BCS Certificate in Systems Design Techniques

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Systems Design Techniques course is aimed at system designers and software architects wishing to gain a hands-on knowledge of current best practice techniques. The course considers how requirements specified in a set of deliverables produced by business and systems analysts can be realised using models from the Unified Modeling Language (UML).

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This course is aimed at:

  • Those who need to produce effective design specifications for developers, as part of integrated software development initiatives
  • Those who wish to learn how to progress the deliverables produced by analysis techniques into design artefacts for object-orientated systems
  • Those wishing to attain the BCS Certificate in Systems Design Techniques

You will need:

Attendance at a Systems Modelling Techniques course, UML version (SMTU), or the equivalent knowledge of UML Analysis Models is essential. In particular delegates are expected to be familiar with the concept of Use Cases, and familiar with the analysis level of UML Class Modelling, Activity Diagrams, Interaction Diagrams and State Machines.

You will learn to:

  • Understand the choices available for the design of application architecture
  • Apply design criteria to the task of data componentisation, the use of services and interfaces
  • Use UML Interaction diagrams to support the design of classes and object collaboration
  • Develop a logical data model from a conceptual data model
  • Design procedure logic using a range of techniques
  • Apply the rules of normalization to a set of data attributes
  • Design Logical Access Paths
  • Design a Star Schema
  • Apply design techniques and principles to the design of user interfaces
  • Understand and apply design principles to the security themes of confidentiality, integrity and availability

Course Content:

Introduction to Design

  • The application design challenge
  • Analysis vs. Design
  • Role of the System Designer
  • Design and Solution Delivery
  • Component and Data Driven Approaches
  • Recognising Constraints in Design
  • Use of Design Patterns
  • Impact of COTS and Legacy Systems on Design

Top-down Data and Component Design

  • Use and notation of UML (OO) models. Comparison with structured systems approaches.
  • Application Architecture
  • Components and Interfaces
  • Messaging using Interaction Diagrams
  • Moving from the Conceptual Data Model to the Logical Data Model
  • Worked Example

Procedure Design

  • Use and notation of Structured System Models
  • Procedure design using a variety of techniques

Normalisation

  • Normalisation of a set of data attributes to third normal form (TNF)
  • Rationalisation of normalisation results
  • Constructing a pseudo LDM

Access Path and Physical Design

  • Design of Logical Access Paths
  • Physical Design considerations, including de-normalisation

Design for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence

  • Data is a game of 2 halves
  • Data Warehouse Architecture
  • Design of Fact and Dimension Tables
  • Designing a Star Schema

Input/Output and Interface Design

  • The UI is the system
  • Principles of the HCI
  • UI/UX Design Concepts
  • Know the User and know the Task
  • Screen Design Tools and Techniques
  • Measuring and Testing the HCI

Controls and Security

  • Defining Security
  • Information Assurance Standards
  • Risk Assessment
  • People and Application Access Security
  • Validation and Verification of Data
  • Backup and Recovery Procedures
  • Disaster Planning

BCS certificates

This course prepares participants to sit a one-hour, open book, examination leading to the certificate in Systems Design Techniques offered by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. This certificate is a specialist practitioner module for the BCS Diploma in Solution Development. Please note the exam is not included.

£ 1,895.00 ex.vat

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Course Duration 4 Days
Location London
Examination Not included