ITC548 is a course code offered at Charles Sturt University that can help students in examining the system and the design techniques required for the development of business systems. This course code shall help in fulfilling the requirements in a business organization. Students of this course shall be getting in-depth knowledge about various advanced system analysis techniques and business modeling aspects from this post-graduation course. This course is available on each of the three campuses of this educational organization. The context of an information system can be understood in the first place using this subject code. This subject code also helps students in comparing different methodologies of system analysis. Different types of requirements gathering techniques, along with feasibility analysis shall be the prime lessons learned from this subject code. This code also helps in justifying system requirement models which can be used in critical developmental situations.
Location: Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney; Australia
Study Level: Postgraduate
Unit Code: ITC548
There are different types of topics that are covered across this subject such as the introduction of the information systems, processes of systems analysis, problem definition for the system, feasibility analysis. Requirement gathering techniques, creation of use case and test case of an advanced system, Unified Modelling Language (UML) and case tools, analysis of class diagrams and data flow diagrams are the topics which shall be covered in this subject in detailed modus.
Information systems can be defined as the set of components which can help in gathering, storing, analyzing business information. It can help in running the inter-organizational supply chains and electronic markets. There are diverse categories of Information systems that are used in business organizations such as decision support systems, social information systems, process control systems, intelligent systems, management information systems, data warehouses, enterprise systems, and enterprise resource planning. The course provides a detailed description of the system analysis and design which revolve around systems, processes, and technology. There are a few properties in a system that needs to be considered as well such as its process of interaction, dependencies with the other components of the business, integration with the systems. The core elements of any type of Information System are control, output, input, feedback, processor, and environment. The course highlights the significance of the objectives of the Information System which is derived from the problem which is a source of concern in a business. Most of the issues are the current situation or a process of improving some of the gaps in the current process for which an Information System needs to be incorporated
Feasibility analysis is defined as the systematic investigation of any business organization which can help in the business decision-making processes. Feasibility analysis is very much significant in outlining a problem and determining its feasibility. The scope of the proposed system can be understood in the first place from a feasibility study. The steps involved in feasibility analysis start from the selection of a project leader and development of system flowcharts and the identification of the issues of the current system. During the feasibility analysis, both operational feasibility, as well as technical feasibility of the proposed system, is determined. The performance and cost of the proposed system are then determined along with the ranking of the alternatives. Based upon the approval from the management, the development of the proposed system starts. The course also sheds light on the different types of requirements gathering techniques such as brainstorming, workshops, prototyping, observation, interview, focus groups, document analysis. There are five stages of requirement gathering such as understanding the pain behind the requirement, elimination of language ambiguity, identification of the corner cases, writing of the user stories, and concluding the entire process. At the same time, use case analysis is defined as the technique which can help in identifying the requirements of a system. The behavior of the system which can help in addressing the challenge confronted by the business can be determined from a use case diagram. Describing all the functionalities which shall be conducted by the proposed system can also be determined in the first place using a use case diagram. The unit also highlights the use of test cases for identifying all the possible errors of the proposed system. Separate test cases are created for each module of a system, there are different types of test cases such as functional test cases, User Interface test cases, Database test cases, and Unit test cases.
Unified Modelling Language (UML) is discussed in this subject as well, which can help the students in visualizing the way a system is designed. Communication required among the stakeholders of the business can be determined from a UML diagram. UML diagrams can be categorized as structural and behavior diagrams as these two concepts are useful in understanding the static and dynamic structure of a proposed system. Class diagrams shall be discussed in this unit which can help in understanding the complexity of the proposed system, at the same time the features of the proposed system can also be determined in the first place from class diagrams. On the other hand, data flow diagrams (DFD) shall also be useful for the students of this code in understanding the continuous flow of information from the proposed system. Logical and Physical are the two types of DFDs are two graphical illustrations that can help in mapping a structure of the system which is yet to be developed. Hence, this course shall help students in identifying the exact feature needed in a system that can help in addressing business problems.
In this course, four different assessment needs to be completed, the first one is understanding the problem and the weightage is 15%, then comes the requirement gathering part which weighs about 20% of the total marks. A requirement report needs to be created in this course which shall help in securing another 15% of the grade and the final exam of this course shall be having 50% of the marks.
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