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Systems Analysis and Design I


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 4
  • Module convenor and tutor: Taolue Chen
  • Assessment: an online quiz (40%) and problem-solving exercises (60%)

Module description

This module aims to introduce the basic concepts of information systems and basic techniques for systems analysis and design.

Indicative module content

  • General systems and information systems
  • Design methodologies under the 'hard' systems paradigm
  • Life-cycle models of analysis and design
  • Object-oriented design and the UML
  • Modelling concepts
  • Soft systems design
  • Success and failure in systems design
  • Rationality and alternative perspectives on information systems
  • Meta-methodology of systems design
  • A critical perspective on information systems

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate in-depth understanding of the 'system' concept
  • describe the different steps of 'hard' systems design
  • demonstrate a preliminary understanding of object-oriented systems design
  • model systems using a selection of UML diagrams
  • contrast different life-cycle models
  • explain the difference between 'hard' and 'soft' system methodologies
  • discuss success and failures of systems under different paradigms.