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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Studies the techniques, tools and methods of systems analysis in a business environment. Aims to assist students to develop analytical skills in information requirements analysis, problem identification, feasibility assessment, data modelling, use case analysis, specifications and socio-technical issues of the systems development life-cycle.

Unit content

Topic 1: Development of Information Systems
Topic 2: Approaches to Systems Development
Topic 3: Project Management
Topic 4: Risks and Feasibility
Topic 5: Investigating Requirements
Topic 6: Analysing Requirements – Use Cases
Topic 7: Analysing Requirements – Entities
Topic 8: Modelling Approaches
Topic 9: Alternatives for Implementation
Topic 10: Systems design
Topic 11: Systems Implementation and Support
Topic 12: Current Trends in System Development

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe the core processes involved in the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) for a computer based information system
2 simulate the role of the systems analyst with respect to the analysis, design and implementation of computer systems
3 apply various techniques to the analysis of current systems and modelling of future systems
4 use a range of analysis and design tools and techniques
5 compare and contrast current trends in development of computer information systems
6 produce project management charts
7 describe quality assurance and testing procedures in software development.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the core processes involved in the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) for a computer based information system
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. simulate the role of the systems analyst with respect to the analysis, design and implementation of computer systems
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. apply various techniques to the analysis of current systems and modelling of future systems
    • GA4:
  4. use a range of analysis and design tools and techniques
    • GA4:
  5. compare and contrast current trends in development of computer information systems
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  6. produce project management charts
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  7. describe quality assurance and testing procedures in software development.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • This text is needed from Week 1 of Session. Readings are specifically tied to sections of the textbook: Satzinger, J Jackson, R & Burd, S, 2015, Systems Analysis & Design in a Changing World, 7th edn, Cengage Course Technology. ISBN: 1-305-11720-4.

  • This text is needed from Week 1 of Session. Readings are specifically tied to sections of the textbook: Satzinger, J Jackson, R & Burd, S, 2015, Systems Analysis & Design in a Changing World, 7th edn, Cengage Course Technology. ISBN: 1-305-11720-4.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.