Mastering Systems Analysis and Design


This text provides a practically based introduction to the tools and techniques of computer systems analysis and design. Features include:

M. Hughes,
Head of Computer Science,
Anglia Polytechnic University,

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The notation and terminology used is compatible with the latest version of the official UK government method, SSADM version 4.2+, but the order and delivery has been simplified to make it suitable as a first text in the subject for students on computing, information systems and business studies degrees, especially those on modular courses.

To emphasise the practical aspects of the topic, reference material and case studies are supported by an independent example, so that teaching and learning activities can progress independently but in parallel. This allows the material to be used by students and lecturers to support more advanced practical courses, especially where group activities and role playing are involved.

In addition, advice on professional practice and common skills are made where appropriate throughout the text.

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An Overview of Systems Analysis and Design
Basic Fact Finding Techniques
Soft System Tools and Techniques
Modelling the Current System Processes
The Basics of Logical Data Structures
Proposing How to Proceed with the Development
Using Processes to Develop the Logical System
The Business System Options
Relational Data Analysis
Producing a Required LDM from the Normalised Tables
Analysing the Entity Life History Events
The System Specification
A Task-Driven Example


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Paperback - 256 pages (October 1999)
Palgrave, formerly Macmillan Press; ISBN: 0333748034