ERIC Number: EJ901596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
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Reference Count: 28
History Places: A Case Study for Relational Database and Information Retrieval System Design
Hendry, David G.
Journal on Educational Resources in Computing, v7 n1 Article 3 Mar 2007
This article presents a project-based case study that was developed for students with diverse backgrounds and varied inclinations for engaging technical topics. The project, called History Places, requires that student teams develop a vision for a kind of digital library, propose a conceptual model, and use the model to derive a logical model and information retrieval specification. From these two design representations, students implement a data-driven Web site that enables users to browse content and search by exact and best-match queries. The project brief contains a set of general requirements that promote creative solutions, while also bounding the complexity of the solution space. The article includes teaching notes and a conceptual model, expressed as an enhanced entity-relationship model in UML. The model, consisting of approximately ten entities, contains binary, unary, ternary, and specialization/generalization relationships. The article concludes with some reflections based on the experiences of using this project in six classes over four years.
Descriptors: History, Case Studies, Student Projects, Teamwork, Cooperative Learning, Class Activities, Web Sites, Databases, Programming, Computer Science Education, Database Design, Database Management Systems, Electronic Libraries, Information Retrieval
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