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Update: May 26th, 2009

ITC 285: IT Capstone Project

Programs: Information Technology Applications Support, Programming, Web Design, and Web Development AAS options.
Time: M/W - 1pm to 3:15pm
Room: 3168
Instructor: Adam Eivy
Credits: 5
Class Hours: 55
Length of Course: 11 weeks
Prerequisite: This course to be taken during last or the second-to-last quarter of degree program.
Required Book: None (Web Materials and Lectures only)
Course Description:
This course is designed to help students summarize their learning experience in their certificate or degree courses. The course will aid students in the process of identifying, developing and evaluating a project that summarizes what they have learned. It is intended that this project can also serve as a portfolio piece for future employment or education pursuits.
The class will be comprised of small lectures, leading into discussions and scheduled instructor-supervised one-on-one meetings, small discussion groups, and research.

Course Goals:
Upon successful completion of this class, the student will be able to:

  • Define an appropriate scope for the project
  • Identify a project's goals and obectives
  • Determine a time line for project completion
  • Locate a variety of relevant resources from a variety of sources (library, Web, Mentors, etc.)
  • Document resource requirements
  • Document time spent on project
  • Document the project features and functions
  • Complete and present a project

Topical Outline

  • Overview of project process
  • Defining an appropriate scope
  • Defining goals and outcomes
  • Project Management (documenting process and progress, setting benchmarks)
  • Locating relevant resources
  • Mid term reports
  • Documenting project functions and procedures
    1. internal documentation (code comments, naming conventions)
    2. External documentation
  • How to evaluate the projects success in terms of the goals and outcomes
  • Final interview with each student

Presentation: Lecture, demonstration, online materials and hands-on tutorials

Evaluation Methods:
Your final grade will be a culmination of your Class Assignments:

  • Assignments will create an overall Class Project to be presented at the end of the quarter
  • Assignments require critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Assignments will be "assigned" each week according to the class schedule
  • Assignments will be "due" according the assignment pages
  • Students are responsible for assignment information on assignment pages
  • Students are also responsible for assignment information given in class
  • Assignments will be marked down 25% for every week they are late

ADA Confirmation:
(Americans with Disabilities Act) If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please contact me ASAP.

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