INMR66-Business Domain and Requirements Analysis

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Yin Leng Tan


Summary module description:
INMR66 is concerned with a number of the fundamental aspects of business domain and requirements analysis. Its focus on using a holistic approach which covers the people, processes, technology, and organisation aspects to the investigation and improvement of business situation with a view to develop/devise effective and feasible business solutions to a problem domain.

This module is designed to provide linkages to information systems project management and development. It aims to provide students with the theory and practices of capturing and analysing business needs in relation to organisational contexts, business strategies, stakeholders, and business processes. The analysis results can be transformed into business requirements which can be used to improve business performance and maintain the sustainability of organisations. Methods and techniques for articulation and evaluation of business needs will be introduced for business domain and requirements analysis.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Assessable outcomes
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
• apply the key concepts of organisational context, business strategy, stakeholder, business systems and process thinking, and change management for the business requirements analysis;
• articulate information systems solutions for the business as a whole based on business practices and management at operational and strategic level, and formally represent the analysis results in terms of business requirements;
• examine the role of information systems in achieving corporate objectives, supporting operations, and managing business intelligence and knowledge;
• facilitate a transformation of the business requirements for both IT project management and information systems analysis and design;
• use suitable methods and techniques for analysing the business domain and producing business requirements.

Additional outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this module with a mark of 60 or above will be eligible for British Computer Society (BCS) Professional Certificate in Business Analysis Practice.

Outline content:
This module will cover the following areas:
•rationale for business analysis and requirements;
•organisational, social and cultural impacts on business domain analysis;
•strategy analysis;
•stakeholder analysis;
•business systems analysis/modelling;
•business process analysis/modelling;
•enterprise architecture;
•requirements formulation;
•technology acceptance and managing change;
•making a business case.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
A range of teaching and learning methods will be employed, but will focus largely on lectures, workshops, group work and independent supported learning.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Seminars 2
Tutorials 10
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Assessment will consist of a written coursework assignment (100%). In the coursework assignment, students will be expected to produce a management report which presents the achievements of the learning outcomes. The assignment will provide students an opportunity to communicate critically and concisely their findings which demonstrate their extended understanding of the subject.

Formative assessment methods:
All lectures will indicate the core material with an introduction to the topics. These are followed by workshops where discussions and exercises on applying the methods and techniques into the given business scenarios and case studies will be carried out. Feedback will be provided in the end of each workshop for improvements and further considerations. Based on individual understanding, the further reading will be recommended for their independent study.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
Students will be required to obtain a mark of 50% overall based on the coursework and presentation.

Pass criteria - To pass this module, the students must demonstrate their overall knowledge, understanding and perception of the concepts and principles of the methods. They should be able to analyse and design a business application.

Distinction criteria - To achieve distinction the students must exhibit their original thoughts and critical-analysis ability in designing solutions and problem-solving ability in making design decisions.

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment will be resubmission of the coursework.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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