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Projects in Computing and Information Systems: A Student's Guide Paperback – 23 Apr 2009

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 2 edition (23 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273721313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273721314
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 1.7 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is the essential guide for any student undertaking a computing/IS project, and will give you everything you need to achieve outstanding results.

Undertaking a project is a key component of nearly all computing/information systems degree programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Projects in Computing and Information Systems covers the four key aspects of project work (planning, conducting, presenting and taking the project further) in chronological fashion, and provides the reader with the skills to excel in the following essential areas:

  • Writing project proposals
  • Surveying literature and writing literature reviews
  • Project management
  • Time management
  • Managing risk
  • Team working
  • Working with your supervisor
  • Software development
  • Documenting software
  • Report writing
  • Effective presentations
  • Viva voce examinations.

The author uses a number of real-life case studies to pass on the experiences of past student projects so the reader gets a genuine understanding of how to avoid pitfalls and ensure best practice in their own project.

New to this second edition:

  • Updated sections on ethics and plagiarism
  • Updated section on agile methods
  • New section on poster presentations
  • Extended sections on team work
  • New section on software quality.

Christian Dawson is currently a senior lecturer at Loughborough University.

 

About the Author

Christian Dawson is currently a lecturer at Loughborough University.


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I used this book for my final project at University and it allowed me to get a better understanding of all the steps and thing I should do to ensure I had a successful project. Strongly recommended for any conducting a project in IT regardless of whether it is for University or not.
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It's a very useful book for student like me who has never done any project before. It's good starting point.
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I had thought I knew how to write a project document. Most of what is described is straight forward. There are point of project management and risk management that I would have taken for granted and working through this helped to identify all of them. My project should be better because of this
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Although I am only around 40% of the way through this book, I have to say it is far too generic for my purposes and feel slightly misled by the other reviews which led to buy the book in the first place. If, like me, you are in your final year BSc ICT degree about to start your project, and are looking for some good, solid advice in order to dispel any ambiguity coupled with a few decent examples for inspirational purposes then look elsewhere as you will not find it in the pages of this book.

That is not to say it is a bad book, as such, it just depends on what you are looking for; if that is some general guidance on conducting projects at BSc, MSc or PhD level etc. then it may be perfectly fit for purpose. However, if your professors or lecturers are worth even half their pay packet then you will already know more than what this book will tell you. Do not expect anything too specific or some kind of zen formula that will give you the answers. A far better book (even though it is older) in my opinion, is: Success in Your Project: A Guide to Student System Development Projects, this gives more specific advice regarding BSc level projects and includes relevant examples to boot.
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This was very appropriate for the type of project I was doing. It provided a lot of insight on exactly how to go about doing IT/computing related projects.
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This is a wonderful book when it comes to writing project proposal and dissertation reports in computing.
It has a systematic approach and clear headings to follow with simple and understandable English; no scary technical terms that put people off.
I will recommend it to anyone who wants to undertake any project in computing.
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