EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING: A CASE STUDY OF A MUTUALLY-BENEFICIAL DATABASE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Issues in Information Systems
MBA University works in conjunction with Big University (BIGU) to provide an MBA program to the military. Limited manpower hours, reporting requirements, the need for accreditation data, and increased enrollment exacerbated the need for a database for MBAU's administration of enrollment and matriculation management. MBAU graduate staff requested the School of Business Database Management (DBM) instructor to select theirs as the fall class project. Since experiential learning is vital to student
... is vital to student development, and this project provided students with a real world problem and a real world customer, it was selected. Using Systems Architect, a CASE tool, and Microsoft Access, students developed a database management application. This project allowed students to learn the process of database design, and provided students the opportunity to interface with actual customers and helped them to experience various pressures and difficulties not normally felt in artificial exercises. It also provided a sense of accomplishment in seeing the implementation of their class work.