Course Project: Applied Information Technology Project Objectives | Guidelines | Milestones | Course Project Outline | Course Project Proposal and Milestones | Course Project Overall Table of Contents | Course Project Technical Areas | | Objective| | Provide an efficient means for students to develop various aspects of a technical/business proposal throughout the course. There are three papers that build on each other through the session to give the students experience in taking a concept and expanding on it. | | Guidelines| | * Choose a base idea that is expanded through a series of three milestones throughout the course. These can be completely oriented toward business or could also be topics that reinforce the idea that we live in a technological world 24 hours a day. Mobile devices, social networking, cloud computing, and digital media are examples of this fact. * The Week 1 threaded discussion will help identify and choose appropriate instructor approved topics. * The graded proposal is submitted formally in Week 2. * Course Project Milestones 1, 2, and 3 are submitted in weeks 3, 5, and 7. The format for the course project is posted in DocSharing. This will be a single document that you continue to add content to (i. e. eek 2 you will complete the proposal and add any references used on the reference page; week 3, add content to the original documet for Milestone 1, etc. ) | | Milestones| | * Week 1: Discussion and agreement on the Course Project (not graded, but required) * Week 2: Submission of the Course Project Proposal (graded) * Week 3: Course Project – Milestone 1 * Week 5: Course Project – Milestone 2 * Week 7: Course Project – Milestone 3 – Project Complete Grading Rubrics (The Proposal and each Milestone is worth 75 points) Category| Points| %| Description| Documentation and Formatting| 12| 15| A quality paper will include a itle page, abstract, proper citations, and a bibliography. | Organization and Cohesiveness| 15| 20| A quality paper will include an introduction based upon a well formed thesis statement. The logical order of the content will be derived from the thesis statement. The content will be properly subdivided into sections derived from the outline. In a quality paper, the conclusion will summarize the previously presented content, and will complement the thesis statement from the introduction| Editing| 12| 15| A quality paper will be free of any spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors.
Sentences and paragraphs will be clear, concise, and factually correct. | Content| 36| 50| A quality paper will have significant scope and depth of research to support any statements. Strategic implications will be explained and supported. Relevant illustrations or examples are encouraged. A quality paper will employ use of sound reasoning and logic to reinforce conclusions| Total| 75| 100| A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements. | | | Course Project Outline| | Introduction The purpose of the Course Project is to describe the solution to a business problem where technology can be of value.
The initial paper is an introduction to the topic which you are choosing. You have enough knowledge to describe the major concept of the paper and then prepare the first milestone. It then evolves in incremental fashion throughout the course. As an example, you could write their papers on some aspect of ecommerce. They might pick the topic of 4G mobile devices and tie it in to targeted advertising. You could then tie the back-end databases that are necessary to support the ideas for his or her growing project (for example, how databases contain information that allows vendors to target their audience, and what those databases are).
Your paper could then describe the infrastructure and networking (at a non-technical level) that would be required to support the idea (for example, the Web server farm behind the 4G devices etc. ). The functionality of enterprise systems moves to the cloud, and so the course project can tie the kind of systems enterprises that are required, as well as how the function is delivered. The paper could describe how ERP or CRM or supply chain functionality would be used. In the example, this could be how a business person would access this type of information.
When it comes to security, it can be tied nicely into what you have already written and you can describe the types of security, etc. , required for their paper. Again, by way of example, the issues of security with mobile devices and in social networks would be a topic that would be interesting. | | Course Project Proposal and Milestones| | The Proposal and the three milestones are a single document. Submit the entire, growing document for each milestone and be sure to include a table of contents. Proposal: 1. Describe the overall proposal in terms of the business problem being solved. Some ideas are: a.
Lack of competiveness and or profitability b. Inefficient processes c. Slow product development d. Obsolete IT organization and technologies e. Poor corporate communications f. Ongoing personnel issues 2. Indicate the benefits it will provide the organization. This can be things like: a. Financial – profitability, revenue, product costs… b. Improved competitiveness c. Better marketing positioning d. Efficiency in key processes, e. g. , sales, manufacturing, development e. Improved product and/or service quality f. Improved product development g. Better and more accurate support turn-around . Preparation for the future – how is the organization positioning itself for future growth 3 After identifying the business problem and the benefits describe: a. Business approaches that can solve the problem, e. g. , business-process reengineering b. Technological approaches that can be used, e. g. , cloud computing, outsourcing, mobile devices and a very long list of possible paths. 4. Who is the completed project directed toward, e. g. , management, peers, customers, specific departments? The proposal does not explain what each of the milestone will discuss or technologies used.
