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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedBerwick First semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Sunway First semester 2010 (Day)
Hong Kong First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
South Africa First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr David Grant


This unit will provide students with an introduction to systems analysis and design and give a broad overview of the main techniques commonly used for carrying out the analysis and specification of the design for an computer system. The unit will introduce students to the nature of systems analysis and design as a problem-solving activity, describe the key elements of analysis and design, and explain the place of the analysis and design phases within the system development life cycle. The unit will introduce students to the nature of modelling as an analytical and a communicative process. They will learn to create models that describe system specifications using the unified modelling language (UML). Further, students will learn to interpret and understand models created with traditional structured modelling techniques.
Major topics include: Systems analysis and design in context; Analysis and problem-solving; Fact-finding and data gathering; Systems analysis using UML; Systems design using UML.


At the completion of this unit students will have
A knowledge and understanding of:

  • the roles of systems analysts and designers system development;
  • various system development methodologies;
  • the processes of systems analysis and design in structured and object-oriented systems development methodologies and life-cycles;
  • planning and problem definition in simple information technology problems;
  • the principles of systems design, and the relationship of systems design to systems analysis;
  • the criteria that can be used to evaluate the quality of a model of a system;
  • the purpose of different types of models in the UML;
  • the role and application of automated tools in systems modelling.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • appreciate that a range of valid solutions exist for any given problem.
Developed the skills to:
  • model and design logical and physical systems using industry standard object oriented techniques;
  • interpret and evaluate systems analysis and systems design models created using both structured and object oriented techniques;
  • create analysis and design models using the main elements of the unified modelling language (UML);
  • develop and practice the skills and competencies necessary to undertake a requirements analysis for a business application;
  • apply problem solving techniques at different levels of abstraction and understand the effect this may have on a system specification.
Demonstrated the communication skills necessary to:
  • explain the interdependence and relationships between all stake-holders in the systems development process.


Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Peter O'Donnell

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


For course 2330, students only pre-requisites are CSE1204 or FIT1020


FIT1004 or FIT2010.
For students in courses 2233, 3323 and 2330 there are no co-requisites.


BUS2021, CPE2003, CSE1204, CSE1205, GCO1813, GCO2601, GCO2852, GCO2826, IMS1001, IMS1002, IMS1805, IMS2071, IMS9001

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: