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Course Overview

This course will be of interest to anyone who wishes to learn about the processes associated with modern systems analysis and design. In the course you will develop a critical understanding of how to analyse and evaluate systems, and to design and specify corresponding functionalities in a succinct and official way. The course will introduce you to the tools and techniques used by business and system analysts/designers and cover the fundamental issues associated with software engineering and project management.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Nigel Beacham

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Computing Science (CS) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Introduction: Systems within organisations. Different kinds of systems serving different purposes. The need for systems analysis and design. The systems development life cycle. Prototyping. Project management issues: Project planning, team organisation, software measurement and metrics, cost estimation, feasibility studies, risk analysis. Systems analysis and design - requirements elicitation, interviewing, system modelling, functional vs. non-functional requirements, developing a system specification, object libraries, design patterns. Unified Modelling Language (UML) and comparison with structured methods (e.g. SSADM). Computer-aided software engineering. Software testing - testing strategies and methods, quality assurance and management, verification and validation.

Further Information & Notes

(i) Assistive technologies may be required for any student who is unable to use a standard keyboard/mouse/computer monitor. Any students wishing to discuss this further should contact the School Disability Co-ordinator. (ii) To be taken as part of the Postgraduate Certificate Science (Information Technology), or by permission of the Head of Computing Science.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

One two-hour written examination paper (75%) and continuous assessment (25%).

Resit: Where a student fails the course overall they will be afforded the opportunity to resit those parts of the course that they failed. 1 two-hour written examination (75%) and continuous assessment mark (25%) where the mark for the passed part is carried forward.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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