Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 24

Volume 24 Number 2, Pages 91-98

Summer 2013


Teaching Tip
Using Activity Diagrams to Model Systems Analysis Techniques: Teaching What We Preach


Diane Lending
Jeffrey May

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807, USA

Abstract: Activity diagrams are used in Systems Analysis and Design classes as a visual tool to model the business processes of ‘as- is’ and ‘to-be’ systems. This paper presents the idea of using these same activity diagrams in the classroom to model the actual processes (practices and techniques) of Systems Analysis and Design. This tip accomplishes three things: (1) helps students better understand the purpose of drawing activity diagrams, (2) illustrates how useful activity diagrams are in understanding and communicating techniques and business processes at both high and low levels, and (3) teaches the various systems analysis and design practices and techniques in a creative manner that visual learners will appreciate.

Keywords: Teaching tip, Systems analysis & design, Business modeling, Unified modeling language (UML)

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Recommended Citation: Lending, D. & May, J. (2013). Teaching Tip: Using Activity Diagrams to Model Systems Analysis Techniques: Teaching What We Preach. Journal of Information Systems Education, 24(2), pp. 91-98.