MIT503 Systems Development

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 1, Semester 1
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: Nil
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/) and a Project Management tool such as Google Sheets (https://www.google.com/sheets/about/) or Microsoft Excel.

Unit description 

This unit introduces the techniques, tools and models for developing information systems. It aims to develop analytical skills for Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) including systems requirements analysis, problem identification, feasibility analysis, data modelling, use case analysis 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. Project management techniques and tools for information systems are also studied.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Understand and describe various phases of Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
ULO2 Demonstrate knowledge of analysing and designing information systems.
ULO3 Develop skills to solve business problems.
ULO4 Apply appropriate models and techniques to solve business problems.
ULO5 Create reports to analyse a problem and design an appropriate solution.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. System Development Life cycle (SDLC)
2. Investigating systems requirements
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 project management
11. Project management techniques and tools
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% 5
Assessment 3: Group Assignment 25% 6
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.