Information Technology Project
Information Technology to help you with a particular project you
will need to carry out the following series of processes:
project work will also require testing to make
sure that it performs as expected and all four processes will
require documentation as evidence. A project
will involve the use of a variety of software packages and you
will need to use the skills and concepts that you have learnt in
at least two of the following IT strands - Communicating
Information, Data Handling, Measuring, Control, and Modelling.
involves looking at the problems and finding out what is involved
before you start:
and define the purpose of the project.
what solutions or outcomes you hope to achieve by the end
of the project.
out how the solutions or outcomes of the project are
currently obtained without the use of IT.
the intended audiences or users of the system and their
relevant characteristics (limitations of knowledge and
the views and specific needs of your intended audiences
or users of the system.
background information about the project that may be used
later for preparing questionnaires or reports. (This
should be obtained from a variety of sources - Internet,
CD-ROM, library books, pamphlets and magazines. Remember
information comes in many forms - words, pictures, sounds
and assess the merits of the hardware and software that
you will need.
any choices or ideas you might have for different ways of
carrying out the project.
any problems or constraints that you expect to come
across during your project.
involves planning out exactly what you intend to do:
- Make a
list or block diagram of the tasks you need to carry out.
each task, describe with reasons whether IT will be used
each task, describe with reasons what software and
hardware will be used.
and/or describe the planned layout of data in the
computerised system - sketch for a poster showing content,
layout and fonts; a table showing fields and sample data
for a database including any coding to be used;
spreadsheet showing data, formulae and layout.
methods to be used for capturing the data you require -
forms, questionnaires, interviews, letters, sensors, etc.
Sketch out your ideas and decide on question style,
how you intend the data to be input into the computer
system - keyboard, image scanner, email, sensors, OCR
how you intend to verify and validate the data to ensure
that errors do not occur in the system.
and/or describe the computer processing that will take
place - calculations, queries, decisions, sorting data,
and/or describe the planned output from the system -
graphs, charts, text, images, sounds, movement of robot,
how you will test the product to see if it performs as
expected or as required.
how you intend to produce a final presentation of your
project to your chosen audience or users.
sure that whole design proposal matches the needs
reasons for all choices made.
involves carrying out all the tasks that you have planned to do
and any changes that you may find to be necessary.
out all the tasks involved in producing the system,
noting any changes made to your original design.
with suitable illustrations how the system works.
with suitable illustrations some of the software features
documentation giving full instructions for your intended
audience or users of the system.
your system as planned and produce evidence of the
possible, implement any changes required as a result of
the testing procedures.
involves the drawing of conclusions about your work.
and illustrate the results of your project (if not
the efficiency, ease of use and appropriateness of the
software and hardware used.
the efficiency, ease of use and appropriateness of your
final solution or presentation.
any changes made to your original design during its
implementation or as a result of testing.
reasons for any changes made.
reasons for not making recommended changes such as a lack
of equipment, expertise or time.
any improvements that could be made if the project were
to be repeated, or repeated under more ideal conditions.
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