Skarn is implemented as a rich windows client application. It has all the features required to successfully administer the day to day task of running a set of classes. Details of each of these features can be found below.
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- Pupil Data Entry
This module is used to capture the information of a pupil and their contact details. It also provides quick links to the current class they are enrolled on, previous class attendance and awards.
Provides a way to add, update and expire sessions, groups, teachers and awards associated with classes.
- Class Maintenance
Used to create and amend classes, enroll pupils and easily assign awards to a whole class.
- Pupil Management
Lists all pupils currently registered in the system, provides functionality to filter and sort, drag and drop to enroll in classes, letter production and to mark status.
- Waiting List
Managing the set of pupils waiting to attend a class that has no current availability.
Capture payments made by pupils against a class.
- Outstanding Fees
Lists all fees that have yet to be paid. Can be easily used to chase overdue fees in conjunction with Letter Production.
- Schedule Generation
The schedule is defined as the set of classes which run for a specific duration.
At the end of the schedule this function minimises the effort required to create the next set of classes.
- Registration Forms
Used to display class registration listings that can be printed off and used for example to check attendance each week. The registation is held in the system as a template which can be changed by the end user without development input.
- Letter Production
Allows the production of user defined letters via standard mail merge functionality of Microsoft Word. End users are free to create their own templates and these are dynamically recognised by the front end.
Skarn was developed and runs on the following Microsoft products.
- Visual Studio 2008 C# and Linq
- SQL Server 2005 Express or Standard Edition
- Office Word 2003 or 2007