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BCS Certificate in Systems Modelling Techniques (UML)

Location London
Price ex. VAT 2045 GBP
Start Date 17 September 2019

Course type Performance
Course code SMTU-1
Duration 4 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 courses please book on code SMTUEX-1 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 selected UML 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 code SMTUEX-1.

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.


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 (class diagram) construct a process model (activity diagram)
  • Construct a simple dynamic event driven model (state machine diagram)
  • Evaluate how the various models reflect business objectives and system requirements (via critical success factors)
  • 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

Use Case Modelling

Modelling user requirements; Use cases; Actors and the system boundary; Use case diagrams; Generalising actors and use cases; Use case associations; Use case descriptions Template, Pre- and Post-conditions, Main and alternative flows

Activity Diagrams

Process modelling; Modelling use case descriptions

Static Modelling of Data

Analysis class modelling rationale; Objects and classes; Representing classes and encapsulation; Defining attributes; Associations; Generalisation, inheritance and abstraction; Class diagrams and object diagrams

Dynamic Modelling

State machine diagrams; Use case realisation; Introduction to communication diagrams; Sequence diagrams

Interaction of Models

Activity diagram and Use cases; Use cases and Class Model; State machine diagram and Use cases; Objects and Activity diagrams

Case Study

Throughout the course a case study is used to allow delegates to practise the modelling techniques.

Additional Info

This course is aligned to the following Knowledge Areas/Tasks contained in the IIBA?? publication A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge?? (BABOK?? Guide)

This course is utilises the following Underlying Competencies contained in the IIBA?? publication A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge?? (BABOK?? Guide)

This course is employs the following Techniques contained in the IIBA?? publication A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge?? (BABOK?? Guides)

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