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Design and Implementation of a Social Media Based Web Application for Prospective University Students

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Design and Implementation of a Social Media Based Web Application for Prospective University Students.

ABSTRACT

The internet has been a platform for individuals, groups of people and companies to interact with one another through the social media. The social media has truly aided interaction and even other business services through social networks, forums, blogs, etc.

Forums are now been used as tools/platforms to create discussions, connect to people (mostly of similar interests) and as sources of relevant information. This work intends to make use of forums as tools in helping prospective university students to make the right decisions about their choice of career, choice of environment, etc.

Based on an in-depth review of some relevant literatures, some key requirements have been considered in the development of a suitable web application.

This online forum will be developed for students to cater for some of their needs and solve some of the issues they face with their choice of career, their course of study, the accessibility of relevant information about any institution, etc.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CERTIFICATION..i

DEDICATION…….ii

ACKNOLEDGEMENTS……iii

TABLE OF CONTENTS……iv

LIST OF FIGURES…..viii

LIST OF TABLES….ix

ABSTRACT…….x

CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION

1.1 BACKGROUND INFORMATION…….1

1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM……2

1.3 AIM AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY.….2

1.4 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY.…3

1.5 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY….4

1.6 LIMITATION OF THE STUDY…4

1.7 PROJECT ORGANIZATION…4

CHAPTER TWO LITERATURE REVIEW

2.1 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL MEDIA CONCEPT……5

2.1.1 History of the Social Media….5

2.1.2 What is an Online Forum?…….7

2.1.3 Structure of an Online Forum..8

2.1.4 Features of an Online Forum……10

2.1.5 Applications of Online Forums…….12

2.2 REVIEW OF EXISTING SYSTEMS……13

2.2.1 The Student Room……..13

2.2.2 Google Groups…..14

CHAPTER THREE REQUIREMENTS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN

3.1 INTRODUCTION……16

3.1.1 Proposed System…..16

3.2 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS AND ANALYSIS….17

3.2.1 Software Architecture of StudentHub……….17

3.2.2 System Analysis……18

3.2.3 System Requirements…….19

3.3 SYSTEM DESIGN……21

3.3.1 Object Oriented Analysis and Design……………21

3.3.2 Unified Modeling Language (UML)……….22

3.3.3 Use Case Diagram…….22

3.3.4 Sequence Diagram……29

3.3.5 Activity Diagram………30

3.4 THE USER INTERFACE DESIGNS……32

3.4.1 The StudentHub Home Page…….32

3.4.2 The Guest User Registration Interface..32

3.4.3 The Login Page Interface…….33

3.5 DATABASE DESIGN…………..34

3.5.1 Description of Tables….……34

CHAPTER FOUR SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION

4.1 INTRODUCTION…36

4.1.1 Platforms and Tools Used for Implementation….36

4.2 THE DIFFERENT FORUM USER INTERFACES………..37

4.2.1 The Guest Student’s Post Page……37

4.2.2 The Guest Student’s ‘My Posts’ Page…..37

4.2.3 The Student’s ‘View Posts’ Page………38

4.2.4 The Moderator’s Add News Page………39

4.2.5 The Administrator’s Delete Accounts Page……40

4.3 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS……40

4.4 THE HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS…….41

CHAPTER FIVE SUMMARY, RECOMMENDATIONS AND CONCLUSION

5.1 SUMMARY……….42

5.2 RECOMMENDATIONS AND FURTHER WORKS….42

5.3 CONCLUSION……..43

REFERENCES…..44

APPENDIX………49

INTRODUCTION

Communication is a basic human need and for that reason, man has always found a means of meeting this need. The media, which is an umbrella term for various means of communication, has become an integral part of human life around the world.

The earliest forms of personal media, speech and gestures, had the benefit of being easy to use and did not necessarily need complex technology (Idakwo, 2011).

Through the social media, the internet community has drastically increased over the years. The social media has become a significant part of today’s modern civilization.

It is a defining trait of how integrated social interactions have become. The impact of the social media have been seen in basically five different contexts; news, interactions, political landscapes, learning and marketing (Guha, 2013).

With over 80 percent of teen Internet users frequenting social media sites, it’s no wonder the real world social lives are seeing some changes. Social media is definitely changing the way people communicate, but in many ways it’s for the better as we expand our social circles and explore new horizons through our online connections (Chopra, 2013).

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Beard, U., (2011). How to properly use an Internet Forum [READ NOW]. [Online] Available at: http://www.bungie.net/7_How-to-properly-use-an-Internet-Forum-READNOW/en/Forum/Post?id=25155592&path=1 [Accessed 5 March 2014].

Bedmar, J., (2010). Online Forums – How to Use an Online Forum. [Online] Available at: http://ezinearticles.com/?Online-Forums—How-to-Use-an-OnlineForum&id=4156458.

Belicove, M. E., (2012). 8 Do’s and Don’ts for Marketing on Online Forums and Message Boards. [Online] Available at: http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/223900 [Accessed 27 March 2014]. cave76, (2009). Learning about Internet forums. [Online]

Available at: http://www.lymeneteurope.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2446 [Accessed 5 March 2014]. Chopra, K., (2013). social media today. [Online]

Available at: http://socialmediatoday.com/karenn1617/1745751/effects-social-media-how-wespeak-and-write Falls, J., (2012). Why Forums May Be the Most Powerful Social Media Channel for Brands. [Online]

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