IT 4131 – Information Technology Capstone Project

Course Description

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of IT project design and implementation.   The course covers the main topics of IT project management including requirements specification, project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, and risk management.  In addition, techniques and methods used in IT project management will be covered.  To reinforce the course concepts, students will complete projects related to their specialization and/or second discipline. This course is part of the IT core  required for all IT majors.


A minimum grade of “C” in IT 3234 and senior standing.

Course Outcomes

On completion of the course, students will be able to

  1. Discuss the concepts and fundamental principles involved in requirements analysis and design.
  2. Discuss the relationship between cost, time, scope, and performance for a project.
  3. Discuss the phases of a project.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the PMBOK.
  5. Develop and implement an IT project related to their specialization and/or second discipline.
  6. Utilize project management tools and methods.
  7. Discuss the ethical, legal, and social issues related to IT project management.
  8. Apply the principles, concepts, tools and techniques learned to the solution of IT problems in a team environment.

Rationale for Inclusion

The course contributes to the following student outcomes and attributes:

1. Identify and define the requirements that must be satisfied to address user needs

2. Analyze user requirements to design IT-based solutions.

3. Identify and evaluate current technologies and assess their applicability to address individual and organizational needs.

4. Work in project teams to develop and/or implement IT-based solutions.

5. Use current computing techniques, skills, and/or technologies.

(a) An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the program’s student outcomes and to the discipline.

(b) An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.

(c) An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.

(d) An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.

(e) An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.

(f) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

(h) Recognition of the need for an ability to engage in continuing professional development.

(i) An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.

(j) An ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies. [IT]

(k) An ability to identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation and administration of computer-based systems. [IT]

(l) An ability to effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment. [IT]

(m) An understanding of best practices and standards and their application. [IT]

(n) An ability to assist in the creation of an effective project plan. [IT]

Last updated: 9/22/2014

Department of Information Technology • P.O. Box 8150 • Statesboro, Georgia 30460 • (912) 478-4848