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omg i need to think of a idea for my computing project and i still cant think of one
i thought of a few but my teacher says that im not doing it unless i have a "real end user"

so can someone please give me some ideas and suggestions on what i can do. most people are usin their parents as end users but my parents dont work so its hard to program something for them.

i was thinking of making a website but i dont know for what........ and i need a "real end user" which narrows down all my choices!

i dont understand why my teacher says i hav to hav a bludy real end user as i would rather make it up, and im confident that i can make it realistic....

btw i really want a A for computing, for my exams this year comp1 i think i did quite well on and comp2 not so good so im really hoping to get a good grade for a2 cw.. but i think chances are narrow considering that i cant even think of a idea......

ideas i was considering:
  • a hangman game
  • website for school
  • online shopping site (but i have no idea who it could be for)
  • time tabling system for myself (but would it be too simple?)
  • a type of simulation (which sounds good but what for??)


do u think any of my ideas would be too easy??

please some realistic ideas where i can get a "real end user"
i wish my teacher would just let me make up my bludy client........ :mad: that would make life so much easier damn
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omg i need to think of a idea for my computing project and i still cant think of one
i thought of a few but my teacher says that im not doing it unless i have a "real end user"

so can someone please give me some ideas and suggestions on what i can do. most people are usin their parents as end users but my parents dont work so its hard to program something for them.

i was thinking of making a website but i dont know for what........ and i need a "real end user" which narrows down all my choices!

i dont understand why my teacher says i hav to hav a bludy real end user as i would rather make it up, and im confident that i can make it realistic....

btw i really want a A for computing, for my exams this year comp1 i think i did quite well on and comp2 not so good so im really hoping to get a good grade for a2 cw.. but i think chances are narrow considering that i cant even think of a idea......

ideas i was considering:
  • a hangman game
  • website for school
  • online shopping site (but i have no idea who it could be for)
  • time tabling system for myself (but would it be too simple?)
  • a type of simulation (which sounds good but what for??)


do u think any of my ideas would be too easy??

please some realistic ideas where i can get a "real end user"
i wish my teacher would just let me make up my bludy client........ :mad: that would make life so much easier damn
It might be easier but it won't get you the A grade you want.
It's not your teacher insisting that you have to have a real end-user it's the exam board. If you look at the criteria for marking projects you can't get over half marks in the analysis section without good evidence that you have talked to an end-user.
Whatever your coursework is on it needs to have substantial amounts of processing/programming to get a decent grade. Developing a website is unlikely to get you many marks unless it involved a fair bit of server-side scripting. Hangman would be frowned upon as it was the COMP1 skeleton program 2 years ago and isn't really substantial enough - who would it be for anyway?
How about thinking about something based in your school/college? What other subjects do you do? Some students develop projects for their other subjects. E.g. multi-choice testing systems that allow teachers to add tests and record students results. That allows for two set of end-users - teachers and students.
How about doing something for your school/college library?
Do you have any hobbies or a part-time job you can base the project on? Or is there a local shop (newsagents?) or business that you can get to know?

Hope this helps.
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I too have the same problem. My parents are high school teachers and I live opposite a pub, I'm considering either of those.
Thing is, the school is (obviously) already computerised. Could I just BS and say its not? There would be more to do in a school I would imagine...
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It might be easier but it won't get you the A grade you want.
It's not your teacher insisting that you have to have a real end-user it's the exam board. If you look at the criteria for marking projects you can't get over half marks in the analysis section without good evidence that you have talked to an end-user.
Whatever your coursework is on it needs to have substantial amounts of processing/programming to get a decent grade. Developing a website is unlikely to get you many marks unless it involved a fair bit of server-side scripting. Hangman would be frowned upon as it was the COMP1 skeleton program 2 years ago and isn't really substantial enough - who would it be for anyway?
How about thinking about something based in your school/college? What other subjects do you do? Some students develop projects for their other subjects. E.g. multi-choice testing systems that allow teachers to add tests and record students results. That allows for two set of end-users - teachers and students.
How about doing something for your school/college library?
Do you have any hobbies or a part-time job you can base the project on? Or is there a local shop (newsagents?) or business that you can get to know?

Hope this helps.
aw thanks for the advice! do u think making a system that records results of student grades would get me a decent mark?
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I too have the same problem. My parents are high school teachers and I live opposite a pub, I'm considering either of those.
Thing is, the school is (obviously) already computerised. Could I just BS and say its not? There would be more to do in a school I would imagine...
It doesn't matter if it is already computerised. It could be that the system doesn't produce all the required reports or it has a lot of unnecessary features. I wouldn't go pretending that it isn't computerised as you can use screen shots from an existing system as evidence that you have carried out a proper investigation!
For example, your school may have a prefectly good library loans system but does it allow books to be reserved?
Your parents should be able to help. What subjects do they teach? What about an on-screen testing system?
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aw thanks for the advice! do u think making a system that records results of student grades would get me a decent mark?
It depends what you are planning to do with the data. If it is simply a matter of storing results and grades it is unlikely to get many marks. The project needs to have substantial amounts of procesing to get a decent mark. The topic doesn't determine the grade, it's how complex the system is.

