The goal of this capstone course is to integrate the concepts of the Information Systems concentration to prepare individuals for positions that use information technology to develop computer-based systems that support organizations. These positions involve the use of information technology to acquire, organize and communicate data; coordinate processes; and make decisions. This is the required capstone course in the Charter Oak Information Systems concentration and should be taken in your final semester.
- Students must have completed thirty credits of their concentration courses prior to enrolling in the course. This is the capstone course in the Charter Oak State College Information Systems Studies concentration and should be taken in the student's last semester.
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Collect, analyze and interpret information.
- Design and implement computer information systems programs.
- Examine the theoretical and logical understanding of computer architecture and operation.
- Analyze and apply the functions and operations of an organization, including accounting, management, marketing, finance, and other related faculty-approved business or organizational content.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development, current status and future trends of computing to enable students to adapt easily to rapid changes in computer technology.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the social, psychological, ethical, political, economic and environmental impacts of computing technology.
- Examine how information technology supports a global economy by helping to overcome cultural, national and diversity issues.
- Describe how data and voice are transmitted across a network.
- Identify differences between wireless and wired transmissions.
- Describe security issues and concerns for wired and wireless networks.
- Understand the physical structure of the Internet.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Annotated Bibliography and Annotated Outline
Quizzes (4 @ 2.5% each)
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Turban, E., and L. Volonino. Information Technology for Management: Advancing Sustainable, Profitable Growth. 10th ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2015. ISBN-13: 9781118994290
Readings and Exercises
Topic: IT Architecture
Topic: Data Management
Topics: Search and Semantics
Topic: Enterprise Systems
Topic: IT Strategy
Topics: IT Ethics
Students should research the literature and interview people who are involved in projects at their workplace if possible. Students should prepare a comprehensive paper of at least 20 pages (APA format) on their findings. The paper should propose a fictional company, then students should incorporate their findings from their interview and 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 (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
Students should try and narrow the topic as much as possible and research in depth on one specific area. A generic topics such as “security on the Internet” is much too broad and would not be acceptable.
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.