Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2020 academic year.
Systems Analysis and Design (ICT284)
|Organisational Unit||Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics|
|Availability||MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
OUA: OUA1-external, OUA3-external
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S1
|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. Explain how information systems are used within organisations to fulfil organisational needs
2. Describe the phases and activities typically involved in the systems development life cycle
3. Describe the professional roles, skills and ethical issues involved in systems analysis and design work
4. Use a variety of techniques for analysing and defining business problems and opportunities and determining system requirements
5. Model system requirements using UML, including use case diagrams and descriptions, activity diagrams and domain model class diagrams
6. Explain the activities involved in systems design, including designing the system environment, application components, user interfaces, database and software
7. Represent early system design using UML, including sequence diagrams, architectural diagrams and design class diagrams
8. Describe tools and techniques for planning, managing and evaluating systems development projects
9. Describe the key features of several different systems development methodologies
10. Present systems analysis and design documentation in an appropriate, consistent and professional manner.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
|Unit Learning Experiences||The approach to learning in this unit is centred 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||Students will be assessed on the following:
Tutorial Quizzes (10%)
Assignment 1 (15%)
Assignment 2 (25%)
Final Examination (50%)
The tutorial quizzes provide weekly feedback on the main topics covered in the tutorials and related lectures. The first assignment allows students to demonstrate practical knowledge of systems analysis and modelling techniques. Feedback from this assignment will be relevant to the second assignment. The second assignment allows students to undertake a complete systems analysis of their own and feedback is provided in the form of a written document. Throughout the unit the online forum is used for discussion and feedback. Final Examination scripts are viewable upon request.
|Prerequisites||ICT102 Introduction to Computer Science OR ICT159 Foundations of Programming OR ICT107 Principles of Information Systems OR ICT158 Introduction to Information Systems or enrolment in a postgraduate IT course.|
|Exclusions||Students who have successfully completed ICT231 Systems Analysis and Design may not enrol in this unit for credit.|
|Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.|