Process impact: This file as a
dictionary of terms defined as they are used during the project.
Writing out the definitions of terms and acronyms here helps keep
other documents more concise and precise. A shared glossary helps
prevent misunderstandings and makes it easier for new team members to
- Define HTML anchors on your terms with id="TERMNAME" so that
other documents can link to the definition of specific terms.
- If there is any question about the meaning of a term, note it
here. If someone (e.g., the customer) gave you a definition to
use, note that here too. If something is best defined by using a
hyperlink to another document or website, include a hyperlink in
- If a term was used in the past, but is no longer going to be
used, you should keep it in the list, mark it as "deprecated", and
link to the term or terms that replace it. E.g., deprecated
standard term bug.
- Define only project-specific terms, or ones that a new team
member would not know. Don't define standard textbook terms that
can be easily found elsewhere.
- This glossary can serve as simple domain model or data
dictionary. You can define important data objects by describing
their meaning and key attributes. For example, see student and GPA.
- Class standing
- Computed attribute of student based on
number of academic units completed. Used to determine priority in
- Real-world meaning of values:
|Freshman||Less than 90 units|
|Sophomore||Between 90 and 180 units|
|Junior||Between 180 and 270 units|
|Senior||More than 270 units completed|
- n. The Graph Editing Framework. An open
source library for editing diagrams (boxes and arrows).
- n. Grade Point Average. GPA is a float
between 0.00 and 4.00, accurate to 2 decimal places. Computed from
average of completed course grades in transcript weighted by course
units. Used to determine student ranking, and to trigger Dean's
List and academic probation.
- n. Acronym for the School of Information and Computer
Science at UC Irvine.
- n. A person who attends a school to earn
a degree. Persistent attributes include: student_id_number (primary key), GPA,
major, and years_at_school.
- n. A senior is special type of undergraduate who has a certain number of
course credits on his or her transcript. Years_at_school does not
determine senior standing. TODO: how many credits needed?
- A type of student. TODO:
add more detail.