BSD 2108  BBIT 207 – SYSTEM METHODOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT KCA Past Paper

UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS: 2019/2020
EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT/ BUSINESS INFORMATION
TECHNOLOGY
BSD 2108/ BBIT 207: SYSTEM METHODOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT
FULL TIME/ PART TIME/ DISTANCE LEARNING
DATE: MAY, 2020 TIME: 6 HOURS
INSTRUCTIONS: Answer ALL Questions
SECTION B: 20 MARKS

QUESTION ONE
A) A car manufacturer is intending to incorporate a “traffic light” feature into their luxury
vehicles. This will allow users to know exactly when the traffic lights are going to
change. This is expected to be useful in towns and cities. They are planning to use
Structured Systems Analysis and Design Methods (SSADM) to manage the Systems life
Cycle for this new feature/technology. There are stages/modules from 0 to 6. Explain the
stages of SSADM for the car manufacturer and what each would involve.
(10 Marks)
B) The finance manager of a local company wishes to develop his own spreadsheet based
Decision Support System (DSS) that will help determine the financial feasibility of any
potential project the organization is considering. Discuss the benefits and potential
problems that might arise as a result of the DSS being developed by the finance manager.
(10 Marks)
SECTION C: 20 MARKS
QUESTION ONE
A) A systems design method introduced in an organization may fail or not meet expectations
due to:
a) Tool and Team Productivity
b) System Complexity
c) Team Skills
d) Development Tools
e) Social and organizational issues.
Using relevant examples provide an in-depth explanation of each of these reasons.
(10 Marks)
B) There are various criteria that might be considered when assessing the suitability of a
systems development method including: life cycle coverage; separation of analysis and
design; visibility of product; designing for change; and adaptability of the method.
Discuss the importance of these criteria when assessing a method.
(10 Marks)

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