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How to Do Your Project

You are about to start an exciting project for Piccadilly Television. Your task is to analyze the requirements for a new system, whose principal activity is selling commercial television airtime.

This project is based on a real analysis that we did for one of the British television companies. (For that reason, we are using the British spelling of “programme” to refer to anything relating to Piccadilly Television programmes.) We have condensed the most interesting bits of our project into the case study, so that you can get the maximum practice in a reasonable amount of time. In the original analysis, we used process models and data models that we built from both the physical and essential viewpoints. Don’t worry if you don’t know these terms: As you work through this project, you’ll learn about these models, and you’ll use them to build the specification for Piccadilly’s airtime sales system. Also, don’t be concerned if you don’t know anything about the television industry. It will be progressively introduced to you as you work through the project.

You are here to learn systems analysis and/or to improve your analysis skills. Once you finish the Piccadilly Project and the practice exercises along the way, you will have enough hands-on experience to be able to apply these analysis techniques to your own projects.

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