Student Research Projects

The Bagger Management Project

Student Michael Corder, ‘’15
Faculty Mentor(s)
Department Mathematics
Course CS489: Research in Computer Science


The Bagger Management Project aims to allow greater management functionality within Armed Forces Commissaries. While cashiers are government employees, baggers are not. The independent contractor status these military dependents and spouses hold means that funding for any management software or equipment is nearly non-existent. As a result, most managers use pen and paper to keep track of their employees. This research project streamlines management in these facilities by simplifying the work environment. To accomplish this goal, many features were designed. The most prominent security feature is a login database that keeps track of users, admins, and superadmins as well as the various functions each has at his/her disposal. This ensures that individuals who accesses the site will see only the pages they were meant to see, which minimizes potential harm to the scheduling. Bagger employees are able to check their schedule and request time off. Administrators are similarly able to check their schedules, but they have access to other functions. The administrator can add new employees, remove employees, and schedule employees. Administrators are also able to view requested time off, modify employees’ schedules, and alter information concerning employees. One of the most useful features is the ability for administrators to check the daily schedule to see which employees are scheduled and each employee's associated "bagger fee." The superadministrator has access to all of these features, and s/he can modify administrators. This project makes extensive use of the database technology in the MYSQL language as well as website logic and data manipulation through PHP and HTML. Through application of the principles of each programming language, a simplification of management has been created that has the potential to become the preferred management tool throughout armed forces.