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Software Design Document

 

This course is comprised of a series of Individual Project assignments that will contribute to a Key Assignment submission at the end of the course. Each week, you will complete a part of a Software Design Document. You will select an organization (real or hypothetical) and apply your research to the development of a Software Design Document that would be appropriate for a software development project within the organization.

 

You will be given a Key Assignment to develop a Software Design Document for a project and an organization of your choice. The goal of this course project is to develop the strategies for the development project in the areas of systems requirements, analysis, and design. The design and project plan will then be fully developed in the next course in this sequence.

 

Organization and Project Selection

 

The first step will be to select an organization and project as the target for your Software Design Document. This organization and project will be used as the basis for each of the assignments throughout the course and should conform to the following guidelines:

 

• Nontrivial: The organization should be large enough and sufficiently involved in software design and development to allow reasonable exercise of the software design research and documentation process. Note that the organization does not have to be in the software design or development business, but it must have reasonable levels of software design and development activity for either internal or for external clients. The organization can be hypothetical, if necessary, and appropriate assumptions may be made. The software project should also be nontrivial and must include a database component.

 

• Domain knowledge: You should be familiar enough with the organization to allow focus on the project tasks without significant time required for domain education.

 

• Accessibility: You should have good access to the people and other information that is related to the project, because this will be an important part of the process.

 

Select an organization and software development project that meets these requirements, and submit your proposal to your instructor before proceeding further with the assignments in the course. Approval should be sought within the first several days of the course. Your instructor will tell you how to submit this proposal and what notification will be given for project approval.

 

Assignment

 

For the assignments in this course, you will be developing a Software Design Document that defines the strategies for the development project in the areas of systems requirements, analysis and design architecture.

 

Your first task in this process will be to select an organization and project to use as the basis of your research and analysis for each of the assignments in the course. You will also create the shell document for the final project deliverable that you will be working on during each unit. As you proceed through each project phase, you will add content to each section of the final document to gradually complete the final project delivery. Appropriate research should be conducted to support the development of your document, and assumptions may be made when necessary.

 

Submit project proposal to instructor for approval.

 

The project deliverables are as follows:

 

• Software Design Document

 

o Use Word

 

o Title page

 

? Course number and name

 

? Project name

 

? Your name

 

? Date

 

o Table of Contents (TOC)

 

? Use an autogenerated TOC.

 

? This should be on a separate page.

 

? This should be a maximum of 3 levels deep.

 

? Be sure to update the fields of the TOC so that it is up-to-date before submitting your project.

 

o Section Headings (create each heading on a new page with “TBD” as content, except for Week 1)

 

? Week 1: Project Outline

 

? Week 1: Feasibility Analysis

 

? Week 2: Project Planning and Risk Analysis

 

? Week 3: Systems Analysis

 

? Week 4: Data Modeling and Unified Modeling Language (UML)

 

? Week 5: Database Design

 

Create the following sections for Week 1:

 

• Week 1: Project Outline

 

o Provide a brief description of the organization and a software development project that will be used as the basis for the projects in the course.

 

o Include the company’s size, location, and other pertinent information.

 

o The organization should be involved in software design and development activities for either internal or external clients.

 

o The software development project must be nontrivial and must require a database component.

 

o Explain the impact of the problem on the organization.

 

o Describe how you intend to conduct the research on the issue and its impacts.

 

• Week 1: Feasibility Analysis

 

o Provide a feasibility analysis for the project that will include a review of the operational, technical, and economic aspects of the project.

 

o Research software development life cycles (SDLC), and select an appropriate SDLC for the project.

 

o Provide a description of the major phases in the selected SDLC, and then summarize the steps within each phase as they apply to the selected project.

 

Ensure that this project is approved by the instructor.

 

Name the document \\\"yourname_IT660_IP1.doc.\\\"

 

The first project resulted in an overview of the software development project and a review of the feasibility of that project. The result of the feasibility study may have resulted in some changes to your plans, but at this point, you should be confident about proceeding with your project. The next step in the development of a Software Design Document is to develop a good project plan that includes risk analysis and a schedule.

 

For this assignment, you will continue your work on the Software Design Document by adding a section for Project Planning and Risk Analysis. You will be documenting the methods that will be employed for project estimations, risk identification, and risk mitigation, and ultimately prepare the actual project plan.

 

The project deliverables are as follows:

 

• Update the Information Software Design Document title page with the new date.

 

• Update the previously completed sections based on the instructor\\\'s feedback.

