DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF WEB " BASED ACADEMIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (WEBAIS) FOR NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES

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ABSTRACT

A common challenge faced by universities is effective management of large amounts of data that are encountered in day-to-day operations. Access to these data requires various privileges and restrictions to cater for the various user categories. Traditional paper-based approach to managing these data, as practiced in many Nigerian universities, is costly, error-prone and ineffective. Existing solutions to this problem, where they exist, are ad hoc
or not comprehensive. In this thesis, we developed a web-based information (WeBAIS) capable of managing large bodies of data effectively for Nigerian universities. Evaluation feedback of WeBAIS received from the two pilot universities where it was deployed showed that WeBAIS met its design objectives. We believe WeBAIS will receive further favorable assessment as further research is conducted to polish its other modules.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1 DECLARATION - iii
CERTIFICATION iv
DEDICATIONv
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS - vi
ABSTRACT vii
TABLE OF CONTENTS - viii
LIST OF FIGURES - xiii
CHAPTER ONE: GENERAL INTRODUCTION1
11 Introduction - 1
12 Research Motivation and Goals - 2
13 Research Question - 2
14 Research Objectives 3
15 Methodology - 3
16 Contributions to Knowledge - 4
17 Outline of Thesis - 5
CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW6
21 Introduction - 6
22 Related Work - 6
23 Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) 10
24 Modern IS Design 12
241 Information System12
242 Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 13
243 Usability14
244 Database Design - 15
25 Summary 17
CHAPTER THREE: DESIGN OF WeBAIS18
31 Introduction - 18
32 Students: WeBAIS-graduate and WeBAIS-undergraduate - 20
33 WeBAIS-graduate Specific Functionality - 21
331 Graduate Admissions - 22
34 WeBAIS-undergraduate Specific Functionality - 23
3 41 Student Admission Module - 23
342 Student Registration Module 23
343 Student Result Checking Module - 24
344 Student Evaluation of Teaching (Questionnaire) (SET)24
35 Faculty (WeBAIS-faculty) - 24
36 Department Programs and Processes: WeBAIS-department 25
37 Staff: WeBAIS – Staff - 25
371 Staff Module - 25
372 Level Coordinator (Course Advisor) Module26
373 Departmental Examination Officer Module - 26
374 Head of Department Module 26
38 Summary 27
CHAPTER FOUR: IMPLEMENTATION OF WeBAIS - 28
41 Introduction - 28
42 System Design29
43 System Architecture - 29
44 Application Architecture31
45 System Design (Data Flow Diagram – (DFD)) - 36
451 Difference with Flowcharts - 37
46 Web Interface Design - 38
47 Database Design - 39
471 User Role Database Structure 40
472 Content Management DB Structure41
473 SET – Database Structure - 42
48 Code Design - 43
481 Web Utility Classes 43
482 Authentication Related Classes - 45
483 Data Object Related Classes - 46
484 Tool Related Classes - 46
485 Summary47
49 System Security - 47
491 Authentication48
492 Authorization 50
493 Encryption and Decryption - 51
410 Summary 52
CHAPTER FIVE: DEPLOYMENT and APPRAISAL - 53
51 Introduction - 53
52 WeBAIS Implementation Status53
521 WeBAIS Deployment Requirements56
53 Deployment 57
531 Questionnaire design - 57
532 Results Presentation and Analysis - 58
54 Summary - 64
CHAPTER SIX: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION65
61 Summary 65
62 Conclusion - 65
63 Recommendation - 67
References - 68
Appendix A: Data Flow Diagram of WeBAIS - 72
Appendix B: WeBAIS E – R Diagram and Tables - 94
Appendix C: WeBAIS Questionnaire - 96

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