I am in my final year of high school and my final programming "project" you could say is too create a program, following specific "task guidelines". Here is a task description:
PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT TASK Programming Project The programming project represents the development cycle of a product. The purpose is to give the learner a meaningful experience of a larger project and development cycle than is usually possible in a classroom situation. Scope This project should be more complex and include more features that those of a practical examination paper. It should not be something that the learners can produce in as little as a week. Inappropriate examples might include a calculator or a currency converter. 20/14 IEB Copyright © 2010 NATIONAL SENIOR CERTIFICATE EXAMINATIONS HANDBOOK: IMPLEMENTATION DATE: JANUARY 2010 Topic & Content The task that the program must accomplish can be defined by the Feasibility Study. The learners are required to find a sample selection of future users of the software and research what their requirements are. The program must be written in one of the programming languages approved by the IEB. (See the relevant IEB circulars with regard to the languages currently approved by the IEB for use with practical work and this programming project.) The program needs to meet the following criteria: • User friendly – − Interface - the interface must be user friendly (preferably a GUI), easy to use and task appropriate. If the program does not use a GUI there has to be a very good, task appropriate reason for this (which is adequately explained in the design document). If a command line utility is envisaged then the 'engine' must be accessible either through a command line or a GUI interface. In short, there is virtually NO application design that should not include a GUI element. This GUI should satisfy the criteria listed the following Assessment Standards: 11.4.4, 12.4.4, 11.4.5, 11.4.6, 12.4.6, and 12.4.21. − Data Flow/ program operation – the learner must ensure that the sequence of steps required to use the program and complete a task are clear, easy to follow and logical. • Storage/ Data persistence – data must be stored and retrieved from session to session (this can be in the form of conventional files OR a database OR both). Database work is to be encouraged, as is the use of SQL. The storage is appropriate to the program (a game should have the ability to save & load a game & have high scores, etc.) • Separation of interface & engine – the 'working code' must not be embedded in the interface (i.e. it must be in separate classes/ units). Communication between the interface & the working code is in the form of parameters & typed methods (functions). A limited amount of code in the interface is acceptable only if suitably justified in the planning. • Good data internal structures – There has to be some form of internal representation of data (i.e. classes/ records/ arrays – or any combination of these). Data structures must be logical and task appropriate. Classes are to be encouraged.
We require various theoretical pieces of work before we actually begin the programming (the programming might only be around 100 marks out of 600) and so I was wondering if I could please get some help regarding this.
- a problem summary [done]
- program specifications
- specs of the help
- specs of data storage
- hardware and software requirements
- a UML diagram
- user interface design
- sequencing - what happens when
- class design
- persistant storage design
After this we begin programming, my general idea for the program was to create a private practice managing software. Similar to the one found here, definitely not as advanced (mine would generally only be for the consulationa and accounting side) but I'm a little bit lost as too how far in depth I should actually go. I have included my project summary for those who want to know a little bit more about the problem.
Anyways, what I am really asking I suppose, is some help on the theory components and possibly any ideas/tips/suggestions, and maybe what you think of my idea. I am programming in JAVA.
Thank you very much.
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