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Course Critic: IEEE Website Requirements Specification Document

Awad, Tariq (2022) Course Critic: IEEE Website Requirements Specification Document. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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I decided to go with this project concept because it aims to solve a problem which I personally struggled with, deciding on a third-level course. These kinds of decisions can have a massive impact and should not be taken lightly. Yet, due to the stress of the process, I have seen many people choose a course impulsively and without the appropriate amount of research conducted. I wanted to offer future third-level students in Ireland a website that would alleviate this anxiety and give them a clear insight into the experience each course offers.

As with many agile projects, the requirements for this website evolved over time and as a result, the concept evolved with it. At first, this website was for the sole purpose of assisting students in choosing the course best suited to them. However, using a variety of elicitation and analysis techniques, more potential business applications of the website were discovered. With the help of key stakeholders, it was decided that the colleges displayed on the website should have a bigger involvement in the concept. This is when the idea arose to not only use this website to help future students, but to help the colleges too. This would be done through analysing the student feedback data that was captured, finding the unique selling points of each course and advertising them on the website. Additionally, the data collected, which offered insight into how the students felt each course could be improved, would be sent back to the colleges for evaluation. In return for these insights and advertisements, the colleges would pay an annual subscription fee and optionally add course critic as a subsection of their own website.

This pivot that was taken with the intention of making the website more commercially feasible, assisting Irish third-level universities in improving their services, and ultimately decreasing the student dropout rate in Ireland.

The requirements elicitation results were used to develop a detailed IEEE requirements specification document which would act as a blueprint for the Course Critic website. The document elaborates on the key functional, non-functional, and business requirements of the Course Critic website. This document, if given to a development team, should outline exactly how the Course Critic website should be constructed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: School of Computing > Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Technology Management
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2022 12:34
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2022 11:58

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