Final Project Guideline
What is a Software Project?
At first it is important to understand what the software is? “Software” can be defined comprehensively as, “Computer Programs that, when executed provide desired function and performance, data structures that enable the programs to adequately manipulate information and documents that describe the operation and use of programs”.
Looking at the definition indicates clearly that developing software does not mean mere development of programs (or code) rather it requires the related documents to be produced as well.
To develop software effectively requires following a process. Each stage of this process culminates in one or more artifacts.
Examples of software projects are, software developed for face recognition, building a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System, Flight Simulation System, Point of Sale (PoS) System, a Web Portal, an Electronic Store Front etc.
Software projects can be aimed at producing a desktop application, an embedded application (like to be used in microwave oven) or some online application.
Purpose of a Software Project:
The University aims at producing such IT professionals who leave the impression of excellence in knowledge and skills in their professional lives. Students are encouraged to come up with innovative and unexplored ideas while addressing a problem.
After having completed the project students will be expected to have the following skills,
It will provide the students with an opportunity to implement the concepts they have learned throughout their degree program so far.
Awareness of the latest technologies being used in the industry and more importantly the application of those technologies.
Knowledge of all the formalities required to undertake a software project.
Enough confidence to take the challenges of their practical environment.
Should I take Software Project?
The development project is recommended for those students who have an aptitude and interest (equally important) for development. Presence of analytical skills to solve a problem is also highly requisite. If a student finds these ingredients in himself/herself then deficiencies (to a certain extent) in the areas like programming, data base and software engineering etc can be overcome but such a student will have to put extra efforts (depending upon the deficiencies) to make his/her weak areas stronger. As having ambitions only does not lead to the goal, one has to strive for those ambitions to get them materialized.
No student below 1.75 Effective CGPA will be allowed to take the project title.
MCS/MIT Students must have completed 30 credit hours to become eligible for taking the final project. So don’t enroll in CS619 course or drop your cs619 course if you have earned less than 30 credit hours.
BSCS/BSIT Students must have completed 90 credit hours to become eligible for taking the final project. So don’t enroll in CS619 course or drop your cs619 course if you earned less than 90 credit hours.
Guidelines to register for a Project
Please read the following to get to know, how you can get registered for you final project.
First of all, you have to enroll in CS619 course in Spring 2011 semester through course selection (contact [email protected] for enrollment).
Carefully read the eligibility criteria and only send a request if you are eligible to take a final project title. Otherwise drop your cs619 course. The project selection will be done through LMS.
Students will be required to make groups. In a group maximum two (2) students are allowed.
A student can also choose to do the project alone (a single member of the group instead of two).
Students who fail to submit their final project in specified duration (two consecutive semesters) will need to take extension for the next (one) semester in CS619 course. For this purpose, students have to request for extension through email at [email protected].
Students will be clearly communicated about the deliverables they need to submit on specified dates. This is important to remember that each deliverable carries a significant weightage so students are advised to take each deliverable very seriously and submit it according to the date announcements according to the submission schedule.
While evaluating the students the following factors will be considered important
Effective use of time and of visual aids.
Organizational and presentation skills.
Seriousness and dedication of the students in meeting the announced dates for each deliverable.
Selection of Project through VULMS
At the start of every semester, a list of projects is offered to students. All the information to start the project is provided via the announcements page that is published in start of project under CS619 course announcements section. A comprehensive guide about the project interface on VULMS is provided here.
Students can also submit a custom project proposal instead of choosing from the offered projects. In this case the idea of the project should be unique. The template for submitting a custom project proposal is provided here.
A committee evaluates all the custom project proposals. In case of rejection of a custom project proposal, student must select the project from the offered project list only.