BCS Foundation in Systems Development

3 Day Course
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What is Systems Development? This course sets out to answer this question by providing an overview of the principles of systems development and delivery, including lifecycle approaches, architecture, business analysis, requirements engineering, systems modeling, design, development, testing, implementation and communication between the various roles involved in systems development and delivery.


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

  • Understand the scope of systems development work and its relationship to other associated disciplines
  • Understand the range of systems development lifecycles
  • Understand the objectives, activities and deliverables of business analysis work
  • Understand the core activities of the requirements engineering approach
  • Understand the purpose of producing a Business Case
  • Appreciate the different programming and development approaches
  • Understand the importance of systems modelling and specification techniques
  • Recognise the fundamental objectives and principles of good systems design
  • Recognise the importance of a well developed system architecture
  • Recognise the role of quality and testing throughout the lifecycle
  • Recognise the importance of careful implementation and changeover
  • Recognise the need for evaluation and maintenance of systems
  • Appreciate the wide range of software support tools

Target Audience

This Foundation Certificate is designed for anyone involved in or affected by the development of IS/IT systems; this includes Business and Systems Analysts, Designers, Developers, Testers and others who want an understanding of the coverage of Systems Development.

Additional Information

At the end of the course the delegates may sit an examination to obtain the BCS Foundation Certificate in Systems Development. This qualification provides a foundation for the range of specialist BCS modular certificates in the area of Systems Development plus the higher level BCS Diploma in Solution Development. In addition, this course can be used to provide a foundation in the subject for specialists in other disciplines.

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Introduction to Systems Development (4 topics)

  • What is systems development
  • The scope of systems development
  • Systems development and other disciplines
  • Offshoring and outsourcing of systems development work

Lifecycle Types and Their Rationales (9 topics)

  • Systems development lifecycles in concept
  • Lifecycles - waterfall, 'V' model, incremental development model, evolutionary development model
  • The Unified Process
  • Systems development lifecycles compared
  • Adaptation and customisation of the lifecycles
  • Roles and responsibilities in systems development
  • Project lifecycles
  • The project manager in systems development
  • Terms of reference

Business Analysis (3 topics)

  • Business analysis defined
  • Business analysis in the systems development lifecycle
  • Outcomes from business analysis

Requirements Engineering (6 topics)

  • Introduction to requirements engineering and its key areas
  • Requirements elicitation techniques
  • Types of requirements
  • Prioritising requirements
  • Managing requirements
  • Analysing and validating requirements

Making a Business Case (6 topics)

  • Introduction - the role of a business case
  • Assessing feasibility
  • Elements of a business case
  • Identifying, evaluating and selecting options
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Impact and risk analysis

Programming and Development Approaches (2 topics)

  • Drivers affecting the choice of approach
  • Approaches described: agile software development; object-oriented development; service-oriented development; open source development; Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) solutions

Systems Modelling and Specification Techniques (7 topics)

  • Reasons for modelling; modelling from different perspectives
  • Modelling process and business rules
  • Modelling static data
  • Modelling dynamic behaviour
  • Modelling the user interface
  • Cross-referencing different modelling techniques
  • Documentation and specification

Systems Design (9 topics)

  • Systems design in context
  • Objectives and constraints of design
  • Input design
  • Input technology
  • Output technology
  • Process design
  • Data design
  • Code design
  • Security design

Systems Architecture (5 topics)

  • What is systems architecture? Types of architecture
  • Stakeholders and roles in architecture
  • Management of the architecture
  • The tiered approach to an IT systems development
  • Service-oriented architecture and service-oriented development applications

Implementation and Changeover (4 topics)

  • File and data creation
  • Supporting documentation
  • Training
  • System implementation

Systems Development and Delivery: Evaluation and Maintenance (4 topics)

  • Maintenance in the systems development lifecycle
  • Metrics for evaluating a software project
  • Post-project review
  • Testing in the maintenance stage

Software Support Tools (4 topics)

  • Configuration management tools
  • Computer-aided software engineering (CASE) tools
  • Computer aided software testing (CAST) tools
  • Advantages and disadvantages of computerised support tools


There are no formal requirements for entry to the course but it is targeted at anyone involved in or affected by the development of IS / IT systems.

If you are taking a BCS exam you must bring photographic identification (passport, driving license or student card) as it is a BCS requirement to produce it for the invigilator prior to the exam. Failure to produce a valid form of photographic identification will result in a candidate not being able to sit the exam. For any questions about what form of identification is acceptable please contact your Account Manager.

Relevant Certifications

  • The BCS 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 Examin...

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