INMR72-Systems Analysis and Design

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: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Lily Sun


Summary module description:
This module delivers a set of Unified Modelling Language (UML) techniques which aid to articulate business needs and then transform the needs on to software solutions. Students will be engaged in an interactive learning environment in that they develop professional knowledge and skills to taking a job role as solution architect and/or business/systems analyst.


The module aims to enable students to construct knowledge of systems analysis and design in a real life scenario, and develop software solutions. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

At the end of the module students should demonstrate the learning outcomes as follows.

• Understanding of the object-oriented (OO) systems theory;

• Establishing a “Systems Thinking” approach for conducting requirement analysis and software solution design;

• Mastering the UML methodology including its key techniques to engineer requirement specifications;

• Applying the UML techniques in a business domain and evaluating the design decisions.

Additional outcomes:
This module enables students also to develop the non-academic competences as follows.
• Team work and communication;
• Systems thinking in problem solving;
• Critical reflection towards implications;
• Rigorousness and preciseness in requirements analysis and solution design;
• Professional writing.

Outline content:

• Systems analysis and design theory, including the concepts, principles and purposes;

• OO design process and representation;

• UML techniques for modelling software solution from static and dynamic perspectives;

• Requirements elicitation and analysis with UML;

• Requirements specifications for a solution design with UML;

• Robust application of analysis and design methodology and process.

Global context:
The current job market highly demands scientific approaches and technical ability for requirements analysis and solutions design by using UML.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

A range of teaching and learning methods will be employed through that lectures, in-class practicals, group work, and guided independent learning are implemented. All the learning content and support materials are provided through specific sources (e.g. learning pack, and Blackboard) prior classes. In order to assist students for a construction of the design, an open source UML case tool is required. Students can download a suitable one from the Internet.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15
Practicals classes and workshops 15
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:
A written report of 3500 words contributes towards the overall module marks required.

Formative assessment methods:
The most non-academic competencies are formatively assessed through constant guidance and feedback during the study process. As results of these skills development, such abilities are reflected in the summative assessment (i.e. the written report). To reinforce students’ learning, a formal and detailed feedback is provided by the end of the assessment. This feedback helps students for a critical self-reflection on the overall performance.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission of course work will be in accordance with University policy.
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.

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment will be by resubmitting the coursework.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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