WHAT TO DO:
Follow the Study Schedule and work with the Modules tool in Interact as they provide a "scaffold" for your learning in this subject.
Develop a detailed Capstone Project Proposal and Plan using project management software (as listed in the Study Schedule) and the skills you have acquired from IT Project Management to develop a project plan with WBS, milestones and Gantt chart. e.g. Microsoft Project Pro (http://office.microsoft.com/en-au/project/) or open source tools like GanttProject (http://www.ganttproject.biz/)or OpenProj (http://sourceforge.net/projects/openproj/) or OpenProject (https://www.openproject.org/about).
Begin a 'project blog' for your chosen emerging technology topic or setup an Interact project site as your "cloud" for storing project files and links to objects.
CSU Thinkspace at http://thinkspace.csu.edu.au/ (use your CSU Login ID) is recommended or Wordpress, Google's Blogger are common blogging systems, but you may have your own favourite site to use.
Choose and develop a limited blogger profile and enter a suitable TITLE for your blog (e.g. Joeâ€™s Wireless Technology Project) â€“ not your full name
For WEB ADDRESS - use your student number as your account name (URL) or other unique identifier.
Make a first post - a short introduction about you and the project - remember to save, then Publish the blog entry. Check with a friend or family member to ensure that he/she can see your first posting. This is also to check you have the right URL to include in this proposal and plan for your project.
The blog is ideally updated each week with 3 or 4 entries, at a minimum standard and will become a valuable tool for documenting your project notes and as the foundation for editing and writing the Captsone Project Report. An ideal blog entry will have around 50-150 words (150-600 words a week).
The blog will NOT be assessed again after this task, but you are to include the Web address or URL of your blog on the cover page for your Capstone Project Proposal and Plan.
Group Work OPTION for Assessment Item 1 (Not recommended for Distance mode students):
The Group Capstone Project Proposal and Plan is submitted by the team of three (3 maximum group size) for a group mark on a project proposal and plan that clearly indicates the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), Role and Responsibilities of EACH member to carry an equal share of the load in the project work.
The Capstone Topic Project Plan allows for a broad range of project areas like systems administration, database systems, IT security, mobile technology etc. Often the project has a sponsor and is linked to your interest or workplace needs. The proposal has a research component (Assessment Item 2 Literature Review) so in some cases you may need to find a supervisor willing to accept you as a candidate.
The Learning Outcomes being assessed in this item include how you interpret and evaluate an overview of recent trends in emerging technologies and innovation and begin to to plan, execute, record and present your research and project work as a capstone experience.
Your Capstone Project Proposal and Plan will be evaluated with a series of questions:
Is the capstone topic area appropriate?
Has the Project Blog been setup?
Has there been sufficient justification of the choice of the topic?
Is there enough scope for a sufficiently deep/complex analysis?
Is the scope appropriate for what might be reasonably expected in the capstone project subject?
Is the methodology proposed clear?
Are the deliverables clearly set out?
Are the deliverables sufficiently complex to justify a pass in this activity?
Is it likely that the proposed activities can be reasonably carried out?
Is it likely that the student will have access to the necessary resources to do a satisfactory job?
Is the time line proposed realistic?
Value: 20% (Marks 100 maximum with Criteria)
Capstone Project Plan sample format
(subject to change or modified to include systems development projects)
1.Title: Emerging Technology and Innovation Topic
Project Blog (Web address provided)
Purpose and justification
3.Sponsor or Supervisor recommendation
4.Research Questions (if applicable)
5.Conceptual or Theoretical Framework
Research and Systems Development method(s)
Data collection or systems design methods
Compliance Requirements (Workplace, Industry or Government regulations)
Analysis of data
Deliverables (Conclusions, Recommendations, Software code etc.)
Work breakdown structure (WBS)
9.Appendix (if required)