BIT203 Systems Analysis and Design

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 2, Semester 1
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: BUS102 Introduction to IT
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 10 hours per week over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Scheduled learning activities: 4 timetabled hours per week, 6 personal study hours per week
Other resource requirements: Students will need access to lab computers or will need their own laptops in order to carry out lab exercises and assignments. Students will need to use a UML Diagrams tool such as Lucidchart (https://www.lucidchart.com/pages/) or draw.io (https://app.diagrams.net/).

Unit description 

This unit introduces the techniques, tools, and methods used by business analysts in the analysis and design stages of systems development. It aims to develop analytical skills for Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) including problem identification, feasibility analysis, systems requirements analysis, data modelling, and design models. Unified Modelling Language (UML) is explored and different analysis and design techniques are examined such as structured and object-oriented design methods and tools. Students also examine the main principles and methods used in the design phase such as input and output design, user interface design, and software architecture.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Understand and describe the various phases of Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
ULO2 Demonstrate knowledge of analysing and designing business information systems.
ULO3 Develop skills and work together in small teams to complete a fully documented and detailed analysis and design of a given business information system.
ULO4 Apply appropriate models and techniques to solve business problems.
ULO5 Create integrated reports using suitable models to analyse a problem and design an appropriate solution.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. System Development Life cycle (SDLC)
2. Systems requirements determination
3. User stories and identifying use cases
4. UML domain model class diagram and entity-relationship diagram
5. UML activity diagram, system sequence diagram, and state machine diagram
6. Systems design foundations
7. System architecture
8. User interface design
9. Structured and object-oriented analysis and design
10. Project planning and management
11. Agile development methods
12. Current trends and unit review


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Class Participation 10% 12 
Assessment 2: Online Quiz 10% 4
Assessment 3: Group Assignment 25% 8
Assessment 4: Individual Assignment 25% 12
Assessment 5: Final Exam 30% Final exam week

The assessment due weeks provided may change. Your lecturer will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.