Data-processing procedures

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1. General specifications

1.1 Architecture and management platform

A Client/Server architecture is used. On the client side, an application implements the graphic interface and part of the application logic while, on the server side, there is a DBMS server that handles access to the data, implements part of the application logic and ensures the integrity of the database.  

Data is extracted from the database using SQL queries. A transactional system and SQL DML commands are used to update the database.

The security of the data is ensured at the operating system and DBMS levels, or both, with the possibility of using encrypted, secure connections.

1.2 WEB Services

The Web services implemented are one of the layers of the multi-level architecture and offer the immediate availability of data and services after authentication.

A Web service is a software system (described, for example, using WSDL) designed to support interoperability between different processors on the same network.

It is possible to interact with the system using the software interface (described using WSDL) and activating the operations described in the interface remotely.

Communication takes place through “messages” inserted in an SOAP “envelope”: formatted according to the XML standard and usually transported via HTTP protocol.

1.3 Database and applications

Access to the data takes place in a number of ways, either natively by exploiting the client support provided by the specific DBMS, through an ODBC interface, or through Web services.

The applications use efficient data access technologies capable of ensuring an optimised flow for Internet-oriented applications on both the server and client sides.

The criteria with which the applications were developed allow the maximum independence and portability of packages in relation to both the hardware and basic software components (operating system, RDBMS, etc.).

1.4 Graphic interface

Special attention has been paid to the design of the (graphic) user interface so that it can appear simple and highly-usable even when using just the keyboard. The key combinations conform to Office standards and, therefore, those using those applications have significantly reduced learning times.

The outputs of the applications are available in various Office, PDF and other formats so they can be immediately published on the Internet or sent via e-mail or fax software.

2. Infrastructure

 

  • Data networks and connectivity

  • Fastweb Server Farm

  • Workstations

  • Physical infrastructure of the Cerbara Information Systems

  • Electronic mail

  • Web

  • Telephone

  • Privacy and Security

  • Administration & Inventories

  • Help Desk

3. Tools

  • Management

    1. Rulings and determinations of governing bodies

  • General affairs

    1. Document protocol and flows

  • Student services

  • Student administration services

    1. Enrolment and payments

    2. Consultation

    3. Examination bookings

    4. Instruction

  • CRM/TMK

  • Web area - General Services

  • Web area - Internet Sites

  • Web area - eLearning

  • Users, authorisation profiles and parameter tables

  • Instruction area

  • Publishing and content production

  • Support and Help Desk

  • CESD/eCampus management/accounting procedures

4. Management software

Company

Description

Users

T

I

N

N

Licenses to use without limits on the number of users:

Management 

  • Document protocol and flows

  • Rulings and determinations of governing bodies

  • Student administration services

  • Management of registration and payment

  • Management of examination/consultation bookings

 

Secretariat

Web addressed to students

  • Online enrolment

  • Online exam booking

 

Students

C

I

N

E

C

A

CSA - University Careers and Salaries 

  • Careers

  • Salaries

  • Missions

  • Simplified 770 form assembler

ESSE3 - Administration and Student Services

  • Instruction area

  • Administrative area

  • Calendar and logistics management

  • Document management

 

Human Resources management


Administration services


Students



I

N

T

E

R

N

A

L

Management (Winform/Web)

  • User management (students, tutors, instructors, administration service personnel)

  • Portal management

  • E-mail box management

  • Online Enrolment management

  • GPSP back-end

  • EPPI back-end

  • Publishing and content production management and control

  • Monitoring of educational activities

  • Reporting

  • Access to TINN applications

 

Administration services

Publishing

Faculty managers

GPSP

  • Scheduling student study plans

Web tutor application

  • Control and monitoring of instruction

 

Administration services

Tutors

EPPI

  • Course design

  • Uploading content

 

Instructors

Administration services

 

Dispenser of educational activities

Students

Overall application and data framework

Student Service

 

4.1 Explanatory note on the agreement with CESD Srl

The CESD Srl AS400 management platform hosts an information processing environment dedicated to eCampus University and another one dedicated to CESD Srl.

eCampus information processing environment allows authorised users access for the management of data and processes for the following activities:

  • recording student personnel data

  • recording the courses of study undertaken (considering the dates of academic activity)

  • recording registration quotas

  • recording the registration site

The CESD Srl information processing environment allows authorised users access for the management of the data and processes of all the methods of dispensing educational and publishing services that are the object of the activities of CESD Srl; these include (where anticipated) dispensing support services as defined in the CESD/eCampus agreement.

5. Development software

Company

Description

Users

Microsoft

Office 2007 Pro Plus

IT, Administration services, Publishing

Visio Pro 2007

IT

Project 2007

IT

Visual studio pro 2005

IT

Adobe

Creative design suite

IT, Publishing

Creative web suite

IT

Articulate

Articulate presenter

Publishing

Quiz maker

Publishing

Gravic

Remark Office OMR Ver. 7

Administration services

 

 

6. Software for the production, archiving and dispensing of content

Company

Description

Users

INTERNAL

 

eCampus management

Publishing

MOODLE

LMS for dispensing content

Publishing

Students

7. Portal architecture

eCampus portal is based on Typo3 CMS, a web content management system.

Typo3 is written completely in PHP, using the object-programming paradigm, and released with an open-source (GPL) license.

The adoption of CMS was dictated by the need to automate Content Management processes.

 

 


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