Year of Publication

2001

Paper Type

Master's Thesis

College

College of Computing, Engineering & Construction

Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences (MS)

Department

Computing

First Advisor

Dr. Layne Wallace

Second Advisor

Dr. Charles Winton

Third Advisor

Dr. Judith Solano

Abstract

Applying e-commerce technology to public school software is a process that involves an extensive and thorough analysis. There are typically three groups of users who would use such a system: teachers, administrators and parents. Teachers need a system that nearly duplicates the software that they are currently using to enter, store, and calculate their grades, while school administrators and parents need to student and teacher's information. This is where the use of e-commerce technology comes in very nicely.

The analysis performed for this project involved extensive interviews with the expert user set and a walk-through of the current system. The majority of the interviews were with the teachers. The design involved the standard function descriptions and data analysis. Use cases were used to describe functionality and an entity relationship diagram was created to describe the data. In order to describe the data flow of the system, a screen hierarchy chart was created as well.

This project was undertaken with the goal of providing a readily available medium to student data to different groups of users. The primary data enterers, the teachers, did not want any additional work so the system had to duplicate their current system, functionaly, for entering grades. In actuality, the system improved the way in which grades were entered because several duplicate tasks were eliminated in the creation of the new system. This project was successful in every aspect for which it was planned.

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