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Design and Implementation of a Web Based Social Networking System for University Students

Design and Implementation of a Web Based Social Networking System for University Students

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This research material titled “Design and Implementation of a Web Based Social Networking System for University Students” is dedicated to God for his enabling grace, and to all computer enthusiasts who contributed to make life a pleasant experience during my research documentation.


I extend my sincere gratitude to all those who contributed to the completion of this project. Special thanks to my Supervisor (Name of your Supervisor), the Head of Department (Name of your HOD), the Lecturers in the department of Computer Science (CS), Book Authors and Profound Scholars of existing or related project material on “Design and Implementation of a Web Based Social Networking System for University Students” for their invaluable guidance, support, and expertise throughout the journey.

I am also grateful to your study area (mention any funding organizations, if applicable) for their financial assistance. This research would not have been possible without the encouragement and assistance of some stakeholders (mention any mentors, teachers, or colleagues). Additionally, I would like to acknowledge the understanding and patience of my family and friends during this endeavor. Your unwavering support has been a constant source of motivation. Thank you all for being part of this meaningful endeavor.

Design and Implementation of a Web Based Social Networking System for University Students




  • Introduction
  • 1.1 Introduction
  • 1.2 Background of Study
  • 1.3 Objectives of the Study
  • 1.4 Scope of study
  • 1.5 Significance of the study
  • 1.6 Limitation of the study
  • 1.7 Definition of terms


  • Review of related literature
  • 2.1 Impact of Social Network Services
  • 2.2 History of Social Networking Website
  • 2.3 The Basic Structure of Social Networking Website
  • 2.4 Emerging Trends in Social Networking Website
  • 2.5 Ways Social Networking Websites can be Used or Implemented


  • Methodology and System Analysis
  • 3.1 Research Methodology
  • 3.2 Analysis of the Existing System
  • 3.3 Input and Output Analysis
  • 3.4 Input Analysis
  • 3.5 Output Analysis


  • Design, Implementation and Testing
  • 4.1 Design Standards
  • 4.2 Program flow chart
  • 4.3 Implementation
  • 4.4 Choice of Programming Language
  • 4.5 Database File Design
  • 4.6 Profile Table
  • 4.7 Access Collection Table
  • 4.8 API Users
  • 4.9 Input Design
  • 4.10 Output Design
  • 4.11 System Testing
  • 4.12 System Specification
  • 4.12.1 Hardware Requirements
  • 4.12.2 Software Requirements


  • Summary, Recommendation and Conclusion
  • 5.1 Summary
  • 5.2 Recommendation
  • 5.3 Conclusion




This project was centered on social network website. It was observed that connecting socially helps improvement of department activities. The existing problems of the school forum site were identified after series of interviews and examination of documents after which analysis was made and a computerized procedure recommended. This project will also suggest how to successfully implement the computerized procedure and to overcome the obstacle that would hinder the successful implementation of the system. The new system was designed using php and mysql. This language was chosen because of its easy syntax and features for developing online based applications.

Design and Implementation of a Web Based Social Networking System for University Students


1.1 Introduction

Social life in most of our University is diminishing because of some factor. These limitations of social life have affected some of the students not to know how to relate in the outside world. In Caritas University socialism is a problem. In building a social network website for the University will make the University to solve the problem of the anti socialism. A social network is a social structure made up of individuals (or organizations) called “nodes,” which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, common interest, financial exchange, dislike, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige.

1.2 Background Of The Study

About Computer Science Technology Department

The college will aims at excelling in every aspect of Agriculture and capacity building of middle level manpower (ND and HND) in practical and theoretical Agriculture and other science course. It has the under listed objectives for efficient performance and achievement of the target.

To develop and run training programmed that can produce self-reliant agriculture technologies and technicians for the agricultural industry. To meet NBTE accreditation standards, expand and diversify programmed that are cost effectiveness.

Computer Science Technology Department was founded in 2010, by former provost Dr. Paul Ajah, and was headed by Mr. Charles O. Okonkwo (HOD) till date.

The department has more students now compared to past years.

1.3 Objectives Of The Study

The main objectives of the study are Computer science Social Network while the subsidiary objectives are:

  1. To Effectively and efficiently communication of student online
  2. To Reduce pressure on seminars by introducing online seminar
  3. To Enhance the department document management
  4. To Reduce queue in seeing of lecturers and head of departments
  5. To Reduce anti Socialism
  6. To Creation of educative groups online to enhance learning
  7. To Forming reading partners online
  8. To Making new friends online
  9. To Boasting the image of the school

1.4 Scope Of The Study

The scope of this study is centered on designing and automated and web-based application for student online communication and reduction of anti socialism. The system is strictly based on students, management and lecturers communication and online seminars and suggestion and specially for making of friends.

1.5 Significance Of The Study

Viewing critically the inefficiencies in the social life of student relationship presently in Caritas University, Amorji Nike Enugu, the need to develop and implement online social network website that will handle such inefficiencies cannot be over emphasized.

1.6 Limitations Of The Study

Constraints of time and resources are the factors, which prevented the implementation of this system hosted online.

1.7 Definition Of Terms/Variables


Convert to computer − based system to install or start using a computer system to organize, control, or automate something.


To deal with somebody or something according to an established procedure


Interaction between two or more person or sending of message from one place to another


Connected via computer attached to or available via a central computer or computer network.


Set of computer components i.e. in assembly of computer Hardware, Software and peripherals functioning together.


The replacement of human workers by technology; A system in which a workplace or process has been converted to one that replaced or ministries human labour with electronic or mechanical equipment.


A complex structure, or design www: computer-based network of information resources that combines text and multimedia. The information on the www can be accessing and search through the internet, a global computer network.


Any collection of data organized for storage in a computer memory and designed for easy access by authorized users.

Database Update:

This simply means applying and maintaining changes on a database after data must have been added, removed or modified

System Administrator:

This is a person responsible for maintaining and operating a computer system.


Hypertext Preprocessor (the name is a recursive acronym) is a widely used, general-purpose scripting language that was originally designed for web development to produce dynamic web pages.: Hypertext Preprocessor is the code used to link the database to the interface of the website, it is a server code.


It is the server used for designing php, python pages.


Structured query language, it is a code used to query or insert records in a database.


Is a relational database management system (RDBMS) that runs as a server providing multi-user access to a number of databases.


Is an open source tool written in PHP intended to handle the administration of MySQL over the World Wide Web.


Cascading Style Sheet is a programming language used in the graphics and fine tuning of the website


It is animation software used in doing all the animations in the website.

Macromedia Dreamweaver:

It is the software used in organizing the website.

Macromedia Fireworks

It is the software used to create or the graphics and images in the website.


2.0 Literature Review

2.1 Introduction

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