20 credits at level HE6
This module covers the system design stage of systems development from detailed analysis of the requirements through to the production of a system specification. It develops the capability to undertake the design of a transaction processing system for a given information system as defined in a requirements specification.
The module introduces DSDM as a project management approach to software specification and development. A case study will be introduced with supporting workshops to further the studentsí understanding. The student will be able to use the forms development utility of a database to produce HCI prototypes.
Components and structure of DSDM approach
User involvement, management control and quality assurance in a design method
Appropriate tools and techniques for system design through to system specification.
User options and system boundaries
Data analysis and logical data modelling
Prototyping, user interface and dialogue design
Structure and content of a system specification
The module will be taught by a combination of lectures, practical workshops/tutorials and directed reading. The students will be expected to elicit requirements and produce a system specification for an information system using case study material. The theoretical aspects will be covered in the lectures.
Assessment will comprise of coursework, based on a practical case study with demonstration and report, and an examination based on further case study material provided in advance to the students.
NB Where this module is offered online (via BoltOnline) lectures and seminars delivered by Elluminate.
Formal Lectures 26 hours
Supervised workshop/tutorials 13 hours
Unsupervised practical work 39 hours
Directed reading 70
Planning for case study 30
Total Hours 200
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Participate effectively in workshops fulfilling a variety of roles in order to elicit user requirements.||Elicit and propose user requirements from workshop based activities|
|2.||Represent systems designs using appropriate diagrammatic techniques||Formulate diagrammatic representations of aspects of systems design using CASE tools where appropriate|
|3.||Develop prototypes to evaluate suitable HCIs.||Design prototypes to evaluate HCIs, justify the design, and appraise its suitability.|
|4.||Generate user options in terms of systems functionality and boundaries||Derive user options and propose boundaries and functional areas of an information system.|
|5.||Structure systems life cycle stages in a manner commensurate with the DSDM approach, and evaluate other approaches||Integrate the stages of the systems life cycle using DSDM and other techniques/approaches.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Assignment||Time constrained 2 hour exam based on case study|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
SSADM 4+ for Rapid Systems Development,D Hargrave, McGraw Hill,1996
Practical Business Systems Development, P.Weaver et al, Pearson, 2002
Mastering the Requirements Process, S Robertson J Robertson, Addison-Wesley,1999
Dynamic Systems Development Method, J Stapleton, Addison Wesley, 1999
DSDM Business Focused Development, J Stapleton, 2003
Mastering the Requirements Process, S and J Robertson,Addison-Wesley, 1999
Requirements analysis and systems design, Maciaszek, Addison-Wesley, 2001
An introduction to Requirements Engineering, Addison-Wesley, 2002
DSDM Version 4.2 Reference manuals
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