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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Systems Analysis
Module Code CA214
School School of Computing
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Hyowon Lee
Semester 2: Hyowon Lee
Autumn: Hyowon Lee
Module TeachersHyowon Lee
Robert Brennan
Murat Yilmaz
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination
Group assessment: 45% Individual assessment: 55% Given the large number of class size (150-200), doing 55% individual grading to be manageable for the lecturer is challenging but use of in-class activities and weekly automatic Loop quizzes and reflective journal entries were used to make this possible.

Module Description: The module will introduce students to the state-of-the-art for research & practice in requirements analysis using the standards and concepts of system and requirement engineering (RE). This will include the stages of gathering requirements by use cases and documenting it by creating a software requirements specification (SRS) document. In addition, this module will examine the role of RE in software and systems engineering current techniques, notations, methods, processes and tools used in RE.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the challenges at initial stages of software development life cycle
2. Explain the best practices for requirements elicitation process
3. Explain the object orientation techniques for system modelling
4. Assess, analyze and specify system & software requirements.
5. Apply use cases to gather requirements of a software project.
6. Manage requirement problems
7. Demonstrate their technical understanding by filling an SRS (Software Requirement Specification) document

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Presentation of tools and techniques
Group work48SRS Case Study
Independent Study56Projects and reading
Total Workload: 128

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to Software Engineering and the role of Requirements Engineering
Discussion of issues.

Introduction to Requirements Engineering
Developing Natural Language Requirements

OO Modelling and Systems Analysis
Coverage of core technique and diagrams.

Stakeholder and Goal Models
Coverage of core technique and diagrams.

System Vision Model
Coverage of core technique and diagrams.

Usage Model
UML use cases and templates

Domain Models
UML class and object diagrams.

Non-Functional Requirements and Requirements Quality
Similarities and differences.

Scaling Requirements Engineering
Tailoring to different project sizes and methodologies

Requirements Elicitation
Techniques and tools

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Digital ProjectConduct personal research into a software engineering topic and create a video for the class.15%Week 3
Group project SRS Assignment Part 1. Initial deliverable with approximately 70% of material drafted.15%Week 7
Group project SRS Assignment Part 2. Full SRS delivered.30%Week 11
PresentationIndividual video presentation assignment: Self reflection report on group project and presentation of project to a stakeholder20%Week 12
Loop QuizWeekly in-class quizzes on course topics10%Every Week
Reflective journalSelf-assessment of own participation and learning from in-class exercises.5%Every Week
ParticipationIn-class activities (individual or paired) to apply what was learned during the class5%Every Week
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Ian Sommerville: 2016, Software Engineering, Global Edition, 10, Pearson, 1292096136
Other Resources

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Date of Last Revision05-NOV-04

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