• Systems Analysis.
• Systems and Models, Soft Systems Methodology.
• Entity Relationship modelling.
• Systems Analysis for Information Systems Specification
• The context of systems innovation - Human, organisational and technical infrastructure, IT applications, Projects and their management.
• Project initiation and Requirements investigation - Stakeholder analysis, Interviewing, other fact finding techniques. Business Case, cost-benefit analysis.
• OO methods and the use of UML for modelling of requirements (Class, Use Cases, Activity, Sequence and State diagrams).
• Procurement and Implementation
• Case Studies of Information Systems - student researched and presented.
• Systems characterised by a single database supporting a single application.
• ERM - Manufacturing - Supply Chain management systems.
• CRM - Marketing and Sales systems.
• Financial systems (Revenue collection, Accounting)
• Hospital systems - eg Patient Administration Systems.
• Local Government systems.
20 hours of lectures
9 hours of classes
Method of assessment
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
See the library reading list for this module (Medway)
To develop abilities to reflect on systems and organisations and to communicate about them coherently
To develop an understanding of requirements and their specification
To understand the role of abstraction in systems analysis
To deepen their understanding of the role of information within and between organisations
To be able to specify information systems. This involves:
• Understanding project management
• Carrying out a systems investigation
• Stakeholder analysis
• Drawing up a business case involving a cost-benefit study
• UML modelling of requirements (Class, Use cases, Activity, Sequence and State diagrams)
To deepen their understanding of the nature of commonly found commercial and administrative information systems.
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