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Success in Your Project: a guide to student system development projects.
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SUCCESS IN YOUR PROJECT: A GUIDE TO STUDENT SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

PAPERBACK BY WEAVER, PHILIP

£57.99

ISBN
9780273678090
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PUBLISHER
PEARSON EDUCATION LIMITED
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FORMAT
PAPERBACK
PAGES
304 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
18 DEC 2003

DESCRIPTION

Final year projects are an important feature of most undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the fields of Business Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering and Business Computing. These projects usually involve students in the practical application of theory together with a critical analysis or evaluation of the excecution of their project or of the theory applied. This book is the first to provide detailed guidance and support for students in preparing for, conducting and evaluating a system development project, independent of the development methodology or technical tools to be used.

CONTENTS

Draft Table of ContentsPart 1 - Project preparation and set-upChapter 1 - Introduction to student projectsWhat is a project? Types of projects Business and information systems strategy Feasibility Studies Complex software development Multi-media projects Technical infrastructure projects Research projects and case studies Hybrid projects Group projects Critical success (and failure) factors Assessment criteria (what makes a great project)Chapter 2 - Identifying and selecting a projectSources of projects Generating ideas Selection criteria Short-listing and modifying ideas Examples of past projects Making the final selectionChapter 3 - Overview of project approaches and structures (and when to use them)The System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Project phases and organisation Structured methods Object-oriented methods Rapid Application Development (RAD) Other methodologies Package implementationsChapter 4 - Setting up the projectGetting organised Project objectives (academic and business) and scope definition Project deliverables Selecting the development method Research questions Initial planning The roles of the project supervisor, student and client Producing a project proposalPart 2 - Project executionChapter 5 - Project Management.Detailed planning Time management Record keeping and good housekeeping Project tracking and control Tools and techniques Risk and issue management Common problems and their management Controlling change Progress reporting Using the project supervisor Managing the client Project teamsChapter 6 - Research. Types of research Literature sources and searches Writing a literature review Research methods Primary and secondary data, and its collection Analysing dataChapter 7 - Systems Requirements. Fact finding Workshops Recording requirements Modelling requirements Early prototypes Package research and selection Technical requirements Feasibility Studies Project management and reportingChapter 8 - Systems DesignIdentifying, evaluating and selecting system solutions Conceptul design Data analysis Physical design Human-computer interaction Prototyping Data management design Technical design Design prototypes Project management and reportingChapter 9 - System construction and implementationProgram or component specification Software production and programming Incremental delivery Package configuration Testing and de-bugging Data conversion and preparation User and system documentation Software installation Technical infrastructure implementation Maintenance Project management and reportingPart 3 - Project completion (50-60 pages)Chapter 10 - Critical analysis and evaluationReview of objectives and theory Analysis of the development process Evaluating alternative approaches Evaluating the final deliverables and research resultsChapter 11 - Final reportPoster presentations Preparing and presenting papers Draft reports Report structure, content and presentation Report writing Common errors Referencing Plagiarism and data protection Software demonstrations Viva voce examinationsAppendices(20-30 pages)Appendix A - GlossaryAppendix B - BibliographAppendix C - Checklists