BCS Certificate in Systems Development Essentials


Systems Development Essentials course is aimed at both existing and prospective systems developers as well as Business Analysts wishing to gain an overview of the issues and concepts involved in developing quality solutions that satisfy business requirements in an Agile environment. 

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Key areas include:

• examining how the systems development effort can be organised

• distinguishing between generic lifecycles

• exploring the DSDM Atern approach and roles

• looking at other Agile methods such as Scrum

• interpreting UML techniques, such as Use Case Diagrams and Class Diagrams

• considering other techniques that support iterative development, such as facilitated workshops, scenarios and hothousing


• Characteristics of software quality

• The purposes, objectives and tasks of systems development

•  Roles and responsibilities in systems development

• Technical and interpersonal skills of the business analysts and solution


Systems architecture

• Enterprise, systems and infrastructure levels of architecture

• Inputs at an enterprise level

• Inputs at system and infrastructure level

• Model Driven Architecture

Development approaches

• Bespoke development

• Commercial off the shelf (COTS) software package solutions

• Configuring and customising COTS software package solutions

• Component-based systems development

• Service-based solutions and other approaches

• Evolutionary prototyping

Systems development lifecycles

• Waterfall model

• V model

• Incremental model

• Spiral (evolutionary) model

• Advantages and disadvantages of each approach

• Selection of an appropriate development approach

Methods and approaches

• Detailed study of the Agile approach including life cycle, deliverables and roles

• Iterative systems development using the DSDM Atern methodology

• Other agile development methodologies (The Unified Process (UP), Scrum,

eXtreme Programming)

Modelling techniques

• Models of the Unified Modeling Language (UML)

• Interpretation and principles of:

• Use case diagram

• Use case description

• Class diagram

• State machine diagram

• Validating models using a CRUD matrix 

 Requirements in an Agile environment

Fact finding approaches:

• Workshops

• Interviewing

• Questionnaires

• Scenario analysis, storyboarding, user stories and hot-housing

• Model office and focus groups

• Functional requirements definition

• Non-functional requirements definition

• Documenting & prioritising requirements

• Human aspects of systems investigation and introducing change

Iterative systems development

• Features of iterative development approach

• Prototyping

• Categories of prototype

• Timeboxing

• Prototype development plans

Systems design, implementation and maintenance

• Design principles and constraints (legal, ethical, financial)

• Systems deployment and hand over

• Post-implementation reviews

• Different types of maintenance

• Estimation and development planning

Quality assurance

• Definitions of software quality

• The V model

• Requirements-driven testing

• Static testing: types of walkthrough and inspection

• Post-project reviews

CASE and CAST tools

• Features of Computer-aided Software Engineering (CASE) and Computeraided

Software Testing tools (CAST)

• Life-cycle coverage

• Requirements traceability

• Advantages and disadvantages of software development support tools

BCS certificates

This course prepares delegates to sit the one-hour, open book, examination leading to the certificate in Systems Development Essentials offered by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. The certificate is a core module in the BCS Diploma in Solution Development and is also a specialist practitioner module in the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis. The exam is not included.

£ 1,475.00 ex.vat

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Course Duration 3 Days
Location Various
Examination Not included