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IPT: Planning & Designing Solutions

posted Nov 19, 2008, 4:18 AM by Eddie Woo   [ updated Nov 19, 2008, 2:58 PM ]
Course Content
During today's double, you will be covering a wide range of concepts related to planning projects. Some you have been introduced to already, and some are a little unfamiliar: feasibility studies, functional specifications and project plans. Read pages 10-13 and answer questions 1-6 on page 13.

You will also be learning how to read and create some important ways of diagrammatically representing systems, understanding them and hence designing your own (or an improvement of someone else's). The six you'll be looking at are context diagrams, data flow diagrams, decision trees, decision tables, data dictionaries and system flowcharts. Read pages 14-16 & 19-21, then:
  1. Create a context diagram and a data flow diagram for the system you chose in a previous lesson.
  2. Draw up a decision tree and a decision table for two separate decisions that users of this system might make. 
  3. Create a system flowchart that describes this website as an information system that you participate in.
Create these diagrams in a program like Word, take a screenshot and save it as an image that you can upload to your section of the website. It doesn't have to be too pretty - but the major features of each kind of diagram must be visible.

Website Development
Create an Announcements-type subpage underneath your student page and title it <Name's> Updates (e.g. Tony's Updates). Click through to your new sub-page and get accustomed with how to add news items. These are automatically time-stamped - from now on, use these to create your daily schoolwork. Once you've added some items in, go back to your landing page and insert a "Recent Posts" gadget, and select your Updates. Save these changes and observe the effect on  your landing page - and customise as you see fit!