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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: ICT
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Information Technology - Creating a Web Site

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A level Information Technology Creating a Web Site Minor Project WEB SITE PROJECTS A. MARKING & GRADE BOUNDRIES Both minor projects are marked out of 45 broken down as follows: Analysis & Design 13 Implementation & Testing 23 Evaluation 9 It is important to carry out thorough analysis before embarking on the implementation as, the Chief Examiner has pointed out, many brilliant pieces of practical work have scored badly because they have not been thoroughly documented. Similarly, the testing needs to be extremely thorough, covering all aspects of the system. Note that the Evaluation is worth 9 marks (20%) of the overall grade! It should not therefore be confined to a single page where you pat yourself on the back for a job well done! Read the notes on the evaluation section very carefully so that you understand how to gain maximum marks from this section. As a rough guide to what the marks mean in terms of grades, in the 1999 examinations the following marks out of 45 were needed to obtain: Grade Mark (out of 45) A 32 B 28 C 23 D 17 E 12 N 7 B. AIMS The aim of the minor project is for you to demonstrate your ability to tackle a REAL problem and implement an effective IT solution. For this reason you need a real end-user who will be able to test your solution and assess how effective you have been in meeting their objectives. C. BASIC GUIDELINES Your project should roughly follow the stages in the System Life Cycle of development - 1. Analyse 2. Design 3. Implement 4. Test (& refine) 5. Document 6. Evaluate. To gain high marks you need to document the system at each stage of its development. You can use the structure of headings and side headings given below as a guideline of how to document your project. This is only a guide, and you may well choose to add your own sections or subsections. ...read more.


If possible you should discuss these objectives with the end-user and get them to sign below the objectives to show they agree with your interpretation of their requirements. 6.4 CONSTRAINTS Note here any constraints that will affect your progress with the project. These fall into 3 sections: availability and specification of hardware; availability of software; and end-user expertise. Note the equipment to be used at home, school and the organisation. Don't forget to include whether or not the organisation already has an internet connection and whether they have any available web space. In this part of your project You can include a comparison of web design packages if you intend to use an alternative to Frontpage. 6.5 SCHEDULE Draw up a detailed schedule for completing the project (this will probably be in the form of a Gantt chart). Make sure you include any sub-tasks that need to completed as well as major tasks e.g. implementation can be broken down by page and then by page content. PART2 - DESIGN SECTION 4 - DESIGN 4.1 INITIAL DESIGN IDEAS Prepare a series of "rough" sketches for a series (three or more) different home page designs. The sketches should include different methods of achieving the same tasks (for example, different methods of navigation) and any detail relevant to the design (background colour or image, font/size to be used, spacing (in terms of % of screen), image placement etc. 6.3 CHOOSING A DESIGN In discussion with the end-user you need to choose one of the designs for further development. When choosing the design you need to explicitly state any factors, which the end-user needs to take into account before making a final choice, based on your earlier analysis, e.g. an image heavy design will take a long time to download. You could prepare this section as a table: Design No. Benefits/drawbacks User Comment (if applicable) Choice (tick one) ...read more.


6.2INDEPENDENT TESTING There are a number of organisations that will test your site for you: http://www.websitegarage.com This will provide you with independent test data. 6.3 END-USER TESTING The above test the quantitative objectives of your site design - they can all be observed and measured. To test the qualitative objectives you will need to provide a questionnaire for the end-user to complete e.g. was it easy to navigate, was it easy to update, happy with layout etc. PART 5- EVALUATION SECTION 7 - EVALUATION In this section of your project you need to critically evaluate your project in an intelligent manner. You gain marks for considering the limitations of your solution and recognising where improvements could be made. To gain high marks "outcomes must be evaluated against performance criteria" - i.e. the success of your project must be judged in light of your original objectives. 7.1 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Relist your original aims and objectives. Under each objective describe how successful you have been in meeting the objective. Your evaluations should be cross-referenced to other pages in the project to support your argument e.g. If the objective was to download the home page in less than 30 seconds and you succeeded refer to page xx in the testing section which shows the websitegarage results showing your page took only 23 seconds to download. 7.2 LIMITATIONS Is the solution limited in any way? Would it be difficult for the end user to make radical changes? Would you have liked to add other features but either didn't have access to the necessary technology e.g. Flash movies. 7.3 ENHANCEMENTS In light of the limitations and if you had more time how would you improve the site or the way the end-user interacts with the site? Would you create more templates? Would the site benefit from having its own domain name? Would you put it on a faster server? Could the graphics be improved (in terms of size/quality)? Would a better HTML editor allow you to achieve more (for example the use of layers in Dreamweaver)? ...read more.

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