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Course Project: Applied Information Technology Project


Objective
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Provide an opportunity for students to apply a technology solution to a business problem in a specific company or organization that adds value to the organization.

Guidelines
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Week 1: Begin thinking of a business problem that could be solved with a technology solution for a company or organization you are familiar with. Use the Q&A Forum to ask questions and discuss your ideas about the project. See the Course Project Technical Areas for ideas.

Week 2: Complete the Course Project Proposal using this format:

Course Project Proposal (1-2 pages, 75 points, due week 2, properly cite any external sources used)
Cover page
Subject of Course Project
Business problem statement
Name of the company or organization
Brief description of proposed solution
General benefits it will provide the organization
Audience to whom you are presenting the recommendation(s)
Weeks 3 -6: Based on the Professor’s feedback to your proposal, develop the Course Project. You are required to use a minimum of five credible sources for research on your proposed solution and to correctly cite all references using APA style. Make sure you do not use more than 20% material from other sources so that 80% of the paper should be your original words. Use the Q&A each week to ask questions about the project. See the suggestions below for ideas on ways to develop your project. Use this format for the project:

Course Project Table of Contents (10-15 pages, 225 points, due week 6)
Cover Page
Table of Contents
Abstract
Brief Company background
Discussion of business problem(s)
High level solution
Benefits of solving the problem
Business/technical approach
Business process changes
Technology or business practices used to augment the solution
Conclusions and overall recommendations
High-level implementation plan
Summary of project
References
Appendices
Grading Rubrics
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Week 2: Submission of the Course Project Proposal (graded)
Week 6: Course Project
Grading Rubrics (The Proposal is worth 75 points and the Course Project is worth 225 points)

Category Proposal Points Course Project Points % Description
Documentation and Formatting 12 34 15 A quality paper will include a title page, abstract, proper citations using APA style, and a bibliography.
Organization and Cohesiveness 15 45 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 34 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 36 112 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 75 225 100 A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements. All sections in the table of contents must be in the project to earn full credit.
Course Project Technical Areas
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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.

Cloud computing, either cloud storage, and/or cloud applications
User involvement in IT projects
Mobile devices including phones and tablets
B2C and/or B2B and other types of e-commerce
Databases required for your project
Infrastructure and networking (at a non-technical level)
Business and process reengineering to streamline a business, followed by several new business technologies to support the new business model
The implementation of a secure business (website, software development, administration)
Development of an e-commerce website for a brick and mortar business
IS Management (examples: Outsourcing, ASP's, ERP, CRM, SCM, Website Development, Linux)
Corporate Applications (examples: Information Security, EIS, Expert Systems, Artificial Intelligence, DSS, Groupware, Intranets/Extranets)
Telecommunications and Networks (Examples: Gigabit and higher networks, SAN's, Video Conferencing, VoIP, Wireless networking)
IS Acquisitions (Examples: Cost Justification Methodology, Total Cost of Ownership, Systems Development Life Cycle, Prototyping, Weighted Criteria Analysis)
Miscellaneous (Examples: Computer Ethics, Virtual Reality, Multimedia, Telecommuting, Data Security, International Issues, Computer Based Learning)
End User Software/Applications (Examples: Database, Operating System, Office Suite, Project Management)
Course Project Suggestions
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The purpose of the Course Project is to describe the solution to a business problem where technology can be of value.

Some ideas to identify a business problem:

Lack of competiveness and/or profitability
Inefficient processes
Slow product development
Obsolete IT organization and technologies
Poor corporate communications
Ongoing personnel issues
Some benefits it will provide the organization could be things like:

Financial – profitability, revenue, product costs
Improved competitiveness
Better marketing positioning
Efficiency in key processes, e.g., sales, manufacturing, development
Improved product and/or service quality
Improved product development
Better and more accurate support turn-around
Preparation for the future – how is the organization positioning itself for future growth
Some ideas on how the project could tie together:

As an example, you could write your paper on some aspect of ecommerce. You might tie it in to targeted advertising. You could then tie the back-end databases that are necessary to support ecommerce. For example, how databases contain information that allows vendors to target their audience and what those databases are.
Another example might be the functionality of enterprise systems. You might choose a specific enterprise system like ERP, CRM or SCM and detail how the functionality is delivered. This could be how a business person would access this type of information.
The business problem is high cost of IT and product development and the benefits are profitability, faster development time, or increased sales. The solution might be cloud computing describing the cloud computing approach taken, e.g., SaaS or cloud virtualization.
Possible audiences might be:

Senior management
Customers
Suppliers
Specific departments
Summary of Course Project Requirements
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The proposal must be submitted and feedback received from the professor before beginning the project.
The project should follow the APA style of citing references in the text and on the bibliography page. No fewer than five references must be used for research and properly cited.
Credible reference sources are available through the DeVry Library and other sources.
The paper must be 10-15 pages in length, double spaced, using a size 12 standard business font, using 1 inch margins and topic headings listed for the format requirements.
The project is due no later than 11:59 pm MT Sunday of week 6.

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