Date of Award

Fall 8-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)

First Advisor

Dr. Ronghua Shan

Second Advisor

Dr. Christopher J. Olson

Third Advisor

Dr. Stephan Krebsbach


The purpose of this project is to build a database management system (DBMS) for the Jonathan Napela Center department. The Napela Center is a department for students who are majoring or minoring in Hawaiian Studies and/or Pacific Island Studies. Currently the Napela Center uses Microsoft Excel as their DBMS to store and track both current and past student information. Unfortunately, this system hasn’t been working well for them due to unreliable information, limited user access and sometime can get too complex with too much data. So the director of the department decided to seek for another system.

This paper will examine the process of building a new DBMS for the Napela Center using XAMPP as the web server, phpMyAdmin as the web application and Drupal 7 as the content management system (CMS). I chose the XAMPP (Cross-Platform (X), Apache (A), MariaDB (M), PHP (P) and Perl (P)) because it seemed to be the “ideal tool for students developing and testing applications in PHP and MySQL” (Dvorski, 2007). I chose phpMyAdmin because Delisle (2009) considered PhpMyAdmin as one of the most prominent free open source application that provides a dynamic graphical interface for executing MySQL. And last but not the least, I chose Drupal 7 because it is the standard CMS that BYU Hawaii uses for their website.