Supplier Group's Functional Specification & Management Plan. Based on this document.
COURSE REGISTRATION SYSTEM
Computer Science 451 Customer Group 9
Due 1:00pm January 16,1996
Company Introduction & Project Background
General University (Gen U) is a mid-sized university providing
quality education primarily in the humanities, fine arts, and computer
science fields. Gen U is currently computerizing its administrative
process. The current project includes computerizing the student
course registration process.
The computerized student course registration system is
intended for use by all students. The students will use the system to
register for courses, update their current course selections, and print
The students may or may not have prior experience using
computers. Ideally, any student can identify him/herself to the
system, view his/her timetable, and print out the timetable in about
two minutes. Other requirements include students using the system to
add five known courses and correcting two conflicts in ten minutes
(these figures serve as rough estimates for real-time performances).
A newly-admitted student will receive an information package
containing, among other things, a student identification number, a
password, and a set of instructions for using the system.
Example Scenarios of Product Usage
Gen U has identified several example scenarios that the registration
system should be able to accommodate.
A student newly-admitted to the fine arts faculty walks up to
the registration system and identifies herself. She then selects
CPSC101, ENGL101, ENGL102, and PHIL103. The computer automatically
schedules the courses as she selects them. The CPSC101 lecture 01 is
scheduled for 8:00a. She decides to change to lecture 02. She prints
the timetable and leaves.
A second year student in geology walks up to the terminal and
identifies himself. The student sees his current timetable and adds
GOPH361 lecture 02, lab 05, and tutorial 01. A conflict occurs.
Lecture 02 is scheduled at the same time as another course. The
computer suggests GOPH361 lecture 01, lab 05, and tutorial 01. He
accepts and prints out the new timetable.
A third year student dials in to the registration system and
views his current timetable. He selects GOPH521 to add to his
schedule. He does not have the necessary prerequisite, GOPH421. The
computer responds by saying that the student must take GOPH421 first, which
fits in the timetable. He accepts and prints the new timetable.
Gen U has come up with a list of functions, restrictions, and
features the registration system should have. Functions list common
tasks the students and faculty should be able to perform.
Restrictions provide a check on what courses a student can take.
Features list other requirements for the system. They are listed
- student registration
1) the student is not registered in any courses
2) the student is registered and wants to change the registration
- add courses
- delete courses
- change lecture, lab, or tutorial for a course
- print the timetable
- provide alternatives for the student when conflicts occur
ie: list lecture, lab, tutorial times that have room and fit in the
- late registration
- warning when a student's full-time/part-time status changes
- print a class list for the instructor
- class size
each lecture, lab, and tutorial have a maximum number of students
that can register in it
- prerequisite check
students must take certain courses before others, and achieve a
satisfiable grade in those courses
register for courses
to change course registration
drop a course
withdraw from a course
Note that the deadlines change from year to year and must be easily modifiable
- limit number of timetables a student can print
- maximum number of courses a student can take
- time conflict
a student can not have a lecture, lab, or tutorial overlap in time
with another lecture, lab, or tutorial
- students can register at the same time
ie: multi-user system
students CANNOT change or view another student's registration or modify
any of the restrictions above (such as class size, etc)
- on-line help
- usable by first time students and experienced students
list some possible enhancements
briefly describe how the system will interact with future projects
Finally, Gen U requires the registration system to be easily
enhanced. Gen U is going to computerize the university calendar which
includes the rules, regulations, course descriptions, major and minor
descriptions, and special programs available. Gen U wants a system to
help the students plan their university education and select courses
for their degree. The registration system will be an integral part of this
We look forward to hearing from you.