Systems Development - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Business Analy (15-20%) , Assignment 2 - Systems Analy - Grp (25-35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,180.00
Domestic continuing 2,663.00
International 3,430.00
International continuing 2,913.00

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Ongoing evolution of systems development is driven by both user demand and changing technologies. A feature of today’s dynamic business and social environment is the rapid rise of organisations that grasp and adapt the essential ingredients of structure, strategy and policy to their business goals. To meet these challenges, businesses require access to the latest information systems to streamline their operations and to avoid being handicapped by the limitations of existing systems.

This unit provides knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in systems development. It dissects various systems development lifecycles, methodologies, techniques and tools, exploring contexts in which they succeed and fail. Factors affecting the success of these methods are examined, along with comparisons of the values and principles that underlie these methods (eg: Agile vs Waterfall).

The relationship and alignment between techniques, system and management issues, human capital and social capital will also be explored. Successful alignment involves coverage of: systems planning; requirements analysis; risk analysis; and design and implementation strategies for complex applications within medium and larger sized organizations.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the role of information systems in organisations and their impact on organizational structure and culture
  2. Apply critical systems development skills and techniques to solving contextual  business problems
  3. Compare and contrast various systems development methodologies in terms of their suitability for, and alignment with, a given organisational scenario
  4. Critically evaluate current issues in system development methodologies from both the human and technical perspectives
  5. Evaluate the impact of information systems from multiple perspectives.
  • Assignment 1 — Business Analy (15-20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Systems Analy - Grp (25-35%)
  • Assignment 3 — System develop - Grp (30-40%)
  • Assignment 4 — Online Activites - Grp(10-20%)

Do not enrol into this unit if you have completed MTB140.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Organisational structure, business strategies and business models
2The scope of systems development and analysis
3Requirements analysis and management across stakeholders (social capital)
4Human capital
5Systems documentation
6Systems life-cycle and software life-cycle models including Agile techniques
7Scenario-based analysis techniques
8Open source software development
9The Unified Modelling Process (UML)
10Object-oriented design
11System and software design patterns, metrics
12System and software engineering ethics
13Why systems fail. Criteria of systems' success and fail

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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