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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: School of Management Short Name: MA318
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: GARN W Dr (SoM)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability


Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)

Group project


Individual assignment


Module Overview

This new module is designed to give students hands-on experience in all stages of the system development lifecycle. Unlike the other modules, it is relatively practical in nature but the other modules (e.g. project management and information strategy) will cover elements that can only be understood after some hands-on work in IT has been completed.

Module Aims

The module aims to educate students in the state of the art techniques of building and deploying information systems. Particular focus will be on the user requirements and data analysis phase, and techniques such advanced UML use case analysis and UML class diagrams will be covered. Students will be able to practise their skills with a hands-on information systems management group project. The use of an advanced information systems development tool such as Macromedia Dreamweaver will be part of the module.

Learning Outcomes

On succesful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Identify a business systems software project opportunity
  • Outline a requirements specification
  • Identify the project stakeholders
  • Understand the role of the stakeholders
  • Plan and implement a software solution
  • Document a software solution
  • Critically evaluate a software project from inception through to completion
Module Content
  • Information System project planning
  • Requirements definition & prioritisation
  • Logical and physical data design
  • Process design
  • Iterative prototype development using relevant tools and techniques 
  • Design/development walkthrough presentations
  • Implementation planning
  • Documentation
Methods of Teaching/Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to emphasise the importance of software project management in the business environment and to develop the skills needed to manage and build a software solution, including opportunities for e-commerce. 

The teaching and learning methods include a weekly lecture and weekly three-hour workshops in the computing laboratory, during which students will be required to present design walk-through seminars of work-in-progress

Selected Texts/Journals

Selected texts/ Journals

Dennis, A; Wixon B.; Roth R.: Systems Analysis and Design (4th Edition) ISBN: 978 0 470 22854 8 

Recommended text 

Rumbaugh, J., I. Jacobson & G. Booch, The unified modeling language reference model, Addison-Wesley, 2000

Further reading 

Cockburn, A., Writing effective use cases, Addison-Wesley, 2001
Armour, F. & G. Miller, Advanced use case modelling, Addison-Wesley, 2001

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