Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Requirements Analysis

Course summary

Course code: COMP1645
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Computing and Information Sys.
Course Coordinator(s): Elaine Major



The aims of this course are:
Explore the concept of information, data and meaning within the context of organisational culture and world views.
Develop an understanding of user participation approaches in systems development.
Demonstrate the impact of human factors on the success of an information system.
Study several 'soft' approaches (such as SSM and ETHICS) as a means of identifying human issues in the development of an information system.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:
A. Evaluate different models of understanding information and data.
B. Appreciate the impact of organisational culture and world views on the development of information systems
C. Use and critically evaluate different approaches to requirements analysis and modelling.

Ethical, Legal, Social & Professional Issues:
The student will:
Have knowledge of the importance of data and information, and ways in which they are used in human activity systems.
Understand the importance of both social and technical system development.
Understand a range of different approaches in which information can be used or misused.

Greenwich Graduate attributes:
The student will be able to:
Evaluate a strategy for carrying out an information requirements exercise in a complex environment.
Use a range of information requirements analysis tools and apply them to complex human activity systems.
Produce the relevant documentation to deal with information use in organisations.

Indicative content

1. Models of information and data:
Understanding different views of information, systems and information systems; overview of a semiotic framework; the impact on system design when considering social world, pragmatic and semantic views of the world. The impact of organisational cultures. World views.

2. Modelling user requirements using a range of tools:
Concepts of modelling and abstraction.
Techniques for modelling user requirements - use case modelling, prototyping, unified approach etc.

3. Understanding and modelling Human Activity Systems:
The influence of systems theory/soft systems theory, Checkland's soft systems method (SSM): background to the method, the seven stages in summary, rich pictures as a technique, CATWOE and root definitions, Conceptual models.

4. Participation when gathering information requirements:
The concept of a participative approach; an overview of different models of motivation theory; (e.g. the ETHICS methodology).

5. Ethical issues relating to modelling and using information and data in organisations:
Understanding the social impact of information, how different types of systems and applications affect information use, building in privacy, accountability, and authority.

Teaching and learning activity

Concepts will be introduced in lecture and practical exercises and problem solving will be done through tutorials.
Student time will be: Lecture 2/3, Tutorial 1/3

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)

Scheduled contact hours:

Note: include in scheduled time: project supervision, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops, supervised time in studio or workshop, scheduled lab work , fieldwork, external visits, work-based learning where integrated into a structured academic programme.
lectures 26;
seminars n/a;
supervised practical sessions n/a;
tutorials 13;
formative assessment n/a;
other scheduled time n/a.
Guided independent study:

Note: include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled sessions, follow up work, wider reading or practice, revision.
Independent coursework 50;
Independent laboratory work n/a;
other non-scheduled time 61;
Placements (including work placement and year abroad) n/a;
Total hours (Should be equal to credit x 10) 150.


Coursework - 100%. 3000 word case study based analysis of requirements analysis tools and techniques. Pass mark 40%.