AUTHOR: NDUKWE, IFEANYI GLORY (MSc)
FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, OWERRI, NIGERIA.
Student Course Registration and Result Assessment Cloud (SCRRACLOUD) is an application that runs on the cloud. Its Major function is to manage student results for institutions such as universities, polytechnics and colleges. Most Nigerian institutions run their IT functionalities In-House or sometimes traditionally outsource them to local vendors; this practice makes IT cost fixed and capital intensive. With the rapid development of Internet and Cloud computing, there are more and more network resources available all over the world. This research is presenting a new approach which is developing a result management system for students in the cloud. The implementation of this design cuts down cost of IT functionality to about 50% or more. Sharing,
management and on-demand allocation of network resources are particularly important advantages in Cloud computing. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) are the key services in Cloud computing. PaaS is very attractive for schools, research institutions and enterprises which need reducing IT costs, improving computing platform, sharing and meeting license constraints. One very interesting Cloud Computing platform is Force.com platform. This research focuses on using the “free” Force.com platform to design and implement the student course registration and result assessment for Federal University of Technology, Owerri. In the course of development, the already existing structure operational in FUTO for their result assessment system was used in designing the new system. Profiles and Roles of each position in FUTO was carefully considered and implemented such that each user in the
university has a level of access in order to avoid intruding into the data of another person working with same application environment. After a Lecturer inputs his students’ scores for each course, the software automatically generates Grades, CGPA and Transcripts. Other reports are also generated using inbuilt tools on the platform.
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