Module title: Business Systems Analysis and Design

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: INF08101
Module leader: Wegene Demeke
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Creative and Social Informatics

2019/0, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Wegene Demeke
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The module is built around a number of systems analysis and design tasks that enable students to actively participate in the learning process. Whilst systems analysis is an inherently rigorous activity, the design aspects of the process give scope for individual expression and synthesis. The module seeks to impart deep learning of the principles of systems modelling by involving the students in the practical application of the discipline.

Formative Assessment:
Assessment (formative)
Formative feedback is provided during the tutorial exercises. The tutorials are organised to provide a real-world organisational problematic situation for analysis using soft and hard systems methodologies.

Summative Assessment:
Assessment (summative)
Assessment is based on two coursework assignments which are primarily formative in nature and assess the understanding and application of analysis methodology in realistic organisational problem scenarios. Specific theoretical understanding is assessed in a number of coursework deliverables. The initial assignment is an individual analysis task, based on a case study, with a written report focusing on soft system methodology. The second assignment is an individual analysis of a business problem scenario with results presented in written and diagrammatic form based on hard system methodology.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1,2,3,5 9 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Report 50 1,2,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Introduction to systems theory. Introduction to classical systems analysis (Data Flow, Data Structure, Entity Life History Models). Behavioural aspects of analysis and design. The Object-Oriented Approach. Prototyping strategies. Analysis and Design. Introduction to Soft Systems Analysis. Introduction to hard-systems methodologies. Socio-technical approaches to systems design and implementation. Human Factors in the design and implementation of information systems in an organisational context.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Utilise systems theory concepts which underpin analysis and design methods.
LO2: Comprehend the differences between hard and soft systems approaches to analysis and design.
LO3: Perform a systems analysis task using a classical methodology.
LO4: Perform a systems analysis task using soft systems methodology and a socio-technical systems approach.
LO5: Demonstrate understanding of socio-technical systems principles.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
INF08101 Business Systems Analysis and Design Module