As you learn about the relationship of business and technology, you will see areas that can be changed to bring about the desired change. Milestone 1: Based on the proposal, the paper starts describing the business problem, the benefits and the first part of the proposed solution. You will most likely not know the entire solution or all of its parts until you have a chance to learn about them. Don’t be concerned if you cannot visualize the entire solution or all of its parts until you have a chance to learn about them. You know the goal, but not the detail of the pieces. 1.
Briefly restate the business problem (the subject) 2. Company background 3. Discussion of business issues 4. Briefly restate the benefits of solving the problem 5. Describe the initial business/technical approach to solving the problem. 6. Describe at a high level the solution. 7. Example: a. The business problem is high cost of IT and product development and… b. The benefits are profitability, etc. , faster development time, increased sales and… c. The solution is cloud computing, this paper describes how the solution solves the problem and the cloud computing approach taken, e. . , SaaS or cloud virtualization. d. This milestone does not talk about the specifics of how this is done. Milestone 2: Given the information from the first milestone, the second milestone proposes some specifics of the solution. It chooses some area and highlights it. We cannot say what this will be, because for each topic you choose for the first milestone, it will yield a different second milestone. The structure of this milestone is the same as the first one, except that it is written like chapter 2 in a book. You don’t restate the business problem, benefits, etc.
You just pick the technologies or business practices or some of each that add detail to the first milestone. 1. Technology or business practices used to augment the solution in milestone 1. 2. Example: a. Choose the technology or business practice solution b. Describe the value of this approach (i. e. reduced staffing costs, reduced equipment costs, reduced real estate costs, improved application accessibility, competitive advantage) c. Describe how this would be accomplished: Milestone 3: Do exactly what who did in milestone 2, except now you are writing chapter 3. 1.
Technology or business practices in addition to those described in milestone 2. 2. Conclusions and overall recommendations 3. High level implementation plan 4. Project Summary | | Course Project Overall Table of Contents| | Cover Page Table of Contents Proposal (2-3 pages) 75 points: 1. Subject of Course Project 2. Business problem statement 3. General benefits it will provide the organization 4. High level approach(es) 5. Audience Milestone 1 (minimum of 3 pages) 75 points: 1. Brief Company background 2. Discussion of business issues 3. Benefits of solving the problem 4. Business/technical approach . High level solution. Milestone 2 (minimum of 3 additional pages) 75 points: 1. Technology or business practices used to augment the solution in milestone 1. 2. Value of the approach 3. Business process changes Milestone 3 (minimum of 3 additional pages) 75 points: 1. Technology or business practices in addition to those described in milestone 2. 2. Conclusions and overall recommendations 3. High-level implementation plan 4. Summary of project References | | Course Project Technical Areas| | The Course Project’s focus is on the use of technology to solve specific business problems.
While the list of technologies that you can choose for your Course Project is vast, the following are some current technical topics that you could consider in solving your business problem. 1. Cloud computing, either cloud storage, and/or cloud applications 2. User involvement in IT projects 3. Mobile devices including phones and tablets 4. Targeted advertising 5. B2C and/or B2B and other types of e-commerce 6. Back-end databases required for your project 7. Infrastructure and networking (at a non-technical level) that would be required to support your idea (for example, the Web server farm behind the mobile device) 8.
Business and process reengineering to streamline a business, followed by several new business technologies to support the new business model 9. The implementation of a secure business (website, software development, administration) 10. Development of an e-commerce website for a brick and mortar business 11. IS Management (examples: Outsourcing, ASP’s, Business Process Reengineering, ERP, CRM, SCM, Website Development, Linux, etc. ) 12. Corporate Applications (examples: Information Security, EIS, Expert Systems, Artificial Intelligence, DSS, Groupware, Intranets/Extranets, etc. ) 13.
Telecommunications and Networks (Examples: Gigabit and higher networks, SAN’s, Video Conferencing, VoIP, Wireless networking, etc. ) 14. IS Acquisitions (Examples: Cost Justification Methodology, Total Cost of Ownership, Systems Development Life Cycle, Prototyping, Weighted Criteria Analysis, etc. ) 15. Miscellaneous (Examples: Computer Ethics, Virtual Reality, Multimedia, Telecommuting, Data Security, International Issues, Computer Based Learning, etc. ) 16. End User Software/Applications (Examples: Database trends, Operating System trends, Office Suite trends, Project Management trends, etc. )