CS975 – Business Analysis

TIMETABLE TEACHING MATERIAL
Credits 10
Level 5
Semester 2
Prerequisites N/A
Availability Possible elective
Contact Lectures: 6 (2 hours each) | Labs: 6 (2 hours each)
Assignments: 26 | Self study: 50
Assessment Students will complete an individual assignment (50% of the marks) and a group assignment (50% of the marks).
Resit An individual assignment (100%)
Lecturer Dr Martin Halvey

General Aims

This class aims to:

  • provide tools and techniques for the effective analysis and design of business information systems, and enable students to develop an understanding of their respective advantages, disadvantages and applicability.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • communicate and apply principles of good business analysis practice;
  • select tools and techniques for the analysis and design of business information systems;
  • undertake business analysis as part of system development;
  • undertake business process modelling and design.

Syllabus

  • Systems development: lifecycle process models; systems requirements challenges and best practice.
  • Requirements development: elicitation and analysis.
  • Requirements development: specification and validation.
  • Business process modelling: concepts, principles, notation.
  • Business process modelling: methodology and tools.
  • Business process modelling: partitioning and decomposition.

Recommended Text/Reading*

* This list is indicative only – the class lecturer may recommend alternative reading material. Please do not purchase any of the reading material listed below until you have confirmed with the class lecturer that it will be used for this class.

Information Systems Development: methodologies, techniques and tools. Avison, D.E. and Fitzgerald, G. 3rd edition, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2003. | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Systems Thinking, Systems Practice. Checkland, P. John Wiley, Chichester, 1999.  | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Requirements Engineering: processes and techniques. Kotonya, G. and Sommerville, I. John Wiley & Sons, New York 1998.  | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Business Process Management: a rigorous approach. Ould, M.A. Meghan-Kiffer Press, London, 2005. | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Software Engineering: a practitioner’s approach. Pressman, R. 6th edition, McGraw-Hill, Boston, 2004. | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Business Rules Applied: building better systems using the business rules approach. Von Halle, B. John Wiley & Sons, New York. 2001. | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)