Systems Development Essentials

In Sandbach

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    3 Days


This course focuses on the fundamental skills of systems development: systems investigation; systems requirements definition; modelling; planning & quality assurance, which underpin every good systems development. The course explains how systems development work is organised, and distinguishes between several different lifecycle types, methods & approaches, looking at advantages and disadvantages.
Suitable for: Those who are likely to become involved in business analysis or systems development at any level, including: Business Analysts and Systems Analysts. Developers. Project Managers and Team Leaders. Quality Assurance and Quality Control Managers. Release Managers and Test Managers




Sandbach (Cheshire)
Aspen House, Newcastle Road, Arclid, CW11 2UE


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To take into account

There are no pre-requisites for the course. Delegates can take an optional one-hour written examination at the end of the course. Successful candidates are awarded the ISEB Certificate in Systems Development Essentials.

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Course programme

Course Objectives

This course will enable delegates to:

* Describe several lifecycle approaches to systems development and describe in detail one approach that embraces one or more of these lifecycles
* Identify the techniques, disciplines and tools required for systems development and implementation
* Identify different architectures for systems development solutions
* Investigate and interpret business requirements to produce systems requirements
* Quality assure systems requirements, documentation and models
* Make effective use of different methods of communication
* Prepare for the ISEB Certificate in Systems Development Essentials

Course Content

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

Systems Architecture
Different levels of architecture
Inputs at Enterprise, Systems and Infrastructure level
Impacts of design considerations

Development Approaches
Component based, evolutionary/iterative/agile
Bespoke development and software package solutions

Systems Development Lifecycles
Waterfall, V model, Incremental, Spiral
Advantages, disadvantages and selection of an approach

Methods and Approaches
Structure and content of a chosen and representative method
Description and interpretation of representative models
Roles and products within the chosen method

Systems Investigation
Workshops, Prototyping, Interviewing, Questionnaires, Scenario analysis
Functional and non-functional requirements definition
Human aspects of systems investigation & introducing change
Documenting system requirements

Systems Design, Implementation & Maintenance
Aspects of the production environment
Design principles & constraints (legal, ethical, financial)
Sign off and hand over
Post-implementation reviews
Service Level Agreements

Case Tools
Life-cycle coverage
Requirements traceability
Advantages and disadvantages

Additional information

Payment options: Systems Development Essentials is an OPTIONAL module in the ISEB Diploma in Business Analysis, which is an internationally recognised qualification offered by the British Computer Society (BCS).
Price on request