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Higher Education Qualifications

Student Study Guide – 2010/11

CERTIFICATE IN IT SYLLABUS

Information Systems

This module covers the following topics: Prior Knowledge Expected


systems analysis and design, database None
systems, data analysis and management,
systems and organisations. Content
Data Management
Aims The nature of information; its acquisition, presentation,
• To develop an awareness of the nature and use storage and management
of information and information systems in an Characteristics of data; data capture and collection
organisational context Data processing and data modelling
• To introduce the various techniques used within systems Simple statistical measures; mean, mode, median,
analysis and design
standard deviation
• To foster an appreciation of the different types of
methodologies used in the system development process Tabular representation of data; histograms, interpolation
• To provide an introduction to database management Requirements analysis and prototyping
systems Fact finding methods
Security, integrity and control
Objectives File management; organisation and access methods
• Show an understanding of the flow of information within Database design issues; entity modelling, normalisation,
organisations logical/physical mapping
• Understand the differing types of information
Database architectures and types of database
• Propose practical solutions to given analytical problems management systems
• Demonstrate the effective use of a chosen methodology Functions of database management systems and
through requirements analysis and fact finding
database administration
techniques
• Display an awareness of systems development tools and Introduction to multimedia and hypermedia
techniques
• Become conversant with system design issues Systems Analysis and Design
• Develop awareness of the basic ideas behind using a The systems development life-cycle and its implications
computer to store and manipulate data for software design, coding, testing, implementation and
• Display knowledge of data analysis and modelling support
techniques Prototyping and systems development tools
• Discuss various database management architectures Structured systems analysis and design techniques
• Demonstrate an awareness of Human Computer Hard and soft system methodologies
Interaction and the use of multimedia and hypermedia
Rapid application development and prototyping
• Suggest suitable testing strategies and implementation
techniques techniques
Object-oriented modelling
Human computer interface (HCI) design aspects

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Higher Education Qualifications
Student Study Guide – 2010/11

CERTIFICATE IN IT SYLLABUS

Information Systems

Organisations Other Texts


The flow of information in an organisation Graham, I., Object-oriented Methods, Addison-Wesley
Basic idea of management functions and structure of (3rd Ed), 2000, ISBN: 020161913X
business and other organisations Goodland, M. & Slater, C., SSADM: A Practical Approach,
Personnel and social considerations in the consideration McGraw-Hill, 1995, ISBN: 007709073X
of new systems Rolland, F. D., The Essence of Databases, Prentice-Hall,
Management of computer systems, staffing, maintenance, 1998, ISBN: 0137278276
project management and scheduling Nickerson, R. C., Business and Information Systems,
Quality assurance aspects and methods Addison-Wesley (2nd Ed), 2003, ISBN: 0130901229
Geoffrey Elliot & Susan Starkings, Business Information
Primary Texts Technology, Pearson, 2004, ISBN: 0321270126
Britton & Doake, Software Systems Development – A
Gentle Introduction, McGraw-Hill, 2005, 0077111036 Other Reading
Date, C. J., An Introduction to Database Systems, The computer trade press and the computing/IT
Addison-Wesley (8th Ed), 2003, ISBN: 0321189566 supplements of newspapers will help to give candidates
both an understanding of the scope of the discipline and
One of the standard works on database systems.
introduce new developments in the field.
Candidates should concentrate on the basic concepts of
database and database design.
Kendall, K & Kendall, J. E., Systems Analysis & Design,
Prentice-Hall (6th Ed), 2003, 013127323X

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T. 0845 300 4417 T. Overseas +44 (0)1793 417 424
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