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Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 4-5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Welcome & Introduction to the Course

Welcome to the Requirements Writing MOOC. The course is run over five weeks. During the first four weeks you will complete four modules (one each week) that progressively move through the rules for writing requirements. Each week, you will have the opportunity to undertake a module quiz as many times as you wish to ensure that you have a grasp on the module material. The quizzes are drawn from a large set of questions, so each time you do the quiz, you will see new questions to test your knowledge. In Week 5, there will not be any presentations but you will have time to review the four modules and practice the module quizzes again so that you are prepared for the course exam.

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2 videos (Total 24 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
:Module 118m
5 readings
Your Instructor and Tutors10m
Getting Started10m
Course Notes and Text Books10m
Other Useful Resources10m
Copy of Your Instructor and Tutors10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz30m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Requirements Writing Continued

As we saw in the last module, the writing of good requirements is essentially about removing the ambiguity from the resulting statement. We first identified a suitable structure for the statement and we then began to look at the rules that we should keep in mind when writing requirements. In this module we continue to move through the rules, particularly as they relate to the use of vague and superfluous words.

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1 video (Total 14 min), 1 quiz
1 video
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz30m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Requirements Writing Continued

In the last module we addressed more of the rules we need to follow in order to develop good requirement statements. In particular we looked at the rules that relate to the use of vague and superfluous words. In this module we address more of those rules, starting with some more rules about other words we should avoid when writing requirements. In particular, we look at avoiding conjunctions unless we introduce a formal convention for logical conditions. We also discuss why we must avoid unbounded statements and escape clauses.

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1 video (Total 9 min), 1 quiz
1 video
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz30m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Requirements Writing Continued

In Module 4, we complete our look at the rules for writing requirements. In particular, we focus on when we should and should not be precise; how to use units, ranges and tolerances; and some final things to avoid (such as cross-references, including pronouns, and the use of “not” in forming negative requirements).

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1 video (Total 10 min), 1 quiz
1 video
1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz30m
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Top reviews from Requirements Writing

By NDJul 4th 2018

Excellent overview of good requirements writing practice! Useful for both newcomers and those practicing systems engineering in the field. Thank you for this course!

By TNSep 9th 2018

Great course, really shows what "not" to do when writing requirements. Highly recommended.

Instructor

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Dr Mike Ryan

Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering and IT

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