20 credits at level HE5
The module addresses the systems analysis stage of system development from investigation of an existing system through to the production of a requirements specification. It develops the capability to undertake the analysis of a transaction processing information system, using a structured method appropriate to the development of an information processing system, in order to identify its problems and new information requirements and produce a requirements specification for agreement with the user.
Terms of reference.
Components and structure of structured methods.
Comparison of methods and approaches
Structured methodology for system analysis through to requirement specification using appropriate tools and techniques. Investigation and data gathering techniques.
Fact finding interviewing technique
Defining problems and requirements
Data flow modelling
Entity relationship modelling.
Oral and written communication.
Generating and specifying solutions to problems and requirements.
Structure and content of a requirements specification.
Lectures are used to introduce principles and techniques. The supervised practical time is used to practise techniques and to confirm that students have the basic skills. Students then further develop these in the unsupervised practical time.
NB Where this module is offered online (via BoltOnline) lectures and seminars delivered by Elluminate.
A major case study is used to create an environment in which investigation and analytical
skills can be practised. CASE technology is used to support the work undertaken.
Lectures 13 x 2 = 26
Supervised practical work 13 x 1 = 13
Unsupervised practical work 13 x 3 = 39
Planning case study activity = 30
Background reading = 70
Assignment work = 20
Examination = 2
Total = 200
Assessment 1 - Coursework assignment based on case study investigation - 50% of module marks
Assessment 2 - Time constrained examination based on seen case study - 50% of module marks
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Apply a formal method to the analysis of an information system.||
Analyse a results of an investigation.
Document the results of an investigation and prepare requirements specification in a standard format.
Develop models of the information flows and data stored within an information system and validate the models.
Demonstrate the investigative, interpersonal and communication skills necessary to function as a system analyst.
|2.||Be able to generate solutions to stated information system problems and requirements
||Develop solutions to the problems and new information requirements acceptable to the user and specify them using the modelling techniques of the taught method.|
|3.||Use CASE tool software||
Use CASE tool software to produce data flow models and entity relationship models
|4.||Be able to prepare a technical specification||Assemble a well structured and correctly referenced technical document|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Assignment – based on case study investigation, in which the students work in groups and interview academic staff who role play characters in the application area of the case study.||Time constrained 2 hour exam based on case study provided in advance to students ( NB different case study to assignment)|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Practical Business Systems Development using SSADM, P Weaver, N Lambrou, M Walkley, Pearson, 2002
SSADM Version 4 Reference Manual NCC Blackwell 1990
SSADM Versions 4 A Users' Guide Malcolm Eva McGraw Hill 1992
SSADM Version 4 Models and Methods S Skidmore R Farmer G Mills
NCC Blackwell 1992
SSADM Techniques M Meldrum M Lejk P Guy
Chartwell Bratt 1993
SSADM Version 4 M Goodland & C Slater McGraw Hill 1995
Practical SSADM Version 4 Philip L Weaver Pitman 1993
SSADM 4+ for Rapid Systems Development,D Hargrave, McGraw Hill,1996
Mastering the Requirements Process, S Robertson J Robertson, Addison-Wesley,1999
Project Skills Handbook Simon Rogerson Chartwell Bratt 1989
The Systems Analysis Interview Brian James NCC Blackwell 1989
Business Data Systems H D Clifton Prentice Hall Fourth Edition
Dynamic Systems Development Method, J Stapleton, Addison Wesley, 1999
DSDM Business Focused Development, J Stapleton, 2003
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