Systems Development Essentials will provide you with a solid grounding in systems investigation and quality assurance – the underpinning of successful systems development – and equip you with a BCS accreditation that is highly regarded by prestigious UK employers.
The course examines the fundamental differences between object-oriented and structured systems developments and differentiates between generic lifecycle types, methods and approaches. We focus on agile but also look at other development approaches, in particular agile methods such as scrum and DSDN. We also look at agile analysis using user stories.
We explore key areas such as designing test cases for the requirements, identifying different architectures for system development solutions and how CASE tools can be used to support the method selected.
You will be able to:
- Identify the tasks and disciplines required for systems development and implementation
- Investigate a system
- Interpret business requirements and produce systems requirements
- Quality assure the systems requirements documentation
- Design test cases for the requirements
- Describe the commonly used development lifecycles defined in the syllabus
- Describe in detail one methodology that embraces one (or more) of these lifecycles
- Describe the structure and activities of this methodology
- Describe, interpret and quality assure the key models that the selected methodology uses for defining the process, static and event perspectives of the system
- Make effective use of different methods of interpersonal communications
- Identify different architectures for the systems development solutions
- Conduct a system review
- Explain how CASE tools might be used to support the method
1. The role of the Systems Analyst and Designer:
- Identify the actors / roles and responsibilities within systems development and implementation (for example, designers, developers, testers, technical architects and others).
- Characteristics of the systems analyst / designer.
2. Systems Architect:
- Different levels of architecture – enterprise, systems, infrastructure (networks, databases).
- Inputs at enterprise level.
- Inputs at system and infrastructure level.
- Impacts of design decisions.
3. Development Approaches:
- Evolutionary / iterative / agile.
- Bespoke development.
- Software package solutions
- Other appropriate approaches.
4. Systems Development Lifecycles:
- V model.
- Other appropriate lifecycles.
- Advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
- Selection of an appropriate approach.
- Structure and content of a chosen representative method.
- Describe and interpret three representative models from the method, showing at alteast: Process perspective, Data perspective, Event perspective.
- Roles within the chosen method.
- Products within the chosen method.
6. Systems Investigation:
- Fact finding approaches: Workshops, Prototyping, Interviewing, Questionnaires (for usability or package selection, for example), Scenario analysis, Other approaches
- Functional requirements definition.
- Non-functional requirements definition.
- Documenting system requirements.
- Human aspects of systems investigation and introducing change.
7. System Design, Implementation and Maintenance:
- Aspects of the production environment.
- Design principles and constraints (legal, ethical, financial)
- Sign off and hand over.
- Post-implementation reviews.
- Different types of maintenance
8. Quality Assurance:
- Definitions of quality.
- Requirements-driven testing.
- Types of walkthrough and inspection..
- Post-project reviews..
- Service level agreements.
9. CASE tools:
- Life-cycle coverage.
- Requirements traceability.
- Advantages and disadvantages.
- Teaching by a real expert… all of our lecturers have years of practical business analysis and teaching experience
- Learning in a small class (maximum class size is 12) with time for discussion
- Course binders contain notes, case studies, and sample BCS exams
- Plenty of individual and small group case study exercises with worked solutions
- BCS “Business Analysis” book as pre-reading with your first Metadata course
- Suggested answers for practice exams and tutor support in preparing to sit the exam
- Refreshments and lunch
- A convenient central London location near Old Street station with excellent facilities
- Exam fee
- Choice of whether to take the exam immediately after the course or at a later date
- Continuing support as you progress to the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis
- Professionals seeking to improve their business analysis skills and knowledge
- Project experts including project managers, project support staff and project analysts
- Business experts including product owners, subject matter experts (SMEs), business change managers, senior users, project stakeholders
- IT experts including systems architects, software developers, testers, support and trainers
- Practising business analysts – experienced or junior
1. What makes Metadata different?
Metadata is specialised in business analysis courses and aims to offer a more personalised and flexible training experience. We are committed to creating long-lasting relationships with the delegates and companies we work with, and with supporting their training every step of the way. As a direct seller, we have the flexibility to tailor our courses to suit the needs of our clients.
2. Are your courses accredited?
3. Is the exam fee included in the price?
Yes, the course price includes the exam fee – the majority of our clients want to take the exam which is why we offer the course and exam together as a package. If you do not require an exam, please let us know when you book and we will deduct the fee from the price – we can also provide you with a certificate of attendance.
