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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Discusses the principles, methods, tools and techniques of information systems analysis and design in a business environment. Students will study the systems development lifecycle and develop analytical skills in system requirements analysis, problem identification, feasibility assessment and case analysis. The unit also provides insight into the specifications and management of socio-technical issues.

Unit content

Topic 1: Information systems: concepts, development approaches and project management

Topic 2: Systems planning, feasibility analysis and risk management

Topic 3: Determining requirements

Topic 4: Analysing requirements: use cases and entities

Topic 5: Modelling requirements and alternatives for implementation

Topic 6: System design, implementation and support

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 plan for the activities to design and develop a computer-based business information system following the System Development Life Cycle.
2 analyse the requirements, quality, feasibility and risks associated with information systems design and development.
3 apply the system analysis and design principles, methods and tools to analyse current systems and model future business information systems.
4 employ teamwork and communication skills to work productively in a system analysis and design team.

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

  1. plan for the activities to design and develop a computer-based business information system following the System Development Life Cycle.
  2. analyse the requirements, quality, feasibility and risks associated with information systems design and development.
  3. apply the system analysis and design principles, methods and tools to analyse current systems and model future business information systems.
  4. employ teamwork and communication skills to work productively in a system analysis and design team.

Prescribed texts

  • Needed from Week 1: Satzinger, J, Jackson, R & Burd, S, 2016, Systems Analysis and Design in a Changing World, 7th edn, Cengage Learning, Boston MA. ISBN: 978-1-305-11720-4.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.