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Sample Writing Intensive Course Proposal:
BCS430 Senior Project

Paula Maurino 
Computer Systems Department, School of Business

Course Description

This capstone course is designed to give Computer Programming and Information Systems students an opportunity to integrate techniques and concepts acquired in their other courses.  Elements will be drawn from Systems Analysis and Design, Database, and other courses in the student’s selected track of study.  Understanding basic accounting is also useful.  The course is experiential in nature, i.e., the student will be required to produce results for use by real individuals and will be evaluated both on process and product.

Course Objectives

Students will demonstrate the ability to

  1. Develop an information system project that includes design, analysis, synthesis, planning and organization of a real life or simulated work situation
  2. Create the following reports:
  • Preliminary Investigation Report
  • Systems Requirement Report
  • Systems Design Specification Report
  • Systems Implementation Report
  • Systems Operation and Support Report
  1. Present seminars on each stage of the project
  2. Implement and demonstrate the project
  3. Maintain a journal describing the step-by-step progress of the project
  4. Integrate all work and reports into a cumulative capstone document


High Stakes Writing Requirement

The report will be completed in five stages, each consisting of 2-5 pages and supporting documents. Therefore, the total report will be 10 to 25 pages. This requirement does not included required tables, graphs, charts, etc. or the journal.  I will grade each submission and return it to the student for revisions, if needed. Each part must be completed and accepted as satisfactory before the next one can be started.

Low Stakes Writing Requirement

Students are required to maintain journals, which can be hand-written or keyboarded. 

Supporting Data

Students must perform original research from interviews, observations, surveys, etc. Supporting data includes graphs, charts and tables of various types.
All supporting data must be included in an appendix.  (See examples from syllabus.)

Grading Criteria


Percentage of Grade

Stage 1:  
Preliminary Investigation Report


Stage 2:  
Systems Requirement Report


Stage 3:  
Systems Design Specification Report


Stage 4:  Implementation Demonstration and Report


Stage 5:  Systems Operation and Support Report


Final Report:  Synthesis of the above reports/demonstrations/seminars


Journal and Class Participation


Seminar Presentations