UNIVERSITY OF SUNDERLAND SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
|MODULE TITLE:||Product Development|
|ASSESSMENT:||1 of 1|
|TITLE OF ASSESSMENT:||Product Development ePortfolio|
PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION CAREFULLY.
This assignment contributes 100% to your final module mark. Please ensure that you retain a duplicate of your assignment work as a safeguard in the unlikely event of your work being lost or corrupted online.
THE FOLLOWING LEARNING OUTCOMES WILL BE ASSESSED:
- Have a critical awareness of a range of practitioner methods and techniques appropriate to the development of a product in a specific computing context.
- Understand the business and technological context in which product development and evaluation take place.
- Apply appropriate techniques to determine, specify, design, build and test a solution to a problem.
- Critically evaluate the process and the product of development activity.
You are required to submit your work within the bounds of the University Infringement of Assessment Regulations (see your Programme Guide). Plagiarism, paraphrasing and downloading large amounts of information from external sources, will not be tolerated and will be dealt with severely. The coursework submission for this module is largely based upon your practice, but where you do use material from other sources, for example, an occasional short quote, this should be duly referenced. It is important to note that your work WILL BE SUBJECT TO CHECKS FOR ORIGINALITY, which WILL include the use of an electronic plagiarism detection service.
Where you are asked to submit an individual piece of work, the work must be entirely your own. The safety of your assessments is your responsibility. You must not permit another student access to your work at any time during the inception, design or development of your coursework submission and must take great care in this respect.
Where referencing is required, unless otherwise stated, the Harvard referencing system must be used (see your Programme Guide or university library website).
|Submission Date and Time:||Detailed in the CANVAS assignment area|
|Submission Location:||Electronic submission to the CANVAS assignment area|
Assessment (Portfolio – 100%)
The City of Yokyo won the bid to host the next FunOlympic Games in 2023. During the build-up to the planned games in 2023, the city had invested hugely in IT infrastructure and systems to make sure that the games would have been well organised, staffed, attended, and accessible to everyone.
The FunOlympic committee have decided that they require a few additional projects which need to be completed before the games start to ensure the games run smoothly and that worldwide audiences can enjoy the games online.
The city has appointed a team of IT systems and infrastructure professionals – you are one of them. It is your job to interact with the client to clarify exact system requirements.
Analysis, Design and Development Task
You will gain more information needed to complete the design and development task via client meetings and these meetings will reflect the knowledge and skillset appropriate to your programme of study. You will not be required to provide the entire solution – see details below:
Each top-up degree programme has its own scenario. You only need to complete the scenario for your degree.
§ Scenario – Applied Business Computing
The FunOlympic committee need an online web system/web presence to promote the games worldwide. The games will only be available to watch through a new online broadcast platform – but the platform does not yet exist. As the committee need to establish how great the demand for the service will be, they want you to build a system that promotes all the sports and asks potential audiences to register their interest in accessing the new online broadcast platform. The public users need to provide details of their name, country, email address and which sports they are mainly interested in watching online. There is no need for them to login and provide passwords. The FunOlympic committee also need an admin area which is password protected which provides them with access to the data on the number of users who have signed up.
§ Scenario – Mobile and Web Technologies
The FunOlympic committee need an app which athletes will use while they attend the game that records their movements. This needs to record the venues they are at and the date and times of their presence at the venues. Athletes will be required to manually input this information into the
app. The system needs to be secure, so a login system is needed. Ideally, some form of geolocation would also be present in the system.
§ Scenario – Computer Systems Engineering
The committee require you to build an online registration system for audiences to gain access to the proposed broadcast platform. The system must allow users to register, login and logout when using it, and make selections of broadcasts they wish to watch. There should also be an admin side to the system to allow an admin user to view user interactions, reset passwords etc. The prototype solution must deliver the key functionality described (you will need to interview the client to derive a full requirement list), although, at this prototypical stage, the inclusion of mechanisms for securing payments is not required.
§ Network Systems Engineering Students
You must research appropriate network design methodologies/paradigms and use these to design and implement an appropriate secure network solution that can be used at the FunOlympic Games in Yokyo. It is recommended that a simulation of the network is developed with documentation of the addressing scheme to be used. You will need to evaluate the methodologies, justifying your choice and using it to implement a secure network solution. You should evaluate the design, implementation and security.
The committee have provided you with a “skeleton” design planned for the previous year’s event that did not happen. You must design and simulate this set up but in addition, you need to allow for the added online broadcast platform – and you must design with security in mind such that the
broadcasts aren’t hacked and restreamed elsewhere for free.
Each of the venues’ host requirements is shown in the table below:
|Dept/ Venue||Stadium of Delight||Aquatics Palace||FunOlympic Village|
§ Scenario – Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, and ICT
It is your responsibility to discuss and establish the requirements needed by the client. In general, you will need to develop tools that will allow the client to analyse how successful the broadcast platform is. They hope the analysis tools will aid marketing and advertising during the run of the games.
Given that the games have yet to take place the client is expecting you to generate test data of web server logs. Assume the web server is Internet Information Server and the format of the logs is shown below. Save the web server log file in an excel file (CSV or similar). Then you should develop tools using R or Python to analyse the web server logs to report information such as country of origin, number of visits to the website, time of each visit, main interests (based on selected/viewed sports) etc. The client is hoping for a detailed analysis so you should aim to include diagrams such as bar charts, scatterplots or pie charts to best represent the results from your analysis. You can also use basic statistics to describe any summaries such as means and standard deviations.
