IT 204 - Final Project - Germaine Fahie - Running head BIRCHWOOD LANE SCHOOLS DBMS PROPOSAL Birchwood Lane Schools DBMS Database Proposal and

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Running head: BIRCHWOOD LANE SCHOOLS DBMS PROPOSAL 1 Birchwood Lane Schools DBMS Database Proposal and Implementation Plan Germaine E. Fahie Southern New Hampshire University
BIRCHWOOD LANE SCHOOLS DBMS PROPOSAL 2 Background Birchwood Lane Schools needs assistance to meet state and federal requirements for schools, which includes an application system that records all student, course, and instructor data electronically. As such, they wish to implement an electronic database through which they would better suited to create, amend, and display the educational information of their student body. At present, physical files are being utilized, but while the traditional method has been known for its advantages, there are many disadvantages that can prove why it is required that a comprehensive DBMS model is created to ensure that all the required information is captured. Introduction – Purpose A database is basically an electronic collection of information that is organized in such a way so that it can be easily accessed, managed and updated. It serves as a means of minimizing clutter while increasing efficiency in executing administrative as well as managerial functions. However, a database management system (DBMS) is a type of software that allows you to define, manipulate, retrieve and manage the data that is being stored within a database. By utilizing a database management system, it would allow for Birchwood Lane Schools to better manage their data as they would then have full control over the information that would be stored. There are multiple benefits that the schools would experience once such a system is implemented, some of which are the following: Data Sharing Would Be Improved - As indicated before, a proper database management system would help in gaining better access to data as well as better management of the data.
BIRCHWOOD LANE SCHOOLS DBMS PROPOSAL 3 An Improvement in Data Security - The risks of data security breaches are minimized, and the school’s data would be used properly because a better framework would be provided for enforcing the data privacy and security policies. Better Access to Data - Since management systems help in getting quick solutions to database queries, data access would be faster and more accurate. End users (students and parents) would have enhanced access to the data, which would be tailored specifically to address any concerns they may have about the performance of their child/children. Quick Decision Making - Since the data would be better managed and its access then improved, the quality information generated would allow for faster decisions to be made regarding each student as their information would be but a click away. Implementing a database would mean that the faculty and staff would then have almost instantaneous access to information. They would be able to edit information fields directly since the information would be stored digitally, and a simple search would help them to avoid the duplication of files.

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