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Systems Analysis and Design (ICT231)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 4
Description This unit introduces methods and techniques for analysing problematic organisational situations, particularly those leading to the development of an information system, and draws on both technical and organisational material to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to design and implement an operational system.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Describe some typical processes of systems analysis leading to design.
2. Discuss the social responsibilities of analysts and designers.
3. Describe the various job titles and roles associated with analysis and design work.
4. Demonstrate problem definition, communication and problem solving skills.
5. Model system requirements using use case model diagrams and narratives, data models, process models, UML class diagrams and other UML diagrams.
6. Describe the skills and techniques required for planning, managing and documenting the systems development process.
7. Demonstrate an awareness of some of the different techniques and methodologies used in systems development.
8. Develop and choose between different alternatives for the development of an information system that meets a set of analysed requirements.
9. Prepare an appropriate system proposal document specifying the above, written with a client focus in mind.
10. Develop appropriate high-level and detailed design of a system, including input, output, user interface, and distribution aspects.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit centres on how systems analysis is approached and undertaken in practice. This includes gathering and analysing requirements, using graphical modelling techniques to represent this knowledge and finally communicating this understanding to clients or other technical professionals. You will learn through lectures, tutorials and self-directed study. Lectures cover the theory and highlight the main points for each topic. Within the lecture, interactive in-class exercises will help you to practice and put the skills into action as you learn. Tutorials consist of a mixture of instructor-led group discussions as well as more prescribed worksheet style exercises. Lectures and Tutorial materials will also provide additional readings and links to useful resources which you may use to guide your self-study and revision.
Assessment Throughout this unit, students are encouraged to share ideas, discuss and collaborate on class exercises both in lectures and tutorials. This helps to keep the students on track, as well as developing valuable communication skills. Students will be assessed on the following:
Tutorial Worksheets (10%)
Mid Semester Assessment (20%)
Assignment (20%)
Final Examination (50%)
The Worksheets and Mid-Semester Assessment allow students to demonstrate practical knowledge of systems analysis and modelling techniques. Feedback will be weekly during Tutorial sessions, either individually or collectively depending on the task. The major assignment allows students to undertake a complete systems analysis of their own and feedback is provided in the form of a written document and a class discussion. Final Examination scripts are viewable upon request.
Prerequisites ICT102 Introduction to Computer Science OR ICT105 Introduction to Information Technology OR ICT108 Introduction to the Internet and Multimedia OR ICT107 Principles of Information Systems and Data Management.
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