Foundation degrees

Course Information

Requirements Analysis and Methods

Module summary

Module code: COMP1435
Level: 7
Credits: 15
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Computing and Information Sys.
Module Coordinator(s): Richard Johnson



We live in a world that is increasingly dependent upon the use of technology and information. As technology changes and advances, the art of representing information and building appropriate systems is becoming progressively inexact and blurred. The Information Engineer of the future must be equipped with the appropriate skills to meet these challenges.

The aim of this course is to understand the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of methods for information systems development. It explores the relationship between data, information and knowledge and the way macro and micro culture affects the system model and the success or failure of the resulting information system. It critically examines a number of 'soft' development approaches and how they add to the systems development process.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:

A. Evaluate different models of understanding and using information, data and knowledge.
B. Discuss the impact of cultural and social norms on information systems development.
C. Evaluate and critically compare frameworks for information analysis and system development.
D. Understand the changing relationship between technology, information and society.

Indicative content

The meaning of information, data and knowledge;
Semiotics frameworks for understanding information;
The impact of cultural and social norms on the development of information systems;
The role of human activity systems;
Formal methods v soft approaches, including a comparison of:
Soft systems analysis;
Participative design;
Interpretive analysis;
Post computer modernity;
Future approaches to IS development.

Teaching and learning activity

Lecture - 50%
Tutorial/Seminar - 25%
Self study of course material - 25%

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.
lectures 24;
seminars 4;
supervised practical sessions 0;
tutorials 12;
formative assessment 10;
other scheduled time 0.

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 0;
other non-scheduled time 50.

Placements & year abroad:
Work placements 0;
Work based learning 0;
Year abroad 0;
Other placement 0.

Total hours ('Should be equal to credit x 10') 150.


Presentation and Report - Seminar - relationship between culture and technology - 30%
500 words and presentation material;
Seminar on a suitable topic examining the relationship between technology and culture. Learning Outcomes: A,B,C,D.

Essay - Evaluation of methods and development approaches - 70%
5000 words;
An evaluation of development approaches, exploring the use of information in organisations and the application of methods to solve information systems problem. Learning Outcomes B,D.

Pass mark - 50%