Module Identifier IL33610  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Christine J Urquhart  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite IL33010  
Course delivery Lecture   15 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1.5 Hours  50%
Semester Assessment Report Of Student: Report (1,500 words) or equivalent50%

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:


Systems analysis involves mote than recommending a computerised system to meet the information needs of a group of users. It has been described justifiably as ? a creative blend of psychology, politics and computer science ? . One aim of the modules is to help you gain an understanding of the present situation in an organisation and possible improvements, with a view to the development of a successful information strategy.   

You will consider how users?' views can be collated and analysed, and how projects can be managed to minimise the risk of failure. The modules aims to enable you to ask the right questions of all those involved in systems analysis and design, whether technical experts, stall at all levels in the organisation or the customer of that organisation.

Planning and evaluating an information system requires an analytical approach and the module aims to show you how various methodologies have been developed to help those planners, designers and users of information systems obtain the best solution possible to an information problem.

Transferable skills

Reading Lists

** Recommended Consultation
Ambler, S. W (1998) Process patterns: building large-scsale systems using object technology Cambridge; Cambridge University press
Avgerou, C. and Cornford, T (1998) Developing information systems: concepts, issues and practice 2nd. Basingstoke: Macmillan
Avison, D. E. and Fitzgerald, G (1995) Information systems development; methodologies, techniques and tools 2nd. London: McGraw-Hill
Avison, D. E. and Shah, H (1997) The information systems development cycle: a first course in information systems Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill
Bellin, D. and Suchman S. S (1997) The CRC card book Reading, Mass: Addison Wesley
Bennett, S., McRobb, S. and Farmer, R (1999) Object oriented systems analysis and desigin using UML Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill
Bentley, C (1997) Introducing SSADM4+ London: Stationary Office
Bentley, C (1998) Practical PRINCE 2 London: Stationary Office
Black, K (1995) Project management for library and information service professionals London: Aslib
Booch, G., Martin, R. and Newkirk, J (1999) Object-oriented analysis and design with applications Menlo Park, CA: Addison-Wesley
Britton, C. and Doake, J (1996) Software system development: a gentle introduction Maidenhead:; McGraw-Hill
Brown, D. W. M (2000) An introduction to object-oriented analysis: objects and UML in plain English 2nd. Chichester: John Wiley
Burke, R (1999) Project management: planning & control techniques 3rd. Chichester: John Wiley
Checkland, P. B (1981) Systems thinking, systems practice Chichester: John Wiley
Checkland, P. B. and Scholes, J (1990) Soft systems methodology in action Chichester: John Wiley
Checkland, P. and Holwell, S (1998) Information, systems and information systems: making sense of the field Chichester; John Wiley
Dewitz, S (1996) Systems analysis and design and the transition to objects London: McGraw-Hill
Eden, C., Jones, S. and Sims, D (1983) Messing about in problems: an informal approach to their identification and management Oxford: Pergamon Press
Eva, M (1994) SSADM Version 4: a users's guide 2nd. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill
Flynn, D (1997) Information system requirements Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill
Fowler, M. (with Scott, K) (1998) UML distilled: applying the standard object modeling language Harlow: Addison Wesley Longman
Goodland, M. and Slater, C (1995) SSADM version 4: a practical approach London: McGraw-Hill
Hawryszkiewycz, I (1997) Introduction to systems analysis and design Englewood Cliffs, CA: Prentice Hall
Henderson-Sellers, B (1997) A book of object-oriented knowledge: an introduction to object-oriented software engineering 2nd. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall
Hoffer, J. A., George, J. F. and Valacich, J. S (1998) Modern systems analysis and design Menlo Park, CA: Addison Wesley
Mumford, E (1995) Effective system design and requirements analysis: the ETHICS approach Basingstoke: Macmillan
Remenyi, D., Money, A. and Twite, A (195) Effective measurement and management og IT costs and benefits Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann
Silk, D. J (1991) Planning IT: creating an information management strategy Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann
Stapleton, J (1997) Dsdm Dynamic Systems Development Method: the method in practice Menlo Park, CA: Addison Wesley
Stowell, F. and West, D (1994) Client-led design: a systematic approach to information system definition London: McGraw-Hill
Stowell, F. (ed.) (1995) Information systems provision: the provision of soft systems methodology London: McGraw-Hill
Taylor, D (1998) Object technology: a manager's guide Reading, Mass: Addison Wesley
Tudor, D. J. and Tudor, I, J (1995) Systems analysis and design: a comparison of structured methods Oxford: NCC Blackwell
Ward, J (1995) Principles of information systems management London: Routledge
Willcocks, L. P, Feeny, D. F and Islei, G (1997) Managing IT as a strategic resource London: McGraw-Hill
Yeates, D. and Cadle, J (1996) Project management for information systems London: Financial Times Management

Information Systems Journal (e-journal)


This module is at CQFW Level 6