Winter 2020

IST 309-04 Information Systems and Technology


The project is designed to give you an in-depth teamwork experience with an information

technology, application, product, service, trend or a related topic. The requirement is to prepare a

at least 25-page technical paper and a 23-25 minutes PowerPoint-like presentation, to be given to

the class, on any information technology topic related to this course. The technical paper and

presentation should reflect the problem, the context, the current best practice, the architecture, and

the state of art in information technology.


Teams of five students are to be formed. Each team will jointly define its project. While each

project should be an integrated team effort, i.e. there is a single deliverable; you should identify

both in your project proposal and final report what part of the project each team member is

responsible for.


This is a course in a business school and the project subject matter should be business oriented and

presented in acceptable management format, i.e., you are presenting the final project to your boss.


To ensure the quality and progress of the team work, each team need to do at least the following:

 Elect a team leader and clearly define the role and responsibility of all team members.

 Create a milestone/schedule for the project.

 Create a form to record all the meetings held (e.g., time, date, and place of meeting, member presented, agenda discussed, etc.). These forms will be included as the appendix

of the final report.

 Team peer evaluation will be conducted at the end of the semester. The results from peer evaluation will be used to assess the contributions of each member.


Project Proposal

 A one-page project proposal in Word format outlining the project needs to be submitted to the instructor no later than January 22 (Wednesday), 2020. The proposal should at least

cover the following information: team organization, a brief introduction of the specific

topic on which you are going to work, and tentative milestone/schedule of the project.


Project Presentation

 In the last two sessions of the quarter, each team will deliver a 23-25 minutes presentation on the project, using PowerPoint and/or other presentation tools. Team participation is


Final Report

 The final written report should be submitted to the instructor on March 18 (Wednesday), 2020. The report should be in APA (American Psychology Association) format. The report

should be word-processed in Times New Roman 12 pt font and double spaced, with at

least 23 double-spaced and numbered pages (with 1” margins on all sides), excluding

figures, tables, illustrations, and references. Fewer pages will result in points deduction. A

cover page is required. The report should include the following: o Course Information

o Team members with team leader indicated o Abstract o Introduction o Main parts of the report

 the problem  the context  the architecture  the state of art and the current best practice  advantages and disadvantages  recommendations

o Conclusion o References (not counted for the length requirement of the report).


The final score for the project will be calculated based on the following grading policy:

 Project Proposal: 10%

 In-class Presentation: 40%

 Final Written Report: 50%

The term project and presentation will count as 25% of the total grade.

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