Systems Analysis & Design

Last update: July 31, 2018

Systems Analysts Needed Now! What will you recommend when presented with a complex enterprise scenario? Use either traditional (structured) design tools or agile/object-oriented tools to prepare a model of your innovative solution.

Teams will be given a business problem statement and approximately a three hour time frame to analyze and design. Any widely used methodology may be used such as Object Oriented Analysis, Structured Analysis, Information Engineering, Prototyping, etc.

Team Composition

Teams may be made up of 1-2 people.


Friday, April 5, 2019 (Tentatively 5:00 - 9:00 PM)

Skills and Resources

The problem statement will allow multiple analysis and design methodologies, which may include:

  • Structured analysis
  • Object-oriented analysis
  • Information engineering
  • Rapid application design and prototyping
  • Any other widely accepted methodology

Teams are expected to utilize ONE and ONLY ONE Analysis and Design approach. Using a combination of components from both the Structured/Information Engineering approach and the Object Oriented approach should be avoided. The business model does not have to be fully implemented; however, a system design that allows user prototyping with screen/window/web page interaction will be considered in the over-all grading. This contest is software and methodology independent.

Teams must provide own business modeling software. This could include any CASE, I-CASE or other model-based development product. Example tools may include: Oracle Designer/Developer, Unified Modeling Language, Visible Analyst, CA Cool Gen, Cool Jex, etc. Solutions should be submitted as Microsoft Word or PDF files.


Teams will be given the problem statement at the beginning of the contest time.  Time will be allowed to read the problem statement and ask any questions in a common session.  Once the question & answer time has closed, no further questions will be answered.  Each team will submit their solution for judging prior to the contest closing time, at which point no further submissions will be accepted.

Previous Problem Statments

2018 Systems Analysis and Design

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