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ECM3434 - Business Analysis 1 (2019)

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MODULE TITLEBusiness Analysis 1 CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM3434 MODULE CONVENERDr Vladimir Ryabov (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 11 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 15
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

***DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP STUDENTS ONLY***

A business analyst is responsible for assessing the business impact of change, capturing, analysing and documenting requirements and supporting the communication and delivery of requirements with relevant stakeholders. They create detailed analysis of systems and make recommendations for improvement. They produce specifications of user requirements that enable software engineers to develop the right software solutions. They require a broad foundation of skills and knowledge to be able to be effective as their work incorporates all aspects of digital technology systems.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to give you an introductory level of knowledge in business analysis techniques, including requirements gathering and data and process modelling, and basic competence in their application to the business context.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge

1. Elicit and prioritise business requirements for a simple IT system

2. Develop a requirements specification, including functional and non-functional requirements

3. Model a business process

4. Use tools to facilitate the analysis and documentation of requirements

5. Develop simple use case diagrams with supporting use case descriptions

6. Develop entity relationship diagrams

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

7. Demonstrate the use of requirements elicitation techniques

8. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of managing requirements

9. Demonstrate the use of tools to support modelling

10. Demonstrate how the products of analysis feed into the design and development of a system

11. Demonstrate an understanding of different approaches to validating requirements

12. Prioritise a set of requirements

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

13. Communicate orally and in writing

14. Solve problems creatively

15. Think analytically and critically

16. Organise your own work

17. Work to a deadline

18. Collaborate and negotiate

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Introduction (2 weeks)

•          Business analysis in the business context

•          Case studies of requirements analysis in practice

•          What are requirements?

           o          Functional vs non-functional requirements

•          The importance of understanding and managing requirements

•          Agile business analysis

 

Introduction to requirements gathering and analysis (3 weeks)

•          Requirements elicitation

•          User stories

           o          Documenting

           o          Prioritising and validating

•          Managing requirements

           o          Using tools for analysis and documentation of requirements

 

Introduction to data and process modelling (5 weeks)

•          Business process modelling

•          Use case diagrams and descriptions

•          Entity relationship diagrams

•          Using tools for modelling and analysis

 

The transition to design and development (2 weeks)

•          How the products of analysis feed into the design and development of a system

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 22.00 Guided Independent Study 128.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 18 Online learning activity, including virtual workshops, synchronous and asynchronous virtual lectures and other e-learning.
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 2 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 2 Group workshops
Guided independent study 128 Coursework, exam preparation and self-study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Contribution to class discussion N/A 1-18 Verbal
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 60 Written Exams 40 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Requirements and modelling  exercise 60 3000 words 1-10, 13-18 Written
Written exam 40 2 hours 1-17 Written
         
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
Requirements and modelling exercise (60%) Requirements and modelling exercise 1-10, 13-18 Completed over summer with a deadline in August
Written exam (40%) Written exam (2 hours) 1-17, August assessment period
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be deferred in the assessment. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you may be required to sit a referral. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will be capped at 40%.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

ELE: vle.exeter.ac.uk

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Paul, D., Cadle, J., Yeates, D. Business Analysis 3rd BCS 2014 9781780172774 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 6 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 10 July 2018 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 18 September 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Business, Analysis