Accession Number : ADA288467

Title :   Design and Implementation of a Data Model for the Prototype Monitor Assignment Support System.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Neilan, Lourdes T.

PDF Url : ADA288467

Report Date : SEP 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 401

Abstract : This thesis is part of a project whose overall objective is to provide monitors in the United States Marine Corps a user-friendly PC-based database system, called the Monitor Assignment Support System (MASS), to help them in making assignment decisions. The objective of this thesis is to develop a conceptual model of the data needed to support the system transform the model into a relational schema and implement the design into an appropriate database management system (DBMS). Two data models are developed for this thesis. The first is an ideal, normalized model, and the second is a practical, denormalized one developed to facilitate the down loading of data from existing legacy mainframe systems to a PC-based system. Microsoft's Access DBMS software is used for the implementation of the MASS prototype. A rapid prototyping approach is used in developing the system. This approach was beneficial in encouraging active user participation and, through its iterative nature, was helpful in identifying the users' actual requirements. Significant lessons are learned from developing the prototype that will be helpful when implementing the production version.

Descriptors :   *DATA BASES, *SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, *PROTOTYPES, *BILLETS(PERSONNEL), COMPUTER PROGRAMS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), REQUIREMENTS, MARINE CORPS, LESSONS LEARNED, DECISION MAKING, PRODUCTION, DATA MANAGEMENT, MODELS, MASS, THESES, USER NEEDS, ALLOCATIONS, MONITORS, PERSONNEL SELECTION, OFFICER PERSONNEL, MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Systems
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE