Systems Analysis and Design – KASNEB Syllabus

PAPER NO.8:   SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN

GENERAL OBJECTIVE

This paper is intended to equip the candidate with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable him/her analyse and design information systems.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A candidate who passes this paper should be able to:

  • Assess the need for an information system in an organisation
  • Use conventional methodologies in systems analysis and design
  • Apply the activities of the system analyst and systems designer
  • Identify the applicable standards in systems analysis and design
  • Implement information systems

CONTENT

Introduction to systems analysis and design

  • Elements of information systems
  • Systems theory
  • Types of information systems
  • Personnel involved in systems analysis and design
  • Systems analysis and design concepts

Systems thinking

  • Hard systems thinking
  • Hard systems methodology
  • Soft systems thinking
  • Soft systems methodology
  • Applications of soft and hard systems

Systems development life cycle (SDLC)

  • Definition of systems development life cycle
  • Phases of SDLC
  • Advantages and disadvantages of SDLC

Requirements elicitation

  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Need for requirements gathering
  • Process for requirements gathering
  • Requirements gathering tools and techniques
  • Gap analysis
  • Prioritisation of requirements

Systems analysis

  • Information systems project initiation
  • Feasibility and risk analysis
  • Stages in system analysis
  • Tools and techniques in system analysis
  • System analysis report
  • Using software tool to assist in systems analysis

Systems design

  • System design approaches
  • Logical and physical design
  • Modelling techniques
  • User interface design
  • Case tools
  • Designing test cases
  • Writing and documenting design specification
  • Using software tools to assist in systems design

SAD approaches and methodologies

  • Structured system analysis and design methodology (SSADM)
  • Object-oriented design methodologies
  • Rapid application development (RAD)
  • Joint application development (JAD)
  • Alternative software analysis and design approaches
  • Strengths and limitations of the approaches and methodologies

Systems implementation

  • Assessing the platform for the system to be implemented
  • User training
  • Data conversion methods
  • System changeover

Systems analysis and design standards

  • Roles and examples of standards in SAD projects
  • Components and development of documentation in a systems project
  • Challenges in meeting standards in SAD projects

Systems analysis and design environment

  • Security requirements, precautions and procedures in SAD
  • System maintenance
  • Integration problems

Emerging issues and trends



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