Success in Your Project: A guide to student system development projects

Philip Weaver

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Success in Your Project: A guide to student system development projects

By Philip Weaver
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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 provides 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.



  • Covers the critcal tasks of selection, planning and initiation of the project as well as the control and reporting of progress during its execution.
  • Assists students in the evaluation, writing-up and presentation of their projects, with emphasis on the elements that are of primary importance in achieving the academic objectives.
  • Structure of the book is chronological, covering project preparation, project execution and project completion.
  • Examples of each key product and activity are included as are examples of different types of project, using the three main system development methodologies, SSADM, UML and DSDM.


Table of contents
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction to student projects
  • Chapter 2 - Identifying and selecting a project
  • Chapter 3 - Overview of project approaches and structures (and when to use them)
  • Chapter 4 - Setting up the project
  • Chapter 5 - Project Management.
  • Chapter 6 - Research.
  • Chapter 7 - Systems Requirements.
  • Chapter 8 - Systems Design
  • Chapter 9 - System construction and implementation
  • Chapter 10 - Critical analysis and evaluation
  • Chapter 11 - Final report
  • Appendix A - Glossary
  • Appendix B - Bibliograph
  • Appendix C - Checklists