Please note: the courses count as professional development credits towards the IIBA CBAP qualifications.
4. In which order should I take the modules?
Most of our delegates start with Business Analysis Practice or Requirements Engineering as they are the core modules of the diploma – if you have no previous experience in the field we would recommend that you do the same. However, if you are already working as a business analyst or have relevant experience, you can take the modules in whichever order suits you best. Please give us a call if you would like to discuss which order would be most appropriate for you.
5. Do I need IT skills to attend the courses?
No, none of our courses require you to have IT skills.
6. What is the difference between the 2-day weekend and 3-day midweek courses for the same module?
The same material is covered on both courses but because we fit the weekend course into two days instead of three it is more intense. The weekend courses begin at 9am and finish at 6:30pm, with a few short breaks; the midweek courses start at 9:30am and finish at 5pm, with an hour break for lunch.
7. Can I cancel a booking?
Yes, you can cancel a booking but in order to do so without penalty we require 10 days notice. For more information on our cancellation policy, see our terms and conditions.
8. When do I pay for the course?
Please refer to our terms and conditions.
9. When will I receive the training material?
When you book onto a course we will send you a copy of our core textbook Business Analysis. One week before the start of the course we will email you the chapters to read and any extra reading material you need. You will receive additional material (including slides and exam preparation) during the course.
10. Do I need to prepare for the course?
We recommend you do some pre-reading as this will help you to get the most out of the course. We will send you the required material (including a case study) one week before the course start.
11. When do I take the exam?
Most of our delegates take the exam immediately upon finishing the course (on the last day), but if you prefer you can take it at a later date. We run exams every Thursday evenings at 18:00 and some weekends (please contact us to check availability).
12. What is the pass rate for the exams?
We have a high pass rate – currently it’s at 95%.
13. What happens if I fail an exam?
If you fail an exam you will receive personal feedback from your tutor which will include a report detailing the reason for failure and areas to work on. If you wish to re-sit, you will need to pay a further exam fee of £145+VAT.
Our courses are designed with the exam in mind and we do our best to prepare you as much as we can – to this end, we provide around 3 case studies to practice on, as well as a sample exam.
14. Do I get a certificate at the end of each course?
Yes, BCS will email you a registration login to download a copy of your e-certificate.
15. What is the advantage of booking the Diploma package?
The main advantage of the package is cost as it’s considerably cheaper to do the Diploma than to pay for each course separately.
Another advantage to the Diploma package is the motivation you’ll get from committing to do the whole diploma. Delegates who book onto the full diploma usually become qualified business analysts much quicker than those who do it on a course by course basis.
16. How does the Diploma in Business Analysis package work?
The Diploma in Business Analysis package is designed for delegates who want to achieve the International Diploma in Business Analysis qualification. To get this qualification you need to pass an oral exam with BCS examiners. To qualify for this oral exam first you need to pass the exam for 4 individual modules.
Our Business Analysis Diploma package contains the following 4 modules: Business Analysis Practice, Requirements Engineering, Commercial Awareness or Foundation in Business Analysis and, either Systems Development Essentials or Modelling Business Processes. Each course is a separate, self contained unit leading to an individual exam and a BCS Business Analysis Practitioner certificate qualification. You can attend the courses midweek or at weekends, and choose the dates depending on your availability and time constraints.
17. Can the business analysis training help me to get a job?
BCS qualifications are gaining recognition among UK employers and many employers now include them in their job descriptions. Our delegates frequently tell us how much of a difference their BCS certificate made in securing a job.
18. Can Metadata help me to get a job?
No, we don’t connect our delegates with potential recruiters.
19. Can I pay in instalments?
It is possible to pay for the Diploma in Business Analysis in instalments. To arrange this, please contact us for details.
20. If I sign up for the Diploma package, how long do I have in which to complete it?
You have one year to complete the diploma in business analysis after you sign in.
Dates and bookings
|Date||Duration||Location||Delivery||Price (ex VAT)||Availability|
|Sat 23 Jun – Sun 24 Jun||2 days||London||weekend||
|Wed 29 – Fri 31 Aug||3 days||London||weekday||
|Sat 29 – Sun 30 Sep||2 days||London||weekend||
|Mon 29 – Wed 31 Oct||3 days||London||weekday||
|Sat 24 – Sun 25 Nov||2 days||London||weekend||
Why choose us
- Weekend/midweek courses
- Experienced lecturers
- Flexible course and exam dates
- 95% pass rate on exam
- Small class size
- Central London location