PMC130 - Fundamentals of Systems Development

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Subject Title
Fundamentals of Systems Development

Subject Description
In this course students learn about system development life cycles and the methodologies used by these life cycles with specific emphasis on those required in software development. Issues surrounding integration of legacy systems into current environments are discussed, and current and future trends in IT systems development are examined. Students analyze the significant challenges and controls involved in developing and modifying large and complex computer-based systems.

Credit Status
1 credit in the PMC program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Apply the appropriate system development life cycle and methodology to new software development and IT administration projects as well as integrating legacy systems into current environments.
  • Understand the overall scope of the project, project goals, deliverables, constraints, performance criteria and resource requirements with respect to systems development life cycle.
  • Anticipate and respond to challenges inherent in large-scale, multi-national or virtual team projects.
  • Explain the different systems development and programming methodologies including Agile and their appropriate application.
  • Explain the different implementation strategies and their appropriate selection

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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