Course Title: Translate business needs into technical requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: COSC5321C

Course Title: Translate business needs into technical requirements

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5194 - Diploma of Information Technology (General)

Course Contact : Nawal Shomali

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5826

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ron Schnellbeck
Ph: 9925 5968

Catherine Han-Lin
Ph : 9925 1336

Trevor Stone
Ph : 9925 1645

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Pre-requistes and Co-requisites None

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed holistically along with three other competencies: (PSPPM502B) BUSM 7779C Manage Complex Projects; (ICAP5039A) COSC 5322C Match IT needs with the Strategic Directions of the Enterprise; (ICAS5202A) COSC 5323C Ensure Privacy for Users.

Course Description

This unit defines the competency required to identify the needs of a business or business process and quantify those needs into technical requirements that will enable the business or process to meet expectation

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAA5158A Translate business needs into technical requirements


Compile business needs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Clarify the business problem and confirm information with stakeholders
1.2 Identify the vision, strategic mission and objectives of the business or business process
1.3 Identify key stakeholders and their requirements
1.4 Document business objectives and problem and confirm details with appropriate person


Determine technical requirements

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Review and assess business problems, opportunities and objectives
2.2 Identify technical requirements in respect of input/output, interface, process flow or quality requirements
2.3 Develop business solutions in response to problems and technical requirements as identified
2.4 Investigate a range of supplier products to determine which one best meets technical requirements
2.5 Document results and make recommendations against business requirements


Secure sign off for technical requirements and solutions

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Forward technical requirements and solution overview to appropriate person for feedback
3.2 Analyse feedback and incorporate change as required
3.3 Document changes and distribute to appropriate person

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Theory sessions, practical lab sessions, tutorial sessions, assignments and homework.

Teaching Schedule

Refer to study guide handout

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Schwalbe, K. 2007, Information Technology Project Management, 5th ed. Thomson Course Technology, Boston, Mass. ISBN 978-1-4239-0145-7



Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include an integrated group project work, a portfolio and a presentation.

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. You will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check your progress.

Assessment Tasks

1. Client Interview Design This assessment reflects on how to investigate client needs CA / NYC – 10%
2. Preliminary investigation documents relating to technical projects This assessment enables learners to investigate technical requirements CA / NYC – 10%
3. Systems & technical requirements documents
Project Management Templates, BRS, WBS
This assessment enables learners to document requirements and set up project management processes together with appropriate development methodologies CA / NYC – 20%
4. Privacy Recommendation Report This assessment enables learners to create privacy recommendation report for the clients CA / NYC – 20%
5. Final Project Reports and Presentations This assessment focuses on delivering the final project product CA / NYC – 20%
6. Final Graded Assessment This assessment is a graded assessment where learners can demonstrate a higher level of understanding. 20%

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Competency and grading requirements:
To be deemed competent students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.
Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

All assessments for this course must be completed to achieve CA (Competency Achieved) grade.
Each assessment task will also carry a numerical weighting to be used for grading purposes. The grade applied to this weighting will only be awarded if a CA has been achieved in all compulsory assessment tasks.
If a student has been marked NYC (Not Yet Competent) in any of the assessment tasks, the weighting will carry no value until the student has obtained CA.
If a CA is achieved on re-assessment then a maximum mark of 50% of the original weighting will be granted for that assessment.

Reassessments will only be granted to students who were either unsuccessful in the first attempt or have an approved special consideration application.
An final graded assessment worth 20% will be offered to students who have achieved CA

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