INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: SECURITY CAPSTONE PROJECT
Students completing the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology or any of the emphasis area programs are required to complete a Capstone Project. The topic and approach of the proposed capstone must be approved by your mentor. The purpose of the Capstone Project is to demonstrate your skills in the integration and synthesis of competencies in all domains required for your degree. You will demonstrate this by designing and developing a project based on your chosen format (e.g., intellectual product/service, physical product/service, event or activity, system improvement or enhancement).
Note: Work performed on contract for a third party or for an employer is their property. You must obtain their permission to include the work.
Your Capstone Project will consist of a formal report. In this report you will elaborate upon the components of your proposal and explain the actual development of your project.
A. Cover Sheet: Provide a cover sheet for your project that includes the following elements:
a. Project name
b. Your name
c. Your degree program
d. Your mentor’s name
B. Introduction: Provide a summary of the actual development of your project.
1. Include a precise description of your project.
2. Include an expanded discussion of your review of other work done in the area.
3. Include an expanded discussion of your Rationale and Systems Analysis for the project.
C. Project Goals and Objectives: Review the list of the goals and objectives of your project and explain why you did or did not accomplish them.
D. Project Timeline: Explain why you did or did not meet the timeframes set for your project.
E. Project Development: Explain what your project actually accomplished. Explain each of the following:
1. Problems encountered and how they were solved
2. Reasons for changes made to your original plan
3. Unanticipated requirements or components that needed to be resolved
4. Actual and potential effects of your project
5. Your conclusions about the success and effectiveness of your project
F. Additional Deliverables: Include any additional deliverables necessary to document and explain your project development. Possible deliverable are:
– Charts, tables, and graphs
– Reference list
– Technical IT product itself
Note: If you actually built a product for your project, you should provide the actual product and a user manual or other comparable documentation.
G. Demonstrated Competencies: Fill in the attached “Capstone Competency Matrix” to demonstrate which competencies you used for your project. In the explanation section:
1. Explain how the development of your Capstone Project demonstrated your competency in each of the following areas:
a. Leadership and Professionalism
b. Upper Division Collegiate Level Reasoning and Problem Solving
c. Language and Communication
d. Quantitative Literacy
2. Information Technology Competency: Explain how the development of your Capstone Project demonstrated your technology competency in at least one of the following areas:
– IT Management
– Project Management
H. APA Style: Format your paper and all references in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: Fifth Edition. This includes, but is not limited to, overall document and text formatting, citations and references, table of contents, heading, tables and figures, appendices, etc.
Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the attached Rubric Terms.
Note: When using outside sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the paper or project.
Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from outside sources, even if cited correctly. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Handout Web link below.
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