• July 21st, 2015

System Analysis and Design

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Coursework Assignment Brief 
Semester: C15
Module Code: PC209
Module Title: Systems Analysis & Design
Programme: Computer Science/Computer Science with Business Informatics 
Level: Level 5
Awarding Body: 
Module Leader:
Format: Systems Analysis and Design Portfolio Document
Presentation: No 
Any special requirements: No
Word Limit: Between 1500-2000 words.
Deadline date for submission:
Learning outcomes to be examined in this assessment: • Demonstrate an understanding of how business needs determine system design.
• Undertake document analysis to produce normalised data sets and structured English
• Analyse information flows and draw simple data flow diagrams
• Demonstrate an understanding of the components of quality systems
Percentage of marks awarded for module: This assignment is worth 40% of the total marks for the module

Assignment Tasks
Your assignment consists of two tasks: task one is the creation of a Systems Analysis and Design portfolio (worth 85% of the total marks for the assignment), and task two is a critical self-reflective commentary on task one (worth 15% of the total marks for the assignment). 

Assignment Task 1: Systems Analysis and Design Portfolio
Your first task is to create a Systems Analysis & Design portfolio document.
Create a Systems Analysis and Design (SAD) portfolio for either a real or fictional small business entity (SBE) or non-profit organisation (NPO) by presenting a comprehensive SAD report which covers essential SAD elements as highlighted during the module’s weekly core topics.
Choose one of the following scenarios:
1) Create a SAD portfolio for a SBE operating in the e-retail sector. 
2) Create a SAD portfolio for a NPO operating in the human rights sector. 
After selecting a scenario, you should then research and create the background yourself for either the SBE or NPO that you choose (you may select either an existing organisation, or create a fictional one). For example, you may elect to write about a SBE which operates in the e-retail book vendor space, or about an NPO dedicated to facilitating whistleblowing. 
Once you have selected an organisation from either of the above scenarios, you will need to create a SAD portfolio document for it.
Specifically, your portfolio (approx. 1500-1750 words total) should cover the following:
• Create and state the background of your organisation and assess its business needs (approx. 375-430 words) [This component corresponds to Week 2: Project Initiation of the module];
• Create a stated plan of action explaining how you would establish a communicative and data workflow conducive to successful information gathering within the organisation (approx. 375-430 words) [This component corresponds to Weeks 3: Project Management & Communicative Workflow & 4: Requirements Determination & Information Gathering of the module];
• Create a sample (Unified Modelling Language) UML-based Entity-Relationship (ER) diagram which maps a particular workflow of your choice within your SBE or NPO (1 page; including at least 5 entities in your diagram) [This component corresponds to Weeks 5: Structural Modelling & 6: Behavioural Modelling of the module];
• Draft a sample trust management policy delineating tiered access to systems data within your organisation (approx. 375-430 words) [This component corresponds to Week 7: Trust Management of the module];
• Present an analysis of planned security implementations in relation to internal data handling as being integral components of the system design (approx. 375-430 words) [This component corresponds to Week 8: Systems Hardening of the module].

Note that this assignment is incremental: its components are based on weekly topics discussed during each week of the module. It is thus essential that you both attend class and regularly follow the weekly topics. Start working on the assignment early, do not leave it until the last week.

Deliverables

You will submit your portfolio as a document (which you may compose in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, OpenOffice, or any other suitable word processing software of your choice). 

Specifically, your portfolio should be structured as follows:

Cover Page 
Your cover page should include: Assignment title (e.g. ‘Sample Systems Analysis and Design Portfolio for my Small Business Entity’), module code, full name and student number, as well as submission date. 

Table of Contents 
A list of all of the components of your portfolio, including page numbers.

0. Introduction: Business Background and Needs
Remember, you are creating the business background and assessing the business needs of your organisation yourself. You will thus first need to: 1) create and state the background of your organisation (what is your organisation? What does it do?); and 2) assess the business needs of your organisation (what does your organisation need to accomplish to maintain successful internal operations? How large is its operational scope? What does it need to accomplish successful data handling?). 

(approx. 375-430 words)

1. Communication Building and Information Gathering
Create a stated plan of action explaining how you would establish both a communicative workflow and a data workflow conducive to successful information gathering within the organisation (how do you plan to gather actionable intelligence from employees to foster successful systems design?).

(approx. 375-430 words)

2. Sample Workflow Diagram
Create a sample (Unified Modelling Language) UML-based Entity-Relationship (ER) diagram which maps a particular workflow of your choice within your SBE or NPO. You may use ArgoUML, Star UML, Microsoft Visio, or any other comparable UML-modelling software. Add your diagram into your portfolio document by copy and pasting or inserting an image or screenshot of the diagram if you are unable to import it directly. 

(1 page; including at least 5 entities in your diagram)

3. Trust Management Policy Analysis
Draft a sample trust management policy delineating tiered access to systems data within your organization. Explain both which employees will have access to which data and which applications in the software workflow will have access to which databases.

(approx. 375-430 words)

4. System Security Analysis and Design
Present an analysis of planned security implementations in relation to internal data handling as an integral component of the system design, covering data storage policies (including encryption), data retention duration scheduling, and secure data destruction.

(approx.375-430 words)

Assignment Task 2: Self-Reflective Commentary
Your second task is to write a self-reflective commentary about your SAD portfolio.
Having created your SAD portfolio, you should write a self-reflective commentary (approx. 500-750 words) critically reflecting on your portfolio. You commentary should critically explore the work you have done to produce your SAD portfolio. You should reflect on:
1. Your research as you produced your portfolio.
2. The decisions you made as you worked on your portfolio.
3. Where you think you succeeded and where you think you could have room for improvement.
4. What you would do differently if you were to attempt to do your portfolio again and what you would do with your portfolio if you could develop it further.
Your commentary should show evidence of your reading and research and use Harvard referencing. Your commentary is a chance for you to critically analyse your own work, showing an awareness of strengths as well as identifying potential areas which could use improvement if they were to be done again.

Deliverables
You should attach your commentary to your portfolio document. Submit one document to Turnitin and Portal.

 

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