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DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF INTEGRATED SOFTWARE SUIT FOR ACADEMIC PLANNING UNIT

(A CASE STUDY OF IMO STATE UNIVERSITY OWERRI)

 CHAPTER ONE

1.0   INTRODUCTION

Integration of documentation and knowledge based computerized service in information system is a tremendous means to help management in their daily practices and to improve its quality.

This unit is the vice chancellor and liaises with the vice chancellor in the day to day mining or their duties. With the national dividing financial budgetary allocation, nature academic planning is essential for proper channeling of our limited resources provisions for lecture rooms and office spaces seen to have been neglected for the previous years academic have been in chaos, student admission has been on the increase without regard to available infrastructure.

Available classroom spaces have insufficient desks, table and chairs. Partially due to over blown student population, examinations are difficult to conduct and examination script are not yet computerized only in first year and second years. Library facilities need to be coordinate, with all these, a good academic planning which would encompass short, median and long term planning is necessary in the institution. For this purpose, an academic planning unit is in evitable for proper articulation of academic activities. Therefore, it is hoped that the design and implementation of an integrated software suite for academic planning unit would provide a flexible and reliable management of the IMO STATE UNIVERSITY.

1.2   STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

It is observed that most of its records in academic planning unit are handled manually. The problems associated with the manual method include inefficiency, poor response times, poor planning and execution of major activities and low productivity.

1.3   OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT

The objectives of the new system are as follows

              To use improve on the efficiency of the academic planning department

              To use a good database management system to respond to yawning situations

              To employ the service of IT-based systems to improve on the academic planning operation

              To provide a total computer based solution.

1.4   SCOPE OF THE STUDY

The scope of this is limited to the activities of the academic planning unit staff which computer can actually used for the design of academic planning unit, and it will go deep into designing a computer program that can aid academic planning unit.

1.5   LIMITATION OF THE STUDY

This research was done successfully but with some natural limitation confronting this study. These are some of the constraints encountered.

i.            Time: We have a very little time to carry out this research due to the change of short academic calendar.

ii.          Finance: Due to inadequate finance to carry out this research, the work was showed down, but despite the numerous things to write, in spite of this problem, they effort was granted towards accomplishing this project.

1.6   SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS PROJECT

The significance of this project cannot be over-emphasized, its implications and impact on the institution are too great and too vast to be exhaustively mentioned.

Nonetheless, below are some of the implications of this software project. This project will impact mightily by improving the quality of education, destroying all forms of malpractice within the system, and nurturing students into becoming morally stable by the provision of a conducive hearing environment for the students.

It will impact the Nigeria market place by producing competent students capable of standing up to the challenges of today’s technological era.

Finally, it will also impact the Nigerian economy through the patriotism, creativity and loyalty of the students that will be sent forth by the highly effective educational institutions created by the implementation of this project.

1.7      DEFINITION OF TERMS

ACADEMIC PLANNING

This is to provide direction and approval for matters related to the academic direction of the university. This includes facilitating the development of academic program encouraging innovation in their design.

INTERGRADED SOFTWARE

This is a group of computer programs that runs as a group to accomplish a set of objectives, which could be referred to a job.

DATA

This might include fact,, figure, letters, records, chat, symbols, images and several other. It is a collection of co-related fact, events of happenings that can be processed to get meaningful information.

INFORMATION

This is an interdisciplinary science, primary concerned with the collection, classification storage manipulation, material and dissemination of information.

SYSTEM

This word system is defined as an organized unit which composed of two or more inter-dependent and inter-related part that functions together.