Unit 09 –Systems Analysis and Design

Unit Code & Title             : K/601/1281 – Unit 09 –Systems Analysis and Design
Assessment Title & No’s  : Smart Arcade
Learning outcomes and grading opportunities:
LO 01:Understand different systems life cycles

Learning Outcomes

LO 02:Understand the importance of a feasibility study

Learning Outcomes

LO 03:Be able to perform a systems investigation

Learning Outcomes

Assignment Brief
BTEC Level 4-5 HNC/HND Diploma (QCF)

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Assignment Brief

Smart Arcade is car spare part manufacturing company based in UK. Smart Arcade is a global supplier of car spare parts to various car manufacturers in the world.
Customers of Smart Arcade place orders for the spare parts they require, and delivery is estimated to take three weeks. When a customer places an order, the model of spare part required, quantity and the destination to which it has to be shipped is recorded by the receptionist. Customers can order for more than one model of a spare part in a single order.
The customer orders are then being forwarded to the manufacturing department.
At the end of the day, a forecast is made based on the customer orders and the spare part quantity in hand to determine the count of spare parts that have to be produced in the next line of manufacture.
Once the required quantity of spare parts is manufactured, they are quantity in hand is updated and the spare parts are subject to verification by the chief mechanic and upon success, they are being sent to the procurement department.
The procurement officer is responsible for checking whether the model & quantity of spare parts manufactured supplements the customer orders and then does arrangements for delivery of spare parts to customers. The status of delivery is also recorded.
The operations of Smart Arcade are hindered by paper based operations which results in delays, misplacement of customer orders, customer service issues which ultimately leads to loss of potential customers.
Assume that you have been hired by Smart Arcade as a systems analyst to propose a systems design that will help overcome limitations with the existing system.


Task 1 – Requirements analysis and selection of a SDLC model
1.1  Undertake a systems investigation to meet a business need.
Make use of a variety of data collection methods that suits the organization. The overall purpose of your investigation would be to reveal limitations with the existing system and gather requirements to be addressed in the proposed system.
Provide evidence on the selective use of data collection tools & methods (LO 3.1)
1.2  Evaluate different systems lifecycle models.
Evaluate different system development life cycle models and suggest the most suitable SDLC model that can be applied for the given case study provided the results of your systems investigation. (LO 1.1)
Your selection of the most suitable SDLC model must be justified by effectively by highlighting the benefits of using the selected model thus discriminating why other models do not best fit the given case study. (M 1.1)
1.3  Discuss the importance of following a procedural / staged lifecycle in a systems investigation.
Provide understanding of the different life cycle stages that comprise different models. (LO 1.2)

Task 2 – Developing a feasibility report
2.1 Assess the impact of different feasibility criteria on a systems investigation.
Emphasize the importance of conducting a feasibility study and address the context                                             covered by different feasibility criteria and its impact. (LO 2.2)
2.2 Discuss the components of a feasibility report.
Critically evaluate the solution that you propose to Smart Arcade based on different feasibility criteria and develop a feasibility report. (LO 2.1) (M 3.1)

The feasibility report must include,
·         Detail of technical requirements for the proposed solution
·         A detailed cost-benefit analysis
·         A Gantt chart
·         The legal implications of the proposed solution
·         Must address the usability of the proposed solution

The feasibility report must suit the audience that it was developed while satisfying the intended purpose and outcomes of its development.

Task 3 – Developing a Systems Requirements Specification (SRS)
Develop a SRS that reflects the systems investigation undertaken.
The SRS developed must include comprehensive details of functional and non-functional requirements for the proposed system. (LO 3.3) (M 2.3)

Task 4 – Use of methodology
Provide evidence on the comprehensive use of process modeling and data modeling techniques and tools. (LO 3.2)
a)      Model the data view of the system by use of an ERD.
b)      Visualize the proposed system by use of DFD (Context, first & second level DFD).

Task 5 - Quality Management
Evaluate how user and systems requirements have been addressed.
With reference to the SRS developed, evaluate how user and system requirements have been addressed in the proposed solution.
You are also required to propose strategies that must be in place to assure quality in the proposed system. (LO 3.4)

Outcomes/Criteria for PASS
Possible evidence
LO1 Understand different systems life cycles
1.1 Evaluate different systems lifecycle models
Task 1.2

1.2 Discuss the importance of following a procedural/staged lifecycle in a systems investigation
Task 1.3

LO2 Understand the importance of a feasibility study
2.1 Discuss the components of a feasibility report
Task 2.2

2.2 Assess the impact of different feasibility criteria   on a systems investigation
Task 2.1

LO3 Be able to perform a systems investigation
3.1 Undertake a systems investigation to meet a business need
Task 1.1

3.2 Use appropriate systems analysis tools and techniques to carry out a systems investigation
Task 4a, 4b

3.3 Create documentation to support a systems investigation
Task 3

3.4 Evaluate how user and systems requirements have been addressed.
Task 5

Grade Descriptor for MERIT
Possible evidence
M1                  Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solutions

M1.1     Effective judgments have been made

Task 1.2
The selection of the model that best fits the case study has been effectively justified by discriminating why other methods do not fit.

M2                  Select / design appropriate methods / techniques

M2.3     A range of sources of information has been used

Task 3
The learner has developed a SRS by making use of valid information sources.
The SRS does not contain any directly copied bulk content from the Internet or any other source of data.
Document reveals proper use of Harvard Referencing.

M3      Present and communicate appropriate findings

M3.1 The appropriate structure and approach has been                     used.
Task 2.2
The report provided is well structured adhering to the formatting guidelines with non-overlapping facts.
Data provided are accurate, reliable and consistent.

Grade Descriptor for DISTINCTION
Possible evidence
D1                    Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusions

D1.3      Self-criticism of approach has taken place

D1.4     Realistic improvements have been proposed against defined characteristics for subject

Learner has evaluated own work by criticizing and conclusion provided with suggestions for further improvements.

D2                    Take responsibility for managing and organizing activities

D2.2  Substantial activities, projects or investigations have       been planned, managed and organized

Gantt chart provided at the appendix section

D3                    Demonstrate convergent / lateral / creative thinking

D3.7       Effective thinking has taken place in unfamiliar contexts.
Provide a discussion on why agile development methods fit current software projects better as opposed to other development methods.



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