This course focuses on developing key Business Analysis skills using contemporary methodologies. Requirements analysis, design specification methods and system acquisition are examined. The importance of written and oral communication skills is given due prominence. The course will enable students to experience the systems development lifecycle, agile methods and other contemporary approaches to systems design, as well as a range of tools and techniques. Students will learn about the importance of standards and will apply these in their assessments. Major trends and issues impacting business analysis and design in the business sector are also studied, in particular issues of privacy and security.