Module Title:Systems Analysis, Design & Testing
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Mix of lectures, tutorials and workshops. Formative and summative assessments. A suitable case study will be selected and used throughout the course.
Module Aim: To introduce students to the principles and practice of object-oriented systems analysis, design and testing.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Understand the pricipal software development processes.
LO2 Apply objected-oriented techniques to the analysis and design of a software system.
LO3 Use the principal UML diagramming techniques.
LO4 Understand and apply software testing techniques.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Approaches to Systems Analysis & Design
Overview - structured, object-oriented, soft system, other.
Object Oriented Concepts
Objects. Classes. Relationships - association, aggregation, inheritance. Encapsulation. Polymorphism.
Software Development Processes
Waterfall vs Agile. Unified Process - iterative, evolutionary development; phases - inception, elaboration, construction, transition.
Fact-finding techniques - functional & non-functional requirements, FURPS+. Use Cases - brief and detailed formats. Use case diagrams. Tool (e.g. UMLet). System sequence diagrams. Collaboration diagrams. Domain Models - domain classes, attributes and associations. CRC cards. Animate using object diagrams.
Design class diagrams. Sequence diagrams. System architecture - layering, partitioning. File systems - organisation, access and file types. Database management systems - relational, object, object-relational. User interface design - characteristics, usability, style guides.
System testing. Data conversion. User manuals. Training. Changeover strategies - direct, parallel, phased, pilot.
Review & Maintenance
System review. Evaluation Report. Amendment procedures.
White-box and black-box methods. Levels of testing - unit, integration, system, acceptance. Test plans, schedules & reports. Testing tools.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Individual Written Exam 1,2 10.00 Week 6
Case Studies Take-home Case Study Exercise 2,3 5.00 Week 12
Examination Individual written exam 3,4 10.00 Week 20
Open-book Examination Test Case Design 4 10.00 Week 25
Performance Evaluation Active Participation 1,2,3,4 5.00 Every Week
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Terminal Examination 1,2,4 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer Supervised Learning 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.67
Total Hours 200.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_KCSOF_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Software Development 2 Mandatory
CW_KCSOF_D Bachelor of Science in Software Development 2 Mandatory
CW_KWCAP_C Higher Certificate in Science in Computing 2 Group Elective 2
CW_KCCOM_C Higher Certificate in Science in Computing (Applications or Programming) 2 Group Elective 1