Potential Foreshadowing?: An Analytical Perspective on Student Database Projects in the Name of Academia{3}

by Brian T
Here’s something I’m sure we can all relate to – upcoming database projects! Even when it comes to our own majors, a school project rarely feels like a useful exercise benefiting us as students. If you have yet to outgrow this notion, look no further than this article. Sharon M. Tuttle has been conducting an ongoing experiment with the database classes been teacher for the past few years. She proceeds to breakdown the components of her project (none of which should come as a shocking surprise to anyone with a tech related major. In addition to explaining everything thoroughly (including an extensive covering of physical deliverables) she supports her decisions and also uses them to reach conclusions which have formulated her teaching style for this particular course.

Although it can prove to be a handy tool for our own projects as database students this quarter, I felt the more important theme of this article was a fully expanded “why?”. Professor Tuttle explains that she requires her students to submit a 3-ring binder complete with labeled tab sections and table of contents. She also describes how she has them generate 5 genuine applications of or hardships that are eased with their database to help students understand (and remind) the purpose of their work.

All things considered, I feel it’s important to remind ourselves that these projects are not just to test our abilities for the outside world, but also to have something practical off of which we can base our actual career practices. I am personally looking forward to the day when I attain a position at a software firm and am assigned a client who requests a “Hello World” program. It is at the point when every jigsaw piece I have accumulated over the last 5 years will simultaneously fall into place.



Tuttle, S. (2002). Practical lessons from experience with the database design course project. Retrieved from http://0-delivery.acm.org.opac.library.csupomona.edu/10.1145/780000/771330/p32-tuttle.pdf?ip=