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Computer Information Systems Capstone Project
Course: CIS285

First Term: 2024 Fall
Lec + Lab   3.0 Credit(s)   4.0 Period(s)   0.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: Z - Zero Load

Description: Students will create a capstone project with opportunities for individualized research and application of aggregate technology and professional knowledge and skills obtained throughout the student`s program of study. Focus on communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and project management skills.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. In consultation with a faculty advisor, select a CIS disciplined-related project to be completed in independent study. (I, II)
2. Demonstrate professional communication skills through the project design and implementation. (I, II, III, V)
3. Apply critical thinking to concept design through the development of a comprehensive project based on a needs analysis. (I-V)
4. Implement a technopreneurial strategy/impact through a project implementation. (I-V)
5. Manage a project including goals, objectives, methodology, timeline for completion, documentation and evaluation. (II, III)
6. Apply oral and visual communication skills to produce a strategy and business solution appropriate to a particular client or target audience. (II, III, IV, V)
7. Demonstrate the ability to program or code to functional requirements of project(s) through the development of a working prototype. (III, V, VI)
8. Evaluate the impact of the selected project based on the local, federal, global environment, and legal issues. (IV)
9. Write a reflective document incorporating final specifications and personal observations. (V)
10. Present a completed project to the faculty advisor and/or client for evaluation, in accordance with established methodology and guidelines. (V)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Capstone project topic selection
   A. Definition of scope and/or specifications
   B. Identification of technology requirements
   C. Identification of industry partner
II. Topic documentation
   A. Relevance to program of study
   B. Origin of project (if applicable)
   C. Application of topic
   D. Challenges of application
   E. Stakeholder, team, and role identification
   F. Project diagram, flow chart, and storyboard
III. Project Planning
   A. Data collection and evaluation
   B. Technology methodology selection
   C. Project deliverables
      1. Goals
      2. Objectives
   D. Methodology
   E. Format
   F. Timeline
      1. Milestones
      2. Benchmark
   G. Resources
   H. Project documentation
   I. Project prototype/deliverable
IV. Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) components
   A. Analysis
   B. Solutions
      1. Troubleshoot
      2. Operability
      3. Use of current computer information systems (CIS) technologies
V. Local, federal, legal issue, and global impact
   A. Effect on target organization
   B. Social and cultural implications
VI. Project implementation and reflection
   A. Final specifications
   B. Presentation of deliverable
   C. Personal observations
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: February 27, 2024

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