module specification

CC3018 - Advanced Systems Analysis (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18, but may be subject to modification
Module title Advanced Systems Analysis
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Group work 50%   Group Project and Report
Unseen Examination 50%   3 hour exam *FC*
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module is concerned with advanced concepts of systems analysis and allows students to compare and evaluate different methodologies and techniques.

Prior learning requirements

An Intermediate Level Systems Analysis module such as
Object Oriented Analysis and Design (CC2008N).

Module aims

The principal graduate attribute addressed by the module is A2.

This module aims to build on students' previous experience of systems analysis and design techniques and expose students to current trends. Much emphasis in this module is on comparison and evaluation of different methodologies and techniques[A2].


The main topics of study will include:
? Overview of systems analysis and design methods: structured, object-oriented, etc.
? The main ‘aspects’ of systems development methods: modelling, process, architecture.
? Methodology comparison and evaluation. Evaluation frameworks.
? Modern trends in systems development

Learning and teaching

Learning and teaching
Each week for 11 weeks, the module will consist of a:
1.5 hour lecture
1.5 hour tutorial/seminar

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be:
1. able to understand the strengths and limitations of various approaches to systems development. [A2]
2. able to apply a comparative and evaluative framework to alternative systems analysis and design methods [A2]
3. able to choose appropriately from a range of systems analysis and design methods and apply each of these methods to system specification [A2]
4. aware of modern trends in systems development [A2]

Assessment strategy

The assessment will be as follows:
Coursework (50%) and 3-hour examination (50%) . These assessment will cover learning outcomes 1 through 4.

Grading will be based on the aggregate mark.


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Avison, D., Fitzgerald, G., 2003, Information Systems development – Methodologies, Techniques and Tools, McGraw-Hill
Bennett, S., McRobb, S. & Farmer, R., Object-Oriented Analysis and Design Using UML, McGraw Hill, 2002.
Hares, JS. 1994, SSADM v4: The Advanced Practitioner’s Guide, John Wiley & Sons
Jayarathna, N., 1994, Understanding and Evaluating Methodologies, McGraw-Hill