Assignment Title Application of Systems Analysis and Design

Department of Computer Science Module No CO6027 Module Title Advanced Systems Analysis and Design Academic Year 2017-18 Assessment No 1 Date Out Dec 2017 Submission date 12:00 midday, Tuesday, 2nd May, 2018 Assignment Title Application of Systems Analysis and Design practices Learning Objectives Assessed 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles underlying current approaches to systems analysis and design 2. Apply these principles to the development of accurate systems models 3. Generate comprehensive solutions using appropriate tools and techniques 4. Critically assess the role of Systems Analysis and Design in the software development process Submission Information Submit all documentation via a single Word file using the appropriate Turnitin link. Please ensure that you incorporate all the material e.g. Visio diagrams, MS Project files etc. into a single Word file. Do not submit a zipped file.   Assignment Brief This assessment requires you to apply different concepts and techniques you learned in class to help a growing software house to implement and/or develop a Human Resources Management System (HRMS). Background Three Computer Science graduates started their own start-up software house. This business focused on delivering high quality software. Success followed success, and the company started to grow in both size and profitability. They created different departments and teams and turned into a well-established software house. At this point they realized that had not focused on developing their supporting functions as much as their technical teams (analysts, developers, testers, etc). Their financials management and human resources management started to get complicated and a new system was required. As the founders of the business are very people oriented, they have a strategic decision to give HRMS highest priority. They feel that retaining satisfied employees is vital for delivering continued success. You have been nominated as Lead Business Analyst to deliver this project. The functionality required for the system at a high level is: 1. Employees can access and update their personal data. 2. Employees can request training courses and raise the request to their manager to approve. HR team can generate a list of approved nominees and do the class and trainer logistics and preparations. HR can also circulate a feedback form about the training to attendees. 3. Managers can create a set of targets for every employee in their respective teams. These are to be called ‘performance plans’. This happens at the beginning of the year. The performance plan is sent to each employee to work on it throughout the year. There is a 1-2-1 review by mid-year, with completion progress and notes added to the system. By the end of the year, the employee fills in the achievements made through the year against the targets. An updated performance plan is sent back to the manager to either agree or challenge. The dialogue between the manager and employee could have multiple iterations, i.e. a performance plan could have multiple versions stored in the system. Assessment Tasks Considering the above case study, answer the following questions. 1. For the proposed system, determine the following: – Anticipated degree of business change after implementing the system, and justify your selection . (5 Marks) – Adopted System Analysis and Design methodologies in undertaking project work: Waterfall; Rapid Application Development; Agile, and critically evaluate the effectiveness of the approach or approaches adopted. (15 Marks) 2. State whether a process-centred, data-centred, object-oriented, or an integrated approach to system modelling was adopted, and critically evaluate the effectiveness of this approach. (15 Marks) 3. Develop a Use Case diagram for the performance management process (requirement no. 3) (10 Marks) 4. Discuss the most effective technique for gathering detailed proposed system requirements. (5 Marks) 5. Comment on the effectiveness of the use of Microsoft Project. (5 Marks). Build baseline project work plan for the HMRS proposed system covering all phases of SDLC. (10 Marks) 6. Build an Entity Relationship Diagram for the Database of the proposed system. (15 Marks) 7. Select any commercially available HRMS and summarize its features related to training and performance management areas (5 Marks) 8. Discuss how DevOps practices that support Software Organizations using agile methodologies to deliver better performance. (15 Marks) Assessment Criteria To obtain a pass mark, answers should demonstrate that all three questions have been completed satisfactorily: • Responses should be supported by relevant references placing the practical work undertaken in an appropriate theoretical context. • The response to question 3 should provide clear evidence of practical engagement in relevant activities. The response should provide insight into the effectiveness of these activities within the overall project and their role within the wider approach to Systems Development adopted by the project team. Specific deliverables used as evidence in question 3.1, such as system models, should be included in appropriate appendices. Additional marks will be awarded for more detailed and accurate completion of these tasks showing insights into the effectiveness and limitations of the techniques utilised and demonstrating a critical awareness of the theory underpinning the work.

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