I'll give you two examples to help explain - both loans systems, both programmed but data stored in Access tables

1) Library System - no proper evidence of a real-end user so suspected as being fictious. Program stores details of Titles, Copies, Borrowers and loans. Successfully calculates return dates and identifies overdue items. Prints out overdue letters. Minimal validation - just presence checks. Grade D/E

2) Library System based on college library includes screenshots of existing system, transcript of an interview with the librarian and observation notes. Does all the same as above but also allows books to be reserved. Imports all the student data from the College data system. Calculates usage statistics using complex bits of SQL. All input data validated properly including ISBNs, etc. Grade A/B.
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It doesn't matter if it is already computerised. It could be that the system doesn't produce all the required reports or it has a lot of unnecessary features. I wouldn't go pretending that it isn't computerised as you can use screen shots from an existing system as evidence that you have carried out a proper investigation!
For example, your school may have a prefectly good library loans system but does it allow books to be reserved?
Your parents should be able to help. What subjects do they teach? What about an on-screen testing system?
They do DT and Biology. And yeah, theres loads for a school; library, stock, staff details, students details, absences/detentions, register... Cheers
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What programming languages would need to be used. i have decided to do this for my A2 project.
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What programming languages would need to be used. i have decided to do this for my A2 project.
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It depends what you are planning to do with the data. If it is simply a matter of storing results and grades it is unlikely to get many marks. The project needs to have substantial amounts of procesing to get a decent mark. The topic doesn't determine the grade, it's how complex the system is.

I'll give you two examples to help explain - both loans systems, both programmed but data stored in Access tables

1) Library System - no proper evidence of a real-end user so suspected as being fictious. Program stores details of Titles, Copies, Borrowers and loans. Successfully calculates return dates and identifies overdue items. Prints out overdue letters. Minimal validation - just presence checks. Grade D/E

2) Library System based on college library includes screenshots of existing system, transcript of an interview with the librarian and observation notes. Does all the same as above but also allows books to be reserved. Imports all the student data from the College data system. Calculates usage statistics using complex bits of SQL. All input data validated properly including ISBNs, etc. Grade A/B.
(Original post by sagederby)
It depends what you are planning to do with the data. If it is simply a matter of storing results and grades it is unlikely to get many marks. The project needs to have substantial amounts of procesing to get a decent mark. The topic doesn't determine the grade, it's how complex the system is.

I'll give you two examples to help explain - both loans systems, both programmed but data stored in Access tables

1) Library System - no proper evidence of a real-end user so suspected as being fictious. Program stores details of Titles, Copies, Borrowers and loans. Successfully calculates return dates and identifies overdue items. Prints out overdue letters. Minimal validation - just presence checks. Grade D/E

2) Library System based on college library includes screenshots of existing system, transcript of an interview with the librarian and observation notes. Does all the same as above but also allows books to be reserved. Imports all the student data from the College data system. Calculates usage statistics using complex bits of SQL. All input data validated properly including ISBNs, etc. Grade A/B.
(Original post by sagederby)
It depends what you are planning to do with the data. If it is simply a matter of storing results and grades it is unlikely to get many marks. The project needs to have substantial amounts of procesing to get a decent mark. The topic doesn't determine the grade, it's how complex the system is.

I'll give you two examples to help explain - both loans systems, both programmed but data stored in Access tables

1) Library System - no proper evidence of a real-end user so suspected as being fictious. Program stores details of Titles, Copies, Borrowers and loans. Successfully calculates return dates and identifies overdue items. Prints out overdue letters. Minimal validation - just presence checks. Grade D/E

2) Library System based on college library includes screenshots of existing system, transcript of an interview with the librarian and observation notes. Does all the same as above but also allows books to be reserved. Imports all the student data from the College data system. Calculates usage statistics using complex bits of SQL. All input data validated properly including ISBNs, etc. Grade A/B.
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Keep in mind that the complexity of your code is where you access the top mark, along with the use of a GUI. What sagederby suggested in my opinion would be an EXTREMELY good idea, I can easily see his idea getting you an A (might actually do this myself for my project). What you shouldn't do is something extremely basic. You're going to have to stretch your programming knowledge and implement new concepts in your program in order to get a good grade. I'd recommend using the Java programming language. If you're planning to do what sagederby suggested, you can easily get it done in Java in around a week or two. Use the Netbeans IDE for the GUI Building, as Netbeans GUI Builder is extremely good. Other than that, you'll have good fun creating this project. My one piece of advice is to make your program as complex as it can. Can't stress this enough.... A few if statements aren't gonna cut it. Use everything you know and more to make an extremely good program. The usage of relational databases is a great thing to do as this is considered "complex" in accordance to the AQA guideline. Good luck, if you have any programming errors (syntax or logical) feel free to post them here, we're always here to help.
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Need help! I need an A level project idea I can code Python , I prefer a Game or Simulation idea but any advice is useful
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