SYS366 Course Outline

Course Code: SYS366
Course Name: Requirements Gathering Using OO Models
Offered Date: Summer - 2019 | Other versions
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Course Description:
This subject focuses on the techniques and tools involved in gathering requirements for business systems that will solve business stakeholders' processing problems. Students will be introduced to system development life cycles, interface design, and will learn how to use research, observation, interviews, prototypes and feedback to gather stakeholders' requirements. Students will also learn how to document requirements in both business and systems use case diagrams using the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and the Rational Rose modeling tool. They will learn to write the use case descriptions, both business and systems. An in-depth case study will be used throughout the subject to allow students to apply what they learn.
Credit Status: 1 credit (3 units)
Required for CPA - Computer Programming and Analysis (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)
Required for CPD - Computer Programmer (Ontario College Diploma)
Prerequisite: IPC144 and
EAC150 or COM101
Mode of Instruction: 2 hours interactive lecture per week.
2 hours activity-based learning (either lab sessions or team meetings) per week.
Learning Outcomes:
1. Follow an Object-oriented methodology

2. Draw systems use case diagrams showing actor to use case relationships and use case to use case relationships

3. Model the primary business functionality in Business Use Case Diagrams

4. Perform the research and information gathering required to determine what a proposed system needs to accomplish

5. Identify all activities within a proposed system, as well as who initiates them

6. Transform activities into use cases

7. Describe use cases in writing following a given template

8. Describe in writing the phases involved in developing a system

9. Apply basic interface design concepts to create mock-ups (e.g. web page, screen and mock-ups reports)

10. Work effectively as part of a system development team to deliver a requirements model

11. Perform a user interface walk-through

12. Articulate (in writing) what a proposed system needs to accomplish

13. Use Rational Rose software to create the use case view of a software model

14. Perform a requirements walk-through
Employability Skills:
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.|Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.|Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.|Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.|Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.|Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.|Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.|Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.|
Topic Outline:
  • Canadian Business - 5%
    •         What is a Business?
    •         Types of businesses
    •         What is a business opportunity?
    •         What is a business problem
  • The Systems Development Life Cycle - 5%
    •         Types of applications
    •         What is software development?
    •         Role of the Systems Analyst
    •         How systems are built
    •         Reasons behind system success and failure
    •         The iterative development process
  • Capturing the Business Environment during the Requirements Gathering Process - 25%
    •         Defining the problem to be solved
    •         Identifying stakeholders
      •             Identifying the needs of the stakeholders
      •             Developing the features of the system to address those needs
    •         Identifying businesses processes and activities
    •         Identifying actors
    •         Draw Business use case diagrams to demonstrate an understanding of the primary business processes
    •         Write business use case descriptions
  • Identifying Systems Use Cases in Requirements Gathering - 25%
    •         What is a Systems use case?
    •         Defining the scope of the system to be developed through systems use case diagrams
      •             Identifying Systems use cases
      •             Creating Systems use case diagrams showing associations with actors
    •         Identifying relationships
    •         Adding a Systems use case diagram to the software model
  • Documenting the requirements in Project Initiation Documents - 10%
    •  Identifies the problem to be solved in a Problem Statement
    •  Identifies the Stakeholders and Users
    •  Identifies user needs
    •  Identifies the requirements that the new system will place on the operating system
    •  Identifies the features of the new system
    •  Discusses the moral, legal and ethical issues involved in developing the new system
    •  Forms the foundation for the contract between the client and the development team
  • Capturing Requirements Using Systems Use Case Descriptions - 25%
    •         Systems use case description standards
    •         Adding Systems use case descriptions to a software model
    •         Writing scenarios
    •         Writing Casual Use Case Descriptions composed of multiple scenarios
  • Walk-through - 5%
    •         Purpose of a Walk-through
    •         Walk-through standards
    •         Performing a requirements walk-through
Prescribed Text(s):
Reference Material:
Use Case Modeling
by Bittner, Kurt
ISBN 0-201-70913-9
Promotion Policy:
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the final exam
  •     Achieve a weighted average of 50% or better for the tests and final exam
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the overall course
  •     Successfully complete all assignments as part of a team


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A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

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Tests 30%
Final Exam 30%
Exercises (in class) 10%
Assignments 30%
Approved By:
Suzanne Abraham
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