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BCS Certificate in Systems Development Essentials

Based on the BCS syllabus, this course is concerned with the fundamental skills of systems development. Its focus is on systems lifecycles, systems investigation, modelling and quality assurance as it is perceived that these underpin all systems development. The course also introduces the delegate to how the systems development effort could be organised. The BCS syllabus distinguishes between the different generic lifecycle types, methods and approaches, and requires a more in-depth exploration of a specific approach.

As people move into application systems analysis, from either a business or technical background, they need to acquire a fundamental understanding of the application systems development process, and the role and responsibilities of systems analysts, solution architects and designers. This course provides these essential foundations and goes on to focus on systems investigation and quality assurance techniques, as these underpin all successful systems development projects.

It also examines how the systems development effort could be organised, and distinguishes between generic lifecycle types, methods and approaches. At the end of the course delegates may sit an examination to attain the BCS Business Certificate in Systems Development Essentials.

This course may be taken as part of the QA programme leading to the BCS Diploma in Solution Development. This is an intensive three day course that places emphasis on the practical application of the analysis skills covered. Delegates participate in exercises, and case study tasks. Those delegates taking the BCS examination will need to spend 60-90 minutes each evening on revision and example examination questions.

The recommended combination and sequence of courses for delegates wishing to complete QA's programme leading to the BCS Systems Development Diploma is:

  1. Systems Development Essentials,
  2. Systems Modelling Techniques (UML) or Systems Modelling Techniques (Structured),
  3. Systems Design Techniques,
  4. Software Testing Foundation.

Following your exam you will be sent an email from BCS asking you to register for your exam. Once you have registered and your exam results become available then you will be able to log back into your account and view your results.

Target Audience

  • Those who are new to analysis and need to acquire and practise the fundamental skills of Systems Development.
  • Those wishing to attain the BCS Certificate in Systems Development Essentials. (These delegates should also book course code SDEEX-2).

Method Choices

The BCS syllabus requires training providers to choose a specific development approach which should be exposed and explained in more detail than the generic approaches mentioned. QA has chosen the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) as the full lifecycle development framework and Scrum as the approach to application software production. Both of these are popular choices in industry, and are often used together. In addition, the Unified Modelling Language (UML) is used for modelling business and software specifications, wherever applicable.

Course Prerequisites

Candidates with special examination requirements should consult the BCS website for the Special Needs policy. Note that the BCS must be advised at least four weeks in advance of any special requirements. No prior knowledge of analysis techniques is expected.

If you are taking a BCS exam you must bring photographic identification with you (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 or the QA Examination Administration team on 44 (0)1793 696273.

BCS allow additional time for candidates who have a disability or whose native language differs to that of the examination paper. Full details are provided in the BCS Reasonable Adjustments Policy which is available to view on the BCS website. If you believe you qualify for this then please notify the Exam Administration team on the details below as early as possible. At least two weeks' notice will be required for processing this request. Delegates failing to advise QA and provide evidence when requested, may not be allowed the additional support offered via the BCS policy. QA Exam Administration can be contacted by email exam.admin@qa.com or by phone 44(0) 1793 696162.

BCS Certificate in Systems Development Essentials Key Facts
Course Duration (days)

3.00

Course Price (ex VAT)

£1785.00

Course Vendor

BCS Business Systems

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