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Senior Project Capstone Courses Osama Eljabiri Presented to Early Bird Orientation Session (Spring 2006) College of Computing Sciences Senior Project Capstone Courses Prepared by Osama Eljabiri Director of Senior Project Capstone Courses Presented to Early Bird Orientation Session (Spring 2006)
Why our project courses? Students experience with traditional courses: -Boring classes - Lack of engagement - Lack of motivation - Lack of variety - Exam and traditional homework pressure -Ineffective education - No connection to real world - No practice - One source for information -Limited timeframes - 12 weeks are too short with all other parallel responsibilities - Learning opportunities are limited to class meetings and text book - No opportunity to jump start - No post course follow up -A huge investment with unpredictable return - No matter what you accomplish, no one knows about you - You cannot grow after class because it is over - No job opportunities - You cannot form your own business
Why this course is different? Students are very engaged! - They are producers of real value and NOT only audience and exam takers (Project Deliverables). - They are teachers of collective knowledge. They act as live résumés throughout the semester (Presentations and Showcases). - Classes are interactive and they offer a variety of learning methods. - All of this is in real world projects, with real world stakeholders and within real world environments !
Why this course is different? Students learn by more than just listening They learn by doing They learn by collaborating They learn by communicating They learn by market-driven training
Why this course is different? This is not an internship program! -Students view sponsors as educators (not employers). -sponsors view students as partners and collaborators (not employees).
Why this course is different? -Students are in charge! - Students select their projects - Students select their teams - Students become project managers and lead their teams and projects - Students fire free riders even if they were their project managers - Students administer many activities and roles
Why this course is different? Students learn how to be global (not a single project) problem solvers! They learn problem solving strategies in class sessions. They use their projects as tools to learn about problem solving in general so they can solve other kinds of problems. Simply put, we bring a “problem solving package” to our sponsors not a “number” of “interns”.
Why this course is different? -Students are trained on what they need to know not what they have to know - Class sessions are about today and tomorrow not about out-dated techniques and strategies. - Open university sessions and hands-on laps provide on-demand training free of charge for you, your family, friends and sponsors. You can even be a teacher!
Why this course is different? -Our course opportunities start very early and never stop during class, after class or graduation. - Early bird and Pioneers. - I love to hear your questions, I love to see you in my office, I love to hear your voice, I love to be able to help you in every way possible. - Open help any time any where. - Virtual Web-based collaboration. - Continuous collaboration after class in various ways - Job opportunities (part time, full time and fully-paid internships). - We will always support our good students
Why this course is different? Course that can be customized and personalized! -Project work progresses in an evolutionary prototyping fashion (Time Boxing). - Teams are adaptive to customer requirements, responsive to change, dynamic and flexible. -You select your project, your role and your team -You select to do technical development, research or even become an entrepreneur.
Why this course is different? Collective Intelligence Interdisciplinary teams from five university colleges Undergraduate /Graduate collaboration High school / College collaboration Large advisory community among sponsors, faculty, administrators and students.
Why this course is different? -Classes can be fun! - We creating friendly collaborative environments - Do what you like to do most - Learn from friends what you cannot do - Interactive classes - Competitions boast motivation - Movies, games, music, off-campus activities, presentation parties, showcases, press, rewards and more!
The Triple Win Multi-Stakeholder Satisfaction Triangle
Position Cod e PositionJob Description/responsibilitiesQualifications 01Project managerIn addition to managing the team, project managers will be responsible for project management deliverables including feasibility study. Should use project management tool (Microsoft Project Manager) to plan project tasks, allocate and mange resources, assign team members to complete tasks, compile team members' weekly time sheets, report task completion and actual hours worked on tasks, prepare periodic reports on project progress. Receives extra credit when successful. In addition to the criteria stated in the previous section, background in software economics, process life cycle models and project management techniques is essential. 02System AnalystSystem analysts will be responsible for requirements gathering and documentation (Problem definition, requirements report, DFD’s, process specifications, data dictionary, etc) and coordinating with other team members. Experience/ background in requirements analysis, requirements elicitation techniques, and project documentation. 03Back-end designer 0301 Data Base Designer Responsible for designing the backend of the system including data structures, entity relation ship models normalization, SQL, normalization, system structure and other architectural models (repository, client- server, abstract machine model, object- oriented design in UML,etc.) Experience/ background in DBMS, CASE tools and modeling techniques in software engineering. 0302 Network Designer 04Front-end designerResponsible for designing the user interface for users (including GUI components, forms, reports, navigation, etc. Experience/ background in HCI, cognitive psychology, user interface design, user manuals 05ProgrammerImplementing the system at the unit level and system level. Testing and Maintaining the system Writing user manual. Experience in web programming and other programming such as C++, Visual Basic, Java, and the like)
