Foundation in Systems Development
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Foundation in Systems Development Course Overview

Course Code: SFSD

Duration: 3 days

(Course includes examination fee)

Course Overview

The Foundation in Systems Development course is aimed at anyone involved - either directly or indirectly - in systems development who wishes to gain an understanding of a broad range of systems development approaches and the tools and techniques used in the development of software solutions. Key course areas include:

  • System development lifecycles and approaches
  • Business analysis, requirements engineering and making a business case
  • Systems modelling and specification techniques and CASE (Computer Aided Software Engineering) tools
  • Systems design and architecture
  • Quality assurance, testing and CAST (Computer Aided Software Testing) tools
  • Implementation and changeover

The course covers all topics contained within the BCS syllabus and provides participants with knowledge that underpins the higher level Solution Development qualifications.

Course Content

Introduction to systems development

  • The scope of systems development
  • Systems development and other disciplines
  • Offshoring and outsourcing of systems development work

Lifecycle types and their rationales

  • Lifecycles – waterfall, 'V' model, incremental, evolutionary
  • The Unified Process
  • Adaptation and customisation of the lifecycles
  • Roles and responsibilities in systems development
  • Project lifecycles

Business analysis

  • Definition of business analysis
  • Business analysis in the systems development lifecycle
  • Outcomes from business analysis

Requirements engineering

  • Introduction to requirements engineering
  • Requirements elicitation techniques
  • Types of requirements
  • Documenting requirements
  • Prioritising requirements
  • Managing requirements
  • Analysing and validating requirements

Making a business case

  • Assessing feasibility
  • Elements of a business case
  • Identifying, evaluating and selecting options
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Impact and risk analysis

Programming and development approaches

  • Drivers affecting the choice of approach
  • Approaches described: agile software development; object-oriented development; service-oriented development; open source development; Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) solutions

Systems modelling and specification techniques

  • Reasons for modelling
  • Modelling from different perspectives - process, data and business rules
  • Modelling dynamic behaviour
  • Modelling the user interface
  • Cross-referencing different modelling techniques
  • Documentation and specification

Systems design

  • Systems design in context
  • Objectives and constraints of design
  • Input design, data verification and data validation
  • Input and output technologies
  • Process and data design
  • Code and security design

Systems architecture

  • Types of architecture
  • Stakeholders and roles in architecture
  • Management of the architecture
  • The tiered approach to IT systems development
  • Service-oriented architecture and service-oriented development applications

Quality and Testing

  • The definition of software quality
  • Objectives, limitations and principles of testing
  • Static and dynamic testing
  • Confirmation and regression testing

Implementation and changeover

  • File and data creation
  • Data mapping and conversion
  • Supporting documentation
  • Training
  • System implementation

Evaluation and maintenance

  • Maintenance in the systems development lifecycle
  • Metrics for evaluating a software project
  • Post-implementation and post-project reviews
  • Testing in the maintenance stage

Software support tools

  • Configuration management tools
  • Computer-aided software engineering (CASE) tools
  • Computer aided software testing (CAST) tools

BCS certificates

The course prepares participants to sit the one-hour, multiple-choice examination leading to the Foundation Certificate in Systems Development offered by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.



Last Edited: May 2016

 

Foundation in Systems Development

Duration: 3 days

RRP: £1,245.00 exc. VAT 


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