Module title: Information Systems Engineering (Global Online)

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

Module code: SET11806
Module leader: Andreas Steyven
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Software Engineering


2019/0, Trimester 1, ONLINE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: WORLDWIDE
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Andreas Steyven
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The Global Online module presence has been designed to provide a clear roadmap for students to work through the learning materials. This include items such as:
• A module introduction/overview, including learning outcomes, and summary of key learning points.
• Units of Learning materials, (subject specific units).
• Recorded keynote lecture introductions/ guest speakers (where appropriate).
• Case Studies (and outline solutions).
• Self-Assessment Questions, Reflective Exercises, end of Unit Progress tests.
• Links to core module academic materials; book chapters / journal articles / case materials etc.
• Additional readings – electronic links to journal articles, chapters etc.

In addition to this, online students are provided with online support in the form of:
• Dedicated online administrators who will keep track of student progress and will help you if you are having any problems.
• A dedicated interactive database of frequently asked questions specific to the online learning environment.
• A regular ‘virtual office hour’ will be held where module staff will be available for contact with you.

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 a recommender system, or a charity volunteer/ client matching system). This is assessed by practical coursework (LO3, LO4).

Formative Assessment:
The Global Online Learning Environment will be used to support formative feedback by a number of methods: unit self-assessment questions and case studies, both of which have outline solutions which will be released online. In addition reflective exercises within each unit will enable you to apply theory to practice – this will support your personal and professional development and you will have the opportunity to have a regular ‘virtual office hour’ where module staff will be available for contact with you to allow you to discuss your work and and to provide you with further formative feedback.

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)
Online Lecture 12
Online Practical classes and workshops 24
Online Tutorial 15
Independent Learning Guided independent study 109
Online Guided independent study 40
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Practical 50 1,2,3 8 HOURS= 20, WORDS= 2500
Project - Practical 50 3,4 14/15 HOURS= 20, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will explore and develop both the theory and practice of Information Systems Engineering. Topics will include: Information Systems development life cycles and methodologies, with emphasis on Agile Development, Data Driven Systems Development, and Dev Ops; Requirements elicitation, prioritisation, modelling and specification; The Unified Modelling Language (UML), Object Oriented Development; Test Driven Design and Development; Security by Design, and Misuse case Modelling.

The practicals will include computer-based exercises which will develop both modelling and development skills using an integrated development environment: Visual Studio C# .Net. This will be available to students via Apps Anywhere.

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:
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