Complex Made Simple

Vodafone, Qatar University students discuss digital education solutions

This would enhance students’ learning experience in the college and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of pedagogical interaction.

Vodafone has joined the jury panel of Qatar University and the College of Business & Economics’ System Analysis & Design Course Group Project Assignment to evaluate the work presented of students who have been working over the past six weeks to plan, analyse and design a digital system to enhance knowledge sharing across the College of Business & Economics based on the concept of an academic social media platform.

The system would assist students to get answers and information not only from their tutors or lecturers but also from other students and faculty members. It would, therefore, enhance students’ learning experience in the college and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of pedagogical interaction between all lecturers and all students.

The jury board comprising Dr. Karim Al Yafi, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems at the College of Business & Economics and Simone Eliantonio, Head of Strategic Projects and Innovation at Vodafone Qatar.

The judges evaluated the students’ learning outcomes in addition to giving feedback about each project presented.

In addition to the depth of the analysis and the innovation behind the concept, the most important Key Performance Indicator for the success of the winning team was the feasibility and viability of the concept, its convenience to users and it adaptability in the future to other organisations who might deem it relevant to boost their internal communications processes.

Dr.Karim Al Yafi, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems at the College of Business and Economics at Qatar University, said: “It was a great pleasure to pass on my theoretical knowledge and practical skills of systems analysis and design to undergraduate students. I aimed for this course to be far more than just a unidirectional theoretical course that would just consist of materials to be learned, jotted down in an exam, and then forgotten. The students demonstrated their learning outcomes on a real project with high potential to be implemented and delivered works that were up to professional standards. Of course, I had the chance to be with excellent students, motivated and always curious to learn how to push things further. Without such a spirit neither they nor I would have achieved this.”

Simone Eliantonio, Head of Strategic Projects and Innovation at Vodafone Qatar, said: “I’m honoured to be part of the jury, because I strongly believe that this is the kind of assignments that help students get closer to what the industry actually needs, by understanding that digital tools are very effective at improving, if not revolutionising, any aspect of human endeavours.”

During the course of the past six weeks, students were asked to define a clear and detailed plan to properly manage the project. The plan should include a comprehensive feasibility study and a WBS and PERT chart(s) which will help them to best manage and monitor the execution of the project. The students should also explain their decision about the development methodology and their justification for choosing it as well as discussing potential risks and how they intend to mitigate them.

The students have also been asked to conduct a comprehensive object-oriented analysis of the system which included the identification and documentation of usage cases, domain models, system components and sequence diagrams.

Following that, the students had to perform a detailed design of the system based on four major parts: system’s architecture, system’s components, user interfaces, and database design.
Finally, the students had to describe their plans of how they would test the implemented system. Test planswould cover the functional as well as the non-functional requirements of the system.

“Working and interacting with university students is always inspiring and fascinating, for their lively enthusiasm and their sparkling ideas. All the teams did a great job today both in the preparation and in the presentation, but at the end of a very interesting discussion, Dr. Al Yafi and I agreed that it was very difficult to pick one best work as all three teams proved different strengths that in reality would complement each other. Thanks to all the teams for their efforts and congratulations to all”, said Eliantonio.

The 3 groups were:
• Group No. 1 (E-Solutions): Maryam Abdulla, Dina BaniOdeh, FatinShurair, Ghadeer Al-Hebabi and Sara Alqahtani.
• Group No. 2 (Ejabat): Roudha Al-Noaimi, Sara Al-Kuwari, Hanan AlBoinin, HamdaAlShraim and AmeraHeidous.
• Group No. 3 (myQU Help Forum): Heba Ahmad, Maryam Al-Abdulla, Tooba Ali Akbar, Shorouq Muharram.