The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills needed to undertake a systems analysis investigation by following a recognised methodology. Systems Analysis and Design refers to the examination of a problem and the creation of its solution. It is core to any systems life cycle and provides a comprehensive framework for initially capturing data and information through a feasibility study and the use of recognised fact-finding techniques. Students will be encouraged to identify and consider a full set of stakeholder interests to be sure that the wider implications of any development are considered. To provide perspective, students will examine different life cycle models and appreciate their particular strengths and weaknesses and to which situations they are most appropriate. Theoretical understanding will be translated into practical skills through actual systems investigations and students will become confident in the use of particular tools and techniques relevant to the methodology chosen. Although for practical purposes, it is likely that one particular methodology and related tools and techniques will be chosen for practical work, it is important that students understand that others are available.
- This course is offered in 50 hours