Research Group Management System For Applied Computing Group
Authors: Hew Poh Teng and Lau Hui Keng
In universities, researchers are generally attached to one or a few research groups, units, or institutes. In University Malaysia Sabah (UMS), these researchers are the academic staff and postgraduate students. Each researcher is involved in many activities such as working on research projects, supervise students, produce research publications and involve in charity work. UMS has CV-Online for the academic staff to store and managed their resume and Postgraduate Information System (PPPS) to store academic details of the postgraduate students. These two systems are not designed to manage researchers under a centralized management system. Thus, they are not linked and no statistics of the researchers and research group can be produced. To produce annual statistics for individual researcher or the research group, someone has to manually calculate and produce the reports. Since data of individual researchers are kept by themselves, it is time-consuming and requires significant effort to collect all data to generate the reports. Therefore, Applied Computing Group requested to have a system developed to centralize the management of data and to automate the generation of desired reports. This project is on the development of a web-based research management system for the group. The development methodology is Prototyping. A researcher from the research group is involved in the development by giving feedbacks on the prototypes. Software tests including unit, integration, system and user acceptance tests were carried out at different phases of the development to make sure that the system developed work accordingly and in accordance to the requirements. The system will be hand-over to the research group for installation and deployment.