This unit introduces fundamental concepts underpinning the analysis and design of information systems and explains the role and purpose of systems analysis. Students gain mastery of standard techniques to identify system requirements and design a simple database system. Content includes: systems concepts; role of the analyst; Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC), process modelling, Entity-Relationship (ER) modelling; relational database design using ER and Extended ER modelling, relational algebra, SQL (Structured Query Language), normalisation; and database management systems (DBMS).

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On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the benefits and functions of databases and their applications;  
  2. Design a database using key relational database model concepts;  
  3. Develop and apply ER and EER diagrams;  
  4. Implement a relational database with multiple tables using a relational DBMS;  
  5. Apply query languages and manage a database using SQL; and  
  6. Normalise relations in a relational database system.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test SQL Test 25%
Case Study Assignment (1200 words) 35%
Test Two quizzes (1 hour each) 40%

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