This is the capstone course for the Information Systems concentration and should be taken in the student's last semester. The student can have no more than 6 credits remaining in their concentration to complete in their degree program prior to enrolling in this course. The goal of the course is for students to to integrate the concepts of the Information Systems concentration and prepare individuals for positions that use information technology to develop computer-based systems that support organizations. The course must be taken at Charter Oak State College. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Examine the theoretical and logical structure of network architectures.
- Design and implement computer information systems networks and applications.
- Collect data, interpret and apply data analytics.
- Analyze and apply the functions and operations of an enterprise architecture.
- Align business processes and strategy with available information technology.
- Compare emerging technologies to adapt to changes in computer technology.
- Analyze the social, psychological, ethical, political, economic, and environmental impacts of computing technology.
- Examine how information technology supports a global economy.
- Analyze privacy and security issues and concerns for wired and wireless networks.
Course Activities and Grading
Annotated Bibliography and Annotated Outline
Quizzes (Quiz 1, 2, 3 @ 2% each; Quiz 4 @ 4%)
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Turban, E., Pollard, C. and Wood, G. Information Technology for Management: Driving Digital Transformation to Increase Local and Global Performance, Growth and Sustainability. 12th ed., Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2021. ISBN-13: 978-1-119-70290-0
Readings and Exercises
Topic: IT Infrastructure
Topic: Data Management and Networks
Topic: Cyber Security and Data Analysis
Topics: Semantic Web
Topic: Enterprise Systems
Topic: AI and Robotics
Topic: Systems Development
Students should research the literature and optionally interview people who are involved in projects at their workplace if possible. Students should prepare a comprehensive paper of at least 20 pages (APA 7th. format) on their findings. The paper should propose a fictional company, then students should incorporate their findings from their research and justify a business case for the use of the technology.
Students will develop their projects in phases:
- Proposal (due in Week 2)
- Annotated Bibliography and Annotated Outline (due in Week 4)
- Project Draft (due in Week 6)
- Final Project (due in Week 8)
Each phase of the project is worth a certain amount of the student's final grade in the course. See the Syllabus for the exact weight of each project phase in the final course grade.
Suggested Topics (students may suggest their own):
- Advertising on the Web: options and trends
- Search engine optimization, use and strategies
- Security issues, problems and solutions in organizational IT systems
- Legal and technical problems and solutions in medical IT systems
- Security on the Internet: problems and solutions
- Facilitation of collaborative work using IT systems
- Using virtual reality in businesses
- A case study: a successful strategic IT system
- A case study: a failed IT development project
- Customer privacy issues
- Challenges and solutions using social media
- Data mining
- RFID: trends and challenges
These are just general topic suggestions but focus and narrow your topic as much as possible. For example, ‘Internet security’ would not be an acceptable topic since it is much too broad, and you could easily write 100 pages and not cover the topic effectively.
Find a business problem ---> solve the problem with technology.
- Not acceptable: Security on the Internet
Acceptable: Security of Internet wi-ficonnections at Big Bean Coffee Shop.
- Not acceptable: Virtual reality
Acceptable: Using virtualreality to train machine operators at Acme Corp.
- Not acceptable: RFID
Acceptable: Tracking patient movements at Central Hospital with RFID.
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.