 

• Project Plan and Risk Analysis

 

o Project plan

 

? Discuss the methods that will be employed to conduct project estimations, including task duration and resource identification.

 

? Use the estimation techniques to create a project plan, including task identification and duration, resource identification, and major milestones.

 

? Include a graphic image, such as a Gantt chart, to represent your project plan.

 

o Risk analysis

 

? Discuss the methods that will be employed to conduct risk identification for the project.

 

? Use the risk identification methods to define the major risks to your project.

 

? Develop a mitigation strategy for each of the major risks.

 

• Be sure to update your table of contents before submission.

 

• Name the document \\\"yourname_IT660_IP2.doc.\\\"

 

 

 

The project planning and risk analysis for your project was conducted in the previous assignment, and you can now turn your attention to the Systems Analysis phase. The Systems Analysis phase is intended to establish the requirements for the project, and this phase will serve as the foundation for design decisions and will ensure that key aspects of the development process (i.e., design, coding, and testing) will be properly supported.

 

For this assignment, you will continue your work on the Software Design Document with a review and evaluation of systems analysis strategies that should be used in the selection of a design for your project. You will also provide a thorough description of the techniques that will be used to elicit system requirements.

 

The project deliverables are as follows:

 

• Update the Software Design Document title page with the new date.

 

• Update the previously completed sections based on the instructor\\\'s feedback.

 

• Systems Analysis

 

o Strategies

 

? Provide a description of the systems analysis strategies that should be used in the selection of a design for your project.

 

? Your review should include at least 2 different strategies.

 

? Include an analysis of the pros and cons of each strategy and a selection of the best strategy for your project including justification of your selection.

 

o Requirements elicitation

 

? Provide a thorough description of the techniques that you will use to elicit the requirements for your project.

 

? Discuss how the requirements will be documented.

 

• Be sure to update your table of contents before submission.

 

• Name the document \\\"yourname_IT660_IP3.doc.\\\"

 

 

The treatment of data in an application is one of the most critical aspects of the design process. Data are used for the operation of the application during runtime, and data must be persisted for a variety of purposes. Failure to properly model the design for data treatment can cause significant problems with an application.

 

For this assignment, you will continue work on the Software Design Document with an analysis of the processes used in the application to determine the data requirements and to establish a proper model for the data. This is not the database design, but rather, the internal data requirements and data flow for the application.

 

The project deliverables are as follows:

 

• Update the Software Design Document title page with the new date.

 

• Update the previously completed sections based on the instructor\\\'s feedback.

 

• Data Modeling and UML

 

o Process analysis

 

? Describe the information-gathering techniques that you will use to obtain process and system data requirements for the application.

 

? This is not the database, but rather, the internal processes and required data for the application.

 

? Provide a description of the processes that are used in the application and the data that are required to complete those processes.

 

? Include use cases to depict the defined processes.

 

o Data model

 

? Based on the information that was developed in the process analysis, prepare a data model for the application.

 

? The data model should include definitions of the data structures required in the application as well as UML diagrams to depict the data model. Note that much of the internal data may reside in classes that should be depicted in the model.

 

• Be sure to update your table of contents before submission.

 

• Name the document \\\"yourname_IT660_IP4.doc.\\\"

 

 

The final step in developing the Software Design Document is to develop a strategy for the design of the database that will support the application. The database will be the key persistent storage of information for the application, and it will play a critical role in the execution of the program.

 

For this assignment, you will add a section to your design document to analyze the database requirements and prepare a strategy for the design of the database to support those requirements. Finally, you will further refine the Software Design Document to produce the final draft. Updates may be based on peer and instructor feedback.

 

The project deliverables are as follows:

 

• Update the Software Design Document title page with the new date.

 

• Update the previously completed sections based on the instructor\\\'s feedback.

 

• Database Design

 

o Summarize the steps that are taken to analyze the database requirements for the application.

 

o Summarize the database requirements that were developed from your analysis.

 

o Provide a discussion of the approach that will be used for designing the database component of the project.

 

o Justify your strategy with reference to the database requirements for the application.

 

• Software Design Document

 

o Review the entire document for any changes and improvements that you would like to make.

 

o Ensure that this final version of the plan is sufficiently detailed to allow the organization to confidently move forward with the development of the application based on your design.

 

o Any previous instructor feedback should be addressed with appropriate changes.

 

o Be sure to update your table of contents before submission.

 

o Name the document \\\"yourname_IT660_IP5.doc.\\\"

 

 

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