BCS Certificate Systems Design Techniques

3 Day Course
Official Curriculum
Code SDT

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The certificate focuses on design issues. It is concerned with all aspects of design. The user interface (input forms, input screens, output screens, reports and documents, dialogues) as well as underlying principles of developing analysis models into logical and physical systems designs using data driven or component driven approaches. As in other certificates, the design approach is not prescribed. The syllabus refers to both UML and structured systems design models and techniques.


At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Develop logical and physical systems designs from structured and UML analysis models.
  • Differentiate between a data driven design approach and an object driven design approach.
  • Select and use a recognised design methodology to meet specific system design requirements.
  • Explain the role and objectives of systems design in the systems development life cycle.
  • Evaluate the suitability of an input and output system.
  • Construct a usable user interface (HCI).
  • Apply the rules of normalization to a set of data attributes.
  • Understand and apply the principles of security, confidentiality and privacy

Target Audience

  • Those who need to produce effective business specifications, develop close working relationships with end users, design solutions that fulfil business requirements, and implement those solutions.

  • Those wishing to attain the BCS Certificate in Systems Design Techniques.

  • Candidates with special examination requirements should consult the BCS web site (http://www.bcs.org/) for the BCS Special Needs policy. Note that the BCS must be advised at least four weeks in advance of any special requirements.

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Introduction (5 topics)

  • Design and implementation in the lifecycle
  • Interpreting the models of analysis
  • Design approach
  • Design objectives and constraints
  • Design architecture

Input / Output Design (5 topics)

  • Input and output design
  • Form and document design
  • Selection of appropriate input and data capture solutions
  • Output technologies
  • Selection of appropriate output technologies

Interface Design (4 topics)

  • Design of input and output screens
  • Design of human/computer interaction
  • Usability and style guides
  • Modelling/prototyping the interface

Data Design (normalisation) (4 topics)

  • Notation and conventions of relational data analysis
  • Progressive normalisation of selected inputs and outputs from un-normalised format to third normal form
  • Rationalising results
  • Third Normal Form data/class model

Process design and specification (2 topics)

  • Detailed definition of write (read and update) processes
  • Detailed definition of read only processes

Controls and Security (8 topics)

  • Physical security
  • Logical security (passwords, access control)
  • Risk assessment
  • Backup and recovery procedures
  • Audit trails
  • Contingency planning
  • Legislative controls
  • Ethical issues

Physical design (8 topics)

  • Physical data design
  • Design of codes and keys
  • Physical process design
  • Physical process design principles (e.g. cohesion and coupling)
  • Design patterns
  • Interface and sub-system design
  • Principles of re-factoring
  • Round-trip engineering

Testing (7 topics)

  • Test cases from design models
  • Design and code inspection
  • Unit testing
  • Integration testing
  • System testing
  • User acceptance testing
  • Requirements traceability

Methods of implementation (3 topics)

  • Implementation planning and preparation
  • Changeover methods
  • Handover procedures

Training (3 topics)

  • Analysing training needs
  • Methods of training delivery
  • Evaluating training

Post implementation (6 topics)

  • Post implementation and post project reviews
  • Benefits realisation
  • Types of maintenance
  • Change control
  • Build and release strategy
  • Regression testing

Case Study (1 topic)

  • Throughout the course, a case study is used to reinforce and practise the topics discussed


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.

Relevant Certifications

  • The ISEB Systems Development Diploma is awarded following the successful completion of 2 core modules, one knowledge-based specialist module, one practitioner based specialist-module and an Oral Exami...

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SDT 3 Days $1,690

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