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BCS Certificate in Systems Modelling Techniques

Location London
Price ex. VAT 2045 GBP
Start Date 26 June 2019

About this course

Course type Performance
Course code QASMTS
Duration 3 Days
Special Notices

Please note, this course does not include the exam in the cost. To book the exam and take it at the end of your course please book on code QASMTSEX with one of our team.

In order to communicate system requirements clearly and accurately to both business and IT stakeholders, it is vital for analysts and designers to be able to construct models from a variety of perspectives. In most cases these models will provide the basis for more detailed design.

The starting point for this course is a set of requirements, as defined in the Systems Development Essentials course. It is primarily concerned with modelling systems using structured techniques. It requires delegates to construct different types of model reflecting different perspectives and to describe the interactions between them.

At the end of the course delegates may sit an examination to attain the BCS Certificate in Systems Modelling Techniques.

Please Note: The exam is not included in the course fee. Delegates wishing to undertake the exam should also book on course www.qa.com/QASMTSEX.

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:
This course is ideal for those who need to model business systems using structured modelling techniques and/or those wishing to attain the BCS Certificate in Systems Modelling Techniques. (These delegates should also book on course www.qa.com/QASMTSEX).


An understanding of the fundamentals of systems development, or attendance of QA's Systems Development Essentials course.

Delegates will learn how to

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Justify the need for modelling and modelling techniques
  • Explain why it is important to model system requirements from different perspectives and identify specific modelling techniques
  • Construct a static structure model (logical data structure, entity-relationship diagram) Construct a process model (data flow diagram)
  • Construct a simple dynamic event driven model (entity-lifecycle diagram and access path analysis)
  • Evaluate how the various models reflect business objectives and system requirements Appreciate how the various perspectives inter-relate to each other


Systems Modelling

The need for modelling and modelling standards; Rationale for the selected approach; The approach and a Systems Development Lifecycle; Place of models within the Systems Development Lifecycle; Modelling the system from different perspectives; Interaction of the models; Validating and verifying models

Systems Modelling in Context

Monitoring analysis against business objectives and system requirements; The bridge to design, software package selection, and development

Modelling Functionality

Modelling processes using a data flow diagram; Elementary process descriptions; Types of data flow diagram

Static Modelling of Data

Entity Relationship diagrams - entity types, attributes, keys, relationships, super-types and sub-types; Supporting documentation

Dynamic Modelling

Analysing the behaviour of entities - events, enquiries, effects; Modelling the behaviour of entities - constructs for sequence, selection and iteration; Documenting navigation paths Interaction of Models
Entity-Process Matrices (CRUD analysis)

Case Study

Throughout the course, a case study is used to reinforce and practise the topics discussed

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