Volume 10

V10 N6 Pages 25-37

December 2012

Adapting to Change in a Masters-Level Real-World-Projects Capstone Course

Charles Tappert
Pace University
Pleasantville, NY 10570, USA

Allen Stix
Pace University
Pleasantville, NY 10570, USA

Abstract: Our mission of capstone computing courses for the past ten years has been to offer students experience with the development of real-world information technology projects. This experience has included both the hard and soft skills required for the work they could expect as industrial practitioners. Hard skills entail extending one's knowledge structure with technical know-how, specifically using the latest software and hardware tools for building applications of genuine utility. Soft skills include the ability to work in a collaborative setting (e.g., to participate in team coordination and governance), the ability to interact with a customer (e.g., to establish product requirements and achieve acceptance), the ethos of creating value, and a facility for technical communications (written, oral, and electronic). Significant changes in the instructional environment have taken place in the ten years since the capstone class was first offered. This paper describes the adaptation to changes in the course's delivery so that its mission continues to be fulfilled successfully.

Keywords: capstone computing courses, collaborative and teamwork skills, Distance Education, online student assessment, project-oriented courses

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Recommended Citation: Tappert, C., Stix, A. (2012). Adapting to Change in a Masters-Level Real-World-Projects Capstone Course . Information Systems Education Journal, 10(6) pp 25-37. http://isedj.org/2012-10/ ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2011)