Proposal <Project Name> <Student Name> Advisor: <Faculty Member’s Name> Submitted in partial fulfillment Of the requirements of a Masters

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Preface
This is a proposal for a Studio Project for partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Master of Science degree in Computer Systems and Software Design at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama.

This proposal provides the scope and context of the project to be undertaken. It details the intended user group and the value that the system will have to them. It also provides a schedule for the completion of the project, including a list of all the deliverables and presentations required.

The intended audience of this document is the graduate faculty of the department so that they can determine whether the project should be approved as proposed, approved with modifications, or not approved.

It is expected that this proposal will be presented to the student’s Studio Committee before the project is formally started. < If a section is empty, for example, if there are no references, just enter “None” for its body. If a section is not relevant, just enter “Not applicable” for its body. The document is double spaced with pagination starting with the first page of section 1.0 as page 1. This previous section is Roman numbered with the title page (not numbered) viewed as page i. Each major section starts on a separate page. Delete this bracketed instruction. Replace all other bracketed instructions with appropriate text. Correct the footer to include your name. >

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1.0Overview
1.1.Purpose, Scope and Objectives
< This is the Purpose, Scope and Objectives of the project and the products to be delivered and those excluded. It should contain a brief statement of the business or system needs or hypothesis to be tested. Every project is designed to serve a need. In this section you provide the background for the project. Overview who needs it and what is the intended user group? What is the value of the product over the status quo? Where will it be used? What hardware and software will be required? >

1.2.Literature Search Results
< The Literature Search Results may be included in section 1.1, if appropriate. No project is developed in isolation. Either there are related projects available that can be used as inspiration or there is information about the problem to be approached. If the main literature search is till yet to be done, summarize here what you have done and include a statement “Further literature search will be conducted during the project. See schedule for when a literature search document will be submitted to the committee.” > < Sections 1.1 and 1.2 provide a high level view of the product or question to be researched. (The full details are documented in Studio I.) For a product, start with a clear concise description of the problem and include specific objectives for a product that would solve the problem. You should discuss the inputs of system — where does data originate, when and in what form? Discuss the outputs of system — what information is needed, by whom and in what form. Provide an outline of what is to be included such as backups, controls, and help features. In

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business, it is necessary to present a Business Case. There are always more good ideas of projects to undertake than there are resources to undertake such projects. The Business Case argues why this project should be the one the company should invest its resources to develop in preference to other worthy projects. The feasibility of a project is whether it can be reasonably done. It considers risks. The justification of a project is whether it should be done. Because something can be done is no reason that it should be done. Think of this proposal as presenting a business case for your project. For a hypothesis to be tested, provide the background necessary for a person who does not specialize in the application to understand what you are proposing. Discuss work that has been done related to this. Indicate the type of experiment that you will be conducting, what methods you will use to analyze the data, and the type of results that you would be expecting. Discuss what are you bringing to this project that will enable you to successfully finish it? What previous courses are relevant? Do you know the language/platform? Do you have domain knowledge (i.e., do you really understand the project or will you need to have someone to answer questions about the context of the project)? In which case, describe whom you will be consulting with in section 4.0 below. The most critical question facing the review committee is the level of the project. Is it too simple for the time available? Experience has shown us that a more critical aspect is whether the project can be successfully accomplished in the time available, that is, the proposed project may be too large for the time period. Address this concern in this proposal.

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1.3.Assumptions and Constraints
< List here any assumptions on which the project is based and imposed constraints such as schedule, budget, resources, software to be reused, customer software to be incorporated, techniques to be employed and product interfaces to other products. Include performance or language/platform issues, if appropriate. What hardware and software will be required? State whether these are already available? >

1.4.Project Deliverables
Deliverables include • • • • • Software Project Management Plan (SPMP) <other documents> Progress report at mid-project (revised SPMP) <other documents, system, and/or results > Exposition

1.5.Schedule and Budget Summary
Schedule Item Project Proposal Proposal Presentation Software Project Management Plan <other studio I deliverables> Studio I Presentation Progress Report1 <other Studio II deliverables> Exposition paper
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Date <date> <date range> <expected Studio I date> Studio I Studio I Studio II Studio II

In the form of an updated SPMP

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< Fill in the expected deliverables (see Studio Guide for suggestions). The actual dates for the items marked “Studio I” will be provided in the SPMP. The actual dates for the items marked “Studio II” will be provided in the Progress report. > Budget < Unless there are budget considerations beyond using your own or department resources, enter “No budget required.” Otherwise include needed items. >

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2.0References
<Insert here any document referred to in the proposal. An example might be articles or Web sites that you consulted during the literature search. >

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3.0Definitions
<Insert here any technical word for which the meaning may not be known. Do not assume that the readers have specialized knowledge in the application. Use a table format for these. >

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4.0Project Organization
< Insert here any people or entities such as the customer or technical staff that may need to be involved. Specifically name these people. Each person must have been approached prior to submission of the proposal and the exact relationship approved by him or her. >

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