Computer: Data Flow Diagram and Valley View University

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Final Year Research Projects I & II
Submission Guidelines
The Institute has adopted two categories of research projects which we call i.

Research and System Development


Research Only


Research and System Development
Required Chapters
1. General Introduction (Research Proposal)
2. Literature Review
3. Crystallization of the Research Problem
4. Analysis of the Proposed System
5. Detailed design of the Proposed System
6. System Implementation and Testing
7. System Documentation
8. Conclusion and Recommendations

Research Only
Required Chapters
1. General Introduction (Research Proposal)
2. Literature Review
3. Research Methodology
4. Findings and Discussions
5. Conclusion and Recommendations


B. DOCUMENT DETAILS (Research and System Development)
Cover Page
Table of Contents
1. General Introduction (Research Proposal)
1.0 Introduction
1.1 Subject and Field of Study
1.2 Study Objectives
1.2.1 Global (General) Objectives
1.2.2 Specific Objectives
1.3 Background to the Study
1.4 Scope of Study
1.5 Justification of the Study/Significance of Study
1.6 Methodology (Interview, Questionnaire, Observation, Desktop Review) Please Note: For Research + System Development, specify and justify the Software Development Process Model to be employed.
1.7 Expected Results of the Study & Possible Use (Research/Study Deliverables) 1.8 Presentation of Thesis (Chapter-by-Chapter Summary of Thesis) 1.9 Study Work Plan (Timelines)
[10 Marks]
2. Literature Review
You are required to conduct a critical and in depth evaluation of what have been published on your chosen research area/topic. The purpose of this exercise is to summarize, synthesize and analyze the arguments of others to support your own argument. Therefore, describe and analyze the knowledge that exists and identify the gaps in research related to your project topic. This should clarify the relationship between your research topic and the work that has previously been done.

Also, you are required to review at least two existing computer-based systems for those undertaking Research and System Development. Please note: Your website references should not exceed 30% of the total references.

[30 Marks]
3. Crystallization of the Problem
You are required to undertake a study of the system implemented by your case study organization(s). Provide information on the following i.
How they operate (components/features of the system they use even if it is manual, processes or procedures involved). Include the system context diagram and the process or data flow diagrams. iii.

The strength/advantages and the weaknesses/disadvantages of the system they use.

Please note: The list above is not exhaustive. You can discuss with your supervisor on additions to include.
[20 Marks]

4. Analysis of the Proposed System
A typical analysis of the proposed system has the following subheadings; 4.0 Overview of the proposed system
- Functional Requirements
- Non-functional Requirements
4.1 Major features/components of the proposed system
4.2 Benefits/Advantages of the proposed system
4.3 System Context Diagram of the proposed system
Please note: The list above is not exhaustive. You can discuss with your supervisor on additions to include.
[20 Marks]
5. Detailed design of the Proposed System
5.0 Functional Processes of the Proposed System
5.1 Algorithm and flowchart of the processes
5.2 Data Flow Diagrams
5.3 Data Dictionary
-Database Schema
-Table Relationship Diagram
You may use Entity relationship diagrams &Use Cases or User Scenarios 6. System Implementation &Testing
6.0 Implementation
- Description of both the Hardware and Software required for the implementation (installation) of the proposed system
6.1 Testing
- Description...
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