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We are pleased with the progress that you have made toward satisfying
our requirements. The functionality has been well adapted to a
graphical user interface since the previous specifications. Within
this document, we will present some ideas that we hope will improve
the interface and functionality of the system even more. This will
be divided up into two sections: The graphical interface and
Our main concern involves the administrative tasks of initializing the
system with departments, courses, labs, sections, etc. and deleting
the same. These functions appears to be missing. Please refer to our
comments within the section `Possible Enhancements of the Minimal
System' of the Revision of Functional Specification and Management
Plan. It is necessary to add courses to even begin the operation of
the system. Please be clear on how this will be accomplished.
In the module, modify a course, you had mentioned updating the status
of a student from part time to full time or vice versa. If a course
is only being changed and not removed or added, the status will not be
changed. Is it necessary to perform this check on the number of
courses since the number of courses will not be altered?
In the task of choosing a lab and/or tutorial, these two will
occasionally be paired. For these instances, the user must be
informed of the pairing or prevented from selecting components from
two different pairs.
The welcome screen
You suggested that the welcome screen be displayed when the terminal
is idle. We suggest student registration screen stays on for 3
minutes of non use and administration stay on until exited.
Concerning the okay button, we would prefer `Ok'.
The format of the date was not specified. We would prefer it to be
presented in the long form, ie January 29, 1996.
The Cancel button is inconsistent with the text and the use of cancel
in other systems. You described the function as Quit in the document.
We also believe that this would be more descriptive and more easily
understood by the novice user.
The context sensitive help is a very nice feature.
We have a concern that all of the information that is to go into the
windows will not fit. In particular, the labs, lectures and tutorials
will not be able to display the complete information. Perhaps by
having the different listboxes displayed one on top of the other will
remedy the situation.
Within the student information section, having the student id number
before the name feels more logical. This would place the name field
above the address, permitting the name field to be longer.
What is the meaning of the white square in the top right corner??
Within the course listing section the drop down list boxes, department
and course, present a few difficulties. It is not clear to the user
that the department must be chosen before the course. After
selection, we would like the selected department or course to remain
visible to provide feedback. If possible, allow the user to select a
course without a department in the case the user does not know the
See the reference to Cancel button for Student Registration.
Will there be a shutdown procedure to allow the Administrator to
return to the main operating system for other administration
As mentioned in the introduction, we are basically pleased with your
proposal and realize that you are continually working on improvements.
With this in mind, we will be willing to provide subjects for your
The suggestion of including our university logo and motto is
excellent. Our motto is WE TEACH GOOD. The logo follows.
Thank you for your submission.