Volume 5

Volume 5, Number 12

May 21, 2007

11 pages713 K bytes

Building an International Resource Center Web Site -- A Capstone Senior Project Course Experience

Gail Kellersberger
University of Houston-Downtown
Houston, TX 77002 USA

Shohreh Hashemi
University of Houston-Downtown
Houston, TX 77002 USA

Abstract: When departmental need and educational objectives converge in the evolution of significant, real-world experiential coursework, it is pure serendipity. This paper describes a collaboration involving four university departments, two senior Computer Information Systems students, one senior Professional Writing student, and extraneous university personnel toward creating an extensive international resource center multimedia website. The paper delineates the experiences of each type of participant and discusses what was needed to bring the project to conclusion. The collaboration was achieved through the Computer Information Systems capstone Senior Project course and integrated a Professional Writing field experience course, as well. The participating students learned to work and communicate together as well as with an end-user who had limited computer knowledge and high expectations of the site. The students also had the satisfaction of developing a handsome real-world product that would carry their names. The site itself met an immediate need in serving the university and its constituents and was developed to allow planned future refinement. The experience was a win-win situation for all participants.

Keywords: Capstone Course, Computer Information Systems, Internships, Project Management, Senior Projects, Systems Analysis and Design

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Recommended Citation: Kellersberger and Hashemi (2007). Building an International Resource Center Web Site -- A Capstone Senior Project Course Experience. Information Systems Education Journal, 5 (12). http://isedj.org/5/12/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2006: §2714. ISSN: 1542-7382.)