Critical Issues in the Administration of an Integrating Capstone Course

James E. Novitzki
Johns Hopkins University

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Abstract

This paper discusses an MIS Capstone course in a graduate information technology program. The course provides an environment that allows students to apply the information and skills that they have obtained in the program. Teams of students work with organizations and deal with actual IS issues in a real world environment. This paper describes elements of the course, the tasks required to ensure course completion, basic operation of the course, and problems encountered in its administration. As the course has run serious problems have been encountered which required effective resolution if the course was to serve its stated goals. In spite of these problems, the results certainly outweigh the problems encountered.