This book teaches the key techniques used in SSADM and is an ideal
starting text for first-year undergraduate computing students or those at
Foundation or HND level. It is not intended to be an SSADM manual;
instead, it strips SSADM down to the key techniques and explains these in
simple terms without the common repetition and over-elaboration found
in other books in this area. Most real-world systems use such a cut-down
version, and this book provides the reader with a sound awareness of the
fundamental skills required for successful systems analysis and design.
The book uses a step-by-step approach, assuming no previous knowledge
and avoiding jargon. Chapter 1 provides an overview of systems analysis,
and Chapter 2 goes on to introduce the approach of this book and the two
case studies that will develop throughout the text. Chapters 3–8 then detail
each key stage in systems analysis and design. A complete teaching case
study is provided in the Appendix.
The book contains an abundance of examples, end of chapter exercises,
and two case studies: the Swillbuckets Country Club and the Medical
Centre at the University of Life. The use of humour is central and the case
studies have been designed to give ample opportunity to make the text
amusing while demonstrating the key points. The book is also accompanied
by a dedicated lecturer and student web site which features solutions
to all the exercises and working versions of the case studies.
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