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Information and Data Modelling

Understand the crucial role played by information in systems design

Course Overview

Information is a critical and often overlooked aspect of information systems. Information Architecture is a key pillar of an effective Enterprise Architecture, and one that can deliver the most enduring business value through the entire life of a system. Modern systems that are implemented without strong, efficient data architectures are likely to be error-ridden and will seriously limit functionality and information use and may hamper the business as it grows and changes

The design of data models is no longer a technical issue: they must be designed to take into account the requirements of many stakeholders, processes and systems that will access information, over the entire lifetime of that information. A good understanding of data modelling is therefore essential for anyone involved in the analysis, specification of, or development of computer systems

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, delegates should be able to:

  • Know the role and importance of data in the organisation and how to document information requirements
  • Describe why data requirements are vital to any software project and learn how to elicit these in a JAD workshop
  • Link business and procedural rules to information designs and implement these in data models
  • Use the entity-relationship modelling technique effectively
  • Validate, verify and sign off information models using walkthroughs and reviews
  • Recognise and apply various information patterns that are common in business systems

Course Delivery

This course combines instructor-led seminars and group work built around a comprehensive case study, enabling participants to practice the tools and techniques covered. Group work stimulates participation and discussion. Throughout the course, delegates are encouraged to share their own personal experiences and concerns

Practical exercises, both theoretical and “real life”, ensure that the knowledge gained is both transferred and instilled

Course Assessment

This course has no formal assessment mechanism, however, students will learn by experience and assessment of others. To earn a certificate of attendance, delegates are required to:

  • Attend the full three days of the course
  • Actively participate in the exercises, discussion and feedback

Course Content

Day 1: Information and Data in context
Information in the real world
Information stakeholders: their responsibilities and their needs
Data as the foundation of a system
Understanding data-oriented technologies
Information requirements, business rules

Day 2: Information/Data Modelling Fundamentals
Building first-cut information models 
Validating information models
Detailed model annotation

Day 3: Enhancing business value in models and advanced modelling
Incorporating non-functional requirements
Advanced topics: where to next

Course Prerequisites

There are no strict pre-requisites. However, to get the most value from the course, delegates should;

  • Be strongly computer literate, especially in working with systems which use business information
  • Have good business experience, especially in work that involves making decisions, planning, analysing or using business information


Faculty Training Institute holds the following institutional accreditations   

  • Provisionally accredited as an Education and Training Provider with the MICT Seta (ACC/2010/00/601)
  • An Institute of Sectoral and Occupational Excellence (ISOE) in Business Analysis with the MICT Seta
  • The first Education Provider to be endorsed by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) in South Africa and is the only Endorsed Education Provider (EEP™) to hold Charter status
  • A Member of the Information Technology Association of South Africa
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