Development of a Network-Based Laboaratory Management System for the Engineering Laboratories of the University of the Assumption

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City of Malolos, Bulacan

In partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Engineering Program in Computer Engineering entitled:



Ferddie Q. Canlas

May 2010


This practicum project hereto entitled:

Development of a Computer-Based Laboratory Management System for Engineering Laboratories of the University of the Assumption

prepared and submitted by Ferddie Quiroz Canlas, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Engineering, major in Computer Engineering has been examined and is recommended for acceptance and approval for ORAL EXAMINATION.

Eleazer C. Nabong, MEP-MEM Joseph M. Calilung, MBA Academe Adviser Industry Adviser

Approved by the Committee on Oral Examination with a grade of PASSED on _____________.

Romano A. Gabrillo, MEP-MEM

Nancy M. Santiago, MEP-MEM Ma. Magdalena V. Gatdula, CoE, MAE-CAIP Member Member

Accepted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Engineering Program, major in Computer Engineering.

Ma. Magdalena V. Gatdula, CoE, MAE-CAIP Nicanor C. De la Rama, Ph. D. Department Head, Engineering Graduate School Dean, College of Engineering EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPUTER-BASED LABORATORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR ENGINEERING LABORATORIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ASSUMPTION Lopus and Owen (1995), define economics as the study of how people, businesses and nations make choices. It is the study of how we deal with scarcity, or how we use our limited resources. These resources are those things that can be used to produce goods and services. (p. 10)

An economizing organization calls for an excellent management style to optimize profit and productivity for an organization to survive – either for profit or non – profit. Wherein productivity – the key to business profitability – is the result of how we can manage the processes for producing goods and services and is driven by implementing innovations (Watson, 1994, p. 17).

Maximizing competitive advantage and minimizing competitive disadvantages methodology is one of the keys to attain productivity and profitability of an organization by increasing net profits, reducing expense costs, increasing process efficiency and effectiveness, maximized utilization of resources and the likes. This process involves internal and external environment scanning which calls for evaluation. This evaluation will utilize statistical analysis to enumerate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) present in the organization and out of the results, draw a solution. This entire process is called strategic management (Wheelen and Hunger, 2002, pp. 80-85).

Fitzsimmons and Fitzsimmons (1998) found out that the integration of information technology helps to define the competitive strategy of successful firms. Furthermore, they added that Information Technology supports an organization’s competitive advantage. (p. 74)

Heskett (1986), viewed investment on communications networks, databases and information technologies intensify strategic advantage. Furthermore, He observed that the database a service firm possesses can be a hidden asset of strategic importance. The value of information is of importance to a strategizing organization that is why (Capron, 2001) he introduced as new component of economics. (p. 3). Similarly, Oak (2008) emphasized that computers have changed the way we work, be it any profession. Computers play a vital role in every field. System integrations enable organization to perform processes in peak rate. (Watson, 2002)

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