Module title: Information Systems Engineering

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SET11106
Module leader: Alistair Lawson
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Software Engineering


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: Alistair Lawson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
In this module you will follow two closely linked strands of learning.
In the first strand you will study the theories of information, system development, modelling and specification. These will develop your ability to assess the information needs of an organisation and to specify requirements for a new computer-based system

Modelling of existing systems will be done using the Unified Modelling Language (UML). You will practice these techniques on business scenarios tutorial problems and will finally be assessed by coursework which involves analysing requirements and producing an initial requirements model. (LO1, LO2, LO3).
In the second strand you will learn the capabilities of system-building software such as the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (C#.Net), or similar vehicle of your choice (as agreed with the module leader) to construct and assess a small computer application (such as an auction system, a house buying and selling system, an airline booking system). This is assessed by practical coursework (LO4).

Formative Assessment:
To support formative feedback, the Software Engineering subject group utilise a lab based teaching approach across their provision. During these lab sessions, staff will discuss and evaluate student progress and provide feedback on how well they are progressing with their work. All modules in the subject group also require students to demonstrate their coursework on submission to provide further formative feedback on how the work could be improved.

Summative Assessment:
In each individual summative coursework assessment, students must problem-solve, discuss theory and specify solutions.
In the first assignment, each student must analyse and design a small system (LO1, LO2, LO3). Marks are for requirements analysis, specification and presentation of the design.
In the second assignment, the student will futher develop and implement this design (LO3, LO4). The base system requirements are specified, but the students can develop extra, more complex facilities if they wish. Marks are for interface design, functioning, and self-assessment of the final product.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 8
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 16
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 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Practical Skills Assessment 50 3,4 13 HOURS= 50, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Approach: Lectures will present both theory and practical examples. Tutorial exercises will support the development of modelling skills and practical, computer-based sessions will develop both modelling and development skills
Project overview, life cycles and methodologies, with emphasis on Agile Application Development Requirements elicitation, modelling and specification, including functional and non-functional requirements, and using techniques such as CRC modelling, and functionality prioritisation technique
The Unified Modelling Language (UML), such as Use Case Modelling, Activity Diagrams, Object Modelling, Class Diagrams, Sequence Diagrams, State Charts,
Test Driven Design and Development
Security by Design, and Misuse case Modelling Issues of Computer Ethics, Professionalism, and Legislation relating to Information Systems Development
Developing and assessing simple applications using system construction tools such as Visual Studio C# .Net

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Critically assess the concepts of development stages and methods
LO2: Elicit user requirements
LO3: Evaluate possible models, designs and specify elements of existing/proposed systems
LO4: Construct and critically evaluate a system using construction tool(s)

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SET11106 Information Systems Engineering