Module title: Business Systems Analysis and Design

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

Module code: INF08401
Module leader: Wegene Demeke
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Creative and Social Informatics


2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Wegene Demeke
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The student is required to be employed as a Graduate Apprentice based in and around Edinburgh to be eligible to complete this module, in this format. This module is offered in day release (GA) study mode and will be delivered during the period that students are attending classes from 9 am to 5 pm, one day per week. The delivery of the module is in line with normal university delivery models. The traditional lecture materials will be delivered in a blended form using online materials, while in-class time is devoted to practical exercises, projects, or discussions. The module is designed around online and student-centred learning in practice with an emphasis on building a learning community. The module is introduced by an induction workshop which introduces students to the online resources and explains the assessment process.

Formative Assessment:
Tutorial/practical sessions are used to provide formative feedback for students on the module. During these sessions, module tutors assess and evaluate student performance on tasks relevant to the summative assessment, providing timely feedback which supports the development of students’ capabilities.

Summative Assessment:
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. The second assignment is group based analysis of a business problem scenario with results presented in written and diagrammatic form. Each student will provide a share of this report.

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 Groupwork (Independent Study) 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 128
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= 0, WORDS= 2000
Report 50 1,2,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Revision of 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. 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