Systems Development Essentials

Systems Development Essentials


Business and system analysts, designers, developers, testers and other practitioners who want to gain skills in systems development.


There are no prerequisites for this course.


3 days. Lecture presentations are supported by group practical work which allows discussion, reinforcement of learning and enhancement of the understanding process.

This course is available on site only. Please call for details.

Course Objectives

This course has been independantly developed but follows the BCS Systems Development Essentials syllabus.  Course fees do not include the BCS examination.  At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the tasks and disciplines required for systems development and the implementation of the development.
  • Describe the relationship between systems development and the wider term solution development.
  • Interpret the business requirements and produce systems requirements.
  • Describe the commonly used development lifecycles defined in the syllabus.
  • Select a particular development lifecycle based on specific characteristics.
  • Describe in detail one method that embraces one (or more) of these generic lifecycles.
  • Describe the structure, activities and deliverables of this method.
  • Identify the key roles and responsibilities within the chosen method and describe how these can be used to form teams.
  • Describe, interpret and quality assure the key models that the selected method uses for defining the process, static and event processes of the system.
  • Explain the differences between logical and physical models.
  • Make effective use of different methods of interpersonal communications.
  • Quality assure the systems requirements documentation and models.
  • Identify different architectures for systems development solutions.
  • Conduct a quality review.
  • Explain how CASE, CAST and Application Management tools might be used to support the chosen method.

Course Content

Systems Development Roles and Responsibilities
Identify the actors/roles and responsibilities within system development and implementation.
Characteristics of these roles.
Team structure.

Different levels of architecture – enterprise, business, solution, infrastructure (networks, databases).
Inputs at enterprise level.
Inputs at solution and infrastructure level.
Impacts of design decisions.

Systems Development Lifecycles
Waterfall, V model, Incremental or phased delivery, Spiral or iterative.
advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
selection of an appropriate approach on defined characteristics.

Development Practices
Bespoke development.
Evolutionary / agile, prototyping, component based development.
Software package solutions (COTS - commercial off-the-shelf).

Structure and content of a representative method.
Description and interpretation of representation models from the method.
Explanation of how these models can be used to depict the logical and physical aspects of a system.
Roles and team structures within the method.
Products within the method.

Systems Investigation
Fact finding approaches – workshops, prototyping, interviewing, questionnaires, scenario analysis.
Functional requirements definition.
Non functional requirements definition.
Documenting system requirements.
Human aspects of systems investigation and introducing change.

System Design, Deployment and Maintenance
Controls and security.
Verification and validation.
Interface design.
Design principles and constraints (legal, ethical, financial).
Different types of implementation.
Sign off and deployment.
Post implementation reviews.
Different types of maintenance and support.

Quality Assurance
Definitions of quality.
Requirements driven testing.
Types of walkthrough and inspection.
Post project reviews.
Service level agreements.

Application Lifecycle Management Tools
Software support for systems development.
Features of case and cast tools.
Features of application lifecycle management.
Lifecycle coverage.
Configuration and version control.

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