Welcome to the 2014 dissertation showcase of the B.Sc. graduates of the Institute of Information and Communication Technology. A fine selection of dissertations can be found here.
These dissertations demonstrate how our students put into practice the knowledge gained during their time at the Institute of ICT. They cover many areas within computing, inspired by time spent on work experience, staff research interests, collaboration with companies and original concepts. The dissertations clearly demonstrate their hard work and innovation. Impressive though they are, these projects represent only a small part of the work that the students have carried out over the last few years.
In the period October 2013 – June 2014, following a Crossover Initiative coordinated by HSBC, a number of executives from five companies [HSBC, Farsons, Radisson, E&Y, Airmalta] joined forces in order to help Hospice Malta improve their fund raising capabilities. One of the teams led by Mr. Martin Polidano was responsible for the improving Hospice’s membership scheme. The objectives of this team were identified and these were twofold – to create a new memberships’ database suitable for Hospice’s needs and to incorporate new possibilities to become a Hospice member directly via the website.
Following discussions with MCAST, a professional team was set up. This was composed of four students : John Debono, Miriam Vassallo, Daniel Vella and Danjel Attard under the supervision of their tutors, Ms. Kassandra Calleja, Mr. Gerard Said, Mr. Frankie Inguanez, Mr. Jean Paul Tabone and Mr. Conrad Vassallo. This team has very ably, voluntarily and in a limited amount of time, designed, created, tested and installed the membership database in a very professional manner. Within the time frame mentioned above, the Membership Database was installed. A set of written instructions including screenshots and full training for the end users was also given. Hospice Malta was very satisfied with the end results.
Through this initiative, the high level of commitment of these students was noted. It was very clear that they were willing to learn, were able to work in a team, discuss and suggest solutions and improvements as well as consider limitations. They also proved that they are technically skills for the job and able to work under pressure to meet deadlines. From Hospice’s end, one can only praise the students’ work and they would be an asset to any company.
MAPSSS, the Malta Association for Parents of State School Students, recently set up as a voluntary organisation, was assisted in setting up a website by IT students at MCAST. Since MAPSSS is a non-profit organisation, funds were limited; hence we decided to contact MCAST to help us set up our website. This request was kindly accepted and the website was delivered in a very short period of time, in less than two weeks.
The website created by these students is very neatly structured and it contains various features which gave it a very professional look and user-friendly. The first thing which catches the user’s attention as the website is loaded, is the attractive and colourful homepage. This website also contains a section with the latest news updates, a calendar with upcoming events and a link to our Facebook page. Furthermore, these students also developed a database which will facilitate administrative work as new members can key in their details to become MAPSSS members and this will then be captured electronically.
MAPSSS would like to sincerely thank Mr. Jean Paul Tabone, a lecturer at MCAST, who coordinated the setup of both the website and the database.