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ICT 260 - Capstone Project in IT
Course Details
Course Code:
ICT 260

Credits:
6

Calendar Description:
The capstone project emphasizes both a creative and critical thinking process and is designed to utilize and challenge the technical, managerial, and communication skills of students. The project is a team effort and allows a final opportunity to practice personal and interdependence skills to ensure team member empowerment and success. The learning outcomes for this course correspond with most of the learning units described for the upper level courses in the IS 2002 model curriculum.

Project management tools will be employed by the team to ensure tracking of the project and communication of project goals and accomplishments to the client. Automated development tools may or may not be used depending on available resources. However, standards will be developed for all project deliverables. Software quality assurance methodologies will be employed to ensure a successful outcome for the project. On-going presentation of project planning, analysis, design, conversion plan, and other documentation will be done by the team. Each team member should play a significant role in some aspect of presentation.

Date First Offered:
2010-09-01

Hours:
Total Hours: 90
Lecture Hours: 90

Total Weeks:
12

This course is offered online:
Yes

Pre-Requisites:
Any five 200-level ICT courses representing the student specialty. Students must have a project in mind to work on.

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
None

Co-Requisites:
None

Rearticulation Submission:
No

Course Content:
Content Common to all Projects:
Each project is different but there will be common topics covered for all projects.
These are:
- Proposal Writing
- Data/information gathering
- Organizing and running meetings
- Researching methods; finding information required to complete the project
- Report Writing
- Managing weekly status meetings and updating report of a project.
- Establishing criteria for selection of project topics
- Establishing project management deliverables
- Determining project milestones
- Estimating and managing risk
- Problem solving
- Creating a Data Dictionary and using a Project Management software tool

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- Prepare a project proposal – respond to an RFP,
- Negotiate a working agreement between client and project team,
- Create a project in a project management tool,
- Identify tasks, time to complete and resource allocation,
- Track project schedule; actual vs planned,
- Apply the life-cycle of systems analysis and design to a computer system project,
- Gather information and data through interviews, questionnaires, surveys and observations of current client system,
- Organize team and client meetings,
- Utilize problem solving skills during the project period,
- Prepare weekly status reports to both clients and faculty supervisor,
- Prepare technical documentation and a final project report on the work performed;

Grading System:
Letters

Passing Grade:
C (60%)

Grading Weight:
Project: 60 %
Other: 40 %

Percentage of Individual Work:
100

Course Offered in Other Programs:
No

Additional Comments:
Project Paper: Review of student's ability to do technical documentation; Evaluation of student's ability to convey results in a clear, concise, logical manner; Evaluation of student's achievement of goals

Withdrawing or Dropping Courses:
Course withdrawal dates, course drop processes and required forms vary between colleges. If you wish to either withdraw from the program or just drop a course, you must contact the Coordinator at the your college to ensure that the correct procedures are followed.

Attendance: As this is an on-line course, attendance requires participation in the course, not time in a classroom. However, students must ensure that they complete their required participation in online discussions and other similar assignments. Online meeting/discussion forums times may be arranged in conjunction with the students availability.

Cheating and Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the presentation of another person's words, ideas, interpretations, insights, or order of points as your own. All work submitted must be your own words and content, and not written by a tutor or friend. Whenever you use sources for an essay, or assignment, you must avoid plagiarism by documenting them.
Intellectual dishonesty involves the unacknowledged reproduction of information. It includes inadequately citing sources for information quoted, paraphrased, or summarized in an assignment, wholesale copying of material written by others, and submitting work prepared by someone else as one’s own. This is improper use of material also applies to internet sources.
Working collaboratively on academic assignment is perceived in different ways. You need to obtain the instructor’s approval before initiating collaborative work. All work that is the result of collaboration or has incorporated significant assistance from other people shall be identified as such, and shall include a statement about the specific contributions of those individuals involved.
If a student commits plagiarism, the policy of the student's registering college prevails. The grades you receive as a student are a statement of your personal achievements. It’s essential that everyone (your fellow students, instructors, potential employers and other institutions) be confident these grades are the result of your personal effort. It is a serious academic offence that may result in a warning, reassessment of the work in question, failure for a particular assignment, failure in the course, denial of admission, suspension or expulsion. We condemn all forms of intellectual dishonesty. Students found guilty of plagiarism or cheating in their work will be subject to disciplinary action.
You can view the policy of your registering college by visiting your college's website or by contacting your Coordinator.

If plagiarism occurs or is suspected, the instructor will advise you in writing; a copy of this letter will also be sent to the Coordinator at your college.

Supplies:
N/A unless required by supporting instructors
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