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Frontdesk: An enterprise class web-based software system for programming assignment submission, feedback dissemination and grading automation

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Introduction

Increase in number of students enrolled at Chinhoyi University of Technology Increased student-staff ratio Assignments required for almost every course, contributing a significant percentage to final grade

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Problem Statement

Due to the increase in number of students enrolled on programs offered at Chinhoyi University of Technology and the fact that coursework is a necessity for the majority of courses undertaken by students, there has been an increased burden in the process of assignment management for both students and staff, and this has resulted in inefficiency in the overall management of assignments

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C086378F - Hove Tatenda Caston - Final Year Project

Project Aim

To relieve pressure on University staff and students in the process of assignment submission and assessment while enhancing grading and the provision of quality feedback in a timely fashion.

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Project Objectives
Developing a reliable assignment management system to be used at Chinhoyi University of Technology.

Extending or increasing user skills on the utilization of technology on assignment management.

To eventually relieve extra work and stress forced upon both university staff and students through the creation and implementation of a new assignment management system.

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Justification of Study

It offers faster transportation of assignments than traditional, physical methods.

5 7 days [Price and Peter (1997)]

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Justification of Study

The resource intensive nature of assessment can often decrease the quality of the feedback provided to students (Oliver and Mitchell, 1996). Through appropriate application of information technology it is possible to reduce costs and increase both the quantity and quality of assessment and feedback to students (Jones and McCormack, 1997).

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Justification of Study

When supported appropriately with resources, experience, and minimal automation it has been found that marking online assignments takes 20-30% less time than marking traditional assignments (Jamieson and Jones, 1997).

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Justification of Study

Appropriate reporting mechanisms combined with online assignment management increase the transparency of the marking process by allowing students to view the progress of their assignment.

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Literature Review

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Literature Review
Current System Analysis Students do assignment
Student types and print the assignment, which will have a coversheet containing the following information: Students Name Students Registration Number Program Level Course Assignment Number Lecturers Name

Assignment Given
Submission date stated Usually a week after assignment given

Assignment Assessment Submitted


Assignment handover through the Class Rep Lecturer marks and capture grades of the assignment

Feedback
Lecturer returns marked assignments to students In-class discussion of assignment

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Literature Review
Technologies Involved

Microsoft Office Review Track Changes Restrict Editing Adobe Acrobat Original content not directly editable Integration with Microsoft Office Comment The World Wide Web Distance not a barrier Fast way of communicating Email
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Literature Review
Similar Systems Comparison Online Assignment Submission, Infocom System (OASIS) Central Queensland University (Australia)

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Literature Review
Similar Systems Comparison Online Assignment Submission, Infocom System (OASIS) Central Queensland University The system has been a success, and used by 6800 students by 2005 with over 20, 000 assignment submission and marking by over 200 teachers spread across 65 courses. Staff can track the process of assignment submission and marking; Easily analyse results from assessment to track student progress; Online assignments can be run through plagiarism detection; Timely turn around for students; Assignment submission is easier for students; and It provides equality for students regardless of geographic position.

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Literature Review
Similar Systems Comparison Online Assignment Submission, Infocom System (OASIS) Central Queensland University Drawbacks Return of assignments via e-mail Duplication of results storage in students feedback file and central results file

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Methodology
Software & Development Tools IDE: Visual Studio 2010 & Dreamwever CS6

Server Side Programming Language: Active Server Pages (ASP.Net) Programming Language: C#

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Methodology
Software & Development Tools Object Oriented Programming UML for system Modelling

Database: SQL Server 2008

Interface Design: Microsoft Expression Studio 4(XAML Based)

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Methodology
Software Development Model Agile Methodology : SCRUM MODEL

Scrumis a framework within which you can employ various processes and techniques within which complex products can be developed -Ken Schawber,, ScrumGuide,, May 2009

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Methodology
Validation and Evaluation of Effectiveness

Student Based Questionnaire Lecturer Based Questionnaire

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Thank You Very Much

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