Information Technology 495

ITEC 495: Information Systems Capstone

Prerequisites: Senior standing, Information Science and Systems major, ITEC 225, ITEC 304 or ITEC 340, ITEC 369 or ITEC 370, and MGNT 357

Credit Hours: (3)

Advanced topics in information systems that build on previous courses in software engineering, web programming, databases and business.  This course is intended to provide a large information system capstone experience.

Detailed Description of Content of Course

Topics include:
1. Leveraging the power of information.
2. The strategic value of IS and the alignment between business and IT.
3. The disruptive and transformational potential of information technologies.
4. Various methods of system acquisition and their pros and cons.
5. Managing an effective IT infrastructure.
6. Managing the outsourcing of IT operations.
7. Managing a balanced IT project portfolio.
8. Understanding IS leadership and governing the IS Function.
9  Technological trends and implications.

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

A mix of text, case, and project will be used to discuss the contents of the course and provide students with experience in large information systems.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students who complete the course will be able to:  
1. Assess the strategic value of information systems (IS) to an organization.
2. Recognize the importance of the alignment of business and IS strategies and capabilities.
3. Evaluate the business impacts of networked IT infrastructures.
4. Apply the principles of information security and risk management.
5. Explain different methods of acquiring information systems and their pros and cons.
6. Evaluate the disruptive and transformational potential of emerging information technologies.
7. Apply the project portfolio approach to project management.
8. Analyze IS leadership and IT governance issues.

Assessment Measures

Participation in all activities related to the class is crucial to successful completion of this course.

Other Course Information


Review and Approval

Sept. 25, 2001        New Course Proposal        John P. Helm, Chair
February, 2003        Update                            John P. Helm, Chair
November 2003        Update                            Joseph Chase, Chair
October, 2004         Update                            Joseph Chase, Chair

Revised: June 1, 2012