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The goal of the course project is to give students in-depth experience developing a web application that will be used--often by fellow students. Beyond solid implementation, completing a successful project also requires effective written and oral communication skills.

The project will be implemented as a team. The team will write a large, useful web application. The web application will adhere to the design and software engineering principles discussed in class. You may want to use open-source resources and expand them. Starting with an open-source application will give you a good starting point and may allow you to try out some different development techniques or technologies than those discussed in class.


Project Requirements, Design, and Plan

The deliverable is a collection of Markdown pages in the project's git repository that describes the requirements for the project, a general design, and a work plan.

  1. Requirements - describe the functionality that will be implemented. Be as precise as possible. Identify the most important functionality that must be implemented. Also, describe optional functionality that will be implemented if time allows. Look at the wiki for more information about what the requirements should contain.
  2. Design - the steps you will take to complete the project, which will include what will be implemented and the technologies used to implement each piece.
  3. Work Plan - a tentative plan for what parts of the work you plan to have each member charged with doing.

Static HTML Mockup

The team will create example web pages that represent the look of the application as well as the flow and what information will be on or asked for on individual screens. Creating the HTML pages, CSS files, favicons, and graphics first and identifying any presentation issues will make implementing the web application easier. The static HTML pages are also much easier to create than dynamic web pages, which means that we can quickly create a prototype that can be analyzed for potential design and usability problems.

All the links will go to static HTML pages in your public_html directories, representing what, for example, a Servlet or JSP would display to the user.

The team will meet with our client and me as a team to present the mock-up. This meeting will also give the team a chance to ask clarification questions about how the application should behave. Based on the feedback, the team will revise the requirements, the work plan, and design document.

This deliverable includes

Web Application Implementation, High-Priority Functionality

Your goal is to create a demo-able version of the application so that the client can see what you've done and provide feedback. At this point, you'll also have a better idea of what is possible within the time constraints. Revise the work plan and design document based on your progress and the client's feedback.

To get started and to help organize yourselves, add the desired improvements into JIRA, with an appropriate priority, and assign people to those tasks.

All of your code should be committed and pushed into the appropriate branch in the repository. Then, tag that version of the code.

Web Application Implementation, Final

Your project implementation should be working correctly by the second deliverable date. This deliverable includes documentation (see below).

All of your code should be committed and pushed into the appropriate branch in the repository. Then, tag that version of the code.


The documentation is made up of two main components:


Describe your application, its design, and what worked and what didn't.

Full Description

Final Demonstration

Your team will develop and conduct a presentation at the Spring Term Festival, presenting an overview of how to use the application.

Your presentation should demonstrate

Each person in the team should speak approximately the same amount of time.