Project Assignment 1: Requirements Analysis

ASSIGNED: Friday, February 16, 2007
DUE: Thursday, March 1, 2007
GRADE WEIGHT: 5%

Description

As discussed in class, your project will involve designing a registration system for SFU students. You will use goSFU as a point of comparison. You may have noticed that goSFU was taken offline just before our class on Thursday, and will not be back up until the 20th. I have no idea what the new site will look like, but I am confident that you and your team will still be able to find room for improvement.

The project will focus on the following core activities:

Note that the specific features mentioned above (such as checking prerequisites) are not exhaustive. If during the design process you discover the need for some other feature(s), you are free to add them. However, you don't want to add too much as it will mean more work for the team later on.

Hand in

Your team  may generate many documents during your analysis. You are free to use as many or as few of the techniques discussed in class (though keep in mind that any extra work you do now will likely lead to a better design later). However, the only documents you will be expected to hand in are the following:

  1. A table of expected user characteristics and subsequent UI requirements. This should be similar to a combination of Tables 3.3/3.4 and Table 3.5 in the text book. (Regarding Table 3.4, if you feel it is appropriate to further breakdown one or more categories as was done for age in the example, then do so.). For example, a combined Table 3.3/3.5 would have 3 columns: the name of the characteristic (quality), the expected characteristic(s) for your users, and any subsequent requirements for the UI that result.
     
  2. Three different personas that represent typical users of your system (see page 48 of the text). Each should be a short paragraph; see the examples in the text.
     
  3. A table of task characteristics for each of the core activities (see Table 4.1 for an example).
     
  4. Identify the major tasks that you will need to support. You may do this either by using other team members or yourselves as "subjects" and using the methods discussed in class, or you may attempt to identify them through discussion amongst the group. Specify which technique you use. List the tasks, giving each a name and a brief description.
     
  5. Provide an essential use case for each task you identify.

Delegation amongst group members

It is perfectly appropriate to divide this effort across all members of your team, for example by having different group members write different portions of the assignment. However, every group member should at least review every section of the assignment before it is turned in. Having multiple group members participate in each section will improve the quality of the resulting effort.

Submission Procedure

Submit this part of the project online via the submission server. On a cover page, be sure to include your team name, names of the team members, and their student numbers.

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