Summer 2000 DIS: Intranet Database
Topics for Discussion
- Michael and Ken presented the first version of
the database structure
- It was decided that:
- A generic design should be adopted from the start, one that allows for
configuration to different course needs. For instance the DBMS should
- grading methods based on percentages or point scale
- varying amounts of grade-earning activities (assignments, quizzes,
exams) and their associated values
- supervisor-defined user-access levels (lecturer, recitation, grader,
- The target-user for this system will be supervisors of large enrollment
courses, thus filling a need that FSU's Course Info system overlooks.
- We will treat our Web-based sections as a separate course since it uses
a different grading scale (q. Should we treat CGS2060 and CGS2100 as
two separate courses?)
- Entry into the VB system will be via username and password. Users will
be granted access to data according to their title.
- This project is sizable enough that an organizational tool is needed.
Cesar presented UML (Universal MarkUp Language?) as an option.
It was agreed that Cesar would take the responsibility of representing
the project with UML while educating the rest of us to the extent of understanding
the UML representation.
There was discussion concerning the level of automation that should be
programmed into assignment grading. Should assignments be graded on screen
or on paper? On-screen grading would give the supervisor more control over
grading consistency and accuracy, points automatically totaled, late penalties
automatically deducted. It would also give the supervisor the ability to
review the reason for point deductions.On the other hand, paper grading
may be more convenient and timesaving for the grader. On-screen grading
would add the inconvenience of working in multiple windows. Conclusion needs
to be reached.
- Use the UML representation of the project to break the project into its
essential components that can then be prioritized and assigned to subgroups
and group members.
- Time to come up with a "Snazzy" Name for our software package.
Email you suggestions to me, we'll vote at next meeting. A couple ideas
to get your creative juices flowing:
- Course Manager
- Organizer for Teachers
- A+ Management Software (for Teachers)
- Continue learning VB & Java