Academic planning as “a sub-system provides direction and approval for matter’. The formulation of a good academic planning is only the first implementation putting the academic program plan into action. This requires that goals and objective are developed as part of the plan. The duties of the academic planning unit include; Firstly, to provide institutional planning for academic programs. Secondly, to provide a regular report to Faculty council. In order to complete this project an investigation of the academic planning unit was carried out with the aim of identifying the predominant problems in the academic planning unit, this investigation revealed many discrepancies within the system. To use improve on the efficiency of the academic planning department, to use a good database management system to respond to yawning situations, to employ the service of IT-based systems to improve on the academic planning operation. This research was done successfully but with some natural limitation confronting this study. The activities of the academic planning unit departments are manually based. This leads to inefficiency, poor response time, poor planning and execution of major activities and low productivity .as a result, an integrated software model was designed as a proposed solution to the problems identified.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
1.1 Background of the Study
1.2 Statement of problem
1.3 Aim and Objective of the study
1.4 Research Questions
1.5 Scope of the study
1.6 Limitation of the study
1.7 Significant of the study
1.8 Definition of terms
CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW
2.1 Concept and meaning of academic planning
2.2 Function of the academic planning unit
2.3 Role of computer in the Institution
2.4 An overview for decision support system technology
2.5 An overview of artificial intelligence
CHAPTER THREE: SYSTEM ANALYSIS AND METHODOLOGY
3.1 Description and analysis of the existing system
3.2 Facts finding methods
3.3 Objective of the existing system
3.4 Problems of the existing system
3.5 Justification for the new system
3.6 Organization structure/chart
CHAPTER FOUR: SYSTEM DESIGN IMPLEMENTATION
4.1 System Implementation
4.2 Output Input Design Specification
4.3 Procedure and system flow chart
4.4 System requirement
4.5 Choice of language & loading the language
4.6 Inputs, Process and Output Analysis
4.7 System Design Implementation
4.8 Programme Coding and Testing
4.3 Hardware and Software Installation
4.4 Staff training
CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION
1.1 Background of the Study
Integration of documentation and knowledge based computerized service in information system is a tremendous means to help management in their daily practices and to improve its quality. Ahaiwe, (2007)
With the national dividing financial budgetary allocation, nature academic planning is essential for proper channeling of our limited resources provisions for lecture rooms and office spaces seen to have been neglected for the previous years. Academics have been in chaos; student admission has been on the increase without regard to available infrastructure.
According to Ahaiwe, (2007) Available classroom spaces have insufficient desks, table and chairs. Partially due to over blown student population, examinations are difficult to conduct and examination script are not yet computerized only in first year and second years. Library facilities need to be coordinated, with all these, a good academic planning which would encompass short, median and long term planning is necessary in the institution. For this purpose, an academic planning unit is one word for proper articulation of academic activities. Therefore, it is hoped that the design and implementation of an integrated software suite for academic planning unit would provide a flexible and reliable management of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka. Anigbogu, (2000)
1.2 Statement of the Problem
It is observed that most of its records in academic planning unit are handled manually. The problems associated with the manual method include inefficiency, poor response times, poor planning and execution of major activities and low productivity.
1.3 Aim and Objective of the Study
The objectives of the new system are as follows
· To improve on the efficiency of the academic planning department
· To improve good database management system to respond to yawning situations
· To employ the service of IT-based systems to improve on the academic planning operation
· To provide a total computer based solution.
1.4 Research Questions
The design and implementation of integrated academic planning unit has been a controversial issue especially in managing a school.
In view of this, the researcher intends to present the following questions:
1. How significant is the integrated academic software suite help in keeping the records and reports of staff for easy retrieval with increased data security?
2. How effective does integrated academic software suit helps to attend to many staff without being over worked?
3. To what capacity does the implementation of integrated academic software suit help the school personnel to attend to many students without being over worked?
1.5 Scope of the Study
The scope of this is limited to the activities of the academic planning unit staff which computer can actually used for the design of academic planning unit, and it will go deep into designing a computer program that can aid academic planning unit.
1.6 Limitation of the Study
This research was done successfully but with some natural limitation confronting this study. These are some of the constraints encountered.
i. Time: We have a very little time to carry out this research due to the change of short academic calendar.
ii. Finance: Due to inadequate finance to carry out this research, the work was showed down, but despite the numerous things to write, in spite of this problem, they effort was granted towards accomplishing this project.
1.7 Significance of this Study
The significance of this project cannot be over-emphasized, its implications and impact on the institution are too great and too vast to be exhaustively mentioned.
Nonetheless, below are some of the implications of this software project. This project will impact mightily by improving the quality of education, destroying all forms of malpractice within the system, and nurturing students into becoming morally stable by the provision of a conducive hearing environment for the students.
Finally, it will also impact on the Nigerian economy through the patriotism, creativity and loyalty of the students that will be sent forth by the highly effective educational institutions created by the implementation of this project.
1.8 Definition of Terms
This is to provide direction and approval for matters related to the academic direction of the university. This includes facilitating the development of academic program encouraging innovation in their design.
This is a group of computer programs that runs as a group to accomplish a set of objectives, which could be referred to a job.
This might include fact, figure, letters, records, chat, symbols, images and several other. It is a collection of co-related fact, events of happenings that can be processed to get meaningful information.
This is an interdisciplinary science, primary concerned with the collection, classification storage manipulation, material and dissemination of information.
This word system is defined as an organized unit which composed of two or more inter-dependent and inter-related part that functions together.