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Please answer the following questions.

You can use this document to add your work


and resubmit. Please know you can “hand draw” out E/R models if you wish and send
me a pdf file. Total points – 45

1. NVCC ONE PC: You have been asked to determine what new PC should be offered to
students who are entering NVCC. The project is named ONE PC. This ONE PC would be
supported by the school, and offered at a 30% discount off retail. Describe in detail three
alternatives for this new PC that represent the low, middle, and high points of potential
solutions. The low-end PC must meet your minimum requirements and the high-end PC
must be within a reasonable budget. At this point, without quantitative analysis, which
alternative would you choose? (10 Points)

Criteria Low end PC Mid End PC High-End PC


Runs Microsoft office Yes Yes Yes
programs
effectively
Wi-Fi Enabled No Yes Yes
Hard Drive Storage Yes 256 gb Yes 512 gb Yes 1 tb
Touch Screen Enabled No No Yes
Constraints
Cost to purchase $200 $450 $700
Life Expectancy 1 Year 2 years 4 Years
Ease of Use Easy Normal Normal
Battery Life 14 Hours 12 Hours 11 Hours

I would choose the High-End PC just because of the life expectancy of the computer. Laptops and
computers are becoming out dated very fast due to the rapid advancements of technology. So by
purchasing the more expensive laptop you would be prolonging the time until you have to upgrade
once again.

2. For the ONE PC project, develop a ranked lists of your requirements and constraints like the
one displayed in Figure 7–19 (page 224) of the text. Display the requirements and
constraints, along with the three alternatives (like Figure 7–19) and note how each
alternative is rated on each requirement and constraint. Calculate scores for each
alternative on each criterion and compute total scores. Which alternative has the highest
score? Why? Does this choice fit with your selection in the previous question? Why or why
not? (15 Points)
Criteria Weight Low End PC Mid-End PC High-End PC
Requirements Rating Score Rating Score Rating Score
Wi-Fi Enabled 20 1 20 4 80 5 100
1 TB Hard 10 3 30 4 40 5 50
Drive Storage
Runs Microsoft 20 5 100 5 100 5 100
office
programs
effectively

Constraints
Cost to 17 5 85 3 51 2 34
purchase
Life 15 2 30 3 45 5 75
Expectancy
Ease of Use 10 5 50 4 40 3 30
Battery Life 8 5 40 4 32 3 24

TOTAL 100 355 388 413

The high-end pc has the highest score because it meets all of the requirements and exceeds the
needed requirements. It also has the highest life expectancy which helps in the constraints section.
This choice fits with my selection in the previous question because I was mainly focused on the life
expectancy of the PC.

3. Rock Series: A site hosts many shows a year. Artists have a name and perform several times
in a series (each is a show on a different date). Series have one or more artists and have a
series name and a specified seating arrangement. A series is held in one (and only one) of
several halls, each of which has a hall number. Represent this situation of shows and artists
with an E-R diagram. (10 Points)

Artist Site Date

Seating Hall #
Fans
Arrangement
4. Study the E-R diagram of Figure 7–20 – page 228 of the text. Based on this E-R diagram,
answer the following questions: (10 Points)
1. How many PROJECTs can an employee work on?
An employee works on mandatory many projects
2. What is the degree of the Includes relationship?
The includes relationship is a binary relationship on the Used On relationship
3. Are there any associative entities on this diagram? If so, name them.
The only associative entity would be Task.
4. Is it possible to attach any attributes to the Includes relationship?
It is not possible to attach attributes to the includes relationship because you cannot put
attributes on a one to many relationship.
5. Could TOOL be modeled as an associative entity?
Since tool could be used on different projects it cannot be modeled as an associative entity