Web server log file example:
Your role is to act as a consultant, analyse the needs of your client, develop and test a prototype solution and deliver and evaluate this solution with your client. In parallel, you are required to document the project professionally and ethically, just as would be expected if you were an analyst working for a software house or service provider.
It is your job to consult with your client to determine and agree on the exact requirements. Your module tutor (or someone appointed for this by the module tutor) will act as your client. You are to interview your client to determine the exact requirements and to develop your solution using suitable technologies.
To carry out the project in a professional manner you need to carefully consider the appropriate development methodology and the choice of implementation technologies. This should be based on the client‘s needs and the nature of the project. You will need to document in your report the choice of these methods and technologies and any alternatives and to justify your choices. The application should be developed based upon a sound software engineering or networking/telecoms approach which should cover the requirements elicitation, implementation, testing and evaluation phases where you verify the solution and critically evaluate the overall result.
You also need to plan your project and generate a project schedule with task breakdown, effort allocation and sequencing of tasks. You are then required to demonstrate the use of this documentation, including any updates/adjustments which reflect the true development history including any rescheduling and provide a critical reflection on the history of your project.
You are required to evaluate your system with your client and confirm that it meets the requirements originally negotiated and satisfies the client’s needs. This evaluation activity needs to be reflective and show that the development process and the product were properly tested and evaluated.
How well you report all these aspects will affect the mark you receive; please view the marking criteria at the end of this document. Your module mark is derived both from your ability to provide a technical solution for a client AND from the portfolio which documents the planning and conduct of the project in full; compliance with portfolio requirements is therefore very important.
For this assessment you are required to produce the following:
Task 1: Portfolio Report
Task 2: Prototype Product and Demonstration
Task 1: Portfolio Report
You are required to produce a portfolio report that documents the development of the project. This MUST be submitted as a single PDF file that is well structured, coherent and contains the following sections:
Front Cover: This should include the module code, your project title, your student’s name and your id.
Contents: Your work MUST include page numbers throughout and contents.
- Requirements Specification: A mandatory statement of the functional, non-functional or technical requirements and expected deliverables of your proposed solution using the template provided. This statement must be approved and signed off by your client as a basis for the development.
- Planning Documentation: A Project Schedule that identifies the tasks, effort allocation, timescales and deliverables required during the project to successfully generate the proposed solution and systems documentation by the specified deadline. This must also reflect upon any revisions to scheduling where applicable during the project
- Client Contact Record Sheet: Mandatory record of 3 client meetings. This should be completed and signed off by your client and yourself at set points in the project, then scanned and inserted into your e-portfolio illustrating your regular engagement with the client with key bulleted Action Points.
- Methodology: A report made with direct reference to your Planning Documentation which explains and justifies the main approaches, methods and tools that you have built into your planning cycle to ensure that you deliver the specified solution to your client in the timescales agreed. Note this report must be written in your own words about your own professional practice. This is NOT a research review so you are not required to reference academic papers although you do need to investigate the approaches you intend to implement and apply in your practice so that you can write about them critically.
- Solution Design Documentation: Present the design documentation relevant to the field of study that you have created.
- Testing: This section should provide detail on how you have tested your project against the functional and non-functional requirements. You should provide details of the testing methodologies, protocols, frameworks, tools etc., and provide the results of your testing.
- Technical Deployment of the Solution: A section describing the technical requirements of the solution including a summary of any procedures for installation and/or deployment in the proposed production environment. It is highly recommended that a screencast is also included.
- Evaluation and Critical Reflection: Regarding your Planning Documentation and Practitioner Statement, critically review the effectiveness of your implementation of the methods and tools adopted during the entire planning and development cycle and how this will inform and adapt your approach to client projects in the future.
Task 2: Prototype Product and Demonstration
You are required to produce a working solution and demonstrate this to your client. This demonstration will be done via a pre-recorded video, which shows the functionality of the solution you have created. Your solution must:
- Conform to the agreed requirements
- Be functional and largely error-free
You should carefully plan your demonstration before you begin recording it to ensure that you fully demonstrate how you have met each requirement.
You will only be graded on the functionality that you demonstrate in the video demonstration.
Task 1: For this task, you are required to submit a single PDF file which contains all the sections outlined in the Assessment Tasks section of this document.
Task 2: For this task, you are required to submit a video demonstration of your solution, you will only be graded on the functionality that you demonstrate in this video.
Help with Referencing
Whenever you need to refer the reader to the source of some information, e.g., a book/journal/academic paper/WWW address, provide a citation at that point within the main body of your report.
Example 1: … as we are all now aware referencing is not trivial (Kendal, 2017)
Provide a reference list towards the end of your research paper (after your conclusions section but before any appendices) that contains:
- References, a list of books/journals/academic papers/URLs etc. that have been directly cited from within the report (see example citation above).
- Any material from which text, diagrams or specific ideas have been used, even if this has been presented in your own words, must be cited within the main body of the paper and listed in the reference list. It is not enough to list this material in a bibliography.
Example 2: For Example, 1, (using the Harvard system) the reference list would contain the following:
Kendal S., 2017, Referencing standards, International Student Journal, Vol 55, Pages 25 – 30, Scotts Pub., ISBN 1-243567-89
This shows the authors, date published, title of the paper (in single quotes), title of journal or conference (in italics), volume, page numbers, and publisher (ISBN desirable but not essential).
For further help see the following book which is available in the library:
- Cite Them Right: The Essential Guide to Referencing and Plagiarism by Richard Pears and Graham Shields
An interactive online version of this guide is available by logging into My Sunderland with your User ID and password and then clicking on Me and Library Resources.
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