Phase 0: Planning Before the Phases
- Activity: Meet as a team to introduce yourselves and plan a team strategy
- Deliverable: E-mail your team contract and job assignments to instructor
- Due date: 4:30 PM on Friday, March 14, 2003
By the end of class on Monday, March 10th, you will have met as a team. (This
is actually the second time you've met) During this meeting, you should:
- introduce yourselves;
- exchange e-mails;
- perform a skills assessment (determine what your team members are good at);
- evaluate what you still needed to learn in order to complete the project;
- assign job descriptions to each member (This will also involve knowing what jobs need to be done!); and
- write your team contract.
The team contract is an agreement between your
team members as to how you will conduct your business
during the course of this project.
At a minimum, the contract should include:
- a regular meeting time outside of the time you'll meet in class;
- a regular meeting place (This can be an on-line meeting if your
team is geographically scattered);
- the name of the person in charge of each main task of the project including
a note-taker (you will need to post all meeting notes on your team site);
- penalties for poor performance in each of the following areas:
- missed meetings,
- missed deadlines, or
- poor work.
These team contracts must be e-mailed
to the instructor by the due date shown above.
Phase 1: Information Gathering
- Activity: Meet as a team to discuss the requirements
of the e-commerce certificate site and to develop questions for the customer.
- Deliverable: E-mail your customer questions to instructor
- Due date: Monday, March 24, 2003 by 5:00 PM
Your team will need to examine the documentation provided about the ETSU E-commerce
Certificate, then come up with a list of questions to ask your customer. The
customer is your instructor acting as an intermediary between you and the College
of Business and the Department of Computer and Information Science. These questions
should cover all of the topics for the information gathering phase that you
feel the documentation did not answer.
Do not ask every question you can think of. This would
overwhelm the typical client and is sure to make it so you do not get your answers
back in a timely fashion. Be sure to keep the number of questions so as not
to overburden your clients, yet still cover all the areas you need answers to.
In addition, assume that your client has limited technical experience. Keep
the tone of your questions to the appropriate level.
Your team's questions must be e-mailed
to the instructor by the due date shown above.
Phase 2: Strategy
- Activity: Develop strategy for fulfilling customer's web needs
- Deliverable: Turn in a formal letter outlining your team's strategy to the instructor
- Due date: By 4:30 PM on Wednesay, April 2, 2003
Using the e-commerce documentation and the answers to your questions from phase
1, you should be able to develop a strategy for giving the ETSU E-commerce Certificate
a web presence.
Please outline your strategy to your customer with a proposal letter
on paper submitted in class to the instructor
by the above due date and time.
Make sure your response is a formal letter that your team would be proud of
if they were in fact a web design company. Heck, if you want to create a
company letterhead, that would be okay too. The letter will be graded on
completeness and correctness of your answers to the customer's needs, the
level of professionalism with which you write the letter, and general
grammar and spelling.
Phase 3: Prototyping
- Activity: Develop a prototype based on your strategy
- Deliverable: Present prototype to instructor during a scheduled meeting
- Due date: Meetings will be held during class on
Monday , April 7, 2003
During the April 7th open lab period, each team will be meeting with the instructor
to present your prototypes and to discuss any difficulties you're having. Treat
this meeting as if it were a meeting with an official customer.
Phase 4: Implementation
- Activity: Finalize and implement the design of your customer's web site
- Deliverable: Present final implementation to the class in an oral presentation
- Due date: During class on Monday, April 21, 2003
During the last lecture period (second to last class) of the semester, you will be making a presentation
to the class of your project. This presentation will be conducted as if
you were presenting your final design for approval by the customer.
Phases 5 and 6: Launch/Plan for Maintenance & Growth
- Activity: Upload your finalized customer web site and team web site to the CSCIDBW server
- Deliverable: E-mail the URL of your customer's web site and team web site to the instructor
- Due date: Friday, April 25, 2003 by 5:00 PM
For the final phase of the project, your team will submit two web pages.
The first one (the customer's web page) should be the result of all
your hard work and savvy and should fulfill the customer's objectives.
The second one (your progress/planning/implementation page) will have
an audience of one, namely your instructor, and will contain a well-organized presentation of:
- A copy of your team contract
- A list of your project members with links to each of their e-mail addresses
- A description of your client, the business' address, and any other necessary contact information
- A page outlining the maintenance needs of your customer's site and how your team addressed them
- A page describing the information you gathered during phase 1 including:
- Project objectives
- A detailed audience description
- Standards for success
- Project resources
- User goals and expectations
- A task page describing each team member's responsibilities along with their status/progress
- A prototype page describing
- Structure of site
- Overall design layout (look and feel)
- Navigational structure
- File/folder organization
- Meeting minutes page containing minutes from each of your meetings
(If there are no minutes, it didn't happen!) Minutes should include
date, time, attendees, and action items
These pages will be uploaded to one of your team member's cscidbw.etsu.edu accounts
by the Friday before exam week.
Your web pages will be graded on:
- Technical accuracy
- Error-free operation
- Absence of spelling or grammatical errors
- Ease of navigation
- The level of complexity as compared with the other teams in the class
For your web page to meet the requirements of this project, it should:
- use a cascading style sheet with at least five different rules;
- have a readily apparent and consistent theme (not just a bunch of random pages);
- consist of at least six pages, not counting any frameset documents;
- incorporate tables;
- have an apparent method of navigation to all pages within the site using relative URLs;
- have at least three relevant remote links using absolute URLs;
- contain at least five different images; and
- contain one form that uses at least one of each of the following: text field, set of radio buttons, checkbox, pop-up menu, text area, reset button, and submit button.
Your final project grade will be based on the grade you
receive for your information gathering questions and your letter to the customer (10%),
the grade you receive on your prototype/progress meeting (5%), the grade you
receive for the client web page (40%), the grade you receive for your team
web page (15%), your presentation grade (15%), and an individual peer
evaluation from each member of your team (15%). Good luck!