Glossary for Hospital Scheduling System

The glossary and index are excellent. This has helped our staff navigate through the manual with ease.


algorithm - a well structured method for solving a particular computational or logical problem.

Bottom-up testing strategy- a testing method in which process modules are tested before control modules.

database - a collection of files that store related information and allow updates and sophisticated queries.

function - an action or procedure the system must perform

GUI - Graphical User Interface. A "user interface" (see below) which uses computer graphics combining features such as windows, buttons, menus, and icons.

Integration testing - testing collections of modules which have been integrated into sub-systems, or testing collections have sub-systems which make up the entire system.

ISIS - Isis, a goddess in Egyptian mythology, was given powers by the god Thoth to restore life. She was one of the most important figures in all of Egyptian mythology. In our case, also an acronym for International Software Information Systems.

O/R - Operation Rooms - a ward whose rooms are used for surgery.

Query - a common set of database commands which allow for the manipulation of records (e.g. insert, select, update).

Platform - the underlying hardware and software on which our system will depend

Regression testing - after the system is modified to repair program defects new defects may be introduced so testing should be repeated after the system is modified.

Report - a system output listing specified subsets data from the database in a fixed, people-friendly format.

Sandwich testing strategy- a testing method in which control modules are tested using the top-down strategy while process modules are tested using the bottom-up strategy.

Server - a computer dedicated to file and database work on which the system's data would reside. Doesn't do user interaction.

Top-down testing strategy- a testing method in which higher-level, or control modules are tested before the lower-level, or process modules.

Unit testing - individual components are tested to ensure that they operate correctly.

User interface - the portion of a program (including things like windows and buttons) which allows a person to communicate with the computer

Walkthrough- the tracing of processes and objects by discussion of a context diagram, procedures table, or data flow diagram to obtain user feedback and to encourage communication among users and developers.

Workstation - a computer used by end-users for interactive work such as data entry and retrieval. Runs the "user interface".!

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