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Proposal for an Interactive BINGO Sheet

for Lindenwood University


Proposal for an Interactive BINGO Sheet

for Lindenwood University

To: Academic Services

By: Jordan Lea

Amanda Orezsko

Nick Brown

Maiia Ziuzina

Dr. Sunny Hawkins

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TO: Academic Services

FROM: Concerned Students

DATE: March 29, 2017

RE: Proposal for an Interactive BINGO Sheet

Picking classes is a very stressful time for many college students. Asking yourself how hard do
I want my semester to be? What professors do I want? Most importantly: will these classes work
me towards earning my degree? Personally, I struggle with picking classes because I do not want
to waste any time and I want to take classes that will benefit me. We sent out a survey to the
students at Lindenwood after they picked their classes for next Fall. We got lots of responses
back. Many students feel that they are nervous about the classes they take, their plan, and making
sure the classes are for them. Luckily, we have found a solution for this problem. We have
designed an online interactive program that allows students to make sure their classes work the
best for them. Students will have the ability to create their four-year plan on this application also.
This would be similar to an online interactive BINGO sheet. The new interactive BINGO sheet
will allow student to organize their class schedule and four-year plan. Developing this tool will
need funds and hard work to create. However, this tool will make students more confident in
their studies and better organized!

Present System

Students have paper BINGO sheets that gives students a vague idea of the classes they
need to take to earn their degree. Students are required to meet with their advisor before
enrolling in classes each semester. Meetings with advisors are normally 30 minutes long, if that.
If a student is double majoring or a major and a minor they are suggested to meet with both of
their advisors.

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Problems with Present System

The present system of the paper BINGO sheets has worked for Lindenwood in the past.
However, there are some problems with the current BINGO sheet.
Students are not sure that the classes they choose to take will actually work for their
major.
Students like to plan ahead and know what classes require prerequisites.
Classes are not held at flexible times and class sizes for students

Objectives

We have come up with a solution to solve this problem. Lindenwood can improve the
enrolling for classes process. Our plan will make it so students can easily:
double check that classes work towards earning students degree.
allow students to make a from a semester plan to a four-year plan.
students earning degrees in the multiple schools will be able to see if the classes they are
taking benefit one school or both.

Proposed Solution

The new registration program is programmed to access the classes that are required for
each students individual major. The program will have the past classes the student has taken, the
classes they need to take, their amount of credits and the class standing. When preparing to enroll
for their next semester of classes the students will be better equipped to pick classes that will
work best for them. There will be a chart that shows classes that students still need to take, such
as: prerequisites and the classes they need to earn their degree. When selecting and dragging a
class to your new schedule, the program will tell you if that class will fulfill your degree
requirement. There are multiple classes that will work to fill one requirement. The program will
let you make your four-year plan, and see how many credits you have and what you will still
need.

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Method for Developing the Program

We will use Lindenwoods IT department to develop our program. IT will work hand and
hand with the head of the project to make sure we get exactly what we want. A survey will be
sent out to students and advisors to see what all aspects should be included in the new program.
Once the program is developed the IT department will be responsible for maintaining the
program.

Training and Testing the Program

Training and testing the program will take about three weeks. Training and testing
will go together. We will introduce this at Faculty Week. Through training, they will
learn how to work the program. Then they will have one week after training to test the
program themselves and submit concerns to the IT department. In that last week, IT will
make the adjustments needed and the advisors will try it out again (refer to Figure 3).

Resources Needed

The program will be developed by Lindenwoods IT department. We will need the funds
to pay for the necessities such as copy writes, and patens that are needed when developing new
programs. It will take about 2-3 months to develop the program. We spoke with the IT
department to get their rough estimate of how long it will take to develop this system.

Budget

Figure 1

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Figure 2

Budget Details

The Interactive program that will improve the registration process at Lindenwood
University has some associated costs. Since the program will be made from scratch, there are
costs such as hiring a coder or offering a salary of a person at Lindenwood who has the required
knowledge. An alternate route to hiring a coder (computer programmer), is hiring a complete
software team to help us build the software. This option is unfavorable because it is very costly
to the university. Our general expenses will result from computer access, electricity costs, salary
of employee(s). At minimum Lindenwood would need to pay the coder(s) at least 16 dollars an
hour. Lindenwood has access computers and electricity costs. Using tools that are already
accessible at Lindenwood would minimize the cost by roughly $1800.00 (amazon and my
energy). Improvements of the feature can be made through paying to create an application for
student convenience and possibly adding the use of excel. The program must be adaptable to
work around the layout of Canvas and Student Portal.
A new software also needs to include intangible assets such as patents and copyrights.
The application of a patent is slightly expensive. There would be a fee of approximately
$13,684.00 to have the application for a patent filled out and pay for lawyer fees (Richards
Patent Law). There is also a cost associated with revision of the patent; this will cost
approximately $3910.00 (Richards Patent Law). The copyright fees are reasonably priced for
filing a claim and reviewing of the application; they range from $100.00 to $130.00 depending
on the type of case (Library of Congress). There is a mandatory renewal fee of $115.00 that will
be addressed in out maintenance of the interactive program. Our software is unique however,
improvements are vital to the success of this new software. For a software to be successful, it

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most continually makes improvements to maintain the competitive advantage. Software
Maintenance will run around 15,000 to 20,000 every 3-4 years (refer to Figure 1).

Schedule

Designing, coding, testing the program and training advisors will take about 3-4 months

and 3 weeks. Summer would be a good time to develop this program. The program will be

available the following Fall semester. This is the longest it will take, it could take less time

depending on the coding time.

Figure 3

Conclusion

Our goal is to make enrolling for classes as easy as possible for students and
advisors. The new BINGO sheet program will insure students that the classes they are
taking are working them towards their degree. Students will be able to plan their future
semester and the rest of their college career. The new program will make students feel
more confident and better prepared for the future!

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