Module code: COMM005

Module provider

Computer Science

Module Leader

GILLAM L Dr (Computer Sci)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 24

Laboratory Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 40
Examination EXAMINATION - 2 HOURS 60

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module provides an introduction to a set of practical techniques to aid the development of Information Systems. The module provides students with a sense for the diversity of computing systems in today’s world: more importantly, it gives an appreciation for the wide range of issues that are related to the development of Information Systems. Though the emphasis is on analysis and design skills, students will become familiar with the whole software lifecycle from user requirements through to implementation and testing.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide a comprehensive view of information systems development, primarily from an object-oriented viewpoint. As such, the use of the Unified Modeling Language to capture systems analysis and design is placed in the context of practical systems development. Thus, an important aim of the module is for the students to learn the various UML diagrams and how to use them appropriately. Another important aspect of the course is the lab sessions where students will learn to use CASE tools and databases.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Take a systematic and creative approach to observing organisational processes KCPT
Use a variety of techniques to gather and present information about such processes KCPT
Identify and critically evaluate issues relating to: software architectures; object oriented modelling; systems development methodologies KCPT
Have a comprehensive understanding of the role of modelling in analysing and designing computing systems KCPT
Critically compare and contrast different information systems analysis and design  paradigms KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

·         Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) / Rapid Application Development (RAD)

·         Requirements gathering:

         - interviews, questionnaires, Joint Application Design (JAD)

·         Object-Oriented analysis and design: Practical: CASE Tools

       - OO fundamentals: objects, classes, messages, polymorphism, encapsulation,     inheritance

         - The Unified Modelling Language (UML)

·         Functional Modelling: use cases and use case diagrams

·         Structural Modelling: class diagrams

·         Behavioral Modelling: sequence diagrams, behavioral state machine (state chart)    diagrams

·         Data Modelling: Practical: MS-Access

·         User Interface Design (UID)/ Human Computer Interface (HCI)

·         Computer Architectures: server-based, client-based and client-server systems

·         System Testing & Maintenance.


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

allow students to understand different models and information gathering techniques used in systems analysis and design

help students explore ways of using such models to design the different aspects of information systems


The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures (10 weeks at 2h)

Lab sessions applying techniques and using CASE tools

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have achieved the module learning outcomes.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

An project in which individual students have to create appropriate UML diagrams that describe a particular scenario
A 2h unseen examination on the lecture content

The individual report is due towards the end of the lecture series. The exam takes place at the end of the semester during the exam period


Formative assessment and feedback

No formative assessment is used, though formative feedback is supplied as part of the summative assessment


Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Information Systems MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.