process description?
  • Define prototype.
  • Explain Top-down and bottom-up approach of prototype model.
  • Explain the various operations of feasibility study phase and system design phase of SDLC.
  • List out reasons why Software Project becomes a success.
  • List out reasons why Software Project becomes a failure.
  • What are databases?
  • What is a data warehouse?
  • Define DBMS.
  • What is an Entity in terms of databases?
  • What is a primary key in terms of a database?
  • What is a candidate key in terms of a database?
  • What is a Alternate key in terms of a database?
  • What is a super key in terms of a database?
  • What is Data Dictionary?
  • what are the advantages of data dictionary?
  • What are the types of Data Dictionary?
  • Write down various properties of a primary key in database.
  • Define Normalization. Explain 1NF to 3NF through an example.
  • Define partial functionaly dependency and transiitive functional dependency.
  • Explain COCOMO.
  • What is the importance of Debugging?
  • Distinguish between software verification and software validation.

Now these questions are not the end. Never focus on grades, try learning new things. The point is to analyze teh questions in such a way that resembles a pattern. using this pattern, deduce down the last years repetitave questions and try writing them down in a hardcopy and read the resources I post on om next post at this section. I am trying to cover all the aspects keeping in mind a 60% coverage since the topics covered is vast and university is dumber enough to put everything at once. There is no escaping, however if you act clever and analyze wise, I am sure you’ll see a pattern in the questions. I have worked on the “Computer Architecture” pattern analysis for the questions and deduced out a 80% hit rates on those questions which are always (if not 50% of the time) repeated over years. But however, this does not seem to happen with Information System Analysis and Design.

Here are some deduced short note question which might hit off teh boundaries of expectation! Keeping it straight, these are the exact topics:

  1. Black Box Testing
  2. Maintainees and it’s types
  3. Decision Analysis
  4. Cyclomatic Complexity
  5. CASE Tools
  6. SRS (Software Requirement Specification)
  7. Break Even Analysis
  8. Data Dictionary
  9. WBS (Work Break-Down Structure)
  10. System Testing
  11. Decision Table
  12. Decision Tree
  13. UML Diagram

There will be detailed topic which I would be including in my next post with resources, if you are curious to know the “Computer Architectural” Notes and posts/resources and references I had made and chalked out questions with dissected deduction possibilities, check out here

Until then, I would have to roger out!

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