Alongside the general guidance it is often useful to see how others have gone about doing this, so here are a few examples of requirements definitions.
The Postgraduate Research Administration Module (PRAM) project led by the University of Nottingham in partnership with the University of Oxford and Unit4 was part of the product modularisation strand of our flexible service delivery programme (2009-2011). It aimed to show that a module to support the administration of postgraduate research could be de-coupled from a full student record system and offered as a stand-alone component.
In order to deliver the project the two partner universities had to find a way of defining their requirements for postgraduate research administration in a generic way. The project has produced a range of outputs that will be useful to others looking at this specific area of administration or looking for guidance on requirements definition:
- Process hierarchy gives a simple view of the functions under consideration
- Combined process hierarchy compares the processes in the Universities of Nottingham and Oxford
- Administer student process gives an example of a detailed process map for part of the functionality
- Administer student requirements catalogue shows how the process maps can be used to create a detailed system specification
- The case study describes the overall project.
The Student Timetabling Online Project (STOP) at the University of Central Lancashire used its requirements definition activities to develop a new university policy as well as informing the selection of a new IT system.