Information Systems Undergraduate Degree Project: Gaining a Better Understanding of the Final Year Project Module

Roberts, P., Modi, S., Roubert, F., Simeonova, B. and Stefanidis, A. 2015. Information Systems Undergraduate Degree Project: Gaining a Better Understanding of the Final Year Project Module. Wrycza, S. (ed.) EuroSymposium on Systems Analysis and Design. Gdansk, Poland 25 - 25 Sep 2015 Springer.

TitleInformation Systems Undergraduate Degree Project: Gaining a Better Understanding of the Final Year Project Module
AuthorsRoberts, P., Modi, S., Roubert, F., Simeonova, B. and Stefanidis, A.
EditorsWrycza, S.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

The place of an individual project in the final year of Information Systems (IS) undergraduate degrees at UK universities is well established. In this paper we compare the final year project modules at four UK universities: the University of Brighton, the University of South Wales, University of West London and the University of Westminster. We find that the aims of the projects are similar, emphasising the application of the knowledge and skills from the taught element of their course in a complex development project, often including interactions with a real client. Although we show in this analysis that projects serve a similar purpose in the IS degree courses, the associated learning outcomes and the assessment practice varies across the institutions. We identify some gaps in the skills and abilities that are not being assessed. In further work we are planning to consult final year students undertaking their projects and their supervisors, in order to gain an understanding of how project assessment criteria are actually put to use.

KeywordsFinal year project
Capstone
Undergraduate degree
Information systems
Teaching IS education
IS curriculum
Year2015
ConferenceEuroSymposium on Systems Analysis and Design
PublisherSpringer
Publication dates
Published25 Sep 2015
JournalLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Journal citation232, pp. 145-170
ISSN1865-1348
Book title Information Systems: Development, Applications, Education. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, vol 232
ISBN9783319243658
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/978-3-319-24366-5_11
Web address (URL) of conference proceedingshttps://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-24366-5_11

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