Systems Development and UX

Information Technology Management

Software Engineering

Unit Code
Level 7
Distance Learning
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Unit Code
Level 7
Distance Learning Fee
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Course Overview

This unit aims to provide learners with knowledge and understanding of the development of systems and how this is achieved using a range of systems development life cycle models (SDLC). Learners will focus on how to establish the user and technical requirements of the system and the considerations to make when developing a user interface.

Course Content

Introduction to the module

The development lifecycle of the system

  • The systems development lifecycle models (SDLC)
  • Issues while not using SDLC Model
  • Benefits while using SDLC Model
  • User requirements: specific to the user action
  • System requirements: specific to the system requirements and technical requirements in order to perform the user requirements
  • Change requests

Construction of software and data system

  • Methodologies for software development
  • Implementation of software programming languages
  • Construction of information flows
  • Development of business case

Designing of system, its implementation and testing

  • Implementation of system and testing
  • Importance of evaluating a system
  • Version control
  • Software support and maintenance
  • Laws and regulations that affect the design of a system

To create positive user experience

  • Introduction
  • The principles of positive user experience
  • Positive aspects of interface layouts
  • Negative aspects of interface layouts
  • Measures of success and impacts
  • Addressing the differing needs of target audience
  • Creating a user interface wireframe (UX)
  • Documentation and processes for the training end users

Ability to develop and test prototypes

  • Introduction
  • Develop user interface prototype
  • Examine the product's usability for success.
  • Carry out testing with end users
Learning Outcome & Assessment Criteria

1.  Understand the development lifecycle of a system

  1. Analyse systems development lifecycle models
  2. Examine the problems that can occur from not using a lifecycle model
  3. Evaluate the benefits of using a lifecycle model for systems development

2.  Understand software and data system construction

  1. Analyse software development methodologies
  2. Evaluate software programming languages used
  3. Explain how information flows between a user and a product or service

3.  Understand system design, implementation and testing

  1. Analyse the importance of system implementation and testing
  2. Explain the importance of evaluating a system
  3. Assess the use of version control for software releases
  4. Evaluate the importance of software support and maintenance
  5. Analyse relevant laws and regulations that affect the design of a system

4.  Understand how to create a positive user experience

  1. Explore the principles of positive user experience
  2. Identify positive and negative aspects of interface layouts
  3. Explore how user interfaces have an impact on processes
  4. Explain how to address the differing needs of target audiences
  5. Create a user interface wireframe (UX)
  6. Examine the documentation and processes for training end users

5.  Be able to develop and test prototypes

  1. Develop a user interface prototype
  2. Carry out testing with end users
  3. Evaluate the success of the products usability
  • The assessment strategy for this course is designed to test all the learning outcomes.
  • Learners must demonstrate successful achievement of all learning outcomes to pass the course.
Assessment Marking Criteria


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  • The assessment criteria for a pass will be presented with the summative exercise.
  • Further information and guidance on the assessment will be made available through the tutor.
Unit Pass Requirements

To pass the unit a 40% overall grade must be achieved.

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