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BCS Systems Development Essentials - Weekend

The BCS Systems Development Essentials course focuses on the fundamental skills of systems development which underpin every good systems development: systems investigation; systems requirements definition; modelling; planning and quality assurance.

The course explains how systems development work is organised, and distinguishes between several different lifecycle types, methods and approaches, looking at advantages and disadvantages.

The course encourages a user-centred approach which focuses on providing quality assured solutions which meet the needs of the business. This practical course provides valuable experience in investigation, requirements gathering, modelling and specification analysis of information, quality assurance and other essential systems analysis techniques.

This course used to be called ISEB Systems Development Essentials

This weekend version of the course is condensed from three days to two. This is an intensive course requiring pre-reading and long days (approx 9 hours).

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the tasks and disciplines required for systems development and implementation
  • Investigate a system
  • Interpret business requirements and produce systems requirements
  • Quality assure the systems requirements documentation
  • Design test cases for the requirements
  • Describe the commonly-used development lifecycles defined in the syllabus
  • Describe in detail one methodology that embraces one (or more) of these lifecycles
  • Describe the structure and activities of this methodology
  • Describe, interpret and quality assure the key models that the selected methodology uses for defining the process, static and event perspectives of the system
  • Make effective use of different methods of interpersonal communications
  • Identify different architecture for systems development solutions
  • Conduct a system review
  • Explain how CASE tools might be used to support the method

Pre-Requisites

None, but the course assumes a basic knowledge of IT systems.

Course Content

The Role of the Systems Analyst and Designer
Identify the actors/roles and responsibilities within systems development and implementation
Characteristics of the systems analyst/designer

Systems Architecture
Different levels of architecture: Enterprise, Systems, Infrastructure
Inputs at: Enterprise level, Systems level, Infrastructure level
Impacts of design decisions

Development Approaches
Component-based
Evolutionary/iterative/agile
Bespoke development
Software package solutions
Other appropriate approaches

Systems Development Lifecycles
Waterfall
V model
Incremental
Spiral
Other appropriate lifecycles
Structure and content of a chosen representative method

Methodologies
How to interpret three representative models from the method, showing: Process perspective, Data perspective, Event perspective
Products within the chosen method

Systems Investigation
Interviewing
Other fact finding approaches: Workshops, Prototyping, Questionnaires, Scenario analysis, Observation, Documentation Analysis
Human aspects of systems investigation and introducing change

Defining Requirements
Functional Requirements Definition
Non-Functional Requirements Definition
Documenting system requirements

System Design, Implementation and Maintenance
Design principles and constraints (legal, ethical, financial)
Sign off and hand over
Aspects of the production environment
Post-implementation reviews
Different types of maintenance

Quality Assurance
Definitions of quality
Requirements-driven testing
Types of walkthrough and inspection
Post-project reviews
Service Level Agreements

CASE tools
Features
Lifecycle coverage
Requirements traceability
Advantages and disadvantages


Throughout the course a case study is used to reinforce and practise the topics discussed

Exams & Certification

BCS Certificate in Systems Development Essentials

One-hour, open book, exam.

The certificate is a core module in the BCS Diploma in Solution Development and is also a specialist practitioner module in the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis.

 

For this weekend course the exam is usually taken a week later at a time agreed with the delegate.

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