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CS-STEM Student and Parent Registration 1.0
Requirements Specification

This document outlines the Application Scope and Requirements for
CS-STEM Student and Parent Registration 1.0.



Revision History


Revision Number




1. Application Requirements Specification 4

2. Scope 4

2.1 Overview 4

2.2 Objectives 4

2.3 Limitations & Assumptions 6

3. Logic Requirements 7

3.1 Register to Application 9

3.2 Unregister from Application 15

3.3 Process Parent Approvals for Child Students 23

3.4 File Parent Approval Documents 26

3.5 Restrict or Approve Activity Participation 30

3.6 Request Parent Authorization 32

3.7 Get Approved by Parent 35

3.8 Get Authorization Request from Child Student 37

3.9 Get Approved as Parent 40

3.10 Perform Parental Control for Child Student 43

3.11 Share Child Student Activities 47

3.12 Perform Auditing 49

3.13 Perform Logging 51

3.14 Send E-mail Notifications 52

4. General Requirements 61

4.1 Graphical User Interface Requirements 61

4.2 Performance Constraints 61

4.3 Security 62

5. Required Documentation 63

5.1 Specification Documentation 63

6. Help / User Documentation 63

7. Notes 63

8. Future Enhancements 63

9. Glossary 63

9.1 Definitions 63

9.2 Acronyms 64

1.Application Requirements Specification



The client of this application is DARPA. They asked TopCoder to make a modern web-portal for education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and especially focused on Computer Science (CS) education. That CS-STEM web-site will be dedicated to middle and high school students in USA and allow them to learn a lot of interesting topics in a user-friendly environment, which at the same time is productive and professional.
CS-STEM portal will be like a new entire TC website, but specially dedicated to the education of middle- high students (ages of 13...18).
This specification will cover the student and parent registration-related portions of the web-site. The detailed information about how students/parents will register to the application and various approvals will be provided. The specification describes students' restrictions to participation in activities, how the Student requests for parent authorization and how the Student get approved by the parent. There will be details about how users can get approved as Parents, how parents receive and process authorization requests from their children, how parents perform parental control and share activities with their children on the application. It will be also described how the System Admin will process student approvals from their parents as well.
The following use cases of the “CS-STEM Education Project Hosting Platform” conceptualization are in scope. Please note, they will be slightly renamed and extended in the specification document, but references to those original use cases are also provided.

  • 4.4.12 - Register to Application (with specifics and focus on Students and Parents),

  • 4.4.26 - Unregister from Application (with specifics and focus on Students and Parents),

  • 4.4.39 - Process Student Approvals from Parents,

  • 4.4.56 - Get Restricted to Activities Participations,

  • 4.4.57 - Request Parent Authorization,

  • 4.4.58 - Get Approved by Parent,

  • 4.4.60 - Get Authorization Request from Child Student,

  • 4.4.62 - Get Approved as Parent,

  • 4.4.63 - Perform Parental Control for Child Student,

  • 4.4.64 - Share Child Student Activities,

  • 4.4.32 - Perform Auditing (only as it applies to student and parent registration-related functionality),

  • 4.4.33 - Perform Logging (only as it applies to student and parent registration-related functionality),

  • 4.4.35 - Send E-mail Notifications (only as it applies to student and parent registration-related functionality).


The objectives of the entire CS-STEM education hosting platform application are as following (this specification covers just a small part (student and parent registration-related) of that main application).

  • To implement a web-based education portal to efficiently teach students of 13…18 ages for CS, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The emphasis will be on CS.

  • To leverage existing TC assets (like Arena, Marathon Matches, TC High School) for performing middle and high students education through competitions.

  • To share users’ data on the social network and deliver common widely used social networking features (like forums, blogs, friends, etc.) to the education web-portal.

  • To motivate students for learning education materials, participating in competitions and for getting interested in new areas they never possible recognized earlier.

  • To support powerful user management (including identity verification) and a large set of user roles assigned to trusted users. That management has to be as simple as it possible for end users.

  • To deliver full content management for education and competition data.

  • To provide engaging, interesting, attractive, and easy to understand education content for CS, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math subjects.

  • To reduce possibility of “cyberbullying” in the application to as low as it possible.

  • To design a base platform for CS-STEM application, suiting such education tasks.

  • To send helpful e-mail notifications to users in most important events during the application workflow.

  • To support logging of errors/warnings/exceptions and audit all the user actions during the application execution.

  • To achieve high performance of the application and scalability.

Project Return on Investment (ROI Metrics) of the entire CS-STEM education hosting platform application are as following:

  • Initially:

    • To attract students from at least 15 different US states to the CS-STEM education portal.

    • To achieve at least 80% of users completed registration on CS-STEM to participate in one or more activities on CS-STEM education portal. We define "retained users" as registered users, who have visited CS-STEM portal at least 2 more times after registration AND have been involved in activities on CS-STEM portal during 3 months after their initial activity.

  • For future:

    • To involve thousands of users to CS-STEM portal.

    • To make a positive buzz through community about new education portal.

    • To have long-term corporate sponsorship of content, awards, prizes, scholarships and SRM style sponsorship.

    • To achieve and confirm an ability for making more communities by TC community (CxC, Community by Community) in the future. Most of base platform features, defined in this conceptualization, could be efficiently re-used in the future for building new communities if this application succeeds.

General Capacity Metrics:

  • The maximum expected count of users will be several thousands until the end of first year. The system must be scalable.

  • The maximum expected count of concurrent users for the application is 500.

General Usability Metrics:

  • The new application will be specially designed for students of 13…18 years old. GUI, problems, education content, communication will be adopted for the middle-high school students.

  • GUI has to be attractive, user friendly and fun. It will contain more graphics than previous TC web-site.

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