Web based System:
IMPORTANT SUBMISSION INFORMATION You are to provide a working URL for your web site.
This may be via your own web server or free web hosting service. This URL must be live and
available from the Canada/UK from the submission date for at least THREE MONTHS to allow
for marking and verification of results. It is up to you to make sure that the URL is live. If the
URL is not available for marking, you are very unlikely to pass the assignment, there are many
organisations offering free web hosting services with appropriate facilities for things like PHP
and mySQL. Search on “free web hosting”. Provide the .zip file containing your entire website
to the student server for backup purposes.
SCENARIO Handyman’s Hardware is a fictitious wholesale outlet that sells household hardware for home improvement including: hand tools, power tools, keys & locks, as well as plumbing & electrical supplies, etc. to retailers. They have asked you to design, implement, test and evaluate a website for them. The owners of the business do not have any web design knowledge at all but are generally familiar with standard office IT and with using the Internet for e-mail and web access. Because some of their competitors are very up to date with modern technology, and are deploying websites to attract additional customers, the company wants a modern website which makes use of leading edge design and technology in appropriate ways. They also expect their website to meet commonly published guidelines on usability and accessibility. Note: This business is fictitious but is representative of similar businesses throughout the world. On the Internet there are links to many websites that you can use as information sources, but not implementation, sources. Please DO NOT try to contact any business directly about this assignment. They are much more interested in running their business than student assignments.
Functional Requirements As a minimum, your website must provide the following: 1) Operate as a
“shop front” advertising the hardware products that they supply with the aim of increasing customer
business. The website should include appropriate product details, some photographs and a “how to find us”. For the purposes of the “how to find us” section, use this address: 33 The Comp, Eaton Bray,
Bedfordshire, LU6 2DH. This is a real address and will come up on web mapping sites and SatNav
systems with UK maps. There is no hardware retailer there! 2) An “on-line shop allowing people to order anything that the company sells. This should allow the browsing of a catalogue of stock items and the use of a shopping basket and checkout facility. 3) A searchable database of appropriate products. 4) A customer sign up and login facility to enable regular customers to use the site more easily in that their customer details are stored securely. 5) Database maintenance facilities allowing company staff to add new stock items, delete stock items that are sold, correct and update information on stock items on the database and print a catalogue of stock items for distribution locally. This should be via a web interface with appropriate security on login. 6) An invoice for the customer based on what they have ordered, with totals including shipping costs. Note: You do NOT need to implement a payment system. Instead, put a “Pay Now” button in an appropriate place that when clicked will load a page saying: “Thank you for your payment”.
Assignment Tasks You are to investigate and report on some currently available websites in this area
(Task 1) and then design, develop, implement and deploy a web site for the company (Tasks 2 & 3). Task 1 (approx. 900 words) Write a report for company management team that critically evaluates the
website examples given below:
Note: They are all real companies. Please DO NOT contact these, or any other, companies. They are
commercial operations trying to make a living and will not be keen on enquiries from students trying to do assignments!
Task 2 (approx. 1,000 words) Having evaluated the example websites above, identify appropriate
technologies that could be used on a website in this area of business. Outline the technologies you have identified saying what they do, how they will benefit a business and any drawbacks they have. You do not need to cover basic technologies but should focus on novel or leading-edge technologies that could enhance the websites you have seen.
Task 3 (equivalent to approx. 2100 words) Design, develop and implement a live website for the given
scenario that meets the functional requirements listed above. Within this task you must:
a) provide website design documentation appropriate to the task. You should address usability and accessibility issues, and the key underlying principles of human computer interaction design.
b) within this documentation, clearly explain how the design features used will enhance the business of the company.
c) make use of appropriate novel technologies to produce a dynamic and modern website that meets
the needs of the company. You must document the use of these technologies, justifying your choice of technologies and discussing alternatives.
d) critically evaluate your website design and implementation indicating how it supports the
requirements and how it might be improved further.
If you make any assumptions that are not part of the given scenario, state these clearly and briefly
justify them. (60%)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure that you:
1. Host your website using a suitable hosting service and include the URL in your written report.
2. Upload a .zip file containing your entire website to the student server for backup purposes.
3. Submit your written report as a single Word or .pdf document for all the above three tasks.
You MUST underpin your analysis and evaluation of the key issues with appropriate and wide ranging
academic research and ensure this is referenced using the AU Harvard system. The My Study Skills Area contains the following useful resources:
You must use the AU Harvard Referencing method in your assignment.
Students are required to indicate the exact word count on the title page of the assessment. The word
count excludes the title page, executive summary, tables, figures, diagrams, footnotes, reference list and appendices. Where assessment questions have been reprinted from the assessment brief these will also be excluded from the word count. ALL other printed words ARE included in the word count. See ‘Word Count Policy’ on the homepage of this module for more information.
Maximum word count: 4,000 words (N.B: As this is a design and implementation, rather than an
essay/report, assignment, the word count represents an equivalent amount of work, not the actual
number of words expected.)
Please note that exceeding the word count will result in a reduction in grade proportionate to the
number of words used in excess of the permitted limit.
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