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Exploring Information Technology Project
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.
Step 1: Exploring Information Technology: Project-topic selection (1-2 paragraphs)
Begin thinking of a business problem that could be solved with a technology solution for a company or organization you are familiar with. See the Course Project Technical Areas for ideas.
1. Subject of Course Project
2. Business problem statement
3. Name of the company or organization
Step 2: Course Project Proposal (1-2 pages) Graded Portion
Upon the approval of Course Project Topic from your professor, complete the Course Project Proposal using this format:
1. Subject of Course Project
2. Business problem statement
3. Name of the company or organization
4. Brief description of proposed solution
5. General benefits it will provide the organization
6. Audience to whom you are presenting the recommendation(s)
Based on the Professor’s feedback to your proposal, develop the Course Project. You are required to use a minimum of ten 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.
See the suggestions below for ideas on ways to develop your project. Use this format for the project:
Course Project Table of Contents (6 -8 pages)
Cover Page
Table of Contents
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
High-level implementation plan
Summary of project
Completed Course Project Graded Portion
Final Project Paper – 10 points
Presentation (PowerPoint or any type of multimedia) – 5 points
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.
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
Databases required for your
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, ASPs, 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, SANs, 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
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
Inefficient processes
Slow product development
Obsolete IT organization and
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
Improved product development
Better and more accurate support
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
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
Specific departments
Summary of Course Project Requirements
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 ten references must be used for research and properly cited.
Credible reference sources are available
through the School Library and other sources.
The paper must be 6-8 pages in
length, double-spaced, using a size 12 standard business font, using 1-inch
margins and topic headings listed for the format requirements.

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