MSIM

Capstone Overview

The Capstone experience involves identifying an information problem in a real-world setting and developing the means to address it. Capstone projects can be research-oriented or design-oriented. Solutions are typically interactive, meaning the end product is something that can be implemented and used.

Goals for the Capstone experience include:

  • Define the information problem or opportunity
  • Determine what techniques to use to master this information problem or opportunity
  • Synthesize all aspects of the information problem; integrate people, technology and information
  • Make a positive difference for the community; be it a business, school, library, hospital, or other organization
  • Choose a topic or focus you are passionate about

The Capstone course involves the following components:

  • INFX 595 Capstone I (2 credits)
    • Analysis and preliminary design of an approved individual or group research or implementation project demonstrating professional-level knowledge and skills
    • Taken in winter quarter
  • INFX 596 Capstone II (3 credits)
    • Implementation of a project demonstrating professional-level knowledge and skills based on a project plan developed in INFX 595
    • Prerequisite: INFX 595
    • Taken in spring quarter

Capstone is celebrated in an event in late May/early June featuring oral and written presentations.  View Capstone archives, including past event programs.

MSIM students should also note:

  • You may begin your Capstone project after completing all the MSIM core courses, and a total of at least 30 credits in the program
  • The Capstone may be project based (engagement with a client to consult on and design a solution to an information need) or research based (you work on your own research agenda or that of a client's; deliverables include the research results)
  • You (your team) are responsible for the project management of your Capstone, under the guidance of the instructor of record and teaching assistants
  • Working with a team is encouraged and ideal, though individual projects are currently allowed.  Teams should be no larger than 4 members
  • Find Capstone sponsors and project ideas via iCareers, reach out to your own networks, or approach new organizations to pitch an idea
  • MSIM students are expected to have completed IMT 587 (Principles of Information Project Management) or an equivalent course or experience

Information Sessions

Capstone Information Sessions take place each autumn and spring.  Info sessions generally cover how to decide on a project, identify a sponsor, form a team, human subjects considerations, and prepare for the start of the Capstone course.  In addition, student groups and outside organizations host Capstone sessions to promote potential sponsorships and projects.

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