Course Brief

Before any system can be upgraded or a new system developed, the system requirements have to be analysed and the system designed, whether this is for a database system, or the web, game or mobile application, and failure to do this adequately could lead to a costly systems failure.

This unit explores the processes of systems analysis and design using two methodologies – the traditional systems development lifecycle methodology providing a comprehensive structured framework and the agile methodology with different framework models developed with the emphasis on variations of iterative incremental modelling. To provide perspective, students will examine the models in both these methodologies. They will consider the particular strengths and weaknesses of the two methodologies and examine the suitability of the
methodologies using different examples.


  • This course is offered in 50 contact hours.

Upon successful completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the traditional and agile systems analysis methodologies.
  • Produce a feasibility study for a system for a business-related problem.
  • Analyse their system using a suitable methodology.
  • Design the system to meet user and system requirements.
  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing
    Acquire an honours degree in Computing via the Pearson BTEC HND in Computing route.

    The BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing is a wide-ranging computing qualification that equips learners with relevant, foundational knowledge and skills in computing and information systems. It is suited to those desirous of pursuing careers in the IT sector, such as systems analysts, software engineers and developers, information system design and management, and IT maintenance and technical services areas, to name a few.  

    This Level 5 Higher National Diploma qualification is recognised as an accepted route onto the later stages of a number of UK and foreign university qualifications.  

    Successful completion of the HND in Computing allows direct entry into the University of Greenwich BSc. (Hons) in Computing & Information Systems.