FIT2001 - Systems development - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Information Technology

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Mahbubur Rahim

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)

South Africa

  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


24 points of FIT units


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


The unit introduces students to systems analysis and design as a problem solving activity, within the framework of a selected methodology. It will focus on contemporary industry practice; investigating understanding and documenting system requirements; a range of design and implementation activities; and professional skills required for systems development.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe and analyse a range of system development methodologies and be able to assess when to use a particular approach;
  2. describe key activities required for systems development;
  3. apply problem solving techniques at different levels of abstraction;
  4. select suitable techniques and methods to conduct analysis, design and implementation activities;
  5. apply analysis and design techniques to a practical system development problem within a contemporary development methodology framework;
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the professional skills required for effective systems development practice.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Examination (2 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • Two hours of lectures
    • One 2-hour tutorial
    • One 1-hour meeting
  2. Study schedule for off-campus students:
    • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.
  3. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 7 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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