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11TeDetailsTeSystemsAnalysisandDesigncoursetackledaprojectatthebehestothechairmanotheboardorHabitatorHumanityoDutchessCounty.TeyhopedtorevamptheirwebsiteandwantedMariststudentstopresentwhatthatmightlooklike.Studentsconsultedwiththechairmanandthenresearchedtheneedoranewsite.x1cAttheendothesemestertheyprovidedHabitatwithaullanalysislistingtherequirementsthedesiredcomponentsandaprototypedesignoranewwebsitex1dMatheussaid.Testudentsinvolvedexpressedgreatsatisactionwiththepracticalexperi-ence.x1cTisx18real-worldx19projectwasmuchbetterthanatextbookprojectbecausewewereactuallyabletoapplyprincipleslearnedinthecoursetoproblemsthatwewillsoonaceintheworkplacex1dstudentMichaelJanoskysaid.x1cTedesignoanysystemisacomplexprocessandthedesignersmusthaveathoroughunderstandingotheprocesstheyareimplementingbeorecomplet-inganywork.Itwasalsonicetohaveanactualclienttocommunicatewithandaskquestionsoasopposedtoguessingbasedonbookinormation.x1dTeClientHudsonRiverBoatandYachtClubAssociationTeDetailsTeHudsonRiverBoatandYachtClubAssociationreachedouttoMatheusx19DataCommunicationsclassinanex2orttoexplorebettercommunica-tionbetweenlawenorcementandboatsontheHudsonRiver.Ater911theriverwasheavilymonitoredbyvariouslawenorcementofcials.Asaresultmultipleofcialswouldboardboatsindependentlyooneanotherunawarethataparticularboathadalreadybeenchecked.x1cPeoplewhowereboatingrecreationallywerebeingboardedseveraltimesadayx1dMatheussaid.Studentsre-searchedvariouswaysinwhichofcialsmightcommunicatewithoneanotheraterboardingaboat.Whilethepolicewouldnothavebeenabletoimplementasystemliketheonethisundertakingwouldrequirestudentsstillexaminedseveraloptionsincludinghypotheticalcellphoneandorsatelliteusageandapplicationsthatmighthavemadeanimpact.TeClientTeCenterorthePreventionoChildAbuseTeDetailsTeCenterorthePreventionoChildAbusewantedtox4ndoutmoreabouttheirsupporterssotheyaskedorhelpromthestu-dentsoMatheusx19InormationSystemsProjectclasswhocreatedadatabaseoralldonations.x1cTeywantedtokeepbettertrackowhotheirdonorswerex1dMatheussaidtogetaclearerpictureowhowashelpingouttheorganizationwithundsclothingetc.Teyweresur-prisedatthenumberodonorswhowererepeatbeneactorsratherthanuniquedonorsandhadabetterideaohowtoexpandbasedonthatinormation.TeClientDutchessOutreachTeDetailsOnesemesterMatheusx19InormationSystemsProjectclassteamedupwithDutchessOutreachanorganizationcommittedtohelpinglow-incomecitizensmeettheirneedsandraiseawarenessinthecommunityabouthungerandothersocialissues.Tegroupupgradedtheirsystem.x1cAspeoplecameinandreceivedser-vicestheywouldtracktheirinormationandcommentsinanAccessdatabase.Overtheyearsbecauseopoormain-tenanceothesystemithadbecomepollutedwithbaddata.Ourtaskwastocleanuptheexistingdataimportitintoanewdatabasesystemandalloworuturescalabilityothesystemx1dsaidstudentRichardMejia.TebottomlineWhenaclassostu-dentshelpsoutthelocalbusinessesitx19sawin-win.Tebusinesseswalkawaywithabetterunderstandingotheirsystemsandotenbetteroperations.Andthestudentsarex1exingthemusclesthattheywilluseintheyearstocomeastheyleavecollegeandhuntorajob.NottomentiontheyrelishthistypeoprojectMatheussaid.x1cTerex19sjustalotmoreenthusiasmwithrealclients.Testudentstendtotreatthetextbookexamplesasx18Ohanotherassignment.x19Butthishasrealimportancethereisawholedix2erentemphasisonx18IhavetogetthisdoneandIhavetogetthisright.x19x1d