Projects Success Rate Rated by Sponsors In the last 70 projects we did: 81% were rated between good and excellent 40% were rated as outstanding 9 projects were rated average and only 4 were below average
Testimonials “We have 50 NJIT student interns who are studying information technology and computer science, working on eight projects. Having them work for us has allowed us to jump ahead in our work.” Larry Gardner CEO and Founder of Cyberextruder
Testimonials This was a huge project and required much attention to detail. The team asked the right questions and we very helpful to Arc of Monmouth staff in deciphering what needed to be done. They provided many useful suggestions. Sarah Logan Office Manager The Arc of Monmouth
Testimonials I was so impressed with the whole process. I am amazed at how talented, professional and responsive the team was to the project. The group of students that worked on this project quickly understood the scope and was able to deliver the requested tool within a very short period of time. The entire experience was one that I am going to recommend to other managers at IMS. Marilyn Mahon Group Manager, Quality Assurance IMS Health 100 Campus Road Totowa, NJ 07512 USA
Testimonials “If I had to pay a consultant to do the work that the NJIT students did for CIT as part of the Capstone Program it would have cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars” “The program gives NJIT students a chance to integrate real world experience into their academic experience, which is invaluable to them and to us.” Harold Olmstead Vice president of Systems and Technology Services CIT
Testimonials “The solution for Cocomats created by the group reflected a keen assessment of both the weaknesses of Cocomats and the needs of the Office of Constituent relations “ Ian Thomas Brennan New Jersey Office of the Governor, Office of Constituent Relations Aide to the Governor
Testimonials This group was very prompt in implementing suggestions, very professional and timely. Based on the scope of work initially developed, we are very pleased with the results. Juan Rosario Newark Housing Authority Acting I.T. Administrator
Testimonials This group hung in there and were able to work around these problems and move steadfastly through the project. This group communicated well and worked very efficiently. They were always on time for the meetings and handled themselves in a very professional manner. I was very impressed with the work that they did. They fulfilled all of our needs and produced a product that is above and beyond what we expected. Overall all I was pleased and would look forward to participating in upcoming projects. Jerri Drakes CEO The Workstation Inc.
Testimonials Very well diverse group of dynamic individuals with many skills equipped to create a website, write a business plan, business marketing, hard working, and capable of delivering a complete product. Henri Boll President Go2Museum.com Inc
Testimonials As a whole the team preformed extremely well. The direction given by TMS was an outline. The team was able to understand what we were looking for and implement our needs into the finished program. Sean P McShane President Transportation Made Simple
Testimonials Jeremy (Jeremy Dela Rosa) has been very accommodating regarding my extremely busy schedule. He has demonstrated a strong ability to learn and adjust throughout this experience. Jeremy performed a terrific job in coordinating the efforts of the team, a task that is very difficult for any leader. He was also able to work well as a liaison between me and the team, ensuring that my requests were communicated properly to all the members. Additionally, as project manager, he was involved in nearly every aspect of the project, and demonstrated a solid understanding of every one of the team’s Jason Huang Project Leader Honeywell International Inc
New Statistics Number of completed projects will reach at least  full-scale projects A minimum of  products or sub-projects carried out by more than 300 teams after 10 semesters This is an average of 30 products per semester plus CIS490 first- phase teams. Many of these projects have had multi-phases and some have involved multi-teams Up to 6 semesters /phases for some large-scale projects. up to 4 teams in some extremely complex or demanding industry-projects. Key sponsors offer more than one project every semester (CIT provided 14 projects in Spring 2004 alone and Cyberextruder offered 9 projects in Spring 2003 ) At least 1500 students have participated in the capstone program since Fall 2002 from CS, IS, IT and HCI.
More Facts Sponsors and projects diversity demonstrate a broad array of interest Examples : entertainment, finance, health, education, public sector entrepreneurships Geographical Distribution :These projects came from all round NJ (North, Central and South), NY or PA. We even had a project from Boston, MA. This expands our reach beyond short-distance businesses. A number of companies have offered our students excellent support for their careers. Examples : CIT, Saint Clair health system, Edu-Global, Cyberextruder, All- fine-dining, IMS health Support forms : Full time employment, part-time employment, internships, rewards, financial support, research support, recommendation letters, direct support calls, software purchase, company resources, certified training, after graduation training.
Added-value Community Benefits nSposnor-Sposnosr Collaboration nOpen-house Participation nCollaboration across teams and across semesters nNon-Profit and public service projects nNJIT departments projects nCommercialization of students ideas nStudents published empirical research nEDC bi-directional support