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Requirements Analysis

Requirements Analysis
  • Code: BUS8TF300
  • Extent: 6 cr (162 h)
  • Semester: from 3th to 7th semester
  • Language:English
  • Level: Professional studies
  • Type: Elective

Starting level and linkage with other courses

This course has no formal prerequisites but students who have a grade on the courses Introduction to Business and Business Processes, Business Process Design and Modelling, Business IT Report, Developing an e-Business Application, Managing Business Information Systems Development and Information System Development Project have in the best position to get the full gain of this course.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student

  • is familiar with the terminology and array of concepts that are relevant to the area of processing requirements on an information system being developed,
  • is familiar with the body of relevant research material of the area and methods to get at it,
  • can apply his or her knowledge of the terminology and understanding of the concepts in real-life information system development situations,
  • understands the dialogue between the system being developed and the system that is developing in a general business development situation and can apply the understanding to manage information system development efforts,
  • is in process of building a social network part of which is a real-life development concept and another part of which is a usable selection of information sources, and
  • has a sound curiosity towards the area of processing requirements on an information system being developed which curiosity he or she uses to learn more.

Course contents (relevant topics)

  • Defining Requirements
  • Requirements Discovery
  • Classifying Requirements
  • Techniques for Eliciting Requirements
  • Sources and Authorities
  • Managing Requirements

Teaching and learning methods

The pedagogical approach of this course is reflecting a true-life happening or phenomenon against theory. Then the acquired theory knowledge is tested and still deepened in a true-life empirical project. The theory studies are realized during the scheduled hours. Specific time is allotted each study day to work with preparation questions that aid the theory studies. Specific time is also allotted to several small exams that have to do with the assessing of the student achievement.

The empirical project takes place during the non-scheduled hours that are dispersed for the rest of the term. The results of the empirical project are handed to the teacher before the next semester. Counselling is available.

This course has 35 scheduled, 30 independent but counselled and 97 non-scheduled hours. The assessment of one’s own learning takes 1 hour.

Course materials

Primary Course book

  • Ashrafi, N. and Ashrafi, H., 2008 or newer, Object-Oriented Systems Analysis and Design, Pearson Higher Ed (or Prentice Hall), ISBN-13: 9780131354791, ISBN-10: 0131354795, chapters 4, 1, 5, 6 and 2.5, or equivalent information in
  • Dennis, A. and Wixom, B. H. and Roth, R. M., 2006 or newer, Systems Analysis and design, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., ISBN-13: 978-0-471-72257-1, ISBN-10: 0-471-72257-X.

Supportive Material

Cooperation with the business community

The course involves eventual appetizers and a case project that takes place with authentic business actors and guest lecturers.

International dimension

Methods, examples and ways of working apply approved and widely used international standards and disciplines of the global ICT and business community. The course itself is an international course since it is distributed within an international degree programme. The working language of the course is English and a passable grade in the IELTS English language test is assumed.

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

To get passing (P) grade and exemption from the course, student must display and demonstrate the competence by certificates from earlier studies or work experience covering the course objectives and contents. It is possible to participate in the competence demonstration only once before taking the course.

Teacher

Jari Hyrkäs

Assessment criteria

Grade 1 (min.  40 % of the objective) Grade 3 (min.  70 % of the objective) Grade 5 (min.  90 % of the objective)

The student

  • shows passable activity in class and individual studying
  • has passable understanding of the concepts and terminology discussed in the course
  • has passable understanding of the basic ways to obtain, model and manage information describing requirements for an information system
  • has passable understanding of  the main issues associated with the activities mentioned above
  • often needs assistance in solving basic problems the assistance having form of dictation and
  • has difficulties in using course materials to support his or her learning

The student

  • shows good activity in class and individual studying
  • has good understanding of the concepts and terminology discussed in the course
  • has good understanding of the basic ways to obtain, model and manage information describing requirements for an information system
  • has good understanding of  the main issues associated with the activities mentioned above
  • sometimes needs assistance in solving basic problems the assistance sometimes having  form of dialogue
  • can use the course materials in an effective way to support his or her learning and
  • can find more information from additional sources.

The student

  • shows excellent activity in class and individual studying
  • has excellent understanding of the concepts and terminology discussed in the course
  • has excellent understanding of the basic ways to obtain, model and manage information describing requirements for an information system
  • has excellent understanding of the main issues associated with the activities mentioned above
  • can solve problems independently the eventual assistance having from of dialogue
  • can fluently use the course materials and other sources to support his or her learning
  • can independently find more information from additional sources
  • can independently learn more details of course topics and
  • can eventually transfer and apply knowledge from other contexts

Modes of assessment and their weights

Examinations: 50%
Activity and assignments: 50%
Learning diary mandatory

The student should pass the examinations, complete the learning diary, and complete 70% of the assignments in order to pass the course. The learning diary assignment does not impact the grade.

The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed online in WinhaOpaali.