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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr Shane Moore


This unit will provide students with an introduction to systems analysis and design. It will provide a broad overview of the main techniques commonly used for carrying out the analysis and specification of the design for an computer system. The unit will examine the nature of systems analysis and design as a problem-solving activity and the nature of modelling as an analytical and a communicative process. Major topics covered include: systems analysis and design in context, analysis and problem-solving, fact-finding and data gathering, systems analysis using UML and systems design using UML.


At the completion of this unit students will have -
A knowledge and understanding of:

  • the roles of systems analysts and designers system development;
  • various system development methodologies;
  • the processes of systems analysis and design in structured and object-oriented systems development methodologies and life-cycles;
  • planning and problem definition in simple information technology problems;
  • the principles of systems design, and the relationship of systems design to systems analysis;
  • the criteria that can be used to evaluate the quality of a model of a system;
  • the purpose of different types of models in the UML;
  • the role and application of automated tools in systems modelling.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • appreciate that a range of valid solutions exist for any given problem.
Developed the skills to:
  • model and design logical and physical systems using industry standard object oriented techniques;
  • interpret and evaluate systems analysis and systems design models created using both structured and object oriented techniques;
  • create analysis and design models using the main elements of the unified modelling language (UML);
  • develop and practice the skills and competencies necessary to undertake a requirements analysis for a business application;
  • apply problem solving techniques at different levels of abstraction and understand the effect this may have on a system specification.
Demonstrated the communication skills necessary to:
  • explain the interdependence and relationships between all stake-holders in the systems development process.


Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Peter O'Donnell


BUS2021, CPE2003, CSE1204, CSE1205, GCO1813, GCO2601, GCO2852, GCO2826, IMS1001, IMS1002, IMS1805, IMS2071, GCO9803, FIT2001

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