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CPSC 203 Introduction to Computers. Lab 39, 40 By Jie (Jeff) Gao. Assignment 5: Group Project. Students will participate in a GROUP activity to produce a report on computer hardware and/or software comparison and selection topics.

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cpsc 203 introduction to computers

CPSC 203Introduction to Computers

Lab 39, 40

By Jie (Jeff) Gao

assignment 5 group project
Assignment 5: Group Project
  • Students will participate in a GROUP activity to produce a report on computer hardware and/or software comparison and selection topics.
  • You need various knowledge learned from this course to finish the report

CPSC 203 Labs by Jie Gao

the group
The Group
  • A student MUST join a group of 3 – 4 students
  • The members of a group can be in any lecture section by Deur
  • All the members of a group cooperate to create one report for the group

CPSC 203 Labs by Jie Gao

scenario
Scenario
  • A new employee is about to be hired for a newly created long term position.
  • This new employee need a computer, software and possibly peripheral devices.
  • You and other present employees work as a group and determine actual hardware and software
  • Create a report that will be sent to your boss

CPSC 203 Labs by Jie Gao

the report
The Report
  • Each group produce a report
  • Recommendation for purchasing a personal computer system and software
  • Include
    • A statement of the requirements
    • Comparison of the candidates
    • References (bibliography)
    • Local prices
    • Overall recommendation

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specify the requirements
Specify the Requirements
  • Make reasonable assumptions:
    • Who will use the system; user experience?
    • What is their job
    • Platform performance; software requirement; peripherals; …
    • Reasonable budget
  • Make the assumptions specific to narrow down your topic in the report

CPSC 203 Labs by Jie Gao

make comparisons
Make Comparisons
  • Find candidate computer systems and/or software by
    • Searching the Internet
    • Visiting vendor sites
  • Make comparisons in the report: pros and cons
  • Give the conclusion after comparison

CPSC 203 Labs by Jie Gao

overall recommendation
Overall Recommendation
  • Finally you need an overall recommendation to summarize the report
  • It should cover all your sub-conclusions from each comparison part

CPSC 203 Labs by Jie Gao

the report writing
The Report Writing
  • Totally 5 – 10 pages
  • At least 2 bibliography items
    • From magazines, web sites, or others…
  • Well organized and printed out
    • Organize your report in several parts
    • Provide a final recommendation
    • Use appropriate font sizes, styles and layouts

CPSC 203 Labs by Jie Gao

hand in
Hand in
  • The printed report
    • Put all the students’ names in the group in the cover page; order them in ascending order of last name
    • Provide everyone’s lab sections as well
    • Let the student whose name appears first in all the students’ names submit the report to his/her TA. Only ONE submission needed
  • Due: 4:00 p.m., April 8 (Thursday)

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marking
Marking
  • Weight 5%, all the students in the same group get the same mark
  • This assignment can get all possible letter grades
  • The three components weigh equally:
    • Content
    • Organization
    • Presentation

CPSC 203 Labs by Jie Gao

problems
Problems
  • If you have any problems about this project, e.g. no group, cannot work with others, …
    • The best way to solve them is to go to the lectures and talk to Mr Deur.

CPSC 203 Labs by Jie Gao

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