THE PROBLEM AND ITS SCOPE
1.1 Background of the Study
Knowing the status of the academic performance of a student at the end of the semester will save time, money and the anxiety of the students. In this generation of information technology, computer is considered the lifeblood of society. This technology has changed the ways of life work and the times. The technology, both in hardware and software, keeps changing, day in and day out, improving its performance. This is because as the latest knowledge of development in computer technology grows, the people’s standard increases; as the technology improves, the human standardize itself increases. They seek for better and more efficient ways to accomplish difficult task. At this time, a person has adopted the modern technology. The use of this technology resulted to the computerized for greater ease and accuracy. The time of waiting for the result and the cost of money for transportation in order to know the performance result of the grades make the students think some actions that will save their money and time. For students who commute and take three rides to reach their school, they can only rely on their classmates who live nearer to their school by texting them if they have passed or not. In this way those who live afar need not go to school for this information alone. A means of addressing this problem will be the aim of this project study. 1.2 Statement of the Problem
The main problem of this project proposal was on how to save money and time and to reduce the anxiety of the students in inquiring about the status of their academic performance at the end of the semester. This project proposal aimed to answer the following questions:
1. Does this alert system would help the students determine their grade status periodically? 2. What would be advantages of this system academically?
3. What is the significant difference in obtaining periodically grades result, traditional and sms alert system? 4. What will be the benefits, the instructors will get from this project proposal?
1.3 Theoretical Framework
This SMS Alert System for students periodic grades would be possible through the use of computer which has the ability to store, retrieve and analyze data. Computer programs such as MySQL, Visual Basic, Adobe Photoshop will be the sequence of instructions that the computer will use to execute specific task. The GSM Modem will transmit the processed information in the form of SMS to the Mobile Phone of the Parents. This will be shown In the Diagram Below (Figure 1).
Block Diagram of the SMS Alert System For Student Periodic Grade
1.3.1 Software and Hardware Requirements
Software is an application program or an operating system that a computer can execute. It is a broad term that can imply one or many programs, and it can also refer to applications that may actually consist of more than one program.
There are some programming languages that can be used for the development of software, but the researcher decided to choose the Visual Basic 6.0; it is popular BASIC (Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) language compiler from Microsoft, available for DOS (Disk Operating System) and for Windows. Visual Basic 6.0 manages the creation of the user interface automatically, including menus, dialogs boxes, and other interface elements. This programming language uses an Object-Oriented Programming Language (OOPL) that gives the user an ease of using the computer, because it uses menus, forms and controls. It validates and checks the errors in using to perform simple database access and implements drag-and-drop capability through mouse instead of using the keyboard. The researcher also decided to choose the MySQL as database software, to retrieve data from storage device such...
References: A. Bibliography
 Magandia, Salman T., 2009.”Remote Administration of a Computer Based Assessment (Student Statement of Account) through